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:
3,070
Reviews:
694
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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231
Gots:
637
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Ratings: 3,070 |  Reviews: 694
Photo of dsshuck
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacQ32
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - almost motor oil black with a finger of chocolate heat, decent retention and lacing.

S - Tons of sweet chocolate, smokey/almost roasty aromas. Lots and lots of oats.

T - Sweet milk stout with tons of great oat flavor. Minimally rosary with minimal dark fruit flavors. Kind of simple but absolutely fantastic.

M - perfectly smooth. Minimal carbonation, thick, very warming combines with a great balanced flavor profile to form an incredibly nice drinking brew

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LeeEvolved
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of srandycarter
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, I would say black. Light tan head, tight bead, leaves to ring fast. TONS of lace.

S - Harsh roast up front, light hop underneath. Not much else.

T - Watered coffee. Sorry, can't give it much more.

M - Medium body, coffee, light cocoa, light malt. Light hops.. LIGHT.

D -GOOD to try.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drummrboy22 for sending this one as an extra.

A: pours deep dark brown with white-ish brown head, not much retention, no lacing, opaque

S: nose is chock full of roasted barley with chocolate and coffee around the edges

T: tastes starts off with bold malts and a touch of sweetness, this develops into an increasingly roasted profile and a finish of all roasted barley. This brew elevates the specialty malts very well.

MF: smooth creamy texture, slightly high carbonation

O: this is a great Oatmeal stout. Very representative of the style, I love the use of roasted barley and chocolate malt, the flavors really stand out.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nonic pint, watching American Dad!

Appearance : Charleston chew colored chocolate body, 90% opaque, fluffy khaki head with lace receding from its initial 3 finger pour.

Smell : Dark spices, oats, cocoa malts, burnt pan brown sugar, fudge covered banana. Little to no hop aroma. Medium volume.

Taste : Definitely softer on the palate than other oatmeal stouts. It glides across the tongue with softened oats, vanilla, coffee bean, and roast cocoa malts. It's not really fabulous, but it's smooth.

Feel : Nice and creamy, just what an oatmeal stout should be. Very subdued, mild, muffled carbonation. Ends with a slight parch matched with a shot of skim milk density to hydrate it just a tad.

Overall : A nice oatmeal stout. Hard to beat the silk on this one. It's not mind blowing, but I wod drink it again.

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Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Patrick's Irish Pub
Poway, CA

A nearly black beer with a thin light brown head that fades quickly. Leaves significant and sticky lacing on the glass.

Very impressive nose on this one! I smell loads of coffee and chocolate, makes me want to jump in!

An unaggressive and very balanced oatmeal stout. Some bitterness but the taste is mainly of sweet coffee and chocolate. Uncomplicated.

A somewhat thin mouthfeel. Not as smooth, full, and decadent as my favorite stouts.

An extremely drinkable and accessible oatmeal stout. I would use this to introduce the style to someone. Any coffee or chocolate lover who might also be interested in beer should seek this one out.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of koopa
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours black and opaque with minimal crown, retention, or lace.

Smell: Toasted oats, roast malt, and chocolate malt.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth (as an oatmeal stout should be) with a medium body.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable.

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

Enjoyed on draft in San Francisco at 21st Amendment brewpub as guest tap.

Draft version more robust flavors and nose was more assertive. Otherwise very similar to bottled version.

Pours a very dark brown to almost black color. Nose is rich with roasted malts and wet robusta coffee grounds. On the palate the roasty flavors take center stage, with a bit of sweetness that is present as well. Some gentle woody components are noted, but subtle. The roasty character carries nicely into the finish. Medium bodied and very, very drinkable. Nice session stout.

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

Velvet Merlin. Bottled on 12/20/13.

Pours out of the bottle with a lovely head abound. Lighter color foam, but nice and foamy and dimply. Looks dark and delectable.

Sweet malts with a friendly roasty character. Notes of dark cocoa and toffee with a faint lacto-sweetness. Kiss of evergreen from the hops with a turn of fruitiness.

Nice and chewy body with that oaty bitterness. The roasted malts has a dark cocoa flavor and a bit of char. Almost in the favor of burnt sugars, but it's not as sweet as most milk stouts. It still has a bit of that lacticity, in the way that some coffees have a higher acidity. A little nutty. Could use burlier notes. Carbonation is almost ideal, but perhaps short on the light side. A good winter stout with a mild hop presence.

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Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bcsbeer
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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

12oz bottle x2. Bottled 10/19/11. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Over a finger of dark beige foam. Occasional bit of lacing.

Big aroma for a "small" beer. Toasted, smokey malts are right up front. Nice amount of sweetness blends with the grain reminding me of a bowl of sugar crisp cereal (and that's an *old* sense memory).

Flavor is quite similar to the nose, but has more of a semi-sweet bakers chocolate quality than I was expecting. Middle and finish are quite dry and reveal a respectable hop presence. Roasty hoppy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Both body and carbonation hit about medium. Goes down easy.

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Photo of Herky21
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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 TheSixthRing
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 3,070 ratings.
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