Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal StoutVelvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
4/5
3,088 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,510
Reviews:
698
Ratings:
3,088
pDev:
9.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
235
Gots:
636
Trade:
5
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a near black with a hint of auburn brown peeking through where light can penetrate. Head is tan, powder snow fluffy and 2 fingers thick, good retention and a decent lace.

Smell - Potent oatmeal stout aromas here: Classic, roasty chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Bold cocoa and roasty coffee malt backbone, complimented by a nice hoppy bitterness. Simple, but assertive.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, smooth and velvety. Goes down easy, despite the big flavor.

Overall - First time having this beer, and it's my favorite Firestone brew to date. Classic oatmeal stout flavors, but big, bold and beautifully balanced. Definitely a future buy.

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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 09/07/12 @ 14:39
Tasted On: 01/30/13 @ 20:39

A - Dark translucent brown. 1 finger light brown head, thins out and leaves medium lacing.

S - Licorice. Dark heavy roasted malts. Light chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes.

T - Big dark roasted chocolate malts. Rich bitter chocolate.

M - Crisp and dry, a bit light for the style. Dry and drinkable.

O - Good not great oatmeal stout. Typical flavors. Nothing outstanding. For a seasonal release and an oatmeal stout, the ABV should be higher.

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3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap a while ago up at the Cloverleaf and finally got a bottle of this to enjoy here at the house. Traded for it a while ago and like most of Firestone Walker's other beers, this was was full, nicely crafted, and easy to enjoy. While not a potent or powerful Oatmeal Stout, there was plenty to enjoy here though this could have used some more clearly-defined flavors!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a cola-like hue to it with a soft and silky tan head on top of that. That faded relatively quickly as this was thinner than I would have liked as evidenced by the near-absence of lacing. Not a strong aroma to this either as there was some chocolate, coffee, and molasses to be faintly detected with more of those coming through in the taste. The coffee dominated there between the taste and the lightness of this beer as this had to be one of the less robust Oatmeal Stouts that I've had. Some roasted char and cream was found in the mouthfeel but once again, they were tough to pick out and were so light as to meld into each other and everything else. An astringent bit of citrus hops came through as this warmed up with a bit of blood orange-like residue left on my palate once this went down. That lasted a while because of the low amount of carbonation that was present.

I always thought that Oatmeal Stouts should have some potency to them but that wasn't the case with this one. Near-sessionable, it was possible to have another after one sitting. I don't think this beer ever was secure in it's identity but by itself, it was fine for a nice summer night such as this. Hopefully, this will be beefed up in the future!

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Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 3,088 ratings
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