Velvet Merkin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English 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

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#1,273
Reviews:
409
Ratings:
2,574
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ON tap, 9.7.18 at Brewer's Republic (colorado springs, co)
L - This barrel aged (2 years!?) merkin gives nothing away in appearance, looks more like a porter than a thick stout.
S - This is where things get interesting for the Merkin - aromas of cola, wood, vanilla, and spice with the usual stout smells
T - Fantastic - and a total surprise in some ways. Comes across as a beer version of Jack and Coke (if that's your thing, you're going to love this).
F - Properly but not overly carbonated, fairly lively on the tongue, not flat. Very good.
O - Even if it's not my usual style on a daily basis, this is creative treatment of an oatmeal stout. I believe the two years of barrel aging were Heaven Hill bourbon casks. Great stuff.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ptykozoon
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

'16

Pours black with a faint purple in the light, a bit of sparse froth.

Scent is pretty vicious for an oatmeal stout. Bits of dark chocolate, raisin, oak, toffee.

Taste is mellow considering the smell, but it could be from its age. Some caramel and milky aspects. Fairly watery.

Mouthfeel is delicate, ABV tastes ~11%. Not sure if this needed barrel aging. It's not thin, but it really yearns for some flavors to round it out.

It may have aged too long because it's quite mellow, but it's not bad.

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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage. Pours deep dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla. Only a whisper of bourbon joins in these flavors on the palate. The feel is full and thick. Overall a great beer.

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

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition

Bottle poured into teku glass

Brown liquid , thin taupe foam ring

Aroma of gentle bourbon, raisins, toffee, vanilla, espresso

Taste is bourbon without the alcohol burn, the oatmeal smooths it out

Light mouth feel

Good beer

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage

Inky black with a small head. A little bit of spotty lacing is left behind. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate malt. Nice bourbon barrel character in the flavor. The bourbon is not overbearing but compliments the malt. Vanilla from the oak is also complimentary. Nice malty flavor with notes of mocha. Feels a bit over carbonated and likewise not as full bodied as it could be.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of herman77
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown brownie color with one finger of light tan head. Rich caramel, toffee and vanilla in the nose along with light bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Dark fruits, cocoa, toffee, bourbon coffee on the palate. Light barrel oakiness is present as well. Fairly smooth mouthfeel as expected. Pretty drinkable for a 8.5% barrel aged beer.

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,574 ratings