Shooter42 (132) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Very enjoyable, rich, and smooth oatmeal stout. It taste just like its aroma predicts of malty coffee and chocolate. My favorite stout so far. Yum!! collinthib (8) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
Very smooth, chocolatey, delicious stout. The taste really stays with you. That chocolate malt lingers on the palate well. Not an undesirable lingering taste. Exceptional. The only way you could make this better is to make it a Velvet Merkin. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Pours black with a large pillowy tan head. Smells of chocolate and roast. Taste is chocolate, roast, hints of coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin finishes with a touch of roast dryness. bearislandbeer (15) - - DEC 20, 2014
I’m not usually a stout drinker.... don’t get me wrong I appreciate a good stout when I taste one and that’s why I’m rating this beer. Hats off to Firestone (Good job Matt B!) for creating an incredibly flavorful and smooth stout. Anytime I see it I am highly tempted to lean away from my IPA and Sour ways and re-explore the wide world of stouts. OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours black, great chocolate, nutty, espresso aroma. Roasted coffee bean and chocolate taste. This was one of the best stouts I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.
ryanflanagan (1) - - NOV 24, 2013 does not count
This beer pours thick and malty like the blood of a black bear. Aroma has notes of toasted macadamias, caramel nutmeg, and chocolate amber. Nice balance of hops with hints of floral oats and roasted spruce. Earthy blend of smokey vanilla and charred salmon. Has a light-medium-heavy taste with a full, sweet sorghum body and a trace of acorn. Hits the palate with a lively, backwoodsman wizardry that feels like velvet on your tongue--hence the name, Velvet Merlin. Finishes strong with maple-drizzled oatmeal left on your tongue, which you can save for breakfast the next morning. Beachmaster (558) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours black, with a very small tan head that quickly fades. Nose is cocoa and coffee, and the taste follows the nose. Very smooth, well balanced stout, with a creamy mouth feel and a nice short finish. Delicious. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Enjoyed on tap as part of the Darkside flight at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Appearance a dark murky brown with almost no head. Aroma, oh man, oatmeal, espresso, cocoa, bourbon, chocolate...this should be a cologne.
Taste is f’ing incredible. God dammit, when I first sipped this I almost pounded my fist on the table since it tasted so good. There’s hazelnut, a bit of hops, and the aforementioned ingredients. Well balanced, decadent, I want more. Nothing else to say about this, truly awesome. Lesedilofi (5) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
Grabbed a sixer from ralphs for ten bucks. Really impressed overall with the brew. Starts with a light sweetness characteristically maple and dark chocolate with cinnamon. Mid swill you taste the stoutness of this fine concoction, maple continues into a slightly bitter coffe-esque flavor. Your left with a bitterness shortly but this beer actually finished the tiniest bit sweet to me. Color is beautiful and full of depth, if not slightly muddy. Dark amber fer sure. Carbonation was even and lasting, the head was minimal throughout, but did last. Overall a great beer overall. Highly recommended. mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Very good natural coffee flavors. Another winner from Firestone. Used to be called Velvet Merkin. One can understand the name change.