Saturday, March 2, 2013

Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin

Hey all, thanks for coming by!  Hope you're all having a great weekend.  I thought I would try and sneak in some beer notes on this Saturday night.  As an after dinner treat, I am opening a bottle of Firestone Walker Brewing Company's Velvet Merlin.  Velvet Merlin is an oatmeal stout, and is released in the winter months as a seasonal beer.  Time for a drink...
 
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
  
Velvet Merlin
Oatmeal Stout
5.5% ABV
27 IBUs
Bottled on January 8, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured into my Ithaca Beer Co. pint glass

Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin
  
Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin pours black with a little bit of red around the sides when held up to the light.  There is a one finger width tan white head which recedes fairly quickly.  The aroma and flavor are both of roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee beans.  It drinks very easily, and is not too heavy.  The carbonation is light.  

Overall:  Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin is fairly solid.  It's a good beer, but there is really nothing that makes it stand out from other great stouts that are on the market.  I'm glad I tried it, and would drink it again if someone offered it to me, but I probably won't be going out to buy it in the bottle again.  I would like to try it on tap though.

Have you had Velvet Merlin?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!

Check out my review of another Firestone Walker beer:

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2 comments:

  1. I have not had very much Firestone Walker but they are a brewery that I want to seek out and try the collection. The few I have had were good.

    I have not had this one or Wookey Jack. The Black Rye IPA sounds great though. Guess I have to try them out for myself.

    Cheers!

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    1. From everything I can tell about Firestone Walker, they are a brewery worth seeking out. Velvet Merlin was good, but Wookey Jack was great. I'm looking forward to trying more by them myself!

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