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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Draught at TND: Aroma of Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and some coconut. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, cream, vanilla, coconut, and some wood. Medium body. Slicky, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, Bourbon, cream, vanilla, coconut, and some wood in the sweet, slick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a (2014-736) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, big aery beige irregular head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: some chlorine, caramel, vanilla, cocoa powder, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sweet, caramel, vanilla, some alcohol, bitter hops, bit of mocha, chlorine touch, sugary, milk chocolate. Aftertaste: little bitter, lots of chocolate, bit sour, mocha, some coffee, vanilla, bit malty, cookie dough, bit of chlorine still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6587) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to Santa! Pours black with a creamy brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has roasted malts with a bit of coconut and a touch of vanilla and dark grains. Flavor has more of a dark grain and vanilla combo with some smooth sweet dark grains and a bit of barrel and some coconut.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville, 2013 vintage, on 5/24/14. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, mild wood and hops. The taste is roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, mild hops. Medium bodied, low carbonation, slight lingering tartness, smooth, good balance. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillWyce (711) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Poured opaque black with a 1-finger dark tan head. Moderate amount of bubbling along the wall of the glass. Aroma of dark-roasted coffee mixed with caramel, bourbon and woody vanilla. Full body, very slightly oily. A touch of heat from the bourbon in the finish, and a nice softness from the oatmeal. Flavor of dark coffee with a woody note in the finish. A touch of caramel from the bourbon underneath. Some notes of plum as well. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Asheville After Party. Deep brown with a small head. Chocolate, chimney flue, dark roasted malt. Robust caramel and toffee. More chocolate. Smooth, supple and rich. No sharp edges. A great sipper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (568) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
22 oz bottle. The pour is a great black color with a cocoa colored head that fades down leaving no real lace. The aroma is just beautiful! It's got an awesome oatmeal and roasted malt characters. The barrel adds beautiful vanilla, marshmallow and bourbon notes. The flavor is just the same. It's a little light, but the characters are all present. The mouth feel is great, with a beautiful carbonation. The aftertaste is chocolatey, lingering and awesome for a barrel beer. I love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (2854) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, blue session. 02/05/2014. Dark black in colour,oily, no head. Aroma is earthy wood, with some caramel + toffee, hot alcohol. Flavour is smooth dark choc, figs and raisin and dried fruits. Very full in flavour. Paalte is full and smooth on the tongue with chalky mineral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2237) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
Draught at CBC 2014. Opaque black liquid with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood and vanilla. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of chocolate and wood. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2014

Draught @ CBC 2014 [ Blue Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

[ As Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin ].
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, dark cherry - berries, vanilla -chocolate and coconut, light hoppy. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, roasted, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140502]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle from Justin, thanks! Black/brown with a light beige head. Aroma has bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste has Bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, some tart notes, vanilla and chocolate. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. Warming bourbony after taste.
Much to thin for my taste.

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