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
Ratings:
2,414
Reviews:
363
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
Wants:
406
Gots:
1,059
For Trade:
139
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Ratings: 2,414 |  Reviews: 363
Photo of ajm5108
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Optics are as expected, little head / carbonation due to the aging. Aroma is fantastic, perfect amounts of fudge, vanilla and bourbon all very balanced between them. Taste is less impactful, carried mostly by your standard oatmeal stout profile - roasted malt, a little coffee and of course the oatmeal - with some bourbon notes peeking through at the end. Loses a lot of those richer characteristics - the vanilla especially - which was unexpected for how decadent the nose is. Has the classic oatmeal texture. Overall a very solid beer but I still wish it elicited more of those flavors.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a thin, wispy, clingy, light tan head. Aromas of heavy bourbon, rich in vanilla and molasses, with a solid coffee backbone, semisweet chocolate notes, and solid roasted highlights. Flavors are solid bourbon forward, warm and spicy, with a solid blend of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and a roasted overtone that softens some of the booziness. Surprisingly light bodied, with a bit of crispness still present despite the age and barrel processing. Booze warmth in the aftertaste, accompanying rich chocolate and molasses notes. The finish is smooth and light, with a subtle cloying sweetness that builds as you drink. Great beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a small cap that leaves very spotty lacing

S: Roast, light bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla are all fairly prominent. Very much like an dark chocolate espresso brownie

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and bourbon and slowly picks up the vanilla and oak notes. Light bitterness from the roast works very well with the light sweetness from the barrel. Finishes with lingering barrel notes and dark chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: An extremely well-rounded BBA oatmeal stout that takes the base and elevates it to a whole new level. Staggeringly easy to drink at only 8.5% as well. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of ejane
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brittian
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of buzzy
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KShophead
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good looking pour akin to any well made oatmeal stout, albeit with much less head. Pours black with a tight cap of khaki foam. Aroma is booze, roasted malt, light roast coffee grounds and chocolate. Taste is smooth. That's not even a flavor but, man, it's such a smooth beer. The bourbon must've worn down any edges in the base oatmeal stout and all that's left is a beer that's like an old piece of well-worn sea glass. Definitely earns the velvet moniker. The barrel aging doesn't bring much vanilla or coconut to the fore, so keep that in mind if that's what you're looking for. Outstanding beer but ranks at the bottom of the FW "boxed beers."

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and rich - one of my favorite barrel aged oatmeal stouts. Foamy tan head with streak lacing. The aroma is chocolate, espresso, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is the same blend, only more prevalent. So smooth. Dry finish. A truly amazing beer.

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Photo of jooler
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016
Little head but velvety texture
Smell is of bourbon. Lots of chocolate.
Pretty alcoholic, but it is smooth though.
Got another bottle in the cellar and we will see what happens

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Photo of Bcurrie33
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: little head retention. Nice deep brown with ruby red highlights
Smell: nice roasted maltiness, coconut, no hop aroma
Taste: definite dark chocolate aftertaste. Pleasant. Hard to pick out flavors in the beginning.
Feel: somewhat astringent/dry to style
Overall: they make amazing beer. This just isn't as good as their iPAs however

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Photo of RAKeeler
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MA08
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,414 ratings.
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