Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin

After the Wookey Jack, my friends and I shared this Velvet Merkin. Unfortunately, as it would happen from time to time, I forgot to take notes. It's particularly unfortunate in this situation because I bought this bottle (at the same time as) to compare with the Velvet Mocha Merlin (and Velvet Merlin). With that being said, it technically doesn't matter anyways because I've kept both bottles for over a year beyond their intended consumption date.

Even without notes, I recall the beer had a strong alcoholic taste. And, if I were to guess, the beer's sheer strength distracted me from taking notes and I was likely unable to discern its former flavors.

(2014 Vintage; released September 2014)

Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin

Relevant Links:
Velvet Merkin (Firestone Walker Website)
Velvet Merkin | Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin (

Website Information:
Velvet Merkin
Bourbon Barrel-aged Oatmeal Stout

Next vintage coming Mid-September, 2016

Velvet Merkin is the beer that almost wasn’t…Indeed, this vintage oatmeal stout’s comical (or is it scandalous?) name went off the grid for several years, but now it’s back due to popular demand. Velvet Merkin is aged for a full year in retired spirits barrels from Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve and others, yet manages to offer mind-­boggling balance and restraint. You will wig out when you taste Velvet Merkin’s rich milk chocolate, bourbon and espresso flavors, preceded by aromas of vanilla, coconut, toasted oak and mocha.

Beer Information:
ABV: 8.5
IBU: 33
FERMENTATION: British Ale (House)
MALTS: Maris Otter, 2-Row Pale, Roast Barley, English Dark Caramel, Medium Caramel, Carafa Malt, Oats (15%)
HOPS: 100% US Grown Fuggle Hops
Availability: 22oz and very limited draft

2011 Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival
2010 Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival

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