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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 295
Gots: 533 | FT: 100
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

boutwell, Yesterday at 12:03 AM
Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2014 Vintage, 8.5% ABV
A 4 - near black with a creamy tan head that holds decent retention, some lacing is left on the glass as it fades
S 4.25 - boozy bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak dominate the nose
T 4.25 - the bourbon continues to dominate with the oaky vanilla here too, notes of chocolate, roasted barley, oat, and earthy hops do come through just enough to remind you that you are drinking a beer
M 3.5 - seems thin for body; elusive might be the word - this is not a viscous imperial stout, even though it seems like that's what it should be. It is, however, creamy and smooth, medium-ish, while finishing with the bourbony oak lingering on the palate
O 4 - really easy to drink, well balanced, and good, but not worth the $15.99 and hassle to hunt it down. Glad I tried it, but won't buy it again in the future.

barnzy78, Friday at 03:20 AM
Photo of Tamigleo
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

Tamigleo, Thursday at 04:45 PM
Photo of erkrause
5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is probably my favorite BA Stout.. give it a year though, it ages great

erkrause, Thursday at 02:07 PM
Photo of Birmz
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%

Birmz, Thursday at 05:46 AM
Photo of M_chav
4/5  rDev -6.8%

M_chav, Thursday at 04:08 AM
Photo of SawDog505
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SawDog505, Thursday at 02:23 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Zoso2772, Wednesday at 09:02 PM
Photo of AnalogErik
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AnalogErik, Wednesday at 05:26 PM
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -6.8%

LXIXME, Tuesday at 11:04 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

acidreflux, Tuesday at 06:39 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

captainbearcat, Tuesday at 02:49 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Jamison85, Monday at 11:05 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

weezarc, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of dahlen22
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

I had this last night so I am going to try to get this right.

Appearance: Dark and syrupy with a slight brown head.

Aroma: Good stuff going on here. Coffee, Bourbon, Vanilla, Smokiness.

Taste: Smooth and velvety going down. Explosion of flavors here, including those in the nose and some dark chocolate. Easy drinking for the style.

Overall: Excellent beer here. Not a true oatmeal stout that many who like the style would expect, but an interesting melody of flavors and styles. What really came through were the vanilla and bourbon you would expect from barrel aged beer. Pricy, but very tasty. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with sweet chocolate, vanilla, a bit of oak, and bourbon. Simple, but nice.

T: Roasted malts here as well with semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. There are some light oak flavors before a slightly boozy finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery but still quite very drinkable.

O: Quite a good beer, overall. The body is a bit lacking, but otherwise is great.

n2185, Oct 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

YeastEnthusiast, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nietzsches_Horse, Oct 19, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%

Eam4464, Oct 19, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dwagner003, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

yemenmocha, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Jamco_76, Oct 18, 2014
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.