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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 260
Gots: 377 | FT: 78
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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Ljudsignal

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split four ways--with my dear mother and father and my ladyfriend katalijne. Poured into my Night Shift tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a thick, viscous brown-black. Subtle reddish-brown highlights appear when held up to light. A half-finger mocha head subsides fairly quickly into a thin collar. Thick, retentive curtains of lacing.

In the nose, powerful bourbon notes dominate, with roasted nuts, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, and toasted coconut all playing supporting roles. The overbearing potency of the bourbon note keeps this beer from having a truly world-class nose on it, although it becomes increasingly multidimensional as it warms.

On the palate, by contrast, this beer is complex and delicious right from the get-go. Light bourbon notes, vanilla, and lightly toasted coconut dominate the front of the palate, while notes of hazelnut, blonde roast, and semisweet chocolate appear mid-palate. Finishes with a resurgence of oaky bourbon notes.

In the mouth, on the light side of medium-bodied and slightly more effervescent than expected. The slightly higher carbonation and thinner body pairs well with the subtlety of the barrel-aging, resulting in a creamy but not chewy complete package. Dangerously drinkable.

On the whole, Velvet Merkin is perhaps the finest beer I have had by Firestone Walker thus far, and a truly superior stout by any standard. It's a damn shame this one doesn't come around more often, and I wish I'd bought more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:45:41 | More by Ljudsignal
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.