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:
2,431
Reviews:
370
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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1,057
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5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not a whole lot on the nose, bit of bouron and oak, hint of caramel and creamy vanilla. on the palate is oats, nuttyness, roasty malts, slightly bitter note reminiscent of espresso, cocoa, caramel, toffee, oak, smooth touch of bourbon. mouthfeel is too watery. otherwise a really excellent stout with a nice touch of barrel.

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3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gr0g
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage, 22oz bottle. Pitch dark, capped with one finger of foam. Oaky vanilla aroma from the barrel aging. It's not overpowering, allowing the notes from the base stout through. There's some charred malt and mocha-like character. A bit of toasted marshmallow, too. Faint hints of whiskey-like booze.

The dominant flavor is bittersweet dark chocolate. This isn't some super sugary bourbon barrel stout. Vanilla and oak flavors are complementary rather than overpowering. The only thing disappointing about this is the texture. A good oatmeal stout should have, well, a velvet-like texture, soft and smooth. The carbonation is noticeable, a bit prickly. A little bit thicker consistency would also be appreciated.

Velvet Merkin isn't at the same level of greatness as most other FW limited releases, but it's still an excellent rendition of an oatmeal stout. Masterful application of barrel aging.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
10/28/2016

Bottle (2015) to snifter.

LOOK: Dark black color with the slightest transparency, giving a cola like appearance. Medium beige head fades to lacing.

AROMA: heavy bourbon whiskey, odd that it is so strong at only 8.5% .

TASTE: yep, more whiskey. Maybe it is so pronounced because this is a year old. Malty, oatmeal, raisin, ashy flavors lurk underneath.

FEEL: a little thinner than expected, a touch astringent, but drinks easy.

Obviously, this is a good beer. I am not sure whether this is still too young or too old, but the whiskey really dominates the flavor. A tad disappointed on that front, but it will not stop me from buying all the 2016 I can get my hands on.

**
12/25/2016

2016 bottle to snifter, drank/shared while cooking Christmas dinner.

More mellow than the 2015. Whiskey was not as dominant.

Still an excellent beer, just lacks the complexity of other FW Proprietors releases.

Merry Christmas.
**

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great, deep brown color with awesome head and moderate lacing. The oats add a great, chewy feel and smooth this stout out to a nice feel. Flavors are strong but not overbearing and produces a very drinkable, mild oatmeal stout !

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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,431 ratings.
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