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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonusWagner (1323) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
I must be missing something or we just had a really tragic bottle because it smelled like cheap whiskey with some weird muddy character and didn’t taste any better. Would love to try it again because Firestone Walker is one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1569) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1142) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3558) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1455) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (205) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2270) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcane7 (1651) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (862) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Aromas of fudgey chocolate pudding, toasty nuttiness. Black with a somewhat lasting off-white head. Off-dry, chocolatey. Full bodied, very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HellesBunny666 (147) - Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Aroma of milk chocolate, sweeter, little toasted. Very smooth. Bittersweet chocolate, nutty, nuances of bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zickbeer_ye (238) - Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Malty belgian chocolate aroma. Light brown head and very dark body. Flavors of chocolate and minor berry. Smooth on the palate

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