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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: 277
Gots: 399 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

brotherloco, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

SavageHopHead, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

sdonegan, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BeersAndBears, Oct 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

JVB, Oct 29, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

TruePerception, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

thlf84, Oct 29, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

El_Guapo, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

kustard, Oct 28, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%

Batch 001 (2013). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, impenetrable brown with a thick cap of sand colored, coke-float-like head. Excellent retention and sheeting of lacing.

S: Vanilla-infused cocoa, light sweetish bourbon, and a touch of roast to round out the nose. Well balanced and appealing.

T: Very light flavors of oak, chocolate, and some vanilla. Not much roast on the palate.

M: Smooth, round mouthfeel with light body and carbonation.

O: A superb, light BA beer whose excellence is typical of FW’s barrel program. Lots of flavor in a lighter package than its cousin Parabola. Akin more to CW BBS than BCBS.

pmarlowe, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

bcerv-ca, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,307 ratings.