Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
4.21/5 rDev -1.9%
Bomber to a snifter, batch 001 of the 2013 vintage. Giving this ~20 minutes to warm up out of the fridge
Pours pitch black with dark brown hues around the bottom meniscus of my snifter. A finger of mocha brown foam has died down pretty quickly, leaving a frothy ring as what's left of the foam breaks down into bubbles in the center. Mild carbonation on the sides of the glass, good lacing also. Great looking beer
Giving this a minute or two to breathe. Smells strongest of chocolate and oak, followed by a very sweet smelling bourbon/toffee blend. Dark fruits, coffee and a bit of vanilla come through at the back, finished by a touch of alcohol. Not as complex as parabola, but still miles a head of your average ba stout
Taste has all the nose but in different strengths- upfront dark fruits, oak, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, toffee, vanilla, and roasted malts finishing with a splash of alcohol. Not as sweet as the nose, fruits and malts are more dominant with a nice oak tinge. Good none the less, falls a bit short in telemetry of the smell though
Feel is a thick full body, creamy with a bit watery of a finish. Alcohol is concealed well, it's pretty drinkable. This area could use some work
Overall a really good beer, good fresh but it will be interesting to see how this guy ages. I have three more in the crawl space under my house, I'll come back to this when it gets older
10-18-2013 00:29:55 | More by lordofstarside
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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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