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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 259
Gots: 365 | FT: 77
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-25-2014 23:45:47 | More by ADTaber
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-26-2013 21:05:28 | More by ncaudle
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-27-2011 01:08:33 | More by brez8791
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-12-2013 00:51:45 | More by Daniellobo
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-31-2014 20:14:30 | More by stereosforgeeks
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-22-2013 17:29:31 | More by tommyguz
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-18-2012 20:29:02 | More by seeswo
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-29-2013 20:09:57 | More by LoveStout
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-28-2013 22:54:59 | More by KAF
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-21-2013 12:21:16 | More by twenty5
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shelby415

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-25-2012 07:03:21 | More by shelby415
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-29-2013 18:13:40 | More by david18
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a very deep dark brown, pretty much black in the glass and topped with a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla and bourbon and some fresh barrel wood.

Taste. Sweet milk chocolate again and bourbon ...but not in an overpowering boozy way, just some nice added flavour. Some oak and vanilla but the flavours aren't as big as I anticipated considering the brewer.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with smooth medium-low carbonation. Again, not nearly as big as I was expecting just based on the brewer's history of these type of beers.

Ovearall. A very nice beer but not as outstanding as many of FW's releases.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:27:46 | More by Rutager
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-22-2011 16:06:36 | More by thewimperoo
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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Texas

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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-23-2013 20:21:58 | More by Sparky44
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Zbeetleman

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-15-2013 02:37:03 | More by Zbeetleman
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, clear brown around the edges, one finger brown head.

S-Bourbon, chocolate, oats, roasted malt.

T-Starts with some bourbon, mild oats, good deal of chocolate, some bitterness.

M-Heavier, creamy with some carbonation.

O-Need to try this one again, it was a good beer, but compared to the Utopias that night it couldn't compare.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 17:08:45 | More by rlee1390
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arizcards

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber Reserve Series 001 from BevMo on 10-12-13 for $14.99. Bottled on 8/23/13.

Beer poured cola brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon.

Taste is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is disappointing, light to medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall this brew rocks! With the flavor and nose one expects a viscous brew but other than that this is worthy of trying if you can scarce up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:30:31 | More by arizcards
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-31-2014 03:43:49 | More by egrace84
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2013 20:01:59 | More by Morey
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle from Tim. Thanks so much! Pours dark brown to black in my FW Barrelworks Teku with a one finger mocha head. Aroma is big oats and chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, graham cracker, toasted nuts. Flavor is chocolate up front with some big time vanilla tones on top of graham crackers. Followed by a punch of strong whiskey and long lasting oaky vanilla. The lasting finish is the real highlight of this beer. Palate is velvety smooth up front and while not a super thick beer, I see no reason to complain about thin body here. Plenty of body, especially for the ABV, and medium carbonation. This was a winner for me with just the right amount of barrel character, rather than the in your face whiskey shot I get with lower ABV stouts and porters aged in barrels. As usual, Firestone Walker kicks ass.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:33:34 | More by BMMillsy
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notchucknorris

California

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a thin light brown head. Leaves some nice spotty lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, freshly ground medium roast coffee, milk chocolate and some vanilla all laced with a mild touch of whiskey.

T: Opens with a smooth hit of milk chocolate sweetness. Chocolate cake, roasted malt and chocolate milkshake. Finishes with just a hint of whiskey, vanilla and the barest hint of charred oak. Good flavors, but the mouthfeel just doesn't do this beer justice. Very thin with just a hint of creaminess from the oats. Parabola light is a good description. Very light.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:40:48 | More by notchucknorris
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.