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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (338) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Milk/dark chocolate notes, with a strong roastiness. Barrel influence is there in the form of vanilla, coconut, and light bourbon, but not as pronounced as I would have liked. Also the mouthfeel is a bit too light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (134) - GREECE - SEP 29, 2014
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, vanilla, dark sweet fruity. Taste is sweet and light bitter, roasted malty, sweet dark chocolate, some coffee and vanilla, light wood. Body is medium, silky oily with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4676) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Poured a near pitch black color, ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Aroma was roasted malt, dark chocolate, some vanilla and toasted coconut. Flavor was boozy bourbon, with notes of vanilla and some toasted coconut. Bold.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (70) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
22 oz bottle of 2013 vintage from my cellar. Oh, wow! Aroma is sweet, woody, and boozy, with hints of raisin, toffee, leather, and rum. Mouthfeel starts sweet, finishes sweet and quite bitter, and has an alcoholic burn in the aftertaste. I don’t usually go wild over barrel-aged beers, but this one is fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (57) - Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2013 vintage. Poured from a 22. First aroma was very boozy, it reminded me of the rum neat I was poured the night before. As the beer warmed it brought on a woody aroma. First sip was surprisingly smooth and not at all boozy. The flavors were a perfect combination of wood, roasty, astringent, caramel and dark chocolate. The finish is slightly too carbonated for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. It pours black with a very short lived head. Beautiful nose full of sweet chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla and wood. I was shocked at how thin this was on the tongue. I was expecting something motor oil like and instead was greated with a light to medium bodied beer. Nice job extracting a high amount of flavor given the body. Nice chocolate covered coconut, berries, and mocha notes. Great brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
itsamber (14) - - SEP 14, 2014
2014 bottle. My favorite stout for a couple years. Smells instantly of pear & cherry with a touch of vanilla. Flavor is milkshakey with light vanilla throughout and bourbon flambeed banana with caramel and a lingering vanilla taste. Excellent!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2014
22 oz. bottle got in an extra in a trade with BOLTZ7555, thanks Jason. Vintage is 2013. Aroma is light bourbon up front, oatmeal, chocolate malt and more of a rye whiskey rather than mellow bourbon.

The flavor is rather good. The same as the nose. Don’t let me sound negative here but the body is much thinner than I would have expected for a barrel aged Oatmeal stout. I love the flavor but the body is lightly lacking. I would be stoked if I could brew a BBA stout this good. Perhaps my expectations were a tad high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2261) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Black pour. Small tan head. Little lacing. Coffee aroma with chocolate. Taste of chocolate. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (3553) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Ohmygawd! Was hoping, but not expecting this to be on par with Parabola, a much bigger beer. I was a little worried this would be thin, as it is well under 9% - far less than any other FW barrel project beer. Silly me. The aroma is a tapestry of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coconut and wood. No trace of alcohol. It looks and feels like liquid silk, the abv actually preferred over the 13%ers. Flavor nearly matches the aroma and adds a graham cracker.smores complexity. Faaaantasic beer. Can’t wait to have it again. What a treat!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5016) - GERMANY - SEP 2, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Deep black in the glass, small head. Mild malty aroma. Starts strong-malty, earthy, notes of strong coffee. Some wood. Well balanced finish. Quite drinkable. Nice!

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