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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 290
Gots: 520 | FT: 97
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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Reviews by Stevedore:
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3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle of Batch 001, thanks to Shaun for bringing this bottle over. And thanks to Dustin who hooked him up. Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass today, 10/15/2013.

Review #241.

Pours a pitch black body, with a bubbly and not particularly thick or foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a stout to me. Nothing weird abut it.

Smells interesting, just hints of sweet bourbon and coconut, a bit of the underlying chocolate and toffee but not a whole lot else. No vanilla. But it reminds me quite a bit of Parabola but everything is muted.

We drank this as the first stout of the night so I think my palate is judging this beer fairly. It's mostly hints of sweet bourbon and coconut. I really don't get a whole lot of the typical oatmeal stout flavour profiles- no chocolate, vanilla, coffee, umami. In the end this beer feels like its meant to deliver a muted, watered down bourbon barrel experience.

Creamy, rich, full-bodied stout. Good carbonation. Dangerously drinkable and smooth.

Either my bourbon barrel stout palate is ruined after drinking CW Black Gold and Sixteen last Saturday, or this beer is just missing a lot of things. It's got a much better mouthfeel than Parabola does, but its lacking any kind of intensity. In the end I felt it is a drinkable, smooth oatmeal stout that lost a lot of whatever the base beer had to offer after spending time in barrels.

Stevedore, Oct 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DavyJones, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

abeerdude, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Ben7773, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

freshflesh, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Jared14, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mverity
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

mverity, Sep 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

77apm, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

JakerLou, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Beerswag, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of ElSid
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#96

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.

ElSid, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

mctizzz, Oct 17, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

tigg924, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

aquazr1, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Chris_Panos, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Juan611, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

BrandonDZ, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

chossboss, Mar 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

westcott, Feb 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Prospero, Nov 27, 2013
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.