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RATINGS: 318   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (287) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (563) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head from the bomber. The aroma has booze up front with roasted malts, licorice and touch of coffee. Taste has sweetness like roasted fruits, licorice and more booze like whiskey. Very strong and long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (632) - Burlingame, California, USA - OCT 19, 2014
A 2013 bottle. It pours a solid lack with a short tan head and lacing. It has a strong bourbon aroma with some dark malt and chocolate. The flavor is dark malt up front with some bourbon and a smooth, oatmeal finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
GABF 2014. Dark brown color with a small head. Coffee and barrel aroma. Big coffee and roasty flavor. Light grains. Lots of berry fruity character. Light vanilla on finish. Very full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5545) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
65cl, Vintage 2013, new exclusive American brew, thx alot to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, spicy/malty/roasted and slightly alcoholic/woody, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (617) - - OCT 10, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown black with a khaki head. Aroma is not strong. Has a little bourbon and coffee. Taste is milk and dark chocolate, some coffee, cherry, vanilla and lots of coconut. Tastes meld together smoothly. Mouthfeel is light-medium. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jeremyh70 (740) - Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Pours a dark brown with chestnut highlights, a nice khaki head and good lacing. Aroma is sort of light with chocolate, mild coffee, faint bourbon and coconut. Taste is milk and dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, vanilla, coconut and oats. Finishes with coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking with a fantastic flavor. Delicious chocolate, vanilla and coconut flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (405) - USA - OCT 10, 2014
2014 bottle. Not quite pitch black, minimal head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, coconut, oats. Taste is a remarkably smooth milk chocolate oatmeal, coconut, coffee with creamer, vanilla, bourbon. Gorgeous flavors, barrel character is perfectly done. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but forgiveable. Nothing more to say, just one hell of a beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1278) - Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2014
2014. Black with creamy, soapy khaki head. Beautiful. Moderate smooth roasty. Chocolate. Wood. Smooth bourbon. Vanilla. Coconut. Cherry. No booze. Barrel character doesn’t overtake. Doesn’t cloy. Great dessert sipper. Lighter bodied. Creamy soft and smooth. Finish is semi-sweet. Aftertaste predominately vanilla, coconut and bourbon. No booze or heat. Minimal bitterness. Excellent balance. A treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (560) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Rich cherry chocolate, coffee, roastiness, cream, vanilla. Taste certainly has more cherry taste than in the aroma. For such a strong flavor, it drinks very light and smooth, might be nicer if it was a little fuller but hard to say, still excellent. Can taste the coconut as well-though I probably wouldn?t pick that out if it wasn?t in the description. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. 2014 vintage. Black pour with a tall, frothy brown head. Aroma is slightly boozy with roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla and light coconut. Taste is chocolate covered cherries, roasted malt, burnt caramel, vanilla, light coconut, booze notes and dark bittersweet chocolate. Body is medium-full with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Slightly sticky and mildly warming as well. Ends with more vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, roasted malt, light coffee and burnt caramel notes. Tasty!

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