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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 281
Gots: 418 | FT: 84
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 TempeBeerMan:
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3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an opaque dark-brown with a one-finger head of fluffy khaki foam, with large and small bubbles. Impressive patches of lacing.

S - Medium strength aroma of wood, bourbon, burnt cocoa, a little dark fruit comes out as it warms.

T - Toasted oats, smoke, pipe tobacco, prunes, and oak. Extremely smooth. Not as rich or robust as I was expecting, as a it seems like a lot of the chocolate/sweet aspects in the base beer (Velvet Merlin) have been lost in the aging process.

M - Thin body with very low carbonation. Could use a little thicker body, in my opinion.

O - A very smooth barrel aged beer and obviously well made but lacked pizazz. Personally my tastes tend toward the sweeter and more decadent stouts, and I feel a richer base beer would have added a little more balance to the bitterness from the wood aging. Still a decent product.

TempeBeerMan, Oct 22, 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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4.75/5  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%

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

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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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%

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, Wednesday at 05:08 PM
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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Apr 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

JeffNev, Dec 27, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%

Dave11899, Sep 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -47.6%

Golden32, Apr 30, 2014
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.