Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#4,078
Reviews:
700
Ratings:
3,106
pDev:
9.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,106 |  Reviews: 700
Photo of Carolvs
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark color.

Bouquet is malty, a bit sour, kinda funky. Unique.

Taste is subtle, malt, cocoa, bitter.

Mouthfeel is moderately rich. Possibly light for a stout, more of a rich imperial porter.

Finish emphasizes the bitter notes, not quite as good as the rest of the beer.

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Photo of DRBiser
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBass
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boccu
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and dark with a slight head. Very nice oatmeal stout with a cocoa start that has a nice coffee finish. Well made as always from Firestone.

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Photo of R3ason
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells of toasty, roasted chocolate malts. The taste is like mild dark chocolate, oats, and dark roasted coffee. Feels creamy and light with mild carbonation. Overall a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JandJMD
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephandbrown
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz pour into a shaker pint glass.

Velvet Merlin poured a dark brown color with significant head. I honestly expected the beer to be quite a bit darker; if you hold it to the light, you can almost see through it. The smell and taste are both pretty typical of an oatmeal stout- roasted malt and the oatmeal itself make up the majority of scent and flavor. It's a bit more carbonated than I expected as well, but that might be because it sat in a bottle shop for a while before consumption.

It's a fine beer, but a little lackluster compared to some of the other excellent beers that Firestone Walker makes.

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Photo of pinyin
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very happy that I found this fresh.

Bottled 10/6/15. Served in a 12 ounce snifter at 39F.

Six pack purchased in North Western NJ.

Typical stout coloring. Brownish black with a slight creamy whitish head.

Very nice aroma. I get coffee beans, chocolate malts, some flaked oats.

Excellent mouthfeel. This is where Velvet Merlin shines. Very nice texture and flavor balance. Not too hoppy, but just bitter enough to offset the coffee and chocolate undertones.

The best attribute of this stout is how closely it resembles Velvet Merkin. FYI, Velvet Merkin is a world class stout. One of my favorites.

Velvet Merlin has a lot of similar qualities to its bigger, more expensive brother. Unfortunately Merkin is a small batch and very limited availibility due to retail hoarding.

Velvet Merlin is a good, price consciouss alternative for us dolts who dont trade or dont have the ins with the distributors or local bottle shops to score some bombers of Merkin.

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Photo of Justindemino
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dank203
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really satisfied with this one. great mouth feel for relatively low abv. roasty tones with soft fluffy oatmeal feel and light chocolate notes. slick, wet finish, good stuff in the morning

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Photo of Brewery_Decimal_System
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdanielle1190
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Really nice stout. Super smooth and easy drinking and nice low abv. The smell is light toasty malts and oats with some chocolate. The taste is similar. I see why they call it velvet. yb

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Photo of smanson56
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time drinking this beer. Poured a dark black color with a thin light tan head. There is a grain smell to the nose not sure that it reminds me of oatmeal but an oat, earthy smell. The taste is mild with a very faint coffee flavor. The mouth feel to me is thin and perhaps a little over carbonated. In all not a bad beer I think for am oatmeal stout it is a solid choice.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 3,106 ratings