Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RickS95:
4/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a luxurious dark brown, almost black color. Not something like from the middle of a black hole, but an extremely dark, rich brown, bordering on black color. The head is a coffee colored mixture of mostly uniform smallish bubbles. It lacks retention and doesn't provide much lace, but it leaves the top with a gentle film of lightness on top of the dark beer.
It's not an aggressive smell of anything, but you pick up slight notes of bourbon and vanilla. With each swirl, the head reemerges and up from it comes a waft of chocolate.
This beer tastes like a liqueur had sex with a stout, and this is the result. Oak and vanilla is prevalent, as is the bourbon. But it's just a bit of bourbon and not overpowering. They showed restraint in the barrels.
Very smooth and creamy feel, with a gentle graininess from the oak barrels. A splash of sweetness lasts throughout the sip with only the faint heat in the finish to cut through. Tastes like it should feel stronger than it is, but it's slightly thinner than you'd imagine.
A bit different than what I'm used to in oatmeal stouts. Everything about this beer is in moderation and that makes it a real treat.
04-27-2014 02:31:10 | More by RickS95
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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 1,286 ratings.