Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cfrances33:
4.48/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at South Philly Tap Room during Philly Beer Week. Pour into a snifter.
Pour: Deep black with dark brown around the edges of the glass. Finger and half frothy deep khaki head.
Smell: Bourbon vanilla with some caramel and chocolate. Very boozy, but it complements the rest of the beer so well that it is very welcome.
Taste: More of the nose, but roastey chocolate comes out more. The bourbon vanilla is the headline here though.
Mouthfeel: Warming but light. Retains the drinkability of an oatmeal stout but commands that you have it slowly and enjoy it. Plus, this is a rare one, so you should be already.
Overall: So pumped that I got to have this, and even happier once I tasted it. Firestone Walker knows how to barrel age like no other. If you can get this, do it.
Serving type: on-tap
07-15-2012 18:53:23 | More by cfrances33
More User Reviews:
4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: A dark but not opaque chestnut color with little-to-no head and some oil slick patterns.
S: Wood, roast, oats, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and a slight bourbon bite.
T: Chocolate, hazelnuts and walnuts, vanilla, a hint of coconut. The bourbon character comes through as it warms in the mouth. The finish is very bold and roasted; not bitter at all.
M: Velvety, but a bit thin with some syrupy character, more like a nut brown ale in body, but the robust flavor boosts the mouthfeel. The alcohol heat appears mostly in the back of the throat.
O: I'm quite impressed. Velvet Merlin is a great oatmeal stout but the other reviews had me worried about this one. While not the most amazing barrel-aged stout, this is an excellent brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 00:05:41 | More by 01001111
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.