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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 257
Gots: 367 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 batch 001.

The beer pours a very dark black that is opaque. The mocha color head is fluffy, but eventually settles to a thick collar. The scent is well impacted by the bourbon barrel. There is a strong, but well rounded scent of vanilla with a slight earthy undertone accented by a hint of spice including clove and cinnamon. The roast character is there yet fairly subdued.

The mouthfeel is certainly velvety. The smooth mouthfeel strengthens the vanilla flavor. There is an initial sweetness of brown sugar and treacle that gives way to the vanilla and spices mentioned earlier. There is a slightly roasted finish with a subdued warming character. The carbonation is medium-light with a medium bodied feel.

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Serving type: bottle

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.