Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

very good
3,071 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,071 |  Reviews: 694
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Dolfan907
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JeffNev
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of sansho
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of guytyping
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Cory-WC
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of sunsjammer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with edge head that clings to glass for a second, but doesn't lead to much lacing. Smell of cocoa, maybe a little cherry, some dark breads in the background.

The taste tries to follow the nose, but adds a little more bitterness along with carbonation, lending a little cola flavor. The depth of the beer (either in maltiness or thickness) is a little lacking for me. The end notes are weak, but lean towards bitter coffee.

This is not an imperial, so that must be taken into account, but I was looking for a little more flavor profile.

 554 characters

Photo of SixPack6
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of danipp
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Brolo75
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint

Appearance: Pretty dark, some light penetrates when held up, nice creamy tan head that does not live long but there is some incredible lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, no alcohol on the nose, nice roasted chocolate coffee aroma

Taste: Up front, roasted chocolate malts, some coffee notes, some bitterness and alcohol on the backend, dry finish, nice roasted aftertaste, very smooth flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, dry finish, very smooth, get a slight alcohol burn, but very slight.

Overall: I'm a huge oatmeal stout fan and this has to be one of my favorites. It has it all, smooth roasted, chocolate, coffee flavors, smooth creamy mouthfeel, most of all is the roasted malt flavors and aromas that stand out, great oatmeal stout and one of my winter favorites.

 864 characters

Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of timmy2b
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Madskill
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of cubsfanpam
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Coozie
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,071 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.