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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,469 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 290
Gots: 524 | FT: 97
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

illeagle05, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

lukasz, Sep 26, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

CBack465, Sep 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

PlayitAgain, Sep 26, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

noproduction, Sep 26, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

tclipse, Sep 26, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -10.5%

Ngntjp, Sep 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

StephRai, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

freshflesh, Sep 25, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%

exl_90, Sep 25, 2014
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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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

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

CraftFan5, Sep 24, 2014
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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
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4.04/5  rDev -5.8%

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

geocool, Sep 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Screper, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

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

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

riotontheroad, Sep 21, 2014
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,469 ratings.