Mocha Merlin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Velvet Mocha Merlin

Added by JayPeso on 10-25-2014

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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with thick head and lacing that just hangs on. Notes of coffee, oat, and chocolate. The taste is impressive, this coffee beer actually tastes like fresh coffee, toss in some burnt oats and molasses and this sucker is awesome. I love coffee/oat beers and this is one of best so far, very good flavor and smooth and easy to consume. Top notch beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Duvel globe.

A: A beautiful coffee pour was a mocha tinted head of 1.5 inches. Bready texture had a pitted surface, while micro-effervesce creeps up rapidly along the walls. Sticky film lace adheres well.

S: Beautiful fresh mocha coffee aroma appears to be a late addition, prior canning. Roasty and as fresh as ever, oily grinds along with fresh chocolate, brownies, and some vanilla add sweetness and intrigue. Very good initial impression, good strength, and lingering duration gives this a lasting impression that will surely post-pone your first sip.

T: Fresh mocha coffee was as fresh and enticing as the nose. Mocha-vanilla with a deep rich sense of chocolate, and roasty grinds lends to a strong first impression. Cinnamon and nutmeg spicing adds earthy highlights with some burnt sugar adding sweetness.

M: Silky mouthful from the oats makes this slick and velvety on the tongue. An ample medium-full body adds weight while a warm roastiness and oily grinds is a coffee beer drinkers delight.

O: Great initial aromatic impression and flavor, full of rich roastiness and sweet vanilla and mocha support. The coffee aspect picks up along the way, getting stronger within the drink providing a dark roasted bitterness. The coffee infusion is a very nice play here, outstanding per style with high expectations in regards to the brewer more then aptly surpassed. A brew of 5.5% that drinks much bigger flavor and body wise and sure to leave you satisfied with a strong silky oat palate.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a roasted black color with a thick khaki head. Swirls with a silky smooth viscosity.

S) There is coffee on the nose, some herbaceous grassy notes, and the sweet malty notes bringing them together.

T) The coffee is far more intense on the palate than it is in the nose, which is welcome. The finish is dominated by almost a latte like consistency and taste that lingers indefinitely. I am surprised this brew doesn't have lactose in it, it's malt is so rich and luxurious. It isn't overly sweet though, and the grassiness in the nose takes a backseat in the palate.

F) The brew has a medium carbonation and a rich creamy body. I've had too many oatmeal stouts where you only know they have oats because it says on the label, this is not one of those.

O) This is a six-pack to buy at least one time a year. A coffee stout done right.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thx Knapp85 for the can.

A - Dark brown/black pour with a dense cream colored head, minimal carbonation.

S - Dark roasted malt, char, light smoke, and Espresso/coffee beans.

T - Follows the nose. Dark chocolate roast, smokey char, cream, and coffee bean from start to finish. The coffee is really strong on the first few sips until your palate adjusts.

M - Medium body and velvety texture.

O - This is an outstanding and easy drinking stout.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Shop, NYC. It pours a nearly pitch black color with a moderate dense foam tan head. The head soon dissipates and leaves a thin ring of lace.
The aroma is comprised of coffee roast and cocoa sweetness. There is also a nutty malt quality.
Light, smooth and drinkable for a stout. Unlike the aroma, there is less coffee and cocoa qualities. Instead, there seems to be more emphasis on the base pale malts, with a light accent of roasted barley. There is only a trace of sweetness as there is actually a modest hops bitterness. In addition, there is a slight citrus twang in the finish.
A true session stout if I ever saw one. Light and uncomplicated. A nice change from the barrel aged booze bombs you see out there.

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Photo of mobrado
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disappointing. Coffee and chocolate notes are subtly present, but the beer is let down by a very thin mouth feel. The head disappears quickly and there is no lacing, adding to the general impression that this beer is just flat. Not at all worthy of "headlining" the Firestone "Winter Bundle." In fact, it's the weakest beer in there.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjumfrid
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Small tan head with a bit of lace.
Coffee and chocolate aroma. Grain.
Coffee forward, then cocoa. Bready.
A little on the thin side, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned on 9/14/17. Pours dark brown with a fluffy tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate and roast coffee.

The flavor is sweet bakers chocolate and a little fruit with acidic roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a decent coffee stout.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of G_Shoe
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mctizzz
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chossboss
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stebow1289
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of deebo
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 22 oz bottle shared. Solid brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with very little light seeping through the body of this one. There's a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. Minimal lacing. I'm getting aromas of caramel, oatmeal, coffee, and copper. The taste is coffee forward with nice luscious caramel and milk chocolate notes to taper down the bitterness. I think the coffee is a touch too dominant and the balance is slightly out of whack, but it's still a very good beer. The mouth is creamy, smooth, and viscous.

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Photo of Brian1357
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bdk1417
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Mocha Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 529 ratings