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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Nice pour. Big bourbon on nose with cocoa and tobacco. Taste is thin watery and really dry. Bourbon is the only flavor that lingers. For $15 I could think of 30+ beers that are better than this swill. No where near the quality of any bourbon barrel aged beer that I have had from FW. Buy one to try it becuz you will be let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1658) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Bourbon, roasted malt, and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate, with some coconut and oats. Finishes with a little sweetness and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (27) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Overly carbonated and thin for a BA oatmeal stout. Taste was very satisfying with various sweet malt notes coming through as well as a solid bourbon presence. Unfortunately the palate is enough to keep me away from drinking this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft at Olympic. From notes. Bourbon with loads of sweet malt. Caramel, sweet chocolate. Boozy and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
berntholer (1158) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
beige head leaves lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is fudge, caramel, butter (?). taste like aroma, bourbon, vanilla but also sourish. thin mouthfeel, very carbonated. likely infected or spoiled :( bottle 65cl / 2013 version / bottle #001

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PattyBat (76) - - FEB 1, 2015
Bomber poured into snifter. Light black body with an antique white head. Smells wonderfully of milk chocolate, oats, oak nice bourbon. Soft on the palate a full body of toasted malt, very light coffee, light chocolate, oatmeal to balance the experience then a nice note of oak and bourbon to finish it off. Incredible beer that doesn’t let bourbon just dominate the entire brew. So amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2043) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle 2014 picked up this week. Pour has a dark brown color with a thick coating of tan head that retained well. Aroma has chocolate, rich brown malts, mild barrels, bourbon, and some oats. Mouth feel is medium with good carbonation. Flavor brings it all together nicely, bourbon sweetness, barrel wood, rich malts, oats, and chocolate. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle: 2014 vintage, pours dark black with a thin tan head, very boozy aroma, taste is much more mellow - some chocolate, malty, light bourbon flavor, warming finish and fairly full bodied,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scola729 (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Had with a friend in DC, what a beer! Velvet is an understatement, incredible palate, delicious aromas and taste. Hopefully can have this again one day ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 20, 2015
2014 edition. Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 11.21.14. A: Vanilla, licorice, brandy, chocolate, and red grape. A: 2 finger head that quickly recedes to a ring. Midnight black body with red at the bottom of the glass. T: Vanilla and licorice dominate. Chocolate, woodiness, lingering coconut, and nuts are subtle. P: Almost crisp. It’s thin and too bubbly for a BBA stout. O: This is a good, complex and balanced BBA stout, but it’s too subtle for my taste. A higher ABV and fewer bubbles would have been nice too. It’s also not as smooth as other BBA oatmeal stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoesefat (305) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Strong coconut with hints of bourbon. Pours thick brown/black with a thin creamy head. Awesome flavor! Coconut and caramel, tastes like those Samoa Girl Scout cookies, and is super creamy.

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