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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 294
Gots: 530 | FT: 99
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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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Looks pretty inviting, although at 8.5% it's neither motor oil black, nor motor oil thick.

S - The nose is awesome! Vanilla and cookies. Bourbon is subtle.

T - Could use a little more chocolate. The vanilla notes are pleasant but faint. Bourbon character is similar.

M - Super smooth but still quite thin.

O - At roughly $18 a bottle I did not really feel this was a big enough beer to justify the price tag. It's a nice beer for sure, but I'd only go here again if it were about half the price.

abeeronthebeach, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Oatmeal cookie, vanilla, subtle bourbon flavor, a touch of coffee roast. Body is medium, very smooth and drinkable. Acidity is low. Lingering moderate sweetness. It's good, not great, so I wouldn't buy it again for $15 nor advise you to (buy Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout instead).

jibbyvonjibb, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Danimal25
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Danimal25, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Jack_Malts
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Jack_Malts, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Kander
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Kander, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of neurobot01
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%

2014 bottle at fridge temp into a snifter, allowed to warm.

Looks lighter in body and color than most BA stouts. Initial taste is basically Velvet Merkin Plus—almost a cola flavor profile going on. A hint of bourbon, but very mild, and few other barrel characteristics. The aftertaste is amazing vanilla/graham cracker/milk chocolate/toasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. Overall, I remembered this as being better from last year; looking forward to updating this review once I crack my cellared '13.

neurobot01, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Piels25
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%

Piels25, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of geocool
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

geocool, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Stokastic
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Stokastic, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Screper
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Screper, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Kramerwtmf
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Kramerwtmf, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -6.8%

kvgomps, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Mhollerb
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%

Mhollerb, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of riotontheroad
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

riotontheroad, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Premo88
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into snifter
(2013 vintage)

L: standard black motor oil, big tan head at least 1.25 inches that doesn't stick or lace; no light can pass through beer, but it might be relatively clear

S: VERY boozy ... smells like whiskey mixed into dark malt ... what you'd expect with some dark dark notes of licorice; oak wood and whiskey take over as it warms, and it’s fantastic; really starting to get the coffee now, kind of an astringent bitter/sour coffee note like some of the central/south american coffees can get

T: loads of stuff here ... whiskey, vanilla malt, dark malt bleeding into licorice, kind of raisiny, very burnt up front or in the middle, but that smooths into a nice wood-char taste that lingers in the aftertaste, very nice; real dark compared to the velvet martin

F: mighty fine ... got lots of carbonation and not too thick, so it’s as drinkable as a pale ale

O: great sipping brew with good whiskey and wood notes; it’s pricey and I think I like the nonbarrel-aged version better, if that’s possible, but the 8.5% ABV is cool because most barrel-aged stouts are 10% plus and this is much less. i like that.

Premo88, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Bonsall_Phil, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of WoostaBia
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

WoostaBia, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a totally opaque black-brown almost black color with a one finger head in a snifter. Oak, fruit, and chocolate in the aroma. I really like the oak in this beer-it's not pronounced,but it has a special quality. It combines well with the chocolate, which deepens the oak.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

The body of the beer is on the lighter side compared to other barrel aged beers, yet it does not detract from the complexity of the beer.

The oak melds well with the chocolate in the taste. The oatmeal presence is not too strong.

There is a bitterness to the finish which works well with the light body.

The beer is different than other beers in the barrel aged series. The finish is not alcoholic and it's lower in ABV.

Overall, another excellent beer from the Firestone Walker barrel Aged series and I was fortunate to find a bottle.

brureview, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Mcooly
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%

Mcooly, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of jdhasse
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable, but was hoping for better. Would chose Parabola over this one.

jdhasse, Sep 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

OtisCampbell, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

adhokk7, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Ferrari805
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Ferrari805, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of KangarooRat
5/5  rDev +16.6%

KangarooRat, Sep 19, 2014
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.