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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BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,081
Reviews:
697
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Photo of En29356
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyNole
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Luckydog91
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flgimp
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured very dark cloudy red brown with medium body Into frosted pilsner glass. Heavy active head lacing lasted through drinking. Medium carbonation. Nose is of roasted coffee and cocoa. First sip was smokey coffee and dark chocolate with just the right amount of bitterness follows with blend of roasted nutty bread, more cocoa and coffee notes. Very nice oatmeal stout that I will visit again when I find it.

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Photo of Kamahl16
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Skabiski
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits, and coffee make up the majority of the nose. Some light caramel in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roast and dark fruits and goes into the coffee and light caramel sweetness. Bitterness from the coffee notes balance nicely with the sweetness. Finishes with lingering dark fruits and roast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: A nice, easy-drinking oatmeal stout with good complexity for the sub-6% abv. Perfect for fall/winter

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 10/5/16. Pours somewhat hazy reddish brown with a large sized khaki head; some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, caramel, and oats. The taste follows closely with roasted malt, cocoa, oats, caramel, and earthy/woody hops. Medium bitterness and some noticeable but subtle tartness. Average carbonation and somewhat thin body for the style. Overall, this is a fairly good Oatmeal Stout with a nice smell, but it could use more intensity and body.

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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of broadway848
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCPhD
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated 10/12/16. Dark ruddy brown with two fingers of tan head that leaves thick lacing and lasts a good long while.

Big chocolate aroma with roasty notes behind, including coffee, chicory, wood and stale hops.

The roasty qualities really stand out up front in the taste, with the chocolate, coffee and wood present, but more muted. The backend is sort of shallow, with a pretty dry aftertaste.

The feel is somewhat on the thin side, too, with a touch of creaminess but relatively little heft.

Maybe I'm too used to imperial stouts these days, but this feels more like porter territory to me. I was expecting more body in an oatmeal stout, and more flavor, too. Not bad, but with all the competition out there, not one I'd come back to often. If you're into dry Irish stouts, this may be more in your wheelhouse.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Tkachuk
2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of griffey123
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - deep black with a moderate light tan head
S - malty, earthy, with milt oatmeal notes
T - earth, roasted malt, notes of oatmeal
F - full body with mild carbonation
O - A decent oatmeal stout - I've had both from the bottle and on draught and I absolutely prefer the draught version as the head retention, feel, and aroma are more appealing

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark black with tan head and decent lacing. Smells of toasted oat, some coffee, and mild hoppy malt. Taste is very nice, full flavor of oat, coffee, malt, chocolate, and some burnt bread mixed in giving this a very well balanced feel. The finish is very clean and smooth, I really enjoyed this beer, would recommend to anyone and will drink again for sure, good job guys.

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

A very dark brown color with a small mocha head.
Aroma of chocolate and bread.
Mostly chocolate taste. Some oatmeal. A hint of coffee.
Medium-bodied, very pleasant to drink.

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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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