Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of JerUrbans
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell is of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is really good, I get roasted coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of vanilla and burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Overall, I love oatmeal stouts, probably my favorite style and this is an excellent one. Very easy drinking, would be great with some baby back ribs. Love the sweetness on my lips after every drink. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking on January 18th, 2014. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 09/16/13 stamped on the bottom front of the label, so this is four days outside the 120-day period recommended by Firestone Walker for beer consumption. Poured into a standard 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours an inky black hue with just the slightest twinge of dark, walnut brown when I work hard to get some light to come through the glass. Atop the obsidian body rests a frothy off-white head about a finger and a half thick with a mix of larger and smaller bubbles. Retention is moderate, and leaves small bits of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass after the foam dissipates.

Smell - To be honest, I'm a little underwhelmed, as the smell is pretty simplistic--predominantly aromas of roasted malt and light char, with some complementary notes of bittersweet chocolate and stale coffee. Faint woody bitterness comes through on subsequent inhalations as well.

Taste - Very much inline with the aroma, only now with some characteristics coming through from the oatmeal in the form of a rustic, moderately sweet graininess along with the bitter roasted components and semi-sweet notes of semi-dark chocolate and coffee. Nice earthy hop bitterness as well, but at a pleasantly subdued rate, allowing the malt profile of this beer to be the lead role.

Mouthfeel - A little thinner than I would've liked, with a medium body, and moderate to low carbonation. Bittersweet finish.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout, but nothing mindblowing like FW's hop-forward and barrel aged beers. There are other lowish ABV stouts that I would likely pick up off the shelf before I reached for this one again.

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Photo of jxc5
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MooseBoose
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Northtexan
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gmendez1122
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of SuperMario
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of russwilliam
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JKV96
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jabo134
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 cbcrunch
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

A: as dark as darkness with dark brown hues towards the edges, 1" head at the most but it quickly went away leaving a fine tan layer of foam on the beer.

S: smells like grains and oats with some decent coffee aromatics.

T: ccoffee is slightly more pronounced on the palate than on the nose with sharp grain notes it leaves an almost unnoticeable soapy aftertaste.

M: it has a fulfilling well rounded body, clean and somewhat dry.

O: there's no doubt that FW knows what they're doing and this beer shows well the excellent control they have at the time of brewing.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a light tan head of foam.

Roasted malt, light chocolate, slight coffee aroma.

Flavor matches aroma but is rather subtle in comparison. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty but rather subtle.

Medium-bodied, low carbonation, smooth, silky, luscious.

Overall, a nice oatmeal stout here, but could use some aroma and flavor enhancement.

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Photo of auee92
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Muted coffee and chocolate, with a hint of motor oil. This smells like a low gravity stout.

Appearance: Deep black in appearance, thin head, tan foam, dissipating slowly giving way to nice light lacing.

taste: Sweet with almost no bitter aftertaste.

Palate: Light to medium body, creamy, slick, soft to no carbonation,

Overall: For a low gravity stout, this is not bad. Reminiscent of a Porter, with hints of flavoring, but not really my definition of a stout.

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Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,081 ratings.
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