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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 262
Gots: 377 | 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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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
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-25-2013 04:41:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-01-2014 22:33:11 | More by IrishColonial
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Tee2Grn

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-06-2014 01:14:53 | More by Tee2Grn
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-25-2013 02:45:43 | More by BarrytheBear
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L3MI

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-22-2013 17:36:26 | More by L3MI
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HopsintheSack

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

03-02-2014 14:54:12 | More by HopsintheSack
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bauermj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-09-2014 19:22:35 | More by bauermj
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

12-20-2013 15:55:17 | More by Sean9689
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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

10-14-2013 17:11:57 | More by moonknight31
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NFMSKRS

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

06-05-2014 18:08:35 | More by NFMSKRS
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.