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RATINGS: 366   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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
popway (73) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
so, this goes in the right direction. I got the last bottle tonight and watched Caddyshack (a good pairing). Now, the nose goes to the sweet heavy alch alley, and the light brown tea reading clouds lace the pond of translucent black. The mouthfeel is light for this type of beer, so swishing it in my mouth was helpful. But being in the Bourbon-barrel aged catagory, it leaves me a bit underwhelemed in the company of KBS and BCBS, and Boris the Crusher. But I was able to get throught the bottle without zonking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1276) - 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 (1989) - 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 (4022) - 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 (3518) - 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 (1701) - 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 (79) - 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 (2820) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft at Olympic. From notes. Bourbon with loads of sweet malt. Caramel, sweet chocolate. Boozy and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berntholer (1175) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
beige head leaves lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is fudge, caramel, butter (?). taste like aroma, bourbon, vanilla but also sourish. thin mouthfeel, very carbonated. likely infected or spoiled :( bottle 65cl / 2013 version / bottle #001

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PattyBat (77) - - FEB 1, 2015
Bomber poured into snifter. Light black body with an antique white head. Smells wonderfully of milk chocolate, oats, oak nice bourbon. Soft on the palate a full body of toasted malt, very light coffee, light chocolate, oatmeal to balance the experience then a nice note of oak and bourbon to finish it off. Incredible beer that doesn’t let bourbon just dominate the entire brew. So amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2058) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle 2014 picked up this week. Pour has a dark brown color with a thick coating of tan head that retained well. Aroma has chocolate, rich brown malts, mild barrels, bourbon, and some oats. Mouth feel is medium with good carbonation. Flavor brings it all together nicely, bourbon sweetness, barrel wood, rich malts, oats, and chocolate. Very good!

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