Velvet Merkin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Velvet MerkinVelvet Merkin
BA SCORE
4.29/5
2,439 Ratings
Velvet MerkinVelvet Merkin
BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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:
#576
Reviews:
371
Ratings:
2,439
pDev:
9.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
411
Gots:
1,056
Trade:
133
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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with a small white head. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, wood, bourbon, roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and a strange off flavor. Medium heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Overall it’s really good there is just a strange off flavor. Maybe it’s the batch or maybe it’s just something I don’t like but can’t place.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsteve89
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csmrx7
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought On-Line

22 oz. Bomber/Box
Black Foil/Capped
2015 Vintage, No. 003

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, vanilla, very nice bourbon note, oaky, roasty. The taste is really nice, malty, chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla, slight licorice, really nice bourbon/oak. some roastyness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Been wanting to try this for a long time.

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Photo of Nace4
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of godawgs
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindsculptor
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very good oatmeal stout. I just wish breweries would ease up on the roast qualities for styles other than Irish Dry.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle - Vintage 2016

Pours maroon black with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich dark chocolate truffles, espresso coffee, grapes, currants, raisin, graham cracker, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toasted bready malt, molasses, oats, dark fruit, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Taste follows with rich dark chocolate truffle, dark espresso coffee, grapes, currants, raisin, graham cracker, toffee, charred brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toasted bready malt, molasses, oats, dark fruit, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter and a pint glass. The appearance is a jet black colored body with a head that seems to last just a tad longer in the snifter and concaves a bit than the pint glass. Its about a half finger off-white sort of tan that dies at a very nice pace with more spotty lacing is in the pint glass than the snifter. The smell is the same amount of bourbon in both glasses, smokey chocolate comes through, slightly roasty and oaty. The taste is sweet roasty bourbon-ness with a slight smokey-esque feel strolling around my taste buds with some vanilla making a decent presence. There is a bourbon sweet aftertaste with a sticky yet somewhat dry chocolate bourbon finish (wow, what a complex finish, I don’t think I’ve ever had any finish like that before). On the palate, for an oatmeal stout at 8.5 that was bottled in August of this year, wow, this lives up to its name - what a "velvety" smooth feel rolling around my tongue and mouth, the more I sip the more I think holey moley wow, this feels great around my mouth especially with the lack of age on it; I’d say its about a medium in body, more of a sipper for sessionability’s sake. Carbonation is pretty good for the style and for me, not much pounding the mouth and tongue but that’s ok. Overall, this could quite possibly be the best oatmeal stout that I’ve ever had. I didn’t know it was going to be this good.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elemenohpee1
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a dark brown ribbon but filling muddy black with a large tan foam that slowly recedes to a long retaining blanket and clingy messy lace, this is a 4 year old bottle that isn't giving up.

The nose is no joke bourbon, and lots of it--for its age that is saying something. I have no idea how potent this is fresh, but dayum! It doesn't sting though?! It's more like freshly reduced bourbon syrup on a stack of rum soaked pain perdu--bready and eggy and yeasty--with touches of maple, cocoa, pumpernickel, black pepper and woody vanilla. Hands down, the smell is unquestionably the winning attribute of this beer.

Taste is bourbon and cola, chewy and deep and smokey rich, with roasted nuts, cocoa dusted dates, charred wood and dark bread. Raisin notes kick up more and more as it warms.

The body is thin to medium yet slick, round and substantial. Despite the intense bourbon flavor, there is no actual heat! Before it warms, it has quite a dry, chewy finish. For successful aging alone, this deserves major kudos.

Vintage 2013

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Photo of Seanem44
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsalz21
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from barrelworks. 2015 vintage. Consumed with dad in 2017.

Black in color with 1/2 a finger of off-white head

Aroma is dominated by bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, and molasses.

Taste is bourbon-forward. Lots of barrel character. While lighter in viscosity than other FW beers, such a great complexity of flavor. I do get an oat character, which does enhance creaminess. Notes of chocolate.

Overall, another win from FW. Delicious and complex, even at a lower ABV. It pairs well with triple chocolate brownies. It gets a 92.5/100.

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 2,439 ratings
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