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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 322
Gots: 703 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 11-20-2008

Our decadent Oatmeal Stout lovingly aged in Bourbon barrels. Beautiful chocolate, espresso and vanilla-bourbon aromas hold your nose hostage. Rich dark chocolate truffle, bourbon and espresso create a dangerously smooth and incredibly drinkable barrel aged Oatmeal Stout. Hoarding tendencies may occur.
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2.54/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2014 Vintage. Disappointed, expected more flavor, body was very thin. Would not spend the $ for this again.

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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2.92/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

a 96??? after having BCBS, Devils Due, Backwoods Basterd and a host of other BB beers recently, this beer is truly a disappointment. The aroma is weak, the carbonation is fizzy and the taste is below par for the standard these days. A thin mouth feel just adds to the many short comings of this beer. I am shocked as this beer to me gets smoked by many so called " shelf turds " out there. If your seeking this out, save your money. The only redeeming factor of this beer is the ABV is hidden, but it's not very hard at 8.5%

Bottom Line: Not buying this again.

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

A - Pours a coca cola colored body. Mild off white head, about a nickels worth. Hues of brown.

S - Maple syrup, toffee, coffee, malt, fig, dates, darker fruits, splash of that classic bourbon taste.

T - light coffee up front, that watered down mocha, that iced latte taste. This empty presence in the middle. Finish with that bourbon taste.

M - Very light, silky, smooth.

O - I'm not buying another beer from this company again. No offense, but at $16 a bottle, I'd expect this to have a bigger profile. Moreover, the body is too weak for the bourbon characteristics. At times, this taste like the last few sips of a jack and coke, with a breathe of coffee to come back up. This is so weak, words cannot tell you how disappointed I am with this brew. I'm debating regurgitating what I swallowed, putting it back in the bottle, and asking for a refund. It's not bad, it's just absolutely disappointing.

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of brystmar
3.22/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap for Barcade's 8th anniversary.

Dark brown pour, minimal tan head and lace. Traces of bourbon mix with the roasted malts for a pleasant aroma.

Gotta start by saying the body is unacceptably thin -- especially for an oatmeal stout. Roasty malts prevail in the flavor, somehow hiding most of the bourbon. Kinda watery throughout, but somehow finishes really strong with a bold rush of hazelnuts. Yum.

Pretty disappointing overall.

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3.24/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.