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Velvet Merkin - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 262
Gots: 377 | FT: 78
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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Floydster

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Blue Palms out of the handpump for seven dollars, reviewed from notes

A-Practically black color but the edges are lighter for sure, so very dark brown, 1 1/4 inch full frothy medium tan head that lasted three or four minutes, nice retention, some lacing
S-Main smell at first is the bourbon and the slightly spicy scents that come from it, also lots of oak and vanilla, it has milk chocolate, roasted malts, cream, and grains as well
T-It starts off a little sweet with some cocoa, there is some light coffee in the middle, bourbon notes are in the finish with lots more vanilla than expected, like the slight twang and spice from the whiskey too, flavors mold together with this one well and I can really see why this mixed so well with a dark Belgian in a previous blend, nicely balanced and a flavorful oatmeal stout
M-Slightly dry, roasty, and faintly sweet mouthfeel, thinner body out of the cask but still medium, carbonation is obviously minimal, taste lingers
D-Could have drank lots more of this stuff, light on the stomach, smooth and very easy to drink for an oatmeal stout, could even make a session beer, taste does not get tiresome

I was excited to try this after having Saucerful of Merkin and wanting to know what those two components tasted like by themselves, this beer is right around six percent alcohol supposedly but it feels even lighter than that at times, would like to drink again, recommended

Serving type: cask

05-10-2009 17:59:21 | More by Floydster
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

01-16-2013 23:52:41 | More by Jspriest
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crobinso

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-16-2013 02:17:20 | More by crobinso
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

01-31-2014 20:14:30 | More by stereosforgeeks
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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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-27-2011 01:08:33 | More by brez8791
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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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shelby415

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-18-2012 20:29:02 | More by seeswo
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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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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

01-01-2014 22:33:11 | More by IrishColonial
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-21-2013 04:11:55 | More by JamLand
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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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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-16-2013 18:17:49 | More by Dicers
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-07-2013 03:19:37 | More by akang
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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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hilgart1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

10-27-2013 22:24:46 | More by hilgart1
Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.