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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1011
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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RichD

Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep black with a small light tan had that is reduced to a mere ring around my glass. There is also some lacing left in the glass as I drink.

S: Smells of chocolate and vanilla almost exclusively. The smell is quite faint. I also pick up some bourbon sweetness. It's definitely very pleasant, but if the smell was more prominent I would give this a higher score.

T: Whoa! Immediate bourbon sweetness that consists of vanilla and some oak. The chocolate and roasted malts give a light coffee-like flavor. I also pick up some oats before the flavor transforms into a strong caramel flavor that takes my taste buds for a ride. Some warmness is also coming through at the end. The flavors mesh so incredibly well that I have a hard time setting each flavor aside.

M: I've read that some don't like the mouthfeel on this. I absolutely love it. It's remarkable that even with the bourbon barrel treatment that this beer retains the smoothness of an oatmeal stout. This is truly a one of the best mouthfeels I've ever had with a barrel aged beer. The 8% is almost nonexistent which is even better.

Overall: This beer is awesome. Firestone Walker really might have the best barrel aging program out there. Between this and the 3 other offerings that FW has, I'm having a hard time figuring out which is my favorite. This beer will on my purchase list every year and I'm already anticipating when I can buy it again even though I still have half the bottle left.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:00:38 | More by RichD
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beergoot

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage No.001

India ink black body with a smooth, creamy, off-white head. Light coffee, vanilla, chocolate and cocoa aromas. Deeply rich and soothing malt sugar flavors, favoring the darker malts. Heavy body yet velvety smooth.

A very noticeable oak-bourbon scent right off the top strongly suggests what the rest of the tasting experience may be like. Silky sweet taste and feel, mostly comprised of a deeply rich yet zesty chocolate tone. Mint chocolate quality overall, adding a very tasty and appealing sweetness and zing to things. An exquisitely well-balanced and complex dark ale. Deep and engrossing and near-perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:19:14 | More by beergoot
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MCain04

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into my Crooked stave snifter. Around 50F.

Pours a dark brown body, near-black in the glass, with a cappuccino-colored thick frothy head of great depth, retention, and lacing.

Smells of roasty malts with vanilla and oak with bourbon notes, some coffee.

Taste follows the nose and is roasty with some bitterness, sweetness from toffee and vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, finish with a touch of bourbon lingering, minimal alcohol burn

Feel is medium-bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation, mildly dry finish.

Overall, the best part about this brew is the drinkability. You can throw down a bomber of this without struggling. It is delicious and enjoyed, but I have to say I prefer my BBA stouts to be thicker and with more intense aromas and flavors. Still, this works really well.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:07:33 | More by MCain04
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cde1218

New Jersey

4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow.... I've read all of the reviews on here about poor mouth feel of this beer.... I truly disagree with all of those reviews. This beer is fantastic! I'm thoroughly impressed with the unique flavor profile... Great chocolate, malt, dark fruit etc. True.... It's no bourbon county in terms of mouth feel but truly a great drive king experience in terms of flavor. FBGM

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:49:11 | More by cde1218
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Ljudsignal

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split four ways--with my dear mother and father and my ladyfriend katalijne. Poured into my Night Shift tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a thick, viscous brown-black. Subtle reddish-brown highlights appear when held up to light. A half-finger mocha head subsides fairly quickly into a thin collar. Thick, retentive curtains of lacing.

In the nose, powerful bourbon notes dominate, with roasted nuts, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, and toasted coconut all playing supporting roles. The overbearing potency of the bourbon note keeps this beer from having a truly world-class nose on it, although it becomes increasingly multidimensional as it warms.

On the palate, by contrast, this beer is complex and delicious right from the get-go. Light bourbon notes, vanilla, and lightly toasted coconut dominate the front of the palate, while notes of hazelnut, blonde roast, and semisweet chocolate appear mid-palate. Finishes with a resurgence of oaky bourbon notes.

In the mouth, on the light side of medium-bodied and slightly more effervescent than expected. The slightly higher carbonation and thinner body pairs well with the subtlety of the barrel-aging, resulting in a creamy but not chewy complete package. Dangerously drinkable.

On the whole, Velvet Merkin is perhaps the finest beer I have had by Firestone Walker thus far, and a truly superior stout by any standard. It's a damn shame this one doesn't come around more often, and I wish I'd bought more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:45:41 | More by Ljudsignal
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a very, very dark brown with only minimal light penetration. The head is a thin accumulation of sand colored bubbles and foam. Dots and waves of lace.

S-Interesting! I find it to be noticeably nutty. Almost like a nut flavored coffee. Toasted coconuts, too. A respectable and well set bourbon aroma. I notice coconuts more and more and I love that. Bits of vanilla and even some tobacco leaves. Almond chocolate bars!

T-The flavor is also delicious. I like how the bourbon isn't the main flavor, it merely accentuates the other flavors. Coconut milk chocolate. Roasted oats. Medium roast almond/hazelnut coffee. Chocolate chips. Vanilla and oak. Light tobacco. Then the whiskey kicks back in on the backside. Very tasty.

M-Body is thinner than expected but it seems to fit the beer's ABV. I actually enjoy its lack of viscosity. Tantalizing bubbles. A bit creamy and spicy/hot from the bourbon. Drinks too easily.

O/D-Firestone Walker barrel aged brews are an automatic. This one may be one of the best in my opinion. Not as huge as the others but it's complexity is unmatched. This beer tastes like it was made just for me and my taste buds. I really, really enjoyed this beer. Instant classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 01:35:42 | More by VelvetExtract
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2013 bomber, No. 001, into a Stone goblet

A - Pours nearly black, with a finger of light brown head. Leaving some nice thick lacing as the head slowly falls.

S - Very bourbon forward, and smells delicious.

T/M - The taste is a beautiful mix of chocolate and vanilla-ey bourbon. Nice rich chocolate wafer / oatmeal in the middle, with notes of coffee and slight tobacco. The bourbon returns and hangs around during the after taste. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, carbonation is good.

O - Another winner from Firestone for sure! This one is flavorful, and very drinkable to boot! I'm sure this one is only gonna get better with age. Just a slight amount of heat, but that'll probably fall off with age. Glad I got some for my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:39:44 | More by Rizalini
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ChrisMyhre

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stemmed tulip from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: Dark brown/ black. Thick large bubbles in the head, is that a merkin in the lacing?

s: Super bourbon forward, very little malt or yeast coming through.

t: Again very bourbon forward, decent malt background, but not a ton of the roastiness you'd expect from a stout. Decently balanced, but not much bitterness comes through the bourbon.

m: Drinkable, maybe even a little thin, a little of the creaminess oats provide, but less than expected.

o: Very good, very subtle but it is hard for such a subtle profile to stand up to the strong bourbon flavor.

Bottled 8/23/13.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:23:45 | More by ChrisMyhre
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nataku00

California

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, first batch released, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown bordering on black, with two fingers of light brown creamy head that dissipates quickly. Some carbonation visible at the edges.

Nose is roasted malt, toffee, cocoa, coffee, graham cracker and a good amount of bourbon barrels flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, charred wood, and caramel.

Taste follows the nose, roasty flavors of coffee and malt, a little bit of toasted grain, semi sweet chocolate, graham cracker, before the bourbon flavor kicks in mid tongue with vanilla, spice, charred oak. Not much of a finish on this, just some light roasted and toasted flavors after a short finish.

Medium to full body, creamy with smooth decent carbonation. Very easy to drink for this high ABV as the bourbon barrel flavors are well integrated. Drinking nicely so soon after release.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:28:08 | More by nataku00
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a great beige head. smell is insanely chocolatey and bourbony..wow! taste is so so smooth with chocolate, roasted malts and just a tad of bourbon on the back end. the oats are also very present! real impressive and drinkablity is huge. medium bodied and so so smooth.

overall love this one. fw is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 02:48:15 | More by Axnjxn
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Joshpu

California

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(2013 Release) Poured from the bomber to snifter.

A: Poured a dark brown, porter looking, with a small off-white head.

S: Vanilla/coconut bourbon smell, slight oatmeal. I honestly don't detect much of the stout characteristics.

T: Again getting mostly the vanilla from the bourbon and oak. I personally don't pick up much of the stout characteristics on the taste either, they're there but are playing background. Slight dark chocolate, coffee. A sweetness that I can't quite describe. As it warms I get a slight tobacco flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. Creamy and crisp and easy to drink, don't taste the alcohol at all.

Overall, not my favorite offering from FW, but still a well executed beer. The bourbon is the star of this beer, yet still overall light. Definitely need to let this beer warm to near room temperature to really pull the flavors out of it. It's just somewhat boring to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 08:56:25 | More by Joshpu
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McStagger

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: Big pour leads to half finger of head. Beer is opaque blackness. Not the darkest ever, but pretty dark. Head is leathery color, with moderate retention. Nice lacing. Carbonation is difficult to discern.

S: Boom! Coconut out the wazoo. Toffee, dark fruit, milk chocolate, malted milk balls, dark chocolate, almond joy/mounds.

T: Similar to the nose. Huge coconut notes. Vanilla bean, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, some small bits of coffee, roastiness. Cherry liquer. Slightly medicinal with the cherry and alcohol flavors interweaving. Rounds out as it opens up. more malt sweetness, and the milk chocolate definitely takes off.

M: Big, but not huge. The carbonation supplies the structure without being distracting.

O: Killer stout here. Wish I could have given a more detailed review of this one. It's not quite to the level of Parabola. The bourbon barrel isn't quite as pronounced as I'd like it to be. Still a damn fine stout. FW, you are the masters.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 08:19:17 | More by McStagger
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First vintage poured in to FW tulip.

A - Pitch black with a half finger of light brown head and excellent lacing.

S - Huge barrel aromas dominate the nose. Charred oak, sweet bourbon & vanilla, chocolate fudge and roast aromas are all present.

T - Intense charred oak up front with sweet bourbon and vanilla flavours also coming through in a massive barrel presence. Chocolate fudge, roast and the slightest hint of coffee are also present.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 17:40:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to analogchainsaw for the first of two rapid-fire trades that brought sunny California to Minnesota (without, y'know, the sun, warmth, ocean...OK, just the beer...OK, just a couple of them). Popping this to celebrate the arrival of box #2 tomorrow. 22 oz. bottle, batch #1, split with my wife.

The pour is you-are-dead black, with appropriate minimal carbonation. Bringing the blessed liquid close to two of the openings in my face. Smells like whiskey & sweet malts. Enough of this crap, let's drink.

Velvet Merkin hits the first word dead-on, but I'll have to look up the second. First impression is the smooothness. Smoother than my chest fresh from waxing, the beer creates almost no friction in the throat. The beer needs to warm; cold, it's tame & lifeless. Warming, it delivers classic oatmeal stout, grainy, smoooth (did I say that?), nice vanilla, touch of bourbon. A little thin; I know of 8.5% beers that hold their barrel well, this one doesn't quite perfect that.

I've come to expect the world from Firestone barrel-aged beers, & this one didn't turn my crank quite so hard. A good beer, but not as dead-center as pretty much everything else they do.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:55:39 | More by maximum12
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle. 2013 vintage (is that how you say it? who cares). Purchased a couple months ago.

A: Dark as the hour before dawn. Creamy, tan head with nice retention.

S: Bourbon dominates. Coffee, vanilla and chocolate poke through.

T: Follows the nose. Dry stout with tons of bourbon flavor. Hardly any alcohol present. Outstanding.

M: Creamy. A little stickiness from the bourbon.

O: Excellent stuff. Like the flavor in this relatively low ABV barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:49:11 | More by hoppytobehere
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This BBA oatmeal stout lives up to the hype and more. Hints of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt flow throughout the nose and taste. An exquisite pleasure to drink. Not overly boozy at all. Creamy and smooth. Love the mouthfeel on this. Wish I had a case. Firestone Walker are the masters of stouts and barrels. I highly recommend searching this out. I was lucky enough to get 2 on trade from the bottle release. It develops even more as it warms up. Cheers to an almost perfect oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:58:07 | More by Mersh
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tzieser

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

purchased for $15 from total wine and spirits in Tucson, AZ. i love regular velvet merlin so i know this is going to be delicious.

A: completely opaque, motor-oil like in color with a thick, dark head that sticks to the glass for a very long time.

S: bourbon barrel is noticeable but not quite as boozy as most other BBA stouts. notes of vanilla and roasted chocolate malts are there. quite complex.

T: i'm not a big barrel aged beer fan; typically they end up being too boozy or thin in my opinion. this, however is quite a phenomenal beer. aforementioned notes of vanilla are there with lots of roasted malt. very smooth, well-rounded body throughout. bourbon is there but not aggressive at all. 8.5% ABV is extremely well hidden. this might be the best barrel aged beer i've had since CBS.

M: thick, velvety mouthfeel.

O: an amazingly complex stout that lives up to all the hype. well worth the $15 if you can find it (3,000 cases produced). recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:59:33 | More by tzieser
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

just fantastic, thanks to claystation for bringing this over. long anticipated for me, this pours a honey thick mocha brown color, smooth as silk in the snifter, and showing off over an inch of oatmeal foam. it smells so much less alcoholic than I expected, mostly because of how alcohol forward most of the other boxed offerings have been. this one is sweet and rich, subtle spice and vanilla from the barrel, a lot of oatmeal body and sweetness, and an aggressively bitter cocoa barley vibe. its all blends together exquisitely well, and some of the heavier flavors of milk chocolate, tobacco, raisins, and butter cream come out in the last legs. alcohol never makes an appearance, not even at room temperature, and the bourbon contributes just the right amount of flavor and smoothness. these days so many barreled beers don't taste a lot like beer anymore, this one is perfect. speaking of perfect, the mouthfeel of this beer could not be improved. its full bodied as they come, not sharp at all from booze, palate coating but not sticky, thick but fluent, everything one could ask for in a stout like this. its sensational. worth the wait, worth the money, share it with a loved one or three. amazing stuff from the top shelf firestone stuff, never a surprise. luscious and dark, dangerously easy down, balanced brilliantly. this is a must.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:22:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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RaulMondesi

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Letdown, my children. Letdown like when they gave the MVP to Braun although he was clearly juicing.

It's aite like my baby mama in her Sunday goodies, but it lacks in taste and mouthfeel. A bit (and Raul means A BIT) sour, and too thin. Not Raul "thin" (it's genetics, my children) but thin enough that Raul ain't feelin' it like Yasiel Puig home run trotting a triple.

Feelin' it, but not feeelin' it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:08:35 | More by RaulMondesi
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.8.13
No. 1

A - Pours a dark brown with a larger dark tan active head that fades fast leaving large bubble lacing.

S - Malt and oats, pretty subtle.

T - Bourbon barrel, chocolate and light oats.

D - Lower carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Nice and solid, nice flavors. I was wishing for a bit more depth.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 20:36:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
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TruePerception

California

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 08:19:13 | More by TruePerception
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El_Guapo

California

4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this beer beat the Deschutes Sucaba, Parobola, and Anniversary Beers that I have had (2012 and 2013). Smooth and potent. The bourbon aging is so smooth that it sneaks up on you. The appearance is without reproach. Creamy head and dark body. If you can find it, buy all that you can. I got 3 bottles and am debating between aging the remaining two or drinking them now because the first was so good. I lucked out and found it at my local Whole Foods after visiting numerous Bevmos and other local beer stores in my area. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:30:56 | More by El_Guapo
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bcerv-ca

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fluffy dark khaki head. Dark mahogany, cola body.

Bourbon barrel smell at the forefront. Powdery dark chocolate and mildly sweet dark fruit follows.

Light, almost watery, mouthfeel. Some might be turned off by such a light stout, but I think it works perfectly with this beer.

Fudge-chocolate, oaky taste. Slight maple or maybe molasses sweetness lingers. Hardly notice the alcohol. Very easy drinking stout (especially for being barrel-aged).

If you like stouts or barrel-aged beers, you need to try this. It's amazing.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:07:31 | More by bcerv-ca
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just missed on tap by thiiis much. Hate when work gets in the way of my personal time. Scored a few bottles though.

Dark cola pour with decent cap and lacing.

Aromas of cereal, chocolate, lite bourbon and a hint of vanilla. I must state that all aromas are muted for me.

Taste steals the show. Complex yet so simple. Got chocolate, chocolate with espresso. Bourbon and coke going on extenuating the vanilla and caramel malts. Not over powering and ever so sessionable.

Velvety mouthfeel. Medium body and quite frankly-who really gives a truck. Carbonation substantiated and body is sticky.

What I want is taste, taste, taste-did I mention taste. If you love chocolate it's here. Old Fitzgerald has been my choice of everyday bourbon though the price tag fools most looking for thee "name brand". Fantastic bourbon priced for the working class-I'm not surprised Firestone went this route. This is incredibly drinkable, expensively sessionable and drinking great Now!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:19:53 | More by joeseppy
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter with a decent half inch head, off white, that settled rather quickly. Color is a dark black but seems to have somewhat of a brownish hue.

Aroma is awesome, roasted malt, vanilla, a hint of bourbon and some oak

Taste has a nice complexion, some chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, toffee, a tad bit boozy but not really getting any noticeable bourbon

Mouthfeel is very smooth to start, low carbonation, creamy, medium body, a bit cloying finish

Overall -this is the best Oatmeal Stout I've had! I actually haven't even had Velvit Merlin before, I need to find some of that. It's great to have a bourbon barrel beer that I can drink the whole bomber without getting drunk. Wish I was able to get more than one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:44:58 | More by maxcoinage
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.