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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,237
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 261
Gots: 375 | 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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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, batch 001 of the 2013 vintage. Giving this ~20 minutes to warm up out of the fridge

Pours pitch black with dark brown hues around the bottom meniscus of my snifter. A finger of mocha brown foam has died down pretty quickly, leaving a frothy ring as what's left of the foam breaks down into bubbles in the center. Mild carbonation on the sides of the glass, good lacing also. Great looking beer

Giving this a minute or two to breathe. Smells strongest of chocolate and oak, followed by a very sweet smelling bourbon/toffee blend. Dark fruits, coffee and a bit of vanilla come through at the back, finished by a touch of alcohol. Not as complex as parabola, but still miles a head of your average ba stout

Taste has all the nose but in different strengths- upfront dark fruits, oak, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, toffee, vanilla, and roasted malts finishing with a splash of alcohol. Not as sweet as the nose, fruits and malts are more dominant with a nice oak tinge. Good none the less, falls a bit short in telemetry of the smell though

Feel is a thick full body, creamy with a bit watery of a finish. Alcohol is concealed well, it's pretty drinkable. This area could use some work

Overall a really good beer, good fresh but it will be interesting to see how this guy ages. I have three more in the crawl space under my house, I'll come back to this when it gets older

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:29:55 | More by lordofstarside
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IWannaEatFood

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-17-2013 20:05:49 | More by IWannaEatFood
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-17-2013 13:54:11 | More by StubFaceJoe
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

10-17-2013 07:07:30 | More by mctizzz
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dannyhipps

California

2/5  rDev -53.4%

10-17-2013 03:16:22 | More by dannyhipps
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-17-2013 02:37:46 | More by AlexChillton
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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

Pours opaque brown with a moderately thick tan head with a pretty good retention that left nice lacing throughout. Aromas suggested a strong oatmeal presence along with very light notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, toffee, and marshmallows. The flavor was also oat and chocolate forward along with a sweet moderate note of lighter caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, and slight coconut. Medium bitterness and no hop flavor whatsoever. Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation throughout. Overall, this beer was thinner than I expected along with low astringency and alcohol warmth. This was more of an interesting milk stout to me and perhaps too light for my taste as I am a fan of the more bold, but complex beers

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 19:40:25 | More by CuriousMonk
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MrDave

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-16-2013 18:47:23 | More by MrDave
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waltonc

Colorado

2/5  rDev -53.4%

10-16-2013 14:47:09 | More by waltonc
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-16-2013 13:56:50 | More by lunarbrew
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle of Batch 001, thanks to Shaun for bringing this bottle over. And thanks to Dustin who hooked him up. Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass today, 10/15/2013.

Review #241.

Pours a pitch black body, with a bubbly and not particularly thick or foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a stout to me. Nothing weird abut it.

Smells interesting, just hints of sweet bourbon and coconut, a bit of the underlying chocolate and toffee but not a whole lot else. No vanilla. But it reminds me quite a bit of Parabola but everything is muted.

We drank this as the first stout of the night so I think my palate is judging this beer fairly. It's mostly hints of sweet bourbon and coconut. I really don't get a whole lot of the typical oatmeal stout flavour profiles- no chocolate, vanilla, coffee, umami. In the end this beer feels like its meant to deliver a muted, watered down bourbon barrel experience.

Creamy, rich, full-bodied stout. Good carbonation. Dangerously drinkable and smooth.

Either my bourbon barrel stout palate is ruined after drinking CW Black Gold and Sixteen last Saturday, or this beer is just missing a lot of things. It's got a much better mouthfeel than Parabola does, but its lacking any kind of intensity. In the end I felt it is a drinkable, smooth oatmeal stout that lost a lot of whatever the base beer had to offer after spending time in barrels.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 04:50:48 | More by Stevedore
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crobinso

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-16-2013 02:17:20 | More by crobinso
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MarkFy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-16-2013 01:51:08 | More by MarkFy
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notchucknorris

California

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a thin light brown head. Leaves some nice spotty lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, freshly ground medium roast coffee, milk chocolate and some vanilla all laced with a mild touch of whiskey.

T: Opens with a smooth hit of milk chocolate sweetness. Chocolate cake, roasted malt and chocolate milkshake. Finishes with just a hint of whiskey, vanilla and the barest hint of charred oak. Good flavors, but the mouthfeel just doesn't do this beer justice. Very thin with just a hint of creaminess from the oats. Parabola light is a good description. Very light.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:40:48 | More by notchucknorris
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Zaximus

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-15-2013 23:56:33 | More by Zaximus
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ERRL710

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-15-2013 23:23:48 | More by ERRL710
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-15-2013 17:23:58 | More by trxxpaxxs
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wpqx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-15-2013 05:02:37 | More by wpqx
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-15-2013 04:53:57 | More by Cynic-ale
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largadeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

10-15-2013 04:32:18 | More by largadeer
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a very deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass and topped with a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and bourbon and some fresh barrel wood.

Taste. Sweet milk chocolate again and bourbon ...but not in an overpowering boozy way, just some nice added flavour. Some oak and vanilla but the flavours aren't as big as I anticipated considering the brewer.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with smooth medium-low carbonation. Again, not nearly as big as I was expecting just based on the brewer's history of these type of beers.

Ovearall. A very nice beer but not as outstanding as many of FW's releases.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:27:46 | More by Rutager
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Grant35

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-14-2013 23:37:25 | More by Grant35
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-14-2013 22:33:52 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Hopinista

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a rastal snifter.

A: Black. Pours moderately thick, small tan head rises and dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

S: Really strong bourbon aroma upfront, followed by some vanilla and roasty malts on the back, very pleasing aroma.

T: Bourbon upfront, but not in a hot, burn your mouth off kind of way, very pleasant oak flavor. Next is straight up milk chocolate, almost like a milkshake. Some bitter chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts on the back.

M: Thick, smooth, and extremely creamy. Very moderate carbonation, this beer is probably the easiest drinking 8.5% ABV out there.

O: There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this beer. Up until I tried this Parabola was my favorite all time beer, and this has surpassed this. Everyone needs to seek this out and try it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 17:37:53 | More by Hopinista
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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-14-2013 17:11:57 | More by moonknight31
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.