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:
3,077
Reviews:
695
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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232
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639
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Photo of BradExtreme
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jon4than
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Poured into tulip

Black liquid, one finger taupe foam cap

Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate,

Slight coffee bitterness

Good beer

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Photo of Duffman79
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Colin32
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkazemi
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppity1
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cycle69
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Appearance: Huge, coarse dark tan head crowns a body as black as night. The head retention is quite good, Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt utterly dominates the aroma, although cold coffee and some bitter cocoa are present as well.

Taste: Opens with roasted malt, cocoa, and bitter coffee. As the taste progresses, the roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee meld together, with the oatmeal serving to remove any harsh edges from the taste. Finishes with a long, lingering note of semi-sweet cocoa.

Mouth feel: Very soft and gracious on the palate, silky and smooth, with only a hint of carbonation, it is well-named.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done, an illustration of what a skilled brewer can do with this style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. Production date, per the label, was '12/02/14 11:13'. Purchased on 04/24/2015 in Texas.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very watery mouthfeel, which seems to be an issue with certain FW beers. Has no real mouthfeel at all. Aroma is also pretty tame for a stout, you get some toasted malt, but like you were smelling the mash, again with lots of water. Flavor wise there isn't much happening outside your standard roasted malt. Very disappointing beer.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown color, hint of dark mahogany, with a modest tan head. It soon disapates but leaves behind a thin ring like crown.
Pleasant and understated aroma of roasted malts, mild coffee roast, oatmeal and, in particular, a creamy sweetness from chocolate/cocoa flavors.
In the mouth the oatmeal adds smoothness. Furthermore, it is mellow and soft, making it easy to drink. The body is medium and light for a stout. The flavor has a creamy and chocolate sweetness along with moderate espresso and hops bitterness. Finished dry and with a slight tartness.
Very pleasant and sessionable Stout. Simple, gentle and understated, yet, not without its own subtle complexity.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The initial pour results in a glass filled with beige froth, which subsides into a dark ruby body; the extant head is minimal, along with lacing.
There is a subtle nose of Cheerio cereal; the palate is nipped with sweet maltiness that contains bits of bread, grain and plum. The balance is superb and this, along with the manageable 5.5 abv, makes for one great sessional quaff. Is there anything Firestone Walker cannot do? Alas, if this brew were more readily available to us East Coast schlubs.

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

Photo of chadski
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duff_Man
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ruzzal
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of swanfungus
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruckus232
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,077 ratings.
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