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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 281
Gots: 408 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oatmeal stout aged in a >10 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrel.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 11-20-2008)
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Photo of prior2two
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Black like night, with a head that dissapates quickly. It pours beautifly.

S- smells of oak and bourbon and roasted malt. Super aromatic

T- I was underwhelmed. For an oatmeal stout, it wasn't as creamy as I had hoped, and it was a little too astringent. Maybe a little over carbed or too much hop? Either way, I didn't feel the body held up very well. Had a "cola" flavor that I couldn't shake. The oak and bourbon came through nicely.

M - See Above. I thought it was a little too thin. Its only 8.5%, but I expected a little more body and creaminess from an oatmeal stout.

O - I enjoyed it. I wouldn't buy it again though. FW does some great stuff, but this wasn't a must have for me. Still, it's better than so many things out there.

prior2two, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the Parabola release in May

Pours deep brown black with thin ring of tan head.

Relatively subtle aromas of bourbon, chocolate and roasted malt.

Interesting addition of borrbon to an oatmeal stout. Maintains the character of an oatmeal while adding bourbon and a nice amount of vanilla.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Feels like on nitro but I don’t think it is. Slightly thin.

Easy drinking flavorful barrel-aged oatmeal. Glad I got to try this.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

KangarooRat, Today at 01:49 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

atpca, Today at 09:15 PM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle poured into tulip

A: pours very dark brown almost black, light khaki head

S: oats and bourbon

T: kind of a typical Oatmeal stout taste, BuT you do really get the barrel coming through with bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

M: silky and great carbonation

Overall: if your a big fan of oatmeal stouts this is for you. I wanted something a little more crazy, but it is a great representation of the style and as always great barrel aging

trippytbta, Yesterday at 01:51 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

parris, Yesterday at 10:47 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

HugoSnyder, Wednesday at 03:37 AM
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

winningwes91, Sunday at 07:27 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bigred89, Sunday at 05:04 PM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

spoonhawk, Sunday at 11:52 AM
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

JDeming, Sunday at 12:56 AM
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3.72/5  rDev -13.3%

mykill84, Saturday at 10:46 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%

Dave11899, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

G-Hawk, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beerMeporfa, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

appearance: Deep dark brown and nearly opaque as stout should be. Thick mocha head and messy lacing.
smell: Oh yeah, this has that rich chocolaty buttery FW barrel aged magic.
taste: More of the same.
overall: Very nice beer. Not quite the depth of the other FW barrel aged brews, kind of a "Parabola lite" and that ain't bad.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

brywhite, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

MaximumYuks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

hipboy221, Aug 31, 2014
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.