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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1010
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%


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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ititani

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-23-2013 00:06:36 | More by ititani
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-16-2014 01:25:38 | More by randylangford
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gmendez1122

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-15-2014 20:07:19 | More by gmendez1122
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spham

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-14-2014 16:03:55 | More by spham
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- dark muddy brown pour with a two finger khaki head, settles black with a milky lacing
S- toasted oats, bourbon, honey, vanilla, hot cacao, bit of brown sugar
T- milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, honey, oats
M- medium body and carbonation, tilts towards the creamy side, dry on the finish.
O- very smooth and drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged beer. Take it for what's it worth, an oatmeal stout. Lacks complexity but doesn't need it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:38:49 | More by AdamF625
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TychoNDC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-13-2014 21:58:41 | More by TychoNDC
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-13-2014 02:28:13 | More by Gonzoillini
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-12-2014 20:24:49 | More by funkel81
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-11-2014 22:25:04 | More by leftoverburrito
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-10-2014 22:25:22 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.75 - nice brown-black beer with a mocha head on it, head sticks for a while and leaves nice lace
S - 5 - bourbon chocolate coffee caramel vanilla cocoa oak smoke
T - 4.25 - bourbon/oak up front, coffee, chocolate, smoke and roasted malts in the background. Oatmeal stands out quite a bit too.
M - 4.25 - medium to thick. Not as thick as the other imperial stouts. A little bit of boozy taste. Aftertaste is roasted malts, coffee, toasted oak.
O - 4.5 - the smell is pretty phenomenal. But as you drink it, it thins out quite a lot. Probably because its an 8% barrel aged beer. Given the choice I'd buy a DDBA or Parabola instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:29:19 | More by ISmith87
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dleiner

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-10-2014 02:41:02 | More by dleiner
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sammy806

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-09-2014 14:49:00 | More by sammy806
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Mikexw

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-08-2014 13:06:06 | More by Mikexw
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MrGone

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-06-2014 04:54:33 | More by MrGone
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-05-2014 05:31:24 | More by Rimbimhoot
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dtomes

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-05-2014 02:36:45 | More by dtomes
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JT99125

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-04-2014 14:34:32 | More by JT99125
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-03-2014 20:38:31 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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SB_Brewmaster

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

04-03-2014 03:25:54 | More by SB_Brewmaster
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dotes_on_dipas

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-01-2014 18:41:03 | More by xseanprimex
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Batch 001 bottle shared by Cam. Thanks Cam! Had this EBF the weekend before too, happy to get to review it now.

Appearance - (Not quite) black pour into a snifter, beige head retains well as a swirly cap, some lace left.

Smell - Oatmeal forward along with really nice coffee, bran muffin, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie goodness. Breakfast and dessert feel without being too sweet. Just a bit of bourbon spice noticeable, not much bourbon here.

Taste - More bourbon but overall somewhat of a step down from the scent for me. Oats, chocolate, caramel, coffee w/ cream, vanilla, light roast along with some toasted bread. Still noticeably an oatmeal stout which is nice. Bourbon flavor is still kinda understated but good, not much oak.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well-carbonated, low heftiness. Pretty easy drinking and not alot of booze present.

Overall - Love the lighter feel bourbon stout while maintaining its oaty self. Delivers all around, very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 21:42:45 | More by Chico1985
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Hopbully

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-31-2014 19:22:59 | More by Hopbully
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chaint

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-31-2014 16:59:52 | More by chaint
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.