Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Stevedore:
3.78/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
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.
10-16-2013 04:50:48 | More by Stevedore
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.
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