Velvet Merkin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonebeer.com

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our decadent Oatmeal Stout lovingly aged in Bourbon barrels. Beautiful chocolate, espresso and vanilla-bourbon aromas hold your nose hostage. Rich dark chocolate truffle, bourbon and espresso create a dangerously smooth and incredibly drinkable barrel aged Oatmeal Stout. Hoarding tendencies may occur.

Added by t0rin0 on 11-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,166
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
2,607
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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409
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1,102
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Photo of silverblaze540
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with minimal brown creamy head; medium thickness.
S - Oatmeal; sweet and effervescent.
T - Buttery; oatmeal; malt; cherries; caramel
M - Medium body
O - A bit lighter than expected, but a pleasant taste

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Apellonious
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, 2018 version, poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black with a half finger of tan head that moves to a ring of lace immediately. Nose comes across as chocolate, vanilla, touches of faint bourbon and coffee. Very smooth in feel and taste. The taste starts of as mild roast and chocolate. Followed by a nut and esperesso taste. Carbonation is low. Overall, a well melded flavored stout.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark brown color, very thin brown head, amazing lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Oats, oak, chocolate, alcohol. Wonderful.

T: Oats, oak, chocolate, alcohol. Smooth as silk. Incredible!

F: Medium bodied, easy to drink, full flavored, extremely smooth.

O: A world class stout. One of the best I ever had. Great beer for the first day of 2019!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of beige halfway around the rim. There’s a faint wisp of it elsewhere on top. The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oatmeal. I’m tasting oatmeal, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. The mouth is velvety smooth.

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was calling my name. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour on the beer produced a one finger head. The creamy ivory head has poor retention. The head dissipated quickly leaving no signs of it existences. The color of the beer is SRM 34 a dark brown color with mahogany hues. The beer is opaque with no other signs of life within.

The initial aromas in the beer are bourbon, cereal, and toffee. Next, I smell toasted malts, bread, wood, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, alcohol, yeast, and earthiness.

The initial flavors in the beer are cereal, bourbon, oranges, toffee, char, and a touch of smokiness. Next, I taste bread, toasted malt, caramel, burnt sugar, alcohol, malty sweetness, yeast, and earthiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and smooth.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, low carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer generated mix feeling they are an astounding brewery with a deft hand at brewing beer produced a beer with little finesse. The barrel age on this beer is pathetic. The body of this oatmeal stout is weak it drinks more like a porter. I do get the bourbon barrel a the end. The beer left me frustrated.

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Photo of EdFed
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mkh012
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle.

Pours near-black with a persistent tan head.

The nose and taste are dark chocolate, malt, and mild bourbon. Smooth and balanced. Medium to light mouthfeel, but enough for 7.8%

Overall, very good.

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Photo of nodder
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stucat
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown/almost black with a finger of khaki head.
Smells of dark roast, vanilla, bourbon, oaky.
Taste follows with the dark roast, some dark fruit, the bourbon barrel is light, vanilla, and oak.
A bit thin but super smooth, no heat.
My second FW beer and overall it was quite tasty!

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was tough to review because the aroma and taste was dominated by Oak,wood,earth elements. It seems that the few people I know who had it all seemed to pick up different aromas and tastes.
Still worth a try

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Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass this beer pours dark brown but with highlights running throughout. It forms a pinky width of cream colored crown that quickly dissipates hardly leaving a ring attached to the glass. (3.75)

The smell is creamy sweetness. Oats, chocolate, vanilla. Surprisingly no bourbon or oak detectable to my nose whatsoever. I would not even guess this is barrel aged at this point. Pleasant nonetheless. (4)

The taste comes in with the chocolate and leaves with the chocolate. Slight coffee showing itself but it seems fairly one dimensional and STILL not picking up any bourbon or oak to my palate. Or even alcohol warmness that would show it's there. A small vanilla shows it's presence as the drink warms. (3.5)

The mouthfeel is silky, velvety, creamy. So smooth but a little thin for my liking (which I won't dock it for because it is only an oatmeal stout after all) (4.25)

Overall, the silky, velvety and creamy mouthfeel was the best part of this for me. Other than that it seemed to be one dimensional and pretty underwhelming with no barrel detection at all for me. I literally wouldn't of guessed this was barrel aged AT ALL if blind tested. I wonder how long it sat in barrels? (3.5)

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Photo of fehrminator
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thin as hell. This should never have been put into a barrel.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, 7.8% ABV. Pours Very dark brown to light black, with a half-finger tan head. Nose is sweet malt, light chocolate and bourbon. Taste follows, with almost no bitterness. Excellent chewy oatmeal mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harpus
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of taospowder
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,607 ratings