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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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,511
Reviews:
698
Ratings:
3,088
pDev:
9.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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235
Gots:
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Trade:
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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler from Big Hops in San Antonio, TX.

A - Pours black with half a finger of mocha head. There is a reddish brown around the edges when held up to the light.

S - Lots of coffee, chocolate, and oats in the aroma.

T - I get a good amount of roasted coffee, chocolate, and creamy oats in this. It's sweet and roasty with a great balance. Minimal bitterness.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. True to its name, this is velvety smooth and creamy. There is a lingering roasted coffee/chocolate stickiness in the mouth.

O - A dangerously drinkable brew from FW. The coffee, chocolate, and oats mesh incredibly well and the smooth mouthfeel make this one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

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3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a dirty, but rinsed, Delirium glass. medium black with brown head that fades into very light light brown lacing and dissipates medium/soon. Tastes like an old shoe in a good way. Dark, aged fruit (dates, burnt grain) with a high drinkability factor. Alcohol factors too prevalent, considering the only 5.5% and thus cuts down on mouth and taste. Smooth and balanced, but not too excitable. If one was to drink dark ales for hours and hours, this would be the beer. Goes well with tobacco and chocolate, though the flavors are unremarkable on their own. Firestone makes very solid beer, and this is no exception. But, considering, it could be much better.

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