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:
3,076
Reviews:
695
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another bottle bites the dust in today's attempt to eradicate single-O Porters, Stouts & Old Ales from the insidious Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

I find revisionist history to be laughable & here is a stark example: "Original name was 'Velvet Merkin', but name was changed when it began to be bottled in 2010." Ha ha, horses**t! They thought that they were being clever/funny until the ATF did their homework & realized that it referred to a (ahem!) carpet used by (ahem, again!) prostitutes during the Middle Ages. You may have heard the sobriquet "Beaver" applied to Venus' Triangle? Some high-end merkins were fashioned from beaver pelts. Why was this important? We, as humans, had no understanding of vermin vs. vectors during the Plague Era, but a connection was made between fur & body hair (sort of correctly, think crabs) & so clean-shaven was the order of the day. For the hirsute-aficionados, the merkin was created to satiate their desires. Once the ATF realized what they had approved, they spanked Firestone Walker's collective pee-pee & made them make an amendment.

Onwards! I Pop!ped the cap to great applause, forcing me to stop & take a bow before continuing. How bow dah? Cash me owside. It was a nice, fresh bottle, so there was nothing standing between me an a heavy-handed pour except fear itself. I decided to shoot the works & go for the gusto, pouring nearly the entire contents into my glass before a pseudo-cascade took ahold & I had to back off lest I clean up a mess later. It settled into two-pus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with garnet highlights & NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of milk chocolate and a fresh-baked breadiness. Mouthfeel was full, smooth & creamy, almost like an N2 pour. The taste was like a combination of milk chocolate, coffee and light cream. Man, this was a smoooooth, easy-drinking stout! So much so that I drained off half of it without even an afterthought. Finish was semi-sweet, bordering on semi-dry, but the chocolaty presence held things in check. It was a very pleasant addition to the day.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

L: Pitch black, with a foamy beige head. Retention is minimal. A thin ring remains that leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Grainy, musty oats; milk chocolate candy, burnt toast, cocoa powder, milk, hints of cherries, earth.

F: Cherry and raisins right up front, which quickly glides into milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and almond milk. Then you get dry, musty grains; burnt toast, and metallic earthiness. Finishes lightly dry with lingering essences of chocolate, cherries, and grainy oats.

F: Medium-bodied. Smooth and well-rounded, with medium carbonation.

O: An extremely flavorful stout for under 6%. An excellent display of oats, roasted notes, and fruity esters. A great beer.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Our first beer on our trip to California! This is a nice overall oatmeal stout. Nothing complex, just nice and drinkable. Enjoyed at the source... Firestone walker Brewery, Paso Robles, CA.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendry
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackop555
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black. Thick, short, tan head that lasts a little while.

Smells of roasted malts, light coffee, light chocolate and hints of char.

Tastes roasted malts, light sweet, hints of chocolate and hints of coffee. Finish is semi dry with a light coffee and hint of char linger. Medium body and smooth, creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque; very dark brown in color ;1 finger creamy beige head that receded slowly to a thin cap; little lacing;

S: not very aromatic; what's there is deeply roasted grain and a hint of coffee;

T: deeply roasted grain from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: seems a little thin; moderate, creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish;

P: not very interesting;

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

Gorgeous looking dark color with thick brown cream head. Served on nitro. Very smooth. Nice beer although a little lacking in oomph. Bridgetender, Tahoe City, CA, 2017

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date was late October so it may deserve I higher ratings if I had a newer bottle. It was a pretty good oatmeal stout with sweet chocolate and coffee flavors, as well as a beautiful color, but I don't think it deserves almost 90.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look:
Very dark black (yeah black really is as dark as it gets). Only a 1-finger head. I expected a bit more. Head recedes, but it stays a tad bit foamy with a nice tan ring around the glass.

Smell:
Sweet rich and caramelly. Strong coffee, chocolate, charred oak, and tobacco. A slight plum/prune dark fruitiness.

Taste:
Some hop bitterness, but more bitterness from the charred grains that are in this one. All scents from the aroma are in there as flavor (coffee, chocolate, charred wood, tobacco). Slight fruitiness - rich dark fruit. Starts a bit sweet, gets really dry, then when all of that fades, you are left with a smoky campfire and coffee-mocha aftertaste.

Feel:
Medium - but on the fuller side - bodied. Seems pretty thin for the style.

Overall:
Really good beer. Very desserty beer. Quite complex really. Many flavors and woody flavored. I am not sure if this one was barrel aged - I don't see any mention of it, but it tastes like it has absorbed flavor from charred oak somewhere. It could be just the heavily roasted dark grains. Very good. Firestone Walker doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly opaque.

Flavor is difficult to describe. Roasted malts with light cocoa flavor which is punctuated by tumultuous hop bitterness. Quite carbonated.

Pretty good.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was not very full bodied for a stout. Tasted kind of watered down. Surprised it was 5.5 ABV - my guess would have been much lower. Still better than a Bud.

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

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

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

I was fortunate enough to get a pint of this on nitro- so smooth! Very dark, with a thin, tan head. Streak lacing. The aroma is lightly toasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate. The flavor is similar, with hints of cocoa and coffee. Another fine beer from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of godawgs
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,076 ratings.
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