Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TruePerception:
4.64/5 rDev +8.2%
Firestone's Velvet Merkin (2013), Bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal stout. 8.5% ABV.
And, bourbon I do smell!
Appearance: Black, with just the slimmest dark brown at the bottom, in the light. Slightly tan head. Half a finger, dissipates quickly to almost nothing.
Smell: It's definitely got some caramel-sweet, yet dark, bourbon scents to it. Charred oak. Bittersweet chocolate. Blackened oats. Maybe some sweet coffee sludge. A little vanilla in the background. Nicely complex nose! Bottom's up!
Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow! First off, it's silky smooth, yet still has a nicely textured carbonation! It has a very distinct vanilla and chocolate coffee taste (as if you hit up a gas station and added those creamer cups), yet has a very present sweetness that is not quite sugary (lactose, perhaps?). At the same time you get a nice oatmeal flavor, and some great medium-dark caramel notes. It makes me want a coffee, and I don't even like coffee! This will suffice nicely, I think! There's a touch of Bourbon towards the end. A nice warmth is sitting on my chest, a few minutes afterwards. From the Bourbon, I'm guessing.
At $15, it was a hefty purchase, but one that should be made, if at all possible.
And, just a heads up, I've yet to try the Velvet Merlin, so I don't know the difference between the two. After trying this one, though, I will definitely pick up a pack this year!
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
10-29-2013 08:19:13 | More by TruePerception
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.