Firestone Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout
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Firestone Walker Brewing Company has a seasonal release they call Velvet Merlin, and it’s perfect for these cold, late winter nights. Like most oatmeal stouts, this is super dark in color but not as heavy in feeling as a Guinness, even though Guinness Draught has 4.2% alc. by volume and the Velvet Merlin has 5.5%. For being a stout it’s fairly low in bitterness, and the oatmeal flavor is strong but not overwhelming. If you like oatmeal stouts, try this one before its season is over.