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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Added by largadeer on 11-13-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,070
Reviews:
694
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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231
Gots:
637
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,070 |  Reviews: 694
Photo of fox227
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer takes on typical stout form: black with tan head, which doesn't retain, to describe it more, I have no claim. Smell is fairly faint in the form of the following facets: coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt; however, these characteristics are quite bold, and is best served not too cold. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich; Velvet Merlin seems full bodied, but by alcohol volume it's nary as such. I would imagine quite a night, drinking six of these, and not dehydrate, or overindulge; Velvet Merlin, a single strength stout, I can easily afford.

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

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SABERG
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 11/21/14 into a modified tulip glass.
A - Translucent, pour light slips through with little effort, initially a big
carbonation charge, settles down, leaving a thin off white cap.
S - Milk chocolate, light brown sugar and raisins, Reminds me of breakfast.
Oatmeal with yes, raisins and a sprinkle of light brown sugar. As the beer warms,
more cocoa notes develop, buried way in the back hides a little fig to tease the senses.
T - Medium roast malt, a kiss of black paten, slightly sweet, with ever present light cocoa. A delicate touch of hops tilts to a crispness that is quite pleasant.
F - Thin in body, with the light carbonation combine to leave a lot of edges. Velvet it is not, as an oatmeal stout it could use a fuller feel IMO. The beginning is muted, the finish like a quite exit, with no calling card.
O - I fell like there is something missing in this oatmeal stout, with respect to FW who do some great things. There take on this style is a little short.
Cheer all

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lurkerson
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brown, 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Has an oatmeal and coffee aroma predominantly. The roasted malts are not that strong as other stouts. There is a hint of chocolate. On taste, coffee predominates. The roasted malts are not as strong, but can detect a lighter taste, perhaps the oatmeal. Slight chocolate aftertaste. Overall a very good beer but doesn't stack up to many Imperial Stouts I have had. It is smooth.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Delicious. Nice off-white thick foamy head. Brew is black, very black. Nice lacing with good head buildability when swirled.

S - Oatey. Some small chocolate. Mildly smokey and heavily roasted. Some nice coffee scents too.

T - Very nice! Smooth as a baby.... Some gentle milk chocolate, nothing heavy. This brew is quite good.

M - Gentle on the tongue. Above average carbonation, dry and well-rounded.

O - What a great brew! I'm glad I picked this one up! Highly recommended.

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Photo of pagriley
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of breadwinner
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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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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 Benish
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black with ruby highlights. There is a small cola like head that disappears immediately and leaves no sign of lacing. The smell is very nice. Robust chocolate and coffee dominate. The taste is similar, but more muted than the smell. The feel is where this beer really lacks. Light and watery. It seems to dillute the taste. Next to no carbonation either. Overall solid, but so many better options out there.

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Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thumperskibum
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rojapa
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very watery mouthfeel, which seems to be an issue with certain FW beers. Has no real mouthfeel at all. Aroma is also pretty tame for a stout, you get some toasted malt, but like you were smelling the mash, again with lots of water. Flavor wise there isn't much happening outside your standard roasted malt. Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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