Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin (355ml Bottle)
A Rich oatmeal stout to be released October 1st 2010. Velvet Merlin is also partially blended with Merlin that has been aged in bourbon barrels for a year. The aging adds even more complexity to this very rich beer. The use of US grown Fuggles gives the perfect hop flavour to this exceptionally well-balanced beer. Velvet Merlin will be available on draft and in six packs along the West Coast in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.
Many stouts do not fit the classic "Irish" definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses.