Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,077
Reviews:
695
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,077 |  Reviews: 695
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see this one on the shelf. It's an unassuming oatmeal stout, a quiet beast.

Black pour with cola-like edge. Head is off-white/brown with slick lacing. Would like to see a bigger head, maybe more dense...but still looks good.

Soft aroma of roasted cocoa, wet dark bread and black strap leather. hint of baked caramel. Not a powerful aroma, but damn nice.

Again, unassuming. Nothing here is going to scream to get attention. But the roastiness and baked stuff is really endearing. Cocoa powder, baked chocolate and caramel, fire-side pine on the end. hint of smoke. Very nice.

The softness of this beer really stands out. It's rich and drinkable without getting you plastered. Smooth and coating with a semi-dry finish. Darn good

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Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/3/2011

Drinking this beer in honor of my mother's birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom! I hope you appreciate what I'm doing for you. Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep brown with a creamy light brown head. Good retention.

S: Aroma shows a little coffee with a moderate roasted malt character. Nice soft oatmeal profile blends with chocolate and a mellow and well integrated bourbon element. There's a light biscuit note and a dash of nut character.

F: Flavor is dry with a blend of chocolate and coffee. Low level of earthy bitterness and a lower moderate roasted malt profile with a dash of toasted character. Bourbon is tame and goes very well with the chocolate and oatmeal. The balance of flavors is superb.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A fantastic beer. Highly drinkable and enjoyable, and at a great price.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-black with a small brown head that faded fast and leaves no lace
S- you get many aromas at first, roasted, brown sugar, and a bitter chocolate aroma.
T-roasted taste with the caramel malt coming through, then you get a coco bitterness that sweetens up in the end
M-creamy silky smooth with low carbonation
O-great taste and nice balance of all flavors

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, with a little bit of tan foam and some lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of roasted malts and an aroma of chocolate coffee filled the nose with a pleasant soft aroma. The taste of this Oatmeal Stout was just what the smell and aroma was, but, without the usual bitterness of a stout. Nice balance of malts and all components involved. Soft, with a nice bitter/sweet finish on the palate.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours with of fairly rocky, brown head over deep brown body with just a hint of light on the edges.

Solid, roasty aromas... reminded me of Founders Imp Stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, charred log, oats, and some tire rubber.

Creamy on the palate. The roast continues into the flavor, but mellows out to a sweeter chocolate profile - think chocolate/chocolate chip ice cream. Light hop pull in the finish. Good body - this drinks bigger than a 5.5%. Nearly perfect carbonation. Light film on the tongue.

Awesome Oatmeal Stout. Smokey quality is the only thing holding me back from a couple 5's.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Freshness date on bottle neck. Purchased at Zain's Liquors (San Francisco, CA).

A: Black with dark brown edges, soft, foamy 1-finger beige head with good retention and copious lacing.

S: Chocolate and dark maltiness are most prominent with some raisin, smoky malts, and light whiskey

T: The smoky bourbon flavor is delightful and really adds a delicate and unique touch that really moves this beer up a tier. The chocolate notes are sumptuous and the the caramel component, not really very obvious in the aroma, comes through to give a lightly fudgy finish.

M: Very smooth and lush with medium body and low carbonation.

O: A really well-styled oatmeal stout that I wish they distributed more widely. It is one of FW's best everyday beers.

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Photo of Kshock
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark deep brown color. Looks like black coffee. some lacing, but not much retention.

S- Roasted malts(toffee, coffee, bitter chocolate)

T- Dark roasted sweetness. Dries out very quickly; very nice finish.

M- light to med body. Feels very pleasant on the palate. light carbonation.

O- Very good example of the style, very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of quaybr
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug, there's a short-statured and short-lived light, frothy head, off white. Color is a very dark brown.

Smells of sweet cocoa, and as it warms up some roasted malts begin to peak out a bit.

The taste surprised me: roasty roast roasty. Delicious coffee tones take the show, contrasting the subtlety in the nose. Man on man this is nice. This time the chocolate malt takes a back seat. A pleasant aftertaste lingers and makes me really eager to take the next sip.

Mouthfeel does this beer well. Not watered down, not overly thick for the style, just right. Feels nice the entire way down.

This is a great beer. I've been wanting to try this for a while now. I'm kind of perplexed by the sweet smell and roasted body makeup. At first whiff I was certain it was going to be on the sweet side. Not so fast, mister, this one's a winner.

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Photo of dtivp
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with ruby hues half of a finger creamy mocha head that fades quickly into a thin ring with moderate sticky lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and sweet chocolate.

Taste of dark chocolate with a slight sweetness, roasted malt, oats, dark coffee and a slight smoky finish.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, creamy and smooth as silk.

Overall this is a solid oatmeal stout, very enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled Feb 17th 2014, going for this sucker!

Bright light tan head. Surprising head appearance in a creamy but almost bleached bright tan color. About three fingers with a small settling one finger cap. Body color is very dark. Deep midnight black and maybe even a little bit red strangely. Up to the light there is some clarity. Pretty nice.

Great nose on this guy. Deep roasted and toasty notes, and lots of creamy tones. The grain just rips on this supper husky and crackling. Light notes of soft roast and small vanilla. A big sense of depth it would seem coming. Loving this.

Real nice flavors, but a very faint hint of acridity and faint sour tinge on the finish. Palate fills though with a light bodied chewy cookie quality. Dark crackling roast and soft malt mouthfeel on the palate, nearly silky. Some small vanilla.

Wonderful oatmeal stout, with a sense of chewy depth, and big aromas. Would like to grab this guy in the style often, but it's never around these parts. Glad to finally get my hands on this one.

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Photo of griffey123
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Khazadum
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Tight creamy head develops, easily two fingers, sticky lacing, mountains of froth stick to the edges and just layer on each other like grandma's famouse yellow cake. A cola brown color and an off-white toasted froth.

S- Chocolate, like a cocoa and milk chocolate infusion. Roasted grains, toasted malts, a charred barrel nature. There is a back end oxidized malt character betraying the age on this. Still, even if its aged a bit it is very enjoyable.

T- Roasty... Its truly an example of smooth, creamy, roast. It opens like a nice crust of bread, then it flows into a light burnt edge. Like you bit into the wrong end of the loaf. After that a sweetness comes to dominate. Minorly caramel, mostly just bright. Finishes grainy, oats, and a bit of cardboard from oxidized malt.

M- Super creamy, a bright and crisp middle that flows around and helps disrupt the creamy nature so it isn't syrupy or gross. The carbonation sometimes breaks things up too much. Full bodied. Finish is a good amount of sticky. Nothing bothersome. Great texture.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flgimp
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured very dark cloudy red brown with medium body Into frosted pilsner glass. Heavy active head lacing lasted through drinking. Medium carbonation. Nose is of roasted coffee and cocoa. First sip was smokey coffee and dark chocolate with just the right amount of bitterness follows with blend of roasted nutty bread, more cocoa and coffee notes. Very nice oatmeal stout that I will visit again when I find it.

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Photo of twistjawa
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VanillaHeat
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on-tap at The Skeptical Chymist in Scottsdale on two separate nights. I first saw it in an ad while visiting the restroom and thought i would try it. Thursday nights is special Firestone Walker nights at the Skeptical Chymist so I recommend trying it then or Tuesday when all pints are $2 off.

The beer is a dark color Oatmeal Stout with a small head. A bit of a tobacco or coffee flavor was the one thing that stood out to me. I love dark beer and the taste was pleasing. The signs claim Firestone is 3x brewery of the year. I can see why - this one I was unfamiliar with but Velvet Merlin instantly appeared in my top 5 favorites.

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Photo of newsage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

velvet merlin 5.5% one of the better oatmeal stouts out there other than the velvet merkin 8.6% which is only served at the brewery. The difference is merkin is age longer in bourbon barrels which gives it an higher ABV, silky smooth mouthfeel and great oak bourbon smell.

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Photo of rawla
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a 5 week old 12 bottle into a 14 oz beer mason jar.

Pours a dark, velvety chocolate pour with solid carbonation off the bottle. Creamy, tan/coffee head with a 2 inch retention. Good lacing on the sides.

S: Mmmm... Chocolate, charred marsh mellow, and freshly pulled espresso shots. A very truly welcoming bouquet of aromas.

T: French pressed coffee, toffee, sweet chocolate milk, and toasted oats. Small bite toward the end that smoothes out the delicate, sweet, chocolate and coffee flavors. Well done.

M: Silky smooth; feels like a thai iced coffee. Wow.

o: An amazing take on an oatmeal stout. Only thing that keeps me from giving this a higher overall rating is it's limited yearly release. Otherwise, a fantastic brew.

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Photo of HabaJohn
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Buzz3d
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacPhergus
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, no real head. Great malty, slight coffee aroma. Smooth taste, nice blend of creamy oatmeal, coffee and a little chocolate. Well balanced body.

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Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,077 ratings.
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