Velvet Merkin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Velvet MerkinVelvet Merkin

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

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

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +4%

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4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful bourbon barrel aged stout.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -13%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

great seasonal beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured into tulip glass. Black with dark head which dissipates quickly. Smell is of Vanilla, Carmel, coffee and bourbon.Taste is smooth almost too smooth, I'm looking for some finish to it, but it's not there, it kind of dies in my mouth. Lite carbonation and mouth feel is Lite for an Oatmeal stout. Taste is mild, Bourbon is there but the Bourbon aging seems to have eclipsed the other flavors.Over all I think I like the Velvet Merlin better.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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2014 vintage served at cellar temp into a goblet.

Velvet Merkin is a dark brown color with good clarity seen during the pour. The head is lightly off white in color, thin, and short-lived.

Aroma is more boozy than I expected with a big hit of bourbon barrel, vanilla, and caramel pudding.

Flavor is big and intense leading off with malty sweetness, vanilla, and chocolate. It then gets more bitter with some coffee and dark roasted malt. The final layer of flavor is the bourbon which is well judged and not too boozy or hot.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy smooth like a good oatmeal stout should be. Carbonation is low which helps keep the creaminess.

Overall a very good barrel aged stout and would likely stand up well to aging.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

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3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,432 ratings.
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