RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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coil (499) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2019 Third pint on draught at Brewdog Bar Clapham Junction. Very dark brown colour with tan head. Big dark roasted malts, big bourbon barrel, big vanilla, cocoa powder, vanilla beans, dark fruit, milk chocolate, brown sugar, molasses. So much bourbon and vanilla, awesome, if I had this blind I might have thought it had vanilla beans added, as far as I can tell it hasn't though. This honestly has more flavour and complexity than plenty of 12% imp stouts and is twice as drinkable.

dbyrne38 (8) - - NOV 11, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2019 massive bourbon flavour without the burn massive quality vanilla bean flavour, fantastic long finish lovely and sweet with very very little bitterness or the syrupy thick quality that often comes with high alcohol nuanced but also very drinkable. Milk and caramel

Oakes (23701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2019 Darkish brown, just a thin head. Smells like it might be a bit tart. On the palate, lots of deep fruits and rich dark sugars. Good body. Nice stuff!

saltyseadog (140) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2019 12oz bottle from Windsor Hy-Vee, vintage 2018, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Smells of barley malt, caramel, vanilla, marzipan, old wood, forest floor and herbal/vegetal hops. Pours oily black with one finger of fizzy black head that dissolves to a foamy thin cover in a couple of minutes, and produces a little bit of wet heavy lacing that slides down the glass. Malty, creamy and exquisitely mellow on entry, with chocolate and caramel mid-palate and a moderately long finish with roast and cream, and gentle warmth as the alcohol hits bottom. Medium- to full-bodied, and possibly the easiest drinking barrel-aged brew I've ever had. Just a little bit roasty-astringent at the end. Velvet is right, the single most defining quality of this one is its one-of-a-kind mellowness for a barrelled stout. The transition from one flavor note to the next is subtle and meandering, like a piece of fine art perfect in its own simplicity. There are no surprises here, but fireworks aren't the only things that impress. Very well made. Firestone Walker really knows what they're doing.

Sigmund (9751) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2019 355 ml bottle in cardboard box, vintage 2017, from Vinmonopolet Kvadrat. ABV is 8.5%. Black colour, large tan head. Aroma of roast malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Smooth flavour with the same elements, not too sweet, moderate hops. A very enjoyable beer.

Christian (15362) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2019 Black september, Oluf Bagers Gade. Black with a lasting off-white head. Roasted aroma with lots of bourbon and oak. Sweet roasted flavour with chocolate and charcoal and bourbon/vanilla/oak

Dedollewaitor (18144) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2019 Bottle @ Black September, Oluf Bagers Gade. The Texas connection. Pours Black with a small White head. Super smooth and dry. Chocolate, coffee , licorice and Wood. Very dry. Pleasant

pumpmaster (1543) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2019 12 ounce 2014 bottle purchased at Archer Liquors By Midway in Chicago, IL Very good.

EerieDrinks (862) - Malm�, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2019 2 finger light beige head. Solid lacing. Pitch black beer. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, raisins, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, lightly metallic and a hint of toffee. All in moderation though. Taste of mostly chewy roasted malts, off-brand coca cola and dark chocolate with espresso, charred oak and a touch of whisky chilling in the background. Faint hint of chili. Mouthfeel is velvety just like the name hints at. Nitro feel. Soft blanket of medium-low carbonation. Medium bitterness. Slightly sticky. A bit oily but with a distinct dry feel aswell. Overly passive. Overall: I tried to come in with a neutral attitude against this beer as I've heard both praise and critiscm but this beer must be the weakest link of the Firestone 'component' beers. I've actually loved all of other releases and I think they're masterpieces but this one is a pretty run-of-the-mill(-with-some-spirit-character Single Stout. Good, absolutely, but not worthy of any hype. Maybe that velvety body, but nothing else.

Turboninja (1591) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2019 [email protected]'s place, from NYC, USA. 2016 batch. Medium, balanced nuances of dry dark fruits like fig and plum. Some oatmeal rounds other nuances. Some bourbon on the background. Medium/strong body with low carbonation. Overall, oatmeal's good and bad sides. Nicely subtle bourbon touch. 7 3 7 4 13

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