Nitro Merlin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout has been transformed into a mindblowing mouthful known as Nitro Merlin Milk Stout. The new ingredient is lactose, a.k.a. milk sugar. When Velvet Merlin is brewed with milk sugar to create Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, the effect is similar to adding cream to your dark roasted coffee. The wizardry comes via “nitro,” the brewing nickname for nitrogen gas. Exclusively on draft.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 01-07-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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Very dark appearance with nice tan head that does not dissipates quickly. The aroma is nutty malt. The taste is a very malty nutty and smooth. Nice refreshing beer

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This is an awesome desert beer. Pair it with a butter cookie and your wildest dreams will come true.

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16oz pint at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square. I recall the regular Merlin as being more or less creamy, so what does nitro gain us?

This beer appears a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one finger of cascading, dead creamy off-white head, which leaves some boiling cauldron lace around the glass as it quite slowly recedes.

It smells of grainy and doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, cafe-au-lait, a further indistinct cereal character, and a touch of free-range roast. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel, those chocolate malt balls, well-creamed and roasted coffee, ethereal black licorice, and very subtle earthy and floral green hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its muted frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and most verily smooth, with a no-brainer creaminess there from sip one. It finishes off-dry, the malty chocolate character lingering on in perpetuity.

Overall, this is indeed a pleasant, if somewhat simple version of the style, the flavours perhaps out-shined by the genial mouthfeel. Extremely easy to put back, of course, and a nice quaff on a windy early Spring Sunday afternoon.

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Nitro Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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