In this beer blog, we are going to sample out our first beer from Firestone Walker and the brewery is their Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout. This is brewery is from California and founded 1996 by Adam Firestone and David Walker. The brewery name from the last names from the founders. They brewery several different beer styles but they are known for their hoppy beers like most west coast breweries. Let us get into the beer.
This winter seasonal has a jet black color without a head on it. The smell is chocolate to toffee. The taste of this full body ale is chocolate to touch of coffee notes. It is a sipping to almost kind of drinkable.
Here is a description from their website (www.firestonebeer.com):
A decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas. 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.
REMEMBER: Watch for bottled on dates located on the necks or bottom left corner of the label for each of our beers. Our beer is not pasteurized, so it is best when stored at 44F or below, out of light and within 120 days of the bottled on date…this ensures freshness and ultimately a great Firestone Walker beer!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, I really enjoyed drinking this beer. I love how it is not a drinkable beer because I can sit there and enjoy it. I want to pick up everything that is going on in the beer. I love the coffee to toffee notes from the beer. This is one of my favorite stout beer style. I love how their website tells you to make sure you have fresh beer and how to store your beer. This is a great beer and I highly recommend you trying this stout. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser