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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (477) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3176) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2016
On tap @ CBC-16. Dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and vanilla tones. Malt, wood, fruit, vanilla and hops. Medium to full body with a balanced bitter sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10775) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2016
Draught @ CBC 2016, Red session, København
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and cocoa. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and cocoa finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2551) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016 Red session 20160514. Roasted malty and caramely with bourbon, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is roasted and sweet with alcoholic notes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MuSanKitty (3) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2016 does not count
This has got to be the one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Dark, smooth, thick and to die for!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Georg357 (10) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2016
A - Pours a dark brown with a single finger of tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a fine lacing that lasts. Tipping the glass leaves a long lasting coating with legs. A - Very malty, with bourbon, chocolate, booze and a slight amount of hops on the finish. T - Sweet and malty with bourbon, vanilla and a slight amount of marshmallow. P - Thick. Coats the mouth well with almost no carbonation. Enough alcohol to numb the tongue a little. O - Outstanding. A very nice blend of ales by an outstanding brewery. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1183) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, oh yes. Aroma is oatmeal, chocolate, bourbon, barrel, roasted malt, coffee, sweet, really good. Appearance is dark dark brown, light brown head, poured slightly thin. Taste is oatmeal, chocolate, marshmallow, barrel, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, delicious. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, light carbonation, delicious oatmeal, chocolate aftertaste. Overall, a lovely lovely beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4392) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
CBC16, red session, tap. Near black with a light tan head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, red berries, barre, vanilla). Flavor medium+ sweet, fruity, barrel, some alcohol. Almost full body, smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5597) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Creamy smell and taste with chocolate and bourbon. Similar taste with milk chocolate. Dark malts but not very roasted. Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (1203) - NORWAY - MAY 17, 2016
Pours black. Aroma is roasted, creamy. Taste is smooth, very creamy, roasted, nutty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (2452) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2016
Tap @CBC16. Clear dark brown, small beige head. Soft barrel aroma, malt and bourbon. Malty flavour, dark sugar and light bourbon booze. Some licorice perhaps. Decent.


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