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:
#635
Reviews:
397
Ratings:
2,529
pDev:
9.11%
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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

Photo of TWStandley
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samact
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017

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Photo of morrowd3
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

2017 on draft. Ended up with a pint instead of a 6oz pour, and will not complain! Beautiful, dark dark beer and was a little sad that husband got it and not me. Not normally a stout fan, let alone an oatmeal stout, but this actually smelled and tasted vanilla-ey, chocolate-ey, espresso-ey and was amazing. If I hadn't already found my gateway stout, this would be it. Surprisingly sweet, but that's what I generally find lacking in other stouts that claim chocolate, vanilla & bourbon notes.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage 12 oz. Bottle

Darkest possible shade of brown/black. Opaque with a quick-to scatter tan foam cover, thick then bubbly and very scattered.

The aroma is intense. Dark chocolate malt, light roasty coffee, smokey oak, vanilla , roasted marshmallows and oats, woody bourbon cask's vanilla/woody effect.....very deep. Sweet malt, roasty and toasty wood with slight bit of heat tingle in the nose.

The thick and rich malted barley flavor is very full and heady, packed with a light, sweet chocolate, vanilla and oak from the cask aging, gives a big complexity. Toasy oats with a sweet and sour, dark fruits taste that lingers. A very clean but full body and feel. Not thick, but full. The sweet and sour with cask aged flavors dominates.

The Brittish ale yeast brings in a very clean and okd world edge to the flavor, light chocolate with the bourbon cask vanilla taste really brings it home. A rather charming beast!

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,529 ratings