It has finally gotten hot enough in Texas for me to catch up on all the stouts and porters from a previous Bums meeting. I have been waiting to give the Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin a proper review as I remember it being one of the stand outs. The Velvet Merlin poured a deep brown with ruby highlights with a slight tan but effervescent head. The aroma held chocolate and sweet malt roastiness. The flavor followed suit with chocolate, toasted malt and added hints of coffee. It left a slight bitterness on my palate between sips but the roasted chocolate quickly took center stage. The bubbly body was much lighter than the brews appearance and was light and lively. The Velvet Merlin was a top tier Oatmeal Stout and a refreshing brew on a hot Texas day.