Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
4/5
3,088 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,513
Reviews:
698
Ratings:
3,088
pDev:
9.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
636
Trade:
5
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Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eddiehop
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a slight ruby hue and mocha head that fades.

S: Dark roasted malt, a bit earthy, with light coffee.

T: Lots of dark roasted malt, some sweet cocoa, light coffee, a touch of vanilla, some earthy hop notes and a mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, velvety smooth.

O: Flavorful brew that really hits the spot on a cold night.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of cfrances33
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jose Pistola's in Philly (6/25/12). Poured into a shaker pint.

Pour: Black, with dark brown around the rims of the glass. Light brown fluffy head.

Smell: Bitter chocolate and thats about it.

Tast: Chocolate roastiness followed by some vanilla and then taken over again by dark bitter chocolate. Rich espresso bitterness hangs around.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, very drinkable.

Overall: Tasty, but velvet merkin wins.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of breadwinner
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As big an FW fanboy as any, but this one just doesn't work for me, no matter how many times I go back to it. Well made, as to be expected, but the oats never contribute the expected feel to my palate, and there's a bit of tangy fruity note in there too. Which, I suppose, isn't really out of line with an English-style stout, so maybe that's what they were shooting for. Even the roast is just a bit too weak, wanting oomph, wanting something to fill this out and give it some character. It's easy drinking, for sure, but in this range I prefer something like Sierra Nevada Stout, whose body, even sans the oats, feels more befitting of a stout.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan one finger head with decent lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and nicely carbonated. Good body for a 5.5% abv stout. I'll buy this again.

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Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a decent sized khaki head off of a normal pour. The head dies down to more of a white layer within a minute or two.
Texture looks pretty thick as it’s a slow pour and the liquid coats the glass.
The nose is roasty and semi-sweet. Baker’s chocolate and mild coffee.
Dark chocolate hits the palate first, and it’s not overly sweet. That creamy texture is all-encompassing and brings on a slightly bitter and acidic hit from the roasted malts. There’s a hint of sweetness on the back end that lingers.
This is about as easy drinking as they come. More depth than some, but nothing mind blowing or unusual.
A good oatmeal stout that’s clearly leaning in the roasted malt direction, but has enough sweetness to keep your palate from getting bored.
Tasty and enjoyable.

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3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Firestone Walker beer. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark, but not totally black. Light comes through around edges and bottom of glass. Kind of a dark redish tint where light comes through. Fluffy one finger head. Slightly off white with only small tight bubbles. Head dies down to thin layer but doesn't disappear. Fairly good lacing.

S: Not a big aroma at all. Smells like the inside of a Quaker oatmeal container. VERY light chocolate scent.

T: Nice roasted flavor. Light coffee. Mild sweet chocolate. Nice oaty finish. Very mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Smooth but not Velvety.

O: Been hearing great things about Firestone Walker. Had a sip of their Double Jack and was impressed. Got a few of their brews, including the Parabola. Not super impressed with this one. It's decent but there's definitely many better.

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3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 12/10/15.

Look: Deep brown color, small tan head with good retention, and sparse lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt with a bit of sweetness and fruitiness to it. Mild chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, and dark fruits. The oats give it a subtle earthiness and a dry, bitter finish.

Feel: Medium-full bodied, smooth, and easy to drink.

A really nice oatmeal stout here. Fairly complex without being difficult to drink. Very enjoyable.

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4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 3,088 ratings
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