Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.66/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Serving Type: 22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter.
Appearance: Pours black, pitch black. No ruby on the edges.
Smell: Big bourbon on the nose, roasted chocolate, dark fruits, lovely aroma.
Taste: Bourbon up front, some roasted chocolate, some dark fruits, cherries, some bitterness, really smooth, the flavors flow very nice. Some alcohol. Flavors become prevalent as beer warms up.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, some bitterness on the tongue, the alcohol has a warming effect on the palate, but nice smooth, silky mouthfeel, not too thick like an imperial stout, but thickness is present.
Overall: World class beer, lovely aroma, great flavor, not overwhelming, the bourbon dominates on the front end but some great flavors smoothly flow in the beer. There is bitterness that I did not expect with an oatmeal stout, but overall, world class beer. I wish I would have picked up a few more to cellar. This is the 2013 edition that I tasted in June 2014. Definitely worth a try when available.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2014 03:41:03 | More by Catracho5
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.