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:
#666
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
2,559
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of spav
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not pitch black but pretty dark, some light penetrates around the edges. Good lacing and not much head retention but I kinda prefer that. Aroma is fantastic to me: roasty oats, some vanilla, and deadly smooth bourbon! Flavor follows but mouthfeel is lacking a little. Awesome brew

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap. 2016 vintage served Jan. 2018.
Pours nearly jet black with a finger of deep caramel colored head.
Aromas are mellow balanced levels of bourbon and deep roast.
Flavors are really nice and balanced. Ample bourbon but works very well with deep roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee notes.
Mouthfeel was really nice with the oatmeal in the mash.
Overall, great BBA oatmeal stout!

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Batch no. 005 2017 release
12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

Pours deep brown and stacks up near black in the glass. The two tone cream and khaki head started at two fingers and slowly laid down to a quarter inch while leaving nice lacing.

The nose is full of malty sweetness. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and coconut make for a rich inviting aroma.

Tastes of smooth bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla and caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking with just a scant bit of warmth at the finish.

The body is medium to full with low carbonation and a rather soft feel.

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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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Batch 1, 2013. Mocha, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some dark fruits. Getting some fairly oxidized flavors. Way past it's prime. Lighter bodied. A bit of creamy oat feel. Eh.

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

Poured a dark/cloudy brown body with minimal head. Aroma of booze, vanilla, dark fruits, wood (not much of an oat aspect) and hints of malts. Beer is smooth thanks to woody/oat aspect, has a boozy vanilla twang, thick so slow-sipping, notes of dark fruits and is enjoyable although everything comes off a tad muted (nothing stands out) and it's basically a heavy, slightly sweet and fruity beer.

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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
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Velvet Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,559 ratings