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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JHeath99 (1257) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle shared by some great folks. Pours an opaque dark brown with beige head. Aroma is amazing, slightly boozy with roasted malts and chocolate. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, and roasty malts. So good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4045) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Aroma is chocolate, oats, vanilla, oak, and faint caramel. Flavor is chocolate, roast, oak, oats, and faint caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1755) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Color is black solid head. Tan. Brownie aroma. Thin body but nice barrel taste cake batter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1280) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2015
On tap at Belmont Station. Colour...onyx with a thick tan head. Nose...eminently oaky with vanillin, cocoanut essence, dark chocolate and boozy bits. Palate...a big, tannic, oaky flavour/feel opens at the front of the palate, then comes the first wave of vanillin, bursting all around the palate! The cocoanut is big on the soft palate and then comes the dark chocolate aspect, with ganache and dark choc butter cream. The finish is long, oaky and deep with tannins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artmcd8 (1999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
BA tasting. Dark brown silky pour. Aroma of vanilla and fudge. Taste is silky smooth chocolate vanilla fudge. Medium thick body. Smoooooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4035) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose is quite roasty with a moderate amount of whiskey and caramel to it. Taste is light with hints of dark fruit and sweet chocolate and subtle booze notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (3534) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle, thanks Eric, black pour, tan head, nose and taste are lots of coffee, bitter, chocolate, vanilla, lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1706) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Bourbon, roasted malt, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate, with some coconut and oats. Finishes with a little sweetness and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (87) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Overly carbonated and thin for a BA oatmeal stout. Taste was very satisfying with various sweet malt notes coming through as well as a solid bourbon presence. Unfortunately the palate is enough to keep me away from drinking this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft at Olympic. From notes. Bourbon with loads of sweet malt. Caramel, sweet chocolate. Boozy and warming.

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