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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 261
Gots: 376 | FT: 78
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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xombii13

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-23-2014 05:02:28 | More by xombii13
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sillyhed8

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-24-2014 04:33:30 | More by sillyhed8
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RichH55

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-02-2013 23:56:56 | More by RichH55
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Chingringo

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-25-2013 21:33:28 | More by Chingringo
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JVB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-29-2013 21:46:05 | More by JVB
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GregDuB65

Missouri

5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-16-2014 02:48:16 | More by GregDuB65
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xraided81

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-13-2011 07:30:54 | More by xraided81
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oldsailor

Nevada

5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-22-2014 03:48:51 | More by oldsailor
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stevenocheltree

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-02-2011 08:03:56 | More by stevenocheltree
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-04-2014 20:11:22 | More by BradMacMullin
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Vimarsh

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-08-2013 06:56:56 | More by Vimarsh
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.6%

06-09-2014 18:20:16 | More by IAmHollywood13
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-16-2014 01:25:38 | More by randylangford
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bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-24-2014 22:16:46 | More by bkwhoppa66
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drinkinmiles

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-11-2013 00:30:54 | More by drinkinmiles
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Goobastic

New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-18-2013 00:02:12 | More by Goobastic
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amart79

California

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Opaque black color with a pretty big brown tinted head that hangs around for a while.

S - toasty coffee beans, some vanilla and a good smell of malts. Awesome.

T - the taste just follows right where the smell left off. The toasted malt and coffee beans flow right into a little taste of vanilla that flows beautifully into a bourbon taste right at the end.

M - creamy lightly carbonated and incredibly smooth. Even with the small bourbon bite at the end, it goes down easy.

O - literally one of the best beers I've ever had. The velvet merlin was already great and the aging in bourbon barrels just enhances every aspect of it. I'd recommend it to anyone that's gonna be around the brewery since it's only on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 16:54:23 | More by amart79
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cde1218

New Jersey

4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow.... I've read all of the reviews on here about poor mouth feel of this beer.... I truly disagree with all of those reviews. This beer is fantastic! I'm thoroughly impressed with the unique flavor profile... Great chocolate, malt, dark fruit etc. True.... It's no bourbon county in terms of mouth feel but truly a great drive king experience in terms of flavor. FBGM

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:49:11 | More by cde1218
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Mersh

Connecticut

4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This BBA oatmeal stout lives up to the hype and more. Hints of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt flow throughout the nose and taste. An exquisite pleasure to drink. Not overly boozy at all. Creamy and smooth. Love the mouthfeel on this. Wish I had a case. Firestone Walker are the masters of stouts and barrels. I highly recommend searching this out. I was lucky enough to get 2 on trade from the bottle release. It develops even more as it warms up. Cheers to an almost perfect oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:58:07 | More by Mersh
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unclejazz

New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been looking forward to trying this ever since trying Velvet Merlin in December. Thank you goes to Brouwerij Lane for getting this and pouring me more than my share.

A-dark brown with a half inch head tan there is great lacing went along with a decent espresso like color.

S-solid bourbon with vanilla and earthy notes which all complemented the roast malt and oat base.

T-this delivers the goods, it is not at all boozy, but wonderful bourbon carmel favors that have wonderful oak undertones. This is an amazing accomplishment.

M-thick and definitely in the sipper category. Just a touch of heat from the bourbon left a great burn in the aftertaste. I could sip this for days, so rewarding.

O-I thought I might never try this but so glad I did. This is e future of beer, some day it will be bottled and I will be there. Fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 22:58:01 | More by unclejazz
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cosmicevan

New York

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

had this at an in store tasting yesterday at beer city and grabbed a few 16oz growler fills of it.

a - poured into a 6oz FW snifter. brew pours a shiny almost watery black with little to no head. has a barrel shine to it.

s - smell is phenomenal. just smells like a perfect oatmeal stout. great roasted malts and chocolate and coffee notes with a perfect balance of oats.

t - taste is just as amazing as the smell. a fantastic oatmeal stout with the wonderful barrel aging of firestone walker. it is really the perfect blend of oats, chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and a nice barrel vibe.

m - this one is surprisingly thin. i'd want it to be more rich and creamy, but for the size of this beer, it is just surprising how watery it is.

o - overall, this should be bottled. it is as good if not better than parabola. firestone walker is an amazing brewery and this beer blew my mind (like many other firestone beers i've tried in the past). sad that i only have another 16oz of this beer and it needs to be consumed soon. worth seeking out if you like barrel aged brews, or FW, or just damn fine beer.

---edit 2012-03-24---
honestly, i'd say that i may have even rated this too low. what a f*ckin beer!

Serving type: growler

03-18-2012 00:37:09 | More by cosmicevan
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01001111

California

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A dark but not opaque chestnut color with little-to-no head and some oil slick patterns.

S: Wood, roast, oats, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and a slight bourbon bite.

T: Chocolate, hazelnuts and walnuts, vanilla, a hint of coconut. The bourbon character comes through as it warms in the mouth. The finish is very bold and roasted; not bitter at all.

M: Velvety, but a bit thin with some syrupy character, more like a nut brown ale in body, but the robust flavor boosts the mouthfeel. The alcohol heat appears mostly in the back of the throat.

O: I'm quite impressed. Velvet Merlin is a great oatmeal stout but the other reviews had me worried about this one. While not the most amazing barrel-aged stout, this is an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:05:41 | More by 01001111
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Tristen84

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Firestone Walker is not capable of making a bad beer and in fact they only make good beers. If its a beer that is meant to be to style they will follow it to the T. If it is a hybrid they are willing to go nuts with it. Velvet Merkin has a good story behind it and is made with so much love and care you can taste it. I am overwhelmed by the thick dark toasted presence of this beer. Some toasted coconut is present with also a nice roasted tobacco. Some alcohol warmth but nothing as compared to their other specialty beers, This is the zenith that all beer should try to achieve. If have not had this yet, try and find a bottle to drink now and bottle to cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 03:39:07 | More by Tristen84
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JohnG190

New York

4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Pours black as pitch with a huge, tan head that slowly dissipated into a nice cap. Dark chocolate and coffee on the nose with prominent vanilla and bourbon notes. Lots of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the tongue. Smooth, velvety mouth feel, medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, an extremely well crafted and balanced beer. In my opinion, Firestone Walker has the finest barrel aging program out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 15:09:47 | More by JohnG190
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abeerdude

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

06-22-2012 17:44:35 | More by abeerdude
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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