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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,488 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 295
Gots: 532 | FT: 100
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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Photo of prior2two
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
Photo of warnerry
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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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

sfr26, 48 minutes ago
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4.12/5  rDev -4%

DetCor73, Today at 12:30 AM
Photo of macher0
4.59/5  rDev +7%

Here we go.

Pours dark brown, thin, and coarse frothy head that has an amber hue. The nose indicates this is a sweet ale that builds from a strong oatmeal presence in the form of brown sugar instant oatmeal. Strong bourbon on the nose. The taste is not at all sweet with a highly noticeable bourbon affect. The taste has notes of bourbon soaked oak, oats, brown sugar, melted butter, canned sweet potato syrup, and vanilla. Very thin feel, moderate carbonation, and lighter body than most stouts.

I was very pleased with this. I can easily get over how thin this stout is because of the excellent flavors from the oatmeal and bourbon barrel.

macher0, Yesterday at 09:17 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

earljones199, Yesterday at 05:23 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

JackNip, Yesterday at 03:28 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

GreenMind, Yesterday at 03:12 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

boutwell, Yesterday at 12:03 AM
Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2014 Vintage, 8.5% ABV
A 4 - near black with a creamy tan head that holds decent retention, some lacing is left on the glass as it fades
S 4.25 - boozy bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak dominate the nose
T 4.25 - the bourbon continues to dominate with the oaky vanilla here too, notes of chocolate, roasted barley, oat, and earthy hops do come through just enough to remind you that you are drinking a beer
M 3.5 - seems thin for body; elusive might be the word - this is not a viscous imperial stout, even though it seems like that's what it should be. It is, however, creamy and smooth, medium-ish, while finishing with the bourbony oak lingering on the palate
O 4 - really easy to drink, well balanced, and good, but not worth the $15.99 and hassle to hunt it down. Glad I tried it, but won't buy it again in the future.

barnzy78, Friday at 03:20 AM
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

Tamigleo, Thursday at 04:45 PM
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is probably my favorite BA Stout.. give it a year though, it ages great

erkrause, Thursday at 02:07 PM
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%

Birmz, Thursday at 05:46 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

M_chav, Thursday at 04:08 AM
Photo of SawDog505
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SawDog505, Thursday at 02:23 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Zoso2772, Wednesday at 09:02 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AnalogErik, Wednesday at 05:26 PM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

LXIXME, Tuesday at 11:04 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

acidreflux, Tuesday at 06:39 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

captainbearcat, Tuesday at 02:49 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Jamison85, Monday at 11:05 PM
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.