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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 274
Gots: 398 | FT: 81
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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3.81/5  rDev -11.2%

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
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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.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bigred89, Yesterday at 05:04 PM
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

JDeming, Sunday at 12:56 AM
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3.72/5  rDev -13.3%

mykill84, Saturday at 10:46 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Basoos1, Friday at 08:34 PM
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3.96/5  rDev -7.7%

Dave11899, Thursday at 06:46 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

aztraz, Tuesday at 11:07 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

G-Hawk, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

beerMeporfa, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

appearance: Deep dark brown and nearly opaque as stout should be. Thick mocha head and messy lacing.
smell: Oh yeah, this has that rich chocolaty buttery FW barrel aged magic.
taste: More of the same.
overall: Very nice beer. Not quite the depth of the other FW barrel aged brews, kind of a "Parabola lite" and that ain't bad.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

brywhite, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

MaximumYuks, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

hipboy221, Aug 31, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%

pholla666, Aug 31, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

2013 Vintage, poured into a snifter in celebration of my 10 year high school reunion

A- pours a nearly pitch black color with a small khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge, with a bit of lace left behind as it settles 4.25

S- aroma of chocolate walnut fudge mixed with sweet caramel/toffee malt, lots of bourbon juice aroma mixed with some oaky vanilla, smoky roasted notes with toasted marshmallow 4.25

T- dark chocolaty malt base up front with a nice smoothness from the oats, the barrel provides lots of barrel juice flavor with hints of oak, vanilla and caramel. Nutty sweet finish with mire bourbon on the linger 4.25

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish, just a bit thin overall 3.75

O- lots of bourbon coming from this one, even after a year of aging. Perhaps due to the base beer being a bit lower in alcohol. Still a nice chocolaty bourbon bomb that is a slow sipper for sure 4.25

Treyliff, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

jloomis, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

sunnrider, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

NHbeerguy, Aug 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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