Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
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Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout

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

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.

Added by largadeer on 11-13-2008

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Ratings: 3,086 |  Reviews: 698
Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby edges. Some roast on the nose. Decent roast in the flavor profile is accompanied by a touch of chocolate. The finish is dry and bitter. The body is spot on but it's more fizzy than I might have expected.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattXT
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We don't get Firestone Walker in New Mexico, so I had to pick this up in Arizona this past weekend (November 2013).

I poured the twelve ounce bottle into a stein.

A- The beer comes out dark black with hues of brown. It produces a healthy two fingers of head. The head is chewy-looking, frothy and has lots of bubbles. This beer looks tasty.

S- Dark, roasty malt, sweetness similar to honey,some oatmeal and grain.

T- The smokiness surprises me, as I hadn't detected this on the nose. It's pleasant and not overwhelming. There's plenty of dark malt, toffee and vanilla taste underneath the smoke. The oatmeal characteristics emerge towards the finish.

M- The beer is creamy and easy drinking. There's no hint of booziness.

O- A great beer and very accessibly priced. I'd gladly drink this all winter long.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A brew from Firestone Walker with an Outstanding BA rating made me think I was in for something special. This is a good beer but nothing exceptional. Pours a dense dark brown with just a little light coming through the bottom of the glass. Good size light tan/yellowish head with better than average retention.

Aroma is mild, mostly roasted malt. Taste is similar with perhaps a bit of chocolate coming in too. Mostly bready and slightly sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is very good. Most Oatmeal stouts are creamy and smooth. This is no exception. Nice and crisp as well with no alcohol presence.

A fairly good but not exceptional brew. For an Oatmeal Stout, I would rather have a Samuel Smiths.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Sweet and bready oats, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, char, smoke, and earthy aromas.

Taste: Same as above. Nice sweetness and bready oats. Very tasty oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, some silky and creamy notes, light bodied, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice oatmeal stout. I wouldn't mind trying out the big daddy version. I am content with this one for the time being.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Velvet Merlin pours an oily black with a small tan head on top. A few spots of lace stick to the glass as the foam fades away.

The aroma has nice roast and chocolate notes with hints of coffee and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy with moderate carbonation and an oily body. The flavor is rich with roasted malt, chocolate, toasted oats and nuts. It finishes with a little vanilla, a hint of sour cherry, and a touch of grassy bitterness. Once gone the chocolate and vanilla lingers on the palate.

A very tasty beer that should be allowed to warm so the flavors can expose themselves. Great mouthfeel and easy to drink.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Echo Tap and Grille. Pours an opaque, jet black hue with moderate frothing. Aroma reminiscent of mocha and dark espresso. Flavor dominated by strong toffee and cocoa notes. Dangerously drinkable. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 2/7/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a beautiful black with a one finger tan head that dissipates to a ring. Decent lacing.

S-Aromas of milk chocolate, roast, espresso.

T-Great flavor of chocolatey malt sweetness initially, roasty malt bitterness, hops seem less prevalent.

M-Mouthfeel gives a medium bodied, mild carbonation and a hint of bitterness.

O-Overall another great brew from FW will buy some more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nonic pint, watching American Dad!

Appearance : Charleston chew colored chocolate body, 90% opaque, fluffy khaki head with lace receding from its initial 3 finger pour.

Smell : Dark spices, oats, cocoa malts, burnt pan brown sugar, fudge covered banana. Little to no hop aroma. Medium volume.

Taste : Definitely softer on the palate than other oatmeal stouts. It glides across the tongue with softened oats, vanilla, coffee bean, and roast cocoa malts. It's not really fabulous, but it's smooth.

Feel : Nice and creamy, just what an oatmeal stout should be. Very subdued, mild, muffled carbonation. Ends with a slight parch matched with a shot of skim milk density to hydrate it just a tad.

Overall : A nice oatmeal stout. Hard to beat the silk on this one. It's not mind blowing, but I wod drink it again.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CraigTravor
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85.2% out of 100 with 3,086 ratings
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