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RATINGS: 593   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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3.7
mats1337 (293) - POLAND - JUN 2, 2020
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2020 Ocena przepisana z untappd w celu uzupełnienia profilu na ratebeer. Klasyczny ris w dobrym wykonaniu.

3.1
JDBaker11058 (3316) - Sandy Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2020 Not as good as hoped. Bottle from 2017 (vintage 5), had in 2020, perhaps overly aged? Definite notes of cardboard, although cellared carefully.

3.9
tfontana (2633) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2020 Bottle (2017, vintage 005) from Total Wine & More, Burlington. Appearance is dark brown (almost black) and ruby with light source directly behind with nice sparkle at the edges of the glass, finger-width beige, crackling head with poor retention and trace lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon and oak, lighter sweet/tart fruit with more muted roasted malt. Taste is strong bourbon, oak, caramel malt, dark fruit, coconut, and hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium side of light-to-medium bodied with smooth texture, average carbonation with pleasant mild alcohol warmth and sweet finish as taste. Overall, missing the coffee and chocolate (aged too long?) and the bourbon is a bit high in the mix, overshadowing the underlying stout. Almost more like an aged barleywine. Maybe would benefit from more aging? Less?

4.1
natejgood (627) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 22, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2020 Pours medium to dark brown. Head is beige and relatively thin but it looks soft and dissipates nicely. Aroma is rich and a bit fruity. Beet is smooth and creamy in the mouth. Flavor does have just hints of bourbon, which is delicious. Other flavors of maple syrup and and brown sugar.

4.1
KevinReddirt (743) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2020 I am unsure of when or where I obtained this 12 oz bottle of 2017 vintage Velvet Merkin. Just know it has been in the inventory for some time. We are having a very cool February evening, time to get the bottle opened and tried. I like snifters for sampling stouts, my Buffalo Bayou glass will handle this one. The pour delivers a dark walnut brown body finsihed with a slim but steady top of light tan foam. I get a nose of chocolate and the barrel. Finally a drink and I find it more subdued than expected. Malt, chocolate, a ribbon candy sweetness, strawberries and a nice coffee finish. Very pleasant.

4.3
one51 (815) - - FEB 7, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2020 2017 bottle. Great nose with sweet roasty oaky overtones. Very understated bourbon note on there tongue, less sweet than your average bourbon aged beer which is good. Fantastic roasty tones in there too. One of the best bourbon aged beers I've had.

3.7
MatiF96 (908) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2019 Prawdziwy klasyk. Jest kawa i czekolada, w tle nieco owoców. W smaku gładkie. Czekoladowa słodycz z delikatną wanilią, dalej kawa. Trochę oldschoolowe, aczkolwiek przyjemne piwo.

3.7
borowik (919) - Bytom, POLAND - DEC 21, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2019 Klasyka. Gęste, kawowe i czekoladowe. Nie urywa niczego, poprawny i klasyczny RIS.

3.8
sharky2kx (260) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2019 2018 edition. Pours deep brown. Huge frothy off-white head. Nose is fudge, whisky, raisins, cola. A little earth and tobacco. Palate is moderate but a little too watery. Taste is malty, coffee cake, cola and a little chocolate. Wholemeal bread

3.8
john44 (4300) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2019 Keg at BrewDog, Clapham, London in Nov 2019 - Black with zero head. Bourbon and vanilla in aroma and taste. Roast malty, vanilla, chocolate, sugar, toffee, bourbon barrel, oak, coffee, coconut, smooth, oaty. Berries and dried fruits, cherries, raisins. Sweet bourbon and vanilla roast chocolate malty berry fruity with coconut notes. Very good. Enjoyed this. (2019-11)


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