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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,094
Reviews:
409
Ratings:
2,574
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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407
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2017

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4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Vintage 2017

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Photo of sbuck
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steveskk83
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, probably the lightest viscosity I've seen of anything dark and firestone walker-y. The aroma of bourbon is nice and soft here, not in a nice light soft way, but in a subtle dance and look.

Taste is a more restrained barrel offering, I like that there is more bourbon to seemingly get, perhaps the less body and normal size stout or timing did well here. The chocolate taste isn't a heavy dark one. I really like that you get full barrel contributions and nuances taste wise, but without a ton of alcohol. I mean, of course we know its all strong but sometimes I wonder these days.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excited to finally get to try! The packaging for this one states, "Beautiful chocolate, espresso and vanilla-bourbon aromas hold your nose hostage." It is not just market speak in this case, it is a perfect description. The aromas are decadent in the richness and volume of flavor. The taste is even darker, invited a sense of liqueur sweet and smoothness colliding beautifully with coffee and bourbon bite. I think this one will age beautifully in a shorter term, say a year or two, but it is plenty delicious now!

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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer hisses with authority and pours a licorice black color that forms into one of the most beautiful dark brown-to-hershey-syrup colors I've ever seen. The head starts off with a frothy finger and recedes to a thin creamy ring.

Aroma is an oatmeal raisin cookie dipped in chocolate. Large, long, sticky fig notes waft up and the presence of oatmeal and chocolate is unmistakable. And just when you think you got the whole profile, the bourbon aromas come in right at the tail end of the sniff. Just fantastic.

Flavor is very, very good. Prune, light ash, chocolate syrup, oatmeal cookie, and sticky glazed figs swarm the palate. There's hints of faint sweet citrus and watermelon somewhere in there as well. A boozy, hot finish paired with smooth - crazy smooth - bourbon.

Feel wells up with carbonation and then turns slick and smooth, with a boozy, hot finish.

Overall, this beer is awesome. Definitely not as good as Stickee Monkee but I think I like it better than Sucaba. Firestone Walker has me hooked on their barrel beers.

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

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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,574 ratings