Beer of the Week #15 Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout

Firestone Walker Brewing Company's Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout

From their website:

A decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas. Partially aged in bourbon barrels, this beer features a rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish. The addition of U.S. grown fuggles hops contributes the perfect amount of bitterness to this exceptionally balanced beer.

From my notes:

darkly colored with a thick head that color of milk chocolate. Smells of oats, malt, and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate and roasted coffeeto, one of the few stouts to keep the flavor roasted and not burnt, Yay! Some hints of caramel. smooth hoppy finish.

I haven’t had many beers from Firestone Walker; they’re really fond of Pale Ales and I can stand them. I took a risk when I picked up their Winter seasonal and I’m glad I did. This is a very nice, medium bodied stout that tastes great. This is a drinkable stout. Not too thick, so I don’t feel like I’m drinking oatmeal. Not too thin. Not so hopped that all I can taste is the bitterness either. Now, I’m just sad it’s only around a quarter of the year…

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