Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout 2014
This cult classic vintage series Velvet Merkin is a decadent oatmeal stout that gets it's character from some heavy hitting American whiskey barrels. The Woodford Reserve and Elijah Craig barrels impart classic bourbon toffee and caramel notes, while the Rittenhouse rye barrels add a lingering vanilla and spice subtlety that ties the chocolate stout and bourbon flavours together.
Sitting at a reasonable 8.5% and in 650mL bottles, it toes the threshold of 'do I share this, or do I drink it myself?' Life is made of these tough decisions.