Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.31/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown with a reddish hue. Slight tan head with little retention.
Smells of chocolate, lightly toasted marshmallow, vanilla. Woody.
The toasted marshmallow is front and center. Milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee.
Mouthfeel is out of this world. Super smooth, soft, and full.
I love the bourbon effect on this one. It's mild, almost subtle. Not boozy at all and melds well.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 03:20:47 | More by Vonerichs
3.75/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY. 8 oz pour. After drinking this, this will be a hard review.
Pours a very dark black, opaque, with a tiny head, and no lacing.
Smells like cookie dough, toasted oats, chocolate, and the slightest hint of bourbon.
Interesting tastes here, both negative and positive. All of the tastes I'm getting are good. This is one of the most cookie dough forward beers I've ever had, just tons of that flavor. I get cookie dough flavors out of a lot (mostly barrel-aged) stouts, but this one takes the cake/cookie. There's a good amount of toasted oats as well, a tiny bit of bourbon, some oak, and some chocolate. The problem is, however, other than the cookie dough, the flavors are kind of muted. For some styles, laid back flavors are a plus- but this is a barrel-aged stout. I expect a bit more here. Just a little bit too watery, unfortunately.
This is light to medium bodied, honestly too thin for the style. I don't need it to be motor oil, but I need it to be substantial enough. Low carbonation, very drinkable.
A beer with a lot of highs and lows. Overall good, but not something I'm going to hardcore crave again.
Serving type: on-tap
06-18-2014 00:24:26 | More by GreesyFizeek
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.