RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A carefully crafted blend of these two beers (stainless steel-aged Saucerful of Secrets and bourbon barrel-aged Velvet Merkin) / 80 kegs produced -Dark Winter Stout with light spicy notes, full silky body and Bourbon accents. IBU= 30 COLOR= BLACK

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
Draft. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Chocolate, roasty, light spice aroma. Big chocolate, roast, vanilla, bourbon flavor. Medium bodied. Lingering vanilla, bourbon, malt, earth, spice, and a bit of oat coming in at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 On tap at Churchills. Dark amber/brown pour. Malt, belgain/fruit notes, light chocolate, oak, bourbon, Interesting blend, well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (4597) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Ok, I initially entered this review under Velvet Merkin on 1/26/2009, but after having Velvet Merkin, Im almost certain the beer I had was Saucerful of Merkins. So here it is: Oh man I hope that guy from Toronado doesnt read this. So I was there the other day discussing beers with a friend and this one came up, at which point the guy jumped in and said something like, "You have to get the Merkin! Its great! If you dont like it Ill have to kick your ass." So I ordered it and tried it and was less than impressed. Nose of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. Flavor of bourbon. Lots of it. Also some roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and mocha. But mostly bourbon. If I wanted that much bourbon, I would have ordered bourbon. It just didnt go great with the rest of the flavors. It wasnt bad overall, but it was definitely a little off-balance. So the next time I set foot in Toronado, I expect that guy to have read this review and to be there waiting to give me my well-deserved beatdown. Have mercy, Merkin Guy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2008
1st rating of this beer. Cask @ The Linkery for their 3rd Anniversary. I called about this beer all week last week and they finally put it on cask tonight! My girlfriend Cyn had some, and I saw Darkelf there too. This beer according to emails is 15% Belgian Strong Ale (Saucerful of Secrets), 85% Bourbon Barrel aged oatmeal stout (Velvet Merkin). As such it is certainly weird and pretty much a strange beer, but all in all its tasty and interesting. Pours black with a 1 finger light brown ring. Nose is sweet ruddy, with notes of dry malts, some wood and a bit of bourbon. Taste is sweet and bourbony, with a bit of an imperial oatmeal stout quality to it. The dark Belgian in this beer really does come through in here. Also as darkelf nicely pointed out the bourbon is there but it is not omnipresent it is a flavor in the mix of other flavors. This is different, sweet, chewy and all together tasty. Nice work Firestone Walker, and thanks to the Linkery for having it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
On tap the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Ive been eager to try this. Dark amber color. Sweet. Hint of banana. Very good. Some buttery barrel aged goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 On tap at the City Beer Store. Wonderful aroma of Bourbon and oak, with a touch of chocolate malt. The flavors of strong Belgian and smooth, oat Impy blend very nicely. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Just the right amount of oak and bourbon to bring the complexity up. Could have been a train wreck, ended up being a smooth ride. Even though served cold, the flavors were open and smooth, blending nicely. I wish it was bottled.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. kind of hot, but overall just taty, roaty, chocolatey, but a tad thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
On-tap at OBriens. Pours dark brown with red highlights, thinnish light brown head with a bit of lace. Smells of oats, fish, and booze. Tastes of oatmeal, bourbon, booze, and oak on the finish. Medium, almost thin body. Subdued, smooth carbonation. This brew is a little thin and a little bit of a mish-mash of flavors to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
On tap at Churchills. Lovin this one. Great bourbon and malt nose. Looks great. Nose to first taste draws a smile. Nicely sweet in the mouth. Light cocoa and maltiness comes through. Not very much bourbon besides the sweetness. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1205) - LA, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Near black; amber head. Strange aroma and flavors of rich, sweet malts with some strange tropical fruit, wood, raisins, plums, dark bitter chocolate. Finish has some sour, bitter and whiskey notes. On tap at the Linkery.

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