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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (670) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2015 Re-rate for 2015: huge bourbon/oak, chocolate aroma. Flavor is huge mounds bar, oatmeal raisin cookie, orange liqueur, light roast coffee. Slick, creamy mouthfeel. Very decadent for abv and the body is much fuller and rounder than the prior vintage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2016
2016 22oz bomber. Pours a dark hazelnut brown with a foamy and quickly dissipating head. Even lacing. Smells of frssh roasted hazelnut, chocolate frosting, and rye bread with oaky bourbon im the background. Tastes like sweet nutella, peppery alcohol notes in the middle with bitter chocolate. Watery mouthfeel with light body, delicate carbonation, but a longlasting finish of bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (12047) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2016
From tap at CBC 2016. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, spice, dried fruit, caramel, bourbon and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guruhso (428) - Grindsted, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2016
Tap at CBC 16, red session. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and riped fruits with oaky notes. Starts sweet but finish bitter with lingering bourbon notes. A good one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1417) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
Un stout. Un grand stout! Le liquide est ambré, brun, presque sombre sans toutefois l’être complètement. Une timide mousse. De grandes aspirations. Des arômes vanillés, torréfiés, d’alcool léger des îles. La Signature de la Maison est palpable malgré que cette bière est bien différente de ses consoeurs. Corps mince - normal pour un stout - caramel, bourbon léger, rhum and Coke. Vraiment une bière rhum and Coke! Pétillante, mince et chargée de caramels et de sucres résiduels. Un magnifique impérial stout à petite échelle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4913) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
(Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin) Bottle 650ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5% (vintage 2015). Black coloured body with a small but thick tan head, with pretty good retention. Arom ahas lots of bourbon, vanilla, some chocolate underneath although the truth is that the bourbon dominates everything else. The taste is more commple on the other hand, still lots of bourbon upfront but also obvious chocolate now, vanilla, coconut, light wood, mocca, the bourbon compliments it perfectly. Medium body with good carbonation, slightly sticky on the palate. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (791) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2016
2104 poured in a snifter. Black with an average tan head that leaves decent lacing as it shrinks. Aroma is oak, vanilla, oats, chocolate, and slight bourbon. Taste is oats, oak, bourbon, cocoa, and vanilla. Average mouthfeel and a light linger. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34660) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2016
Draft. A black beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, raisins, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, alcohol, and raisins, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4123) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
CBC 2016 Red session. Black body with a tiny offwhite head. aroma of douch, chocolate, rye and spices. Taste is roasty, chocolate and vanilla, with a sweet fruit note. Oak and bourbon finish with a strong and delightful coffee anftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 1, 2016
2014 vintage...clearing out the cellar. Boxed bomber purchased in October 2014 at BevMo in Escondido ($17.49). POURS a dark brown with two finger of fizzy tan-brown foam, soon receding. AROMA of fresh roasted dark coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, boozy thick bourbon, and caramel. FLAVOR of smooth dark chocolate, bourbon-drizzled toffee, cafe au lait, nutty roasted malts, and vanilla toffee. Roasty with hints of burnt, but subdued on the sweetness. Drinks amazingy smooth thanks to the oatmeal and the well-concealed ABV. Very good, though I might have liked the bourbon and oak to be more pronounced. (458, 1036)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tstamba (748) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2016
DLD taster. Another solid offering from FW. No doubt, one of the finest oatmeal stouts anywhere... Love this beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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