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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This is our Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and it just won the 2010 and 2011 Gold medal at the GABF for barrel aged beers!!! This beer goes into the barrels as a roasty dark chocolate, coffee accented mild mannered stout and comes out transformed as a milk chocolate, smooth dark cherry, vanilla and coconut infused masterpiece. We are incredibly proud of this beer and it seems as though it was always meant to be a barrel aged brew. 100% Oak Barrel Aged

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spokeydonkey (49) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Pitch black imperial stout. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, smoke. Taste is oak, smoke and vanilla with chocolate notes. Exceptionally dry finish. Licorice, Would age very well. My personal preference would be a little more sweetness, but itís an exceptional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (2457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2015
650 ml bottle. 2015 vintage. Pours a dark brown with moderate head that settles quickly. Aromas of cheap bourbon, oatmeal cookies, and walnuts. Flavors follow same with oak and quite a bit of alcohol for the ABV. Thin. Really expecting more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlandersNed (233) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2015
22oz bottle. Nearly opaque dark brown hue with a large malted milk head. Great bourbon nose. Sweet bourbon, chocolate truffle, oak, vanilla and brown sugar taste. Full body (though thinned out too much esp when warmed up) and medium carbonation. Very nice - approachable for the uninitiated to a BA beer, yet very well executed and appealing to the afficionados and beer geeks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5229) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2015
650ml bottle @ Churchillís Pub & Grille, San Marcos, CA

Pours pitch black with a bubbly head. Aroma of roasty malts, milky coffee, vanilla, hints of oak and wood. Taste is smooth, sweetish and slightly roasty with some coffee, vanilla and oak. Finish is smooth, slightly roasty and oaky with some milky coffee, vanilla and toffee. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8071) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
65 cl bottle (2014 vintage) @ Churchillís Pub & Grille.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a small off-white head. Vanilla, milky chocolate and mild coffee on the nose, some caramel malts and mild toasty notes. Vanilla strong on the flavor, milky chocolate, cocoa powder, mild coffee and subtle bourbon. Creamy velvety palate, lingering chocolaty aftertaste. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7599) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
650 ml bottle (2014 vintage) @ Churchillís Pub & Grille, San Marcos, CA. Pours a black colour with a small beige foamy head. Aroma of rich dark roastiness, vanilla fudge, oak and some mild earthiness. Flavour of smooth roastiness, vanilla, oak, raisins, English toffee, mild bitterness, bourbon and mild coffee notes. Full bodied. So very smooth mouthfeel. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
65 cl bottle vintage 2014 @ Churchillís Pub & Grille, San Marcos. Aroma is a bit odd and mild with oaty tones. Flavour has oaty malt, licorice root and sweetish malt. A bit thin and disappointing, the licorice notes are nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2141) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2015
August 28, 2015 - bottle via trade. Black pour with some head. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and some oats/grain. Taste started with the sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla, moved into a mild bourbon and finished with a cocoa powder. 2013 vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2091) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2015
Rating # 2000. Bottle (2013) from IP trade with richiesd (thanks!), shared with Simon and some more @ In De Wildeman. Dark brown color, as good as opaque. Light beige head, not very long retention. Aroma from the glass is not too strong, some bourbon & vanilla. Retronasal the aroma is much stronger, whiskey-ish, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet, fruit/raisin, some alcohol. Body really is on the thin side, I can see why people here consider it watery, but it didnít bother me too much. Alcoholfeel is rather strong, somewhat burning. Finishes with chocolate, sweetness. Not as mindblowing as Sucaba or Parabola, but nice nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFParnell (57) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Overall this beer just doesnít live up to the hype for me. Can taste the bourbon barrel aging, but it is just too watery and weak. Overall not that great for me, and definitely not worth the price in my book.

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