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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 298
Gots: 539 | FT: 101
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BigDaddy79, Today at 08:45 AM
Photo of Flight317
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

I was quite satisfied with this brew. It's an oatmeal stout not a Russian imperial or American double. Those that say it feels a bit thin should rethink what it is they are drinking. I've had their regular oatmeal stout and it is one of the creamiest mouthfeels I can remember. This one follows suit with the bourbon barrel love. Oak, vanilla, booze, chocolate, a bit of a coffee taste and all around luxury. I rate my beers based off of the best I've had of the style and how much I enjoy it. This may be the only bourbon oatmeal stout I've had and it's great so 4.5 it is. Don't stack this one up beside parabola and judge it, drink it for what it is, what it was meant to be, and enjoy!

Flight317, Today at 05:11 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

jrnyc, Sunday at 11:06 PM
Photo of KevinA107
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Enjoyed my first 2013 Velvet Merkin today.

The Velvet in the name should also be the description. If you are one to enjoy a Bourbon Barrel aged Beer, get some of this. Can't compare it to other Bourbon Barrel aged beers as this is in a class of it's own. Bourbon Country, BRRRRR and other highly scored beers are all part of the pilgrimage towards getting your hands on this.

KevinA107, Sunday at 10:44 PM
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Sunday at 04:56 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

SteveB24, Sunday at 03:43 PM
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

TampaRainman, Sunday at 12:11 PM
Photo of halfshell
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

halfshell, Sunday at 12:11 PM
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,513 ratings.