Velvet Merkin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#632
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
2,515
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,515 |  Reviews: 395
Photo of Holderness
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L -- Pours a deep reddish brown body that is much lighter than anticipated: phone light passes through the glass no problem. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Molasses, caramel, bourbon, oak, raisin, prune, fig, dark chocolate, smoke. Nicely layered
T -- Semi-sweet dried dark fruit, oaky vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, earth, nutty coffee, and a hint of coconut
F -- Has a somewhat thin, fizzy body to it, perhaps due to the much lower than normal ABV for a barrel aged stout. I was expecting more silkiness from the oats. Medium carb.
O -- Tastes like a barrel-aged version of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout. The aromas are great, but given the $10/12oz bottle pricing there is definite room for improvement in the flavors and mouthfeel.

81/100

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

Photo of chewy6935
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, 2017 vintage ... split between two snifters)

L: poured with a pinky width of khaki foam... very dark brown liquid... only thin collar with random flares of lace

S: brown malt roast and caramelized wood and char-grilled chuck steak fats... hints of ground black pepper and a sort of umami, Worcestershire sauce (very faint essence), hint of alcohol... some strange, potentially off-putting aromas I've never come across in a beer, but they do certainly spike my curiosity

T: char-heavy, softly-scorched base malts... little residual sweetness; bitterness sanded down, powder-pelletized... after several sips, the odd flavor that stands out is reminiscent of celery (seed, possibly a toe in caraway) - the only other beer I remember tasting that flavor in was Pretty Things Babayaga...

F: smooth, fuzzy-slick flow; medium bodied, little carbonation, sedate alcohol warmth... chill drinking

O: not up to expectations(?) ... Merlin also is not a very sweet stout, but the degree of attenuation/extraction here is too much - the beer lacks depth ... do have a bottle of the 2014 - hopefully more enjoyable experience

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Photo of _nickg_
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LoganMc
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bammer21
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Afeo
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dave_ackbar
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is typical of an oatmeal stout, thick head that stays on the side of the glass for awhile.
Smell is chocolate with hint of bourbon.
Taste is a little thinner than most oatmeal stouts but still really good.
Feel is a bit more acidic than most oatmeal stouts.
Overall a very nice beer, more refreshing than your typical stout.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisG523
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is okay with no lacing left behind. Aroma is bourbon and booze right up front. Oak, and toasted and nutted malts show up later. Flavor profile is bourbon, toasted, nutted, and earthy malts. A little oak and booze show up at the end. Mouth feel is slightly watery, with a medium texture. Overall, a fine stout with a nice dose of bourbon that is well tamed.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Tony210
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2016 vintage
Pours a dark brown with a quickly fading cream white head. Aroma is mostly boozy with lots of yeast, some chocolate and vanilla. Fairly light bodied, this is surprisingly flavorless. Mostly boozy barrel flavor, dry, some cocoa and espresso flavors appear on the finish with a little burn. Thin mouthfeel. 8.5% abv. Disappointing.
Was hoping for something similar to their Bravo, Parabola, Stickee. Nope.

12/8/17
Bomber bought last Dec and refrigerated since.
3.5 rating

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque texture. There was a thin, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A very good aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

T: Tasted of a lot of dark chocolate (always welcome), a slightly earthy quality (presumably the truffles), some espresso (less than expected), roasted malt, a good shot of bourbon, some vanilla notes, and some oak as well. An interesting and well done take on the oatmeal stout style. Big, powerful, and undeniably smooth.

F: A solidly carbonated beer with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This has to be one of the better oatmeal stouts out there. Quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of jsknapps
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

prefer the 2016 bottle over the 2017. also 2017 small btl is a mistake. bring back the 22oz

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Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,515 ratings
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