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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 259
Gots: 365 | FT: 77
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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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-28-2014 05:52:46 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door. Served in a tulip glass.

Velvet Merkin pours the standard dark black color like the Merlin with a silky look. Black shade, off white head that is an inch that eventually fades, no cling. Smell is a nice and if not the best mix of oatmeal and bourbon ever. I'll admit, I am not a fan of huge beers, so i was a bit surprised at the alcohol difference between the former and the latter. I cant smell the eight some percent listed. OAts, ripe chocolate, vanilla, no oak, present bourbon. The taste is about the same with a focus of oatmeal and bourbon with a backing of chocolate. The great thing is, it's under 9%, meaning if i want another glsss, it would be a sinch. I loved the original and all the flavor and low abv, I love this version as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 02:54:17 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-07-2014 14:03:19 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a huge amount of bourbon on the nose, but nevertheless, I'm picking up considerable milk chocolate, vanialla, a hint of leather and light bourbon. Not a lot of coffee in this one, but nevertheless, the nose is attractive. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer. and while the mouthfeel is a bit thin I thought, there is still a very attractive soft, plush, almost creamy consistency to this beer. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is quite good in this beer. Had no trouble whatsoever downing a bomber during the Sunday night football game.

Nice beer... not sure it's up there with Parabola or some of the anniversary beers FW has done, but it's still a nice enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 14:37:23 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-30-2013 16:23:33 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-13-2013 03:26:24 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a black hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts a d a touch of charcoal.

The flavor was likewise roasted with a touch of sweetness and a hint of black licorice.

The mouthfeel was toward tge fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty oatmeal stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 22:35:03 | More by plaid75
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-06-2013 23:57:03 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-13-2014 02:28:13 | More by Gonzoillini
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-18-2013 18:12:18 | More by tdm168
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2013 10:20:42 | More by PEIhop
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

08-17-2013 05:36:23 | More by zestar
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013, batch 01

When a FW brew comes in a box, you expect great things - aroma of toasted oats, touch of chocolate, some malt. Very light bodied - thin flavor profile - oats, cocoa, some hops. For FW, this is terribly disappointing and downright boring

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:13:52 | More by dirtylou
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-07-2014 22:32:48 | More by billab914
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-06-2012 04:09:25 | More by xnicknj
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

09-26-2013 14:54:42 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

10-07-2013 18:39:59 | More by GraduatedCashew
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-23-2013 20:58:07 | More by jrallen34
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-23-2014 16:40:00 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -30.1%

02-07-2014 02:26:01 | More by Rhettroactive
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light slippery lacing.Aroma of chocolate, sweet dark toasted malt, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, mild toasted malt, cocoa, lactose. A touch of coffee, coconut and bourbon. Light to medium bodied. A nice stout with complex flavor and a deft touch of bourbon from the barrel. Surprisingly thin bodied for an oatmeal stout, perhaps the lightest I've ever had; I would never have identified this as having oatmeal in it in a blind taste. Still tasty different. Can't help but think that this would have been outstanding with a bit heavier malt body.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:45:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Black with a large khaki head. Good lacing. Really nice.

Smell - Bourbon is strong without being overpowering. Vanilla and chocolate. Roasty.

Taste - Bourbon and oak are nice. Roasty. Vanilla. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Well it is thin, but it's nice. Drinkable, we'll call it.

Overall - Good beer. Quality flavors in a small package.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:56:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle courtesy of BeerHatesRob pours a rich black color with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Nose is half chocolate milkshake and half roasty stout. Very nice.

Taste shows some bold barrel character to go along with a lactose-y sweet milk stout. Its smooth and creamy but I could actually use a little more chocolate and malt depth. Its not quite as good as I was hoping, the barrel seems to overpower the malt character of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:22:12 | More by twiggamortis420
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.