Traveling Oak Imperial Stout – Firestone Walker Exclusive for Yard House

Traveling Oak Imperial Stout – Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Exclusive for Yard House –  (Paso Robles, CA United States) – ABV 14% – IBU 82 Black color with a nice tan head. Scent of oak, malt and you get the whiskey scent also. First sip starts smooth with oak and smoke then burns with a hard alcohol hit and then goes bitter. The hit is smoke is big on the back end. Every taste after that first gets a nice mix of smokey and oaky. When warned the smoke is stronger and dryer with a mellow burn. This one lived up to every bit of the hype! it got a 5 out of 5 from me.

From Yardhouse: Traveling Oak is an incredibly rare, barrel-aged beer imagined by our team and handcrafted by our friends at Firestone Walker. Take one of the world’s best imperial stouts and age it in oak barrels that have held both a world-class bourbon and mezcal. The journey began with two oak barrels in Kentucky where they held Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon for over a decade, allowing them to age and mature to perfection. From there the barrels traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico where they were filled with Del Maguey Mezcal adding layers of smoky fruit notes to the wood. The barrels were then emptied and sent to Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California where they were filled with Parabola Imperial Stout and aged for over one year. Parabola’s combination of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and molasses melds seamlessly with the bold bourbon character, smoky mezcal finish and oak. The result is an exceptionally delicious and unique beer that will never be made again.



Opal – Firestone Walker (Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 1)

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 1
Opal – Firestone Walker – Paso Robles, CA – Dry Hoped Saison – ABV 7.5%
Bright yellow color with a nice white head, Cloudy and bubbly. Light fresh fruity scent, the hops come through the nose after you get through the sweet fruit scent. Light sweet hops and citrus taste is the first thing I get. The dry but sweet hop flavor reminds me of a Belgian white ale. It is much bolder and full flavored then the lil Opal. Light consistency but heavy carbonation in the mouth. This was not what I expected but it is a high quality beer. I give it a 4 out of 5



Firestone Walker Release of the Merkins

Firestone Walker Release of the Merkins – Velvet Merkin in bottle release Party Saturday September 14th 2013 Firestone Walker Barrel Works Buellton, CA

We got there early and waited in line. At registration they gave us a poster, the card with the beer list and the small tulip glass

There were seven stations and all but one had two beers each.

Station 1: Velvet Merkin Imperial Oatmeal Stout 2013 ABV 8.5% Paired with Merkin Balls filled with bratwurst, potaote, and cheese. This is an amazing oatmeal stout black in color with a thick tan head. I gave it 4 out of 5

Station 2: Luponic Distoration IPA This was paired with Crispy pork belly braised in Luponic Distoration with Char Siu and candied orange zest. I was impressed with this IPA strong hops with a crisp bite I gave it 4.5 out of 5

Dos Osos IPA: colaberation Brew with Revolution ABV: 6.8% paired with Ewenique: Creamy Sheep’s Milk Gouda. I was not impressed with this beer at all don’t get me wrong it is a good beer but nothing special. I gave it 3.5 out of 5


Station 3: PNC Buckwheat Stout Aged in Tequila Barrels ABV: 13.7% Paired with Beef Tenderloin cooked with Velvet Merkin. Black in color with not much of a head. It has an amazing scent of oak and roasted malts. This is my favorite scent of a beer with the oak and hard alcohol scent. The flavor is pure heaven oak hints with toasted malt and sweet agave. This was my favorite beer out of all 13 hands down. I gave this 5 out of 5

Madagascar Vanilla Bean Robust Porter ABV: 5.8% this was paired with Cherry Gourmandise: French Cow’s Milk Cheese Whipped with Kirsh Cherry Brandy. A very good Robust Porter with a hint of cherry. The pairing was the best until the last station and stays second best pairing I the day. I gave this 4.5 out of 5


Station 4: Bretta Weiss Berliner Weiss ABV: 3.4% Paired with Gulf eastern oyster with Bretta Weiss Mignonette. The pairing was good but the beer was nothing more then a palate cleanser. I gave it 3 out of 5

Sour Opal ABV 5.5%
This is a nice light sour ale. I gave it 4 out of 5


Station 5: lil Opal Saison Paired with Lil opal Corvina Seabass ceviche with crispy flour tortilla chips this is not half as good as the sour opal. This was mainly a palette cleanser I am not a fan of this beer. I gave it 3 out if 5.

Barrel 66 4 year aged Imperial Special Bitter This was a great strong beer. A English bitter aged for 4 years makes or a great ale. A dark red almost brown color. Gave this 4.5 out of 5


Station 6: 2013 Agrestic Wild Red Ale ABV: 7% paired with Agrestic glazed Duck Confit with dried cherry glaze, crispy wonton and grilled pineapple mango relish. A light golden brown color. This is a great sour red ale. I have this 4.5 out of 5

Agrestic Barrel #9 Barrel Select Wild Red Ale A stronger sour red ale it’s very good. I gave it 4.5 out of 5


Station 7: Parabajava Imperial Java Stout ABV: 11% paired with parabajava Creme brûlée this is an amazing sour stout with coffee. The scent and taste is of fresh brewed coffee the scent has coffee grounds also. This is also the best pairing if the event this also is the third best beer. I gave this 4.5 out of 5

Forbidden Fruit: Pomegranate Sour Stout ABV: 13% a great sour stout with fruity Pomegranate flavor. I give it 4 out of 5

After the Event we went into the Restaurant so my friend can drink water and I had another beer another Velvet Merkin! It was so good!


Me at the barrel works:

Here are some pictures of inside the barrel works: