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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3,106
pDev:
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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukis
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/29/14. Thanks, Darren.

A: Cola brown with a tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Dark Chocolate, coffee, molasses. Burnt sugar.

T: Follows nose, oh, so nicely! Robust, full-bodied, smokey, toasty, sweet. A terrific concoction of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Smooth and decadent.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Thick and chewy.

O: I wasn't sure if this one would hold up 9 months after being bottled. But it was killer. A magical brew that must be sought out like the Holy Grail.

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Photo of tpauer
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

We don't get Firestone Walker in New Mexico, so I had to pick this up in Arizona this past weekend (November 2013).

I poured the twelve ounce bottle into a stein.

A- The beer comes out dark black with hues of brown. It produces a healthy two fingers of head. The head is chewy-looking, frothy and has lots of bubbles. This beer looks tasty.

S- Dark, roasty malt, sweetness similar to honey,some oatmeal and grain.

T- The smokiness surprises me, as I hadn't detected this on the nose. It's pleasant and not overwhelming. There's plenty of dark malt, toffee and vanilla taste underneath the smoke. The oatmeal characteristics emerge towards the finish.

M- The beer is creamy and easy drinking. There's no hint of booziness.

O- A great beer and very accessibly priced. I'd gladly drink this all winter long.

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

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

Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A finger of tan head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is strong burnt malt.
The taste is roasted malt, a touch of chocolate and only the mildest bitterness at the end.
The texture is, well, velvety smooth with low carbonation.
The burnt malt dominates here, which I like. It's a top stout.

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

Dark brown body, lightening up around the edges. The head is minimal and doesn't last long.

The nose is abundant with coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is bitter coffee on both gbe front and bsck end, chocolate in the middle.

I was expecting the body to be a little softer considering its an oatmeal stout and the name. It's still smooth, but the carbonation is a little prickly.

A very solid stout. I especially appreciate the modest abv and robust flavor.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my new Bruery glass.

Poured a dark black color with a tan head. Head vanished rather quick leaving some lacing.

Smells of roasted malts mostly, with a touch of vanilla and some cereal notes (think cheerios).

Taste is quite good, very balanced, slightly chocolately, slightly roasty. Not overly complex but certainly not boring.

Mouthfeel is a bit light. I like my oatmeal stouts to be a bit more thick and syrupy.

Overall a very drinkable stout, one that I will certainly seek out again. Quite tasty.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown almost black color with garnet highlights. Tight light brown head that leaves enough lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes. Mostly a coffee smell with some brown sugar.

Tastes of the strong roasted malts. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate come through. Brown sugar and caramel as well. Roasted bitterness adds on at the end. Oats are evident and add the typical smoothness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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

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

The Velvet Merlin poured a deep brown with ruby highlights with a slight tan but effervescent head. The aroma held chocolate and sweet malt roastiness. The flavor followed suit with chocolate, toasted malt and added hints of coffee. It left a slight bitterness on my palate between sips but the roasted chocolate quickly took center stage. The bubbly body was much lighter than the brews appearance and was light and lively. The Velvet Merlin was a top tier Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of BKBassist
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown/black with a surprisingly fast clearing head.

S - A hit of fresh roasted coffee, some minerally/grainy touches. A undercurrent of sweetness.

T - Initial hints of smoke and roast fade quickly to a full on sweet grain explosion. There is an almost savory/buttery/umami quality to the finish.

M - Perfect chewiness for the style, the viscosity brings to mind a higher ABV (which works for me, watery stouts be damned)

O - A very solid offering into a style that doesn't always bring too much excitement (minus the Imperial and BA versions). Very drinkable, with enough complexity to satisfy the connoisseur as well.

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Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 12/17/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Very dark brown beer with mahogany highlights. A fine tan foam head.

Sweet malts and a little smoke in the aroma.

A bit thinner than expected in the mouth.

Flavorful, this one. It starts with a dark roasted maltiness, vaguely sweet, then moves into the oatmeal. Also present are a pronounced chocolate (almost syrupy), a roasted nuttiness and some bitterness appearing on the palate after swallowing.

Evaporative flavor on the slightly dry finish. Not especially complex despite what is written, but very enjoyable to drink.

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

Photo of ruckus232
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of axf4129
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, in color. A nice, two finger beige head and good retention.

Aroma: Coffee, milk chocolate, and a touch of caramel all in good balance. Nice combination of roasty and sweet.

Taste: A really nice, approachable flavor profile highlighted by nice coffee and chocolate notes. Again, the balance of sweetness from the caramel and chocolate pairs great with the coffee. Some small earthy hop notes underneath as well. Very well done and to style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Coats the mouth nicely.

Overall, a really pleasant and balanced oatmeal stout. All the flavors are in good balance. A really nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Glenney67
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zythophile
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 10/1/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is very dark brown, but I can detect the slightest amount of light through the glass.

Smell is like a nice, semi-sweet brownie. It's a toasted chocolate scent.

Taste is a more intense version of the smell. You know that taste of fresh-ish coffee that has set on the burner for a few minutes too long so it's slightly bitter, but it's still good? That's what's up front. Then eat a brownie. That's Velvet Merlin fer ya.

Feel is thin and slightly carbonated. Basically, I expect a little thicker for an oatmeal stout.

It ain't bad, but Firestone has better stuff, and there are better examples of this style.

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