Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #87
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,675
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.75%
Ratings:
3,131
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 03, 2021
Added:
Nov 13, 2008
Wants:
  248
Gots:
  642
SCORE
89
Very Good
Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
Notes: A decadent oatmeal stout. Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout. Ideal for sipping in the winter months or at the end of a meal.

Original name was "Velvet Merkin", but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010.

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3.94 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Jun 03, 2021
 
4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 01, 2021
 
4.38 by Sinister from New York on Feb 21, 2021
 
4.04 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 02, 2020
 
4 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 09, 2020
 
3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 13, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Act25 from New Jersey

Now in cans. As fine a 5.5% velvety, flavorful Stout as can be found. Must blind test against Lefthand and the rest.
a) Massive lace over black body.
s/t) Enough roast to temper the sweet of chocolate, mocha, vanilla, prune. Some grass and hops also balance.
f) Velvet to core as good as any.

Feb 03, 2020
 
4.19 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 05, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 10/6/15; drank 10/28/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head (careful pouring!); strong lace.

Oatmeal, cream & peanut butter notes in the nose; inviting!

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel. Oats, cream & faint milk chocolate flavors up front; peanut butter notes on the finish.

An easy to drink, flavorful fall treat. I'd have another.

Nov 23, 2019
 
4.21 by eluvah from New York on Aug 23, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

(nitro-tap)
A: pours dark body with reddish hues and a thick ear with good retention and lacing
S: subtle smelling beer, but not much to it
T: somewhat roasted toffee notes, but very light. Some roasted notes with a subtle, creamy, oaty aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty creamy; not too bad
O: ok mouthfeel and taste combo; ok overall, but nothing impressive.

Aug 09, 2019
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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mintzmeet from Washington

Nice nitro stout! Very creamy. Not a whole lot of flavor, but excellent texture. Smooth taste of lightly toasted grains. Incredible head, beautiful lacing.

Jul 06, 2019
 
4.49 by sunnovgoat from California on Jun 28, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

2018 version. Pours black with ruby edges at 57 degrees; light tan cap; good retention; heavy ring, moderate lace; thin legs. Roast malt, bourbon, whiff of vanilla. Lite roast, chocolate, coffee. Medium body, moderate carbonation, no warmth. Drinks like a porter as it feels thin for an oatmeal stout; nicely balanced flavors, just wish it had more...

Jun 18, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Tasty but a bit weak and thin

May 03, 2019
 
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
 
4 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 24, 2019
 
4 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Mar 01, 2019
 
3.98 by oberon from North Carolina on Jan 17, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Very dark brown color, no head, not much of lacing either, light carbonation.

S: Oats, sweet, chocolate. Very subtle.

T: Oats, sweet, extremely smooth. Excellent!

F: Light bodied, extremely drinkable and smooth.

O: Top quality beer.

Dec 24, 2018
 
4 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
 
4.5 by dnmyrick from Minnesota on Nov 24, 2018
 
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 10, 2018
 
4 by sweetbrew82 from California on Aug 10, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by secondtooth from Indiana

Appearance: Pours from nitro can a firm black with ruby highlights. Big creamy khaki head.

Aroma: Coffee and bittersweet cocoa. Nice.

Taste: Smooth with a bitter coffee and roasty cocoa flavor all over. Solid and no problem getting this down.

Jul 30, 2018
 
4.31 by mark4466 from Colorado on Jul 15, 2018
 
3.95 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas on Jul 08, 2018
 
4.56 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on May 12, 2018
 
4.28 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2018
 
4.07 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Mar 31, 2018
 
4.18 by Gwalchgwynn67 from New York on Mar 24, 2018
 
4.25 by delgotit99 from Indiana on Feb 28, 2018
 
5 by LeftyMike from New Jersey on Feb 20, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Cola black color, medium light carbonation, slight creamy feel. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, bourbon candy, coffee and brown sugar. The taste is sweet but not overdone and it makes it taste like a bourbon beer candy. It's incredibly smooth and flavorful and the different flavors blend togethor really well

Feb 11, 2018
 
4 by adusso415 from Colorado on Jan 30, 2018
 
4.26 by Agriverbear from Texas on Jan 14, 2018
 
3.9 by chill-i-am from Washington on Jan 06, 2018
 
4.85 by SailIntoTheStout from Michigan on Jan 02, 2018
 
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 31, 2017
 
3.85 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 3131 ratings