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:
142
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Plooney
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of AuntBea
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheTinDoor
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbaz
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmishLightning
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tap at Firestone Brewery in Paso Robles. Something wasn't quite right on this one for me. Mouthful was good, but there was something "off" in the great for me. I could never quite say.

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Photo of Jtall78
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at McNally's in St. Charles. Very dark with a light brown, creamy head typical of a nitro brew. Didn't have much of a smell, but the taste was great, with a mild coffee backbone that worked perfectly with the lactose and creamy head. This was a very good, full bodied stout that a pleasure to have a couple of.

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Photo of Shmizzen
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on March 3, 2017.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks dark red and not quite as opaque as expected, with solid head. Smell is of roasted bread and chocolate cream. bread notes are reminiscent of a roastier doppelbock. Taste is similar, with more emphasis on chocolate cream. Feel is creamy with marginal thinness. Overall, not exceptional, but I was in the mood for a lighter, easy drinking stout to fit the brisk but unseasonably warm weather outside, and this fit the bill perfectly.

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Nitro Merlin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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