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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,327
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 284
Gots: 424 | FT: 86
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 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
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
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stokastic, Yesterday at 03:21 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Screper, Yesterday at 02:05 PM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

kvgomps, Yesterday at 03:07 AM
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3.92/5  rDev -8.6%

Mhollerb, Yesterday at 01:54 AM
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

riotontheroad, Sunday at 10:59 PM
Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into snifter
(2013 vintage)

L: standard black motor oil, big tan head at least 1.25 inches that doesn't stick or lace; no light can pass through beer, but it might be relatively clear

S: VERY boozy ... smells like whiskey mixed into dark malt ... what you'd expect with some dark dark notes of licorice; oak wood and whiskey take over as it warms, and it’s fantastic; really starting to get the coffee now, kind of an astringent bitter/sour coffee note like some of the central/south american coffees can get

T: loads of stuff here ... whiskey, vanilla malt, dark malt bleeding into licorice, kind of raisiny, very burnt up front or in the middle, but that smooths into a nice wood-char taste that lingers in the aftertaste, very nice; real dark compared to the velvet martin

F: mighty fine ... got lots of carbonation and not too thick, so it’s as drinkable as a pale ale

O: great sipping brew with good whiskey and wood notes; it’s pricey and I think I like the nonbarrel-aged version better, if that’s possible, but the 8.5% ABV is cool because most barrel-aged stouts are 10% plus and this is much less. i like that.

Premo88, Sunday at 08:46 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Bonsall_Phil, Sunday at 04:33 AM
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

WoostaBia, Sunday at 02:58 AM
Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a totally opaque black-brown almost black color with a one finger head in a snifter. Oak, fruit, and chocolate in the aroma. I really like the oak in this beer-it's not pronounced,but it has a special quality. It combines well with the chocolate, which deepens the oak.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

The body of the beer is on the lighter side compared to other barrel aged beers, yet it does not detract from the complexity of the beer.

The oak melds well with the chocolate in the taste. The oatmeal presence is not too strong.

There is a bitterness to the finish which works well with the light body.

The beer is different than other beers in the barrel aged series. The finish is not alcoholic and it's lower in ABV.

Overall, another excellent beer from the Firestone Walker barrel Aged series and I was fortunate to find a bottle.

brureview, Sunday at 02:31 AM
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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%

Mcooly, Sunday at 02:28 AM
Photo of jdhasse
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable, but was hoping for better. Would chose Parabola over this one.

jdhasse, Sunday at 02:17 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

OtisCampbell, Saturday at 11:53 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

adhokk7, Saturday at 10:29 PM
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

KangarooRat, Friday at 02:49 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

atpca, Thursday at 10:15 PM
Photo of trippytbta
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, Thursday at 02:51 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

parris, Wednesday at 11:47 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Juan611, Wednesday at 05:08 PM
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HugoSnyder, Sep 17, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

winningwes91, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bigred89, Sep 14, 2014
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.