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RATINGS: 392   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

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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7876) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
65 cl bottle (2014 vintage) @ Churchill’s 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 (7413) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
650 ml bottle (2014 vintage) @ Churchill’s 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 (7563) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
65 cl bottle vintage 2014 @ Churchill’s 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 (2104) - 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 (2001) - 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 didn’t 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 (55) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Overall this beer just doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1282) - Nevada, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2013 bottle. Deep brown with just a touch of foam. Brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon aromas are mirrored in the taste. Great aftertaste. Leaves a little burn to remember it by.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and taste are chocolate, bourbon, and some vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4006) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting. Shared by hackobock, thanks!

>>> A somewhat flavorful but really thin oak aged stout.

+ There’s a nice mix of flavors and nothing is overpowering
+ I like the fruitiness (red fruits), it fits well with the cocoa and coffee features
The body is really really thin for an 8.5% abv stout, in the watery territory

Flavors: Cocoa powder, roasted malts, bourbon (mild), vanilla, oak spiciness, red fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2612) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle 660ml. Pours jet black with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Nice soft carbonation. Overall: Good malt features.

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