Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-22-2013 04:45:41 | More by Ljudsignal
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-15-2011 01:02:28 | More by warnerry
4.69/5 rDev +9.3%
On tap at FIrestone Walker in Paso Robles! Great taproom! Nice tan head with fair lacing. Color is opaque black. Aroma is heavily of vanilla and bourbon. Maple and brown sugar is also present. Taste is a bit different from the aroma. Sweet bourbon and earthy coffee is what I get at the front, toasty oats and charred oak on the tail end. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for an aged stout. Creamy, and a great finish. Wonderful beer!
09-27-2013 02:26:54 | More by mverity
4.36/5 rDev +1.6%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: 2013
A: Deep black with a head of khaki foam. The variable sized bubbles slowly fade to a net of lace cling on the glass
S: Bourbon warmth, smooth hot cocoa sweetness, and earthy, woody textures. The admixture is balanced, smooth and stimulating resulting in the perfect nose.
T: Behind the medium bourbon booziness comes strong currents of toasted grain, cocoa nibs, raisin and brown sugar sweetness, along with wood and tobacco qualities. There are also hints of vanilla and marshmallow stickiness .
M: Medium bodied and velvety smooth with moderate carbonation.
O: This little of brother of Parabola is able to marry complexity with smooth drinkability. The Firestone barrel program succeeds again.
10-01-2013 03:20:55 | More by ElSid
4.4/5 rDev +2.6%
Had on tap at New World Tavern.
Appearance: low carbonation, 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color
Smell: dark chocolate, oak, and bourbon
Taste: Deep bourbon taste, dark and milk chocolate, with touch of vanilla
Mouthfeel: sweet, oaky, and roasty, heavy body, moderate carbonation
Overall: Wow. Every barrel aged beer FireStone Walker has done has been lights out amazing and worth every penny. This one is no different. I love the depth of the barrel aging and yet this still has a lot of stout to it. One of the best beers I have had in a while.
02-28-2014 19:58:15 | More by tigg924
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,291 ratings.