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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I cannot tell you guys how glad I am to finally see this in MD.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high and khaki in shade. The texture isn't as creamy soft as I like from my stouts, neither is the retention.

S: I'm getting healthy notes of both roast and oats, mainly. A bit of coffee, also. There's also a strong mineral quality that suggests a dry beer. I'm missing some defined notes of chocolate or fruit esters that would really send this over the top. Still, it doesn't smell bad at all - just a bit dull.

T: Better than what the nose suggested. It starts off with some oats and roast (roasted oats? Hey, why not...) The middle has a nice combination of chocolate, licorice (this is subdued, ergo I don't hate its presence), and brown sugar; it finishes cola-y. I could do without the cola flavors, but it still has a good flavor profile.

M: It's dry - just not as bone dry as I anticipated. After the half way point, it becomes quite wet and sweet (but never overbearing). In addition, it's thin and lacking creaminess. Still, thanks to the medium carbonation, it's very easy to drink.

O: A classic example of a beer that tastes better than it smells. It's not amazing, but it works nicely enough - I think its status of "that FW beer we DON'T get on the East coast" propped it up too high on my pedestal. Speaking of...hey FW, bring Pivo Pils to MD, right now!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet black, not a lot of head going on here. Very roasted nose with licorice and molasses scents up front. First sip comes across very smooth; big time oatmeal graininess, dark roast coffee, anise, very little hop bitterness. Carbonation is appropriate but almost seems a touch too much; a little smoother would have been nicer. All in all a good oatmeal stout, just surprisingly heavy on the licorice and anise undertones.

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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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