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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 (29) - 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 15/20
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave, Harris and Jordan on 4/11/2014.

Appearance: Pours dark black.
Aroma: Aroma of bourbon, coffee.
Taste: Bourbon, light roast, chocolate, coffee.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste..

Summary: Thanks Harris for sharing. One of those hard to find beers I’ve been wanting to try for awhile. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
Fizzy, active dark brown body yields foamy tan head. Some roasted and nutty malts greet my nose.

Opens up much more boldly on the palate. Silky toffee, caramel, breads, and booze. Goes down a bit hotter than expected, quite tasty otherwise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1571) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
2013 bomber thanks to michaelinwa. Pours thick and creamy, black in color, with a nice creamy beige head that fades to a ring. Complex aroma of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, creamy oatmeal, vanilla, coconut, light lactose, and oak. Taste starts with chocolate milk and coffee. Turns to vanilla, coconut, and oak. Finishes with bitter chocolate, bourbon, and oatmeal. Full body with a thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nice soft, foamy carbonation. This beer feels bigger than 8.5%. It’s a sipper that won’t destroy you. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle, picked up at a Nugget Market in Woodland, CA for $15. If only I had options like this at the local grocer back home. Pours a very dark brown with a short lived beige head. Light ring throughout. The nose is nice for the style, a light bourbon and oak blended with cocoa and roast. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel, but the flavor seems muted. Good bourbon and oak, light roast and espresso. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Seems light on the carbonation. Pretty good overall, but something about it seems subdued. Very approachable BA stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (264) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly black with reddish hues and a smooth creamy medium brown head. Aroma is light roasted malts, slightly nutty, and a hint of sweet chocolate. Flavor is much more chocolatey with a light oats and roasted malts. Lighter in body with a wonderful lingering chocolatey character. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1742) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
Échantillonné du Extreme beer fest 2014: Un nez décadent de vanille, caramel et chocolat qui rappel d’autres bouteilles cachées dans ces fameuses boites de carton. En bouche c’est assez riche et sucré mais le traitement du vieillissement en barriques prend le dessus facilement, je préfère la velvet merlin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2000) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle - Chocolate and oatmeal. Jet black with a thin beige head. Chocolate. Qaky bourbon chocolate and syrupy. These guys know how to play with barbells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2050) - Petaluma, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap at Beercraft. Pours deep brown with a rusty touch and a tan head. Deep chocolate and Sugar Daddies aroma, really sweet and inviting. Flavor follows, adding mild coconut and oak, really sublimely balanced. Incredible white russian finish. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReggieDunlap (2922) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
great jet black pour with a medium creamy tan head. aroma has nice bourbon without booze, vanilla, woody spice, roastiness, dark fruits. flavor follows suit...great barrel qualities without booze...just the right sweetness without going overboard. mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a roasty/barrely finish. beautiful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2033) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at the EBF Saturday Nice thick rich stout with some nice barrel notes.

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