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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (264) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2014

Draught @ CBC 2014 [ Blue Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

[ As Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin ].
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, dark cherry - berries, vanilla -chocolate and coconut, light hoppy. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, roasted, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140502]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (443) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle from Justin, thanks! Black/brown with a light beige head. Aroma has bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Taste has Bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, some tart notes, vanilla and chocolate. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. Warming bourbony after taste.
Much to thin for my taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2613) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle, from Brewery. Reserve series 001, 2013. Real good aroma, sweet. A OT going on. Chocolate, cherry, Vanilla, coconut. Dark orangey brownish black color. Good head and lace. Sweet flavor. Light body , creamy smooth mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. WOW. That’s crazy good. Aroma, stronger on barrel, but not overwhelmingly so, flavor, my favorite part, is a wonderful blend of the Porter and the barrel, no surprise coming from FW. Winner.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1643) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at RBSG 2014. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s bottles! APPEARANCE: clear black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: bourbon, caramel, sweet. TASTE: bourbon, caramel, sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1198) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBBSG 2014. Thanks omgrich! Black colour, dark brown foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts with lots of cocoa, vanilla and bourbon. Well balanced but a bit too much sweetness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3589) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG III. Thanks to omgrich! Black, thick mocha. Sweet thick mocha, milk chocolate, dark grapes, brown chocolate, lovely touch of bourbon, not in your face but definitely there, sweet coffee. Rich, decadent. Another stellar Firestone brew, yowza.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1481) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
Pours a super dark dark mahogany with a pretty tan head. The smell is coconut, vanilla, , bourbon, chocolate. The taste is rich milk chocolate, bourbon, fruit. Medium body and soft texture with fine carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (208) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle, 2013. Pours caramel-tinged chestnut. Aroma is powerful caramel, prunes, bourbon, honey, complex malts. Taste is surprisingly balanced maple, bourbon, cocoa, pecans. Very drinkable. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2271) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bomber courtesy of WanderinCelt87 that he sent a while back, thanks! Pours black with a thick brown head and lots of lacing in the glass, looks very nice, aroma is sweet, but not grossly sweet, nice amount of roast and vanilla with a little bit of bourbon and oak, flavor has a roasty front end with lots of vanilla and chocolate with a finish of bourbon and coffee mixed together, the barrel is pretty subtle but still works really well, I’m not a fan of coconut, but I can’t get a ton of it anyways, really enjoyable. Anyone have an extra bottle they want to send me?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Draft at Kite & Key. Pours a cola brown, near black with no head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, roast. Taste follows with additional notes of dark fruit, coconut and marshmallow. The overwhelming bourbon aroma is not as dominant in the flavor. Well balanced with a lot going on. Mouthfeel is a slightly oily and it is pretty full bodied. Very solid


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