Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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89
very good
3,070 Ratings
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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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Added by largadeer on 11-13-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,070
Reviews:
694
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
637
For Trade:
5
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of jetttt
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of part-time-alcoholic
1.1/5  rDev -72.4%

After coming here for a few years I made an account specifically to comment on this brew. I hate to trash a beer from a brewery I love but wow this is bad. Watery mouth-feel, caustic scent, absolutely bitter taste with zero other qualities. I don;t think I've ever seen a BA Score (90, currently) I disagree with more. Maybe I just got a bad batch?

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Photo of bball208
1.56/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

I am extremely disappointed in Firestone for this one. The brewery that I thought never failed to make only supreme beers has fallen very short of that mark for this beer.

Poured a dark, coca-cola-like appearance. foam dissipates just like it would for coke. There was nothing velvety about this beer in its appearance or taste.

Taste was very one dimensional and flat. I got nothing but roasted bitter notes of coffee. And that was it. It was not accompanied by any sort of sweetness like chocolate or malt, it was just coffee water residue. I clearly must have gotten a dud because I see this is rated a 90, unless I'm crazy or the world is crazy, this was not a good beer and I actually poured it down the drain after about 10 sips. I tried!

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1.6/5  rDev -59.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of BeerNW
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of peteh2112
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of jbertsch
2.56/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

no sign of oats used. The beer is much too crisp, thin, and refreshing for an oatmeal stout. Those are attributes I want in other beer styles, not an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Stater
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Keeling
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Marraybay
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Very dark; Not much head; Some light lacing apparent.

Smell: Espresso or coffee

Taste: Looking for a little sweetness, but it doesn't exist. Has more of
a tart upfront note that transitions into coffee bitterness at the close.
Goes down pretty smoothly.

Feel: Creamy; full

Overall: Not a fan. The opening volley of tart-sour that segueways
into a burnt-coffee bitterness is not an overly enjoyable experience
in my opinion. It was a smooth drinker however and I did finish.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RobertColianni
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of ronniebruner
2.77/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Gotta say right off the bat I was disappointed in this brew as I have thoroughly enjoyed all the other Firestone beers I have had. It could just be a bad batch I presume, but it is hard to say. The beer is very black, almost too black to be enjoyable considering the horrid burnt wood taste. It is nowhere as thick as other stouts and it took me several weeks to finish this 6 pack off. Overall I have a very high opinion of Firestone Walker and would rate it as one of the top 3 breweries in the state of California, but I have to say this really was just not that great. Not terrible, but just not worth the time or money.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't know if this is a bad bottle, or just how bad they can conceivably get, but this was a huge disappointment. Nothing wrong on the eyes -- classic, unsurprising stout look and pour, very healthy. But very weak, roasted aroma, same on the taste, and little other scents or flavors. Body is more like a porter, too watery for a stout. Not horrible, but just very bland compared to other entries in this competitive category, and definitely way below FW standards. I'll try it again eventually just to verify my findings, but won't rush for another.

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2.84/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Philousa
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Imbibed on tap at Wine Affairs on 3/4/13.

Very dark, but a clear cola color against the light with a thin tan head with decent retention. Lots of chocolate in the nose with a slight roasted coffee tinge. Caramel also plays a vital role. Flavor is very chocolatey also, but dry like baker's chocolate, and bitter as well. Caramel and somewhat sweet like chocolate milk, this finishes with earthy hop bitterness. Feel is somewhat creamy (would like more cream) ad thin, finish is very dry. Interesting, but wouldn't buy a sixer. Then again, I'm not one to enjoy most oatmeal stouts. Could fit the profile better.

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Photo of Night
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burgundy-black with hints of purple in the light. Relatively thin head, dies down quickly to an average bubbly layer; lacing is sparse. Aroma is fairly smooth and mellow, not astringent: rich molasses, bouillon, chocolate, raisins, maybe a hint of grassy scents. Mouthfeel is slightly silky, but a little on the watery side; not much in the way of carbonation or body. Flavor is at first smooth cocoa with vague hints of coffee, then mild burnt oat bitterness, a slight wash of hops, and warming alcoholic presence; finally a lingering grassy sourness. Aftertaste is flat and lightly bitter.

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Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,070 ratings.
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