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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 258
Gots: 366 | 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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kreg02

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

01-24-2014 23:15:52 | More by kreg02
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Devi0us

California

3/5  rDev -30.1%

09-30-2013 16:36:56 | More by Devi0us
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dachp

Colorado

3/5  rDev -30.1%

02-03-2013 02:10:10 | More by dachp
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -30.1%

02-07-2014 02:26:01 | More by Rhettroactive
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Huolis72

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -30.1%

12-22-2013 04:33:47 | More by Huolis72
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -30.1%

02-04-2012 18:02:20 | More by Jwale73
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -30.1%

11-19-2013 03:07:41 | More by Rekrule
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3/5  rDev -30.1%

12-15-2013 19:07:07 | More by Jasonrm72
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rxeight

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.1%

11-14-2013 19:50:21 | More by rxeight
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brystmar

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 22:13:53 | More by brystmar
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SB_Brewmaster

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

04-03-2014 03:25:54 | More by SB_Brewmaster
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

12-10-2013 02:06:06 | More by jhillwastaken
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revooner

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

10-18-2013 18:14:17 | More by revooner
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

02-14-2014 03:19:36 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Omer4176

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

01-19-2014 16:13:47 | More by Omer4176
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Techichi

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

11-27-2013 20:59:53 | More by Techichi
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Jerryt0000

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

06-07-2014 09:13:30 | More by Jerryt0000
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Nick Swinford for the 22 oz bottle! Poured into a wine glass; from yesterday.

A: Pours a very dark brown color; it certainly doesn't have the opacity of other big 8%+ stouts. There's a finger worth of light mocha colored head. The retention is poor and minimal lacing is left behind.

S: At first, the aroma is quite mild - this one needs time to open up. Once it does, though, it brings notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and oats.

T: The best part of the brew. It starts off with a one-two combination of vanilla and chocolate on the taste buds. Gradually, it will develop some mild oat flavor, then transition straight into pure bourbon. A touch of alcohol burn is prevalent in conjunction with the bourbon/oak note, but it's hardly bothersome. The bourbon - while showcased well - more or less swallows the base brew whole. I could use more complexity as well.

M: Very thin, almost intolerably so - it feels genuinely insubstantial. There's nice carbonation to bring the flavors to the palate, though. The finish is sweet, sticky, long, and tannic; it's an easy brew to sip at least.

O: This isn't a bad beer at all. But given it's reputation and semi-rarity, it should have been better. It's thin and simplistic - two things I don't want from a barrel-aged offering. Honestly, I think I'd like the regular Velvet Merlin more...but we don't get that in Maryland (seriously, WTF? Maryland gets all the barrel-aged offerings from FW, but not Pivo Pils or Velvet Merlin?)

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 02:02:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: opaque black; no head; gothic spiderweb lacing
S: sweet, sharp bourbon barrel, tobacco
T: decided oatmeal on larger pulls, a sweet bourbony flavor reminding me of a candy from my childhood I can't quite place ... I understand why others are citing coconut and vanilla, but disagree that they overshadow the bourbon.
M: Medium-light for a bourbon, dry side of sweet
O: Fine for a bourbon barrel. Not my variety, but this has no dischordant notes, has that decidedly sweet/caramel flavor people are looking for in this style, and can easily stand up to the richest of soups or meats.

12oz / Tulip Glass / VGP, MD

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 03:13:16 | More by RandomExile
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denver10

Kentucky

3.34/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big marshmellow mocha head. Aroma is smooth bourbon and its barrel, caramel, chocolate, and a kiss of vanilla. Flavor was a bit disappointing for a FW barrel aged beer; smooth bourbon barrel comes in as I would like but the rest of the beer is quite lackluster. A little roasted barley, some caramel, and chocolate as well, and some of the sugars from the oats. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I would probably have been far more lenient on this beer if it came from just about anyone other than Firestone Walker. However, knowing the magic these guys can do I was quite underwhelmed here. Not bad, and I easily finished my pour, but I would not come back to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 01:12:28 | More by denver10
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $14.99. I was real excited to try this as I like velvet merlin a lot but I will say I was quite let down. I guess I was expecting something more rich and decadent. This truly tasted like Velvet Merlin with hints of bourbon and it was kind of thin. Aroma was bourbon, a little oats, eh. Flavor was more of the same. Honestly I was expecting something like Parabola but different and this falls short. Just too think and too much like the base beer, I didn't feel like the time in the barrel changed it enough to make it worth my money.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:26:53 | More by ArrogantB
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013, batch 01

When a FW brew comes in a box, you expect great things - aroma of toasted oats, touch of chocolate, some malt. Very light bodied - thin flavor profile - oats, cocoa, some hops. For FW, this is terribly disappointing and downright boring

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:13:52 | More by dirtylou
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blabaer

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-24-2014 06:57:10 | More by blabaer
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nickhiller

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

02-05-2012 21:59:04 | More by nickhiller
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-09-2013 00:29:44 | More by Massbmx
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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