RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1539) - Linkping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2017
(On tap @ CBC 2016 Red Session, Copenhagen) Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, moderately roasted malt, a little wood, quite some barrel character, sweet and creamy. Fairly sweet flavour as well, chocolate, toffee, sweet black coffee, vanilla, wood, slightly burnt, light bourbon, a bit creamy, hints of the oatmeal body, a little hint of booze. Finish has roasted malts, coffee, wood, semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal, quite persistent. Medium bodied, oily and creamy, with soft carbonation. Does a good job drinking like its got a higher ABV, would be very easy to sip all evening.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (951) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2017
Negra turva, espuma marrom de mdia formao e persistencia. Bastante caf e em segundo plano chocolate. Paladar de mdio dulor e leve amargor torrado. Corpo cremoso e mdia carbonatao. Final de base maltada, cereais que do uma encorpada prazerosa, chocolate e amadeirado ficam mais intensos deixando o caf em segundo plano.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2923) - Finspng, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2017
Bottled:
Black with ruby edges. Small head. Sweet aroma with Bourbon, fudge, char coal and licorice. Flavour is Bourbon, fudge and licorice leading to a warming finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2017
[email protected] Red Session. Black colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is toffee, fudge, alcohol, some wood and mild toasted notes. Flavour is liquorice, fudge, some vanilla, mild toasted notes too.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3727) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2017
Draught at City Beer (2015 vintage). Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, a bit of coffee, nuts, toffee and chocolate. Bitter finish with roasted malts, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, toffee, nuts, a bit of chocolate and vanilla. Exquisite stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (618) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2017
Pitch black color, small and creamy beige head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, cream, mushrooms(?), coconut and wood. Complex taste of chocolate, cream, wood, bourbon, vanilla, coconut and slight spices. Well balanced and complex, but the hints of mushroom sauce is a bit weird.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (4127) - SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2017
@Basunen 17-3-25: Mycket trevlig doft med tydlig ton av ek och bourbon. Smaken r mycket len och kanske lite klen med toner av trd och ltta rostade toner. Lite i lttaste laget.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5438) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle courtesy of fog dog. Cheers, Kevin! Pours a stout brown with a thicker than expected tan head. Nose is roast, earth, slight metal, sweet cocoa, some oak, mild vanilla, and a borderline smokes character. Flavor is similar- hits with earth, mold fruit, oak, slight chocolate-covered raisin, and some vanilla into the finish. Interesting beer with chocolate as very mild, vanilla in not as many places as Id think, and some fruity character that I did not expect.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1588) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2017
Tap at A - bays in Waikoloa on the big island- very unexpected and nice surprise. Pour is near black with small ring of beige foam. Aroma is a nice mix of toasty malt and toffee bourbon. Maple and vanilla. Flavor very true to nose with a rich bourbon character but no alcohol heat. Really nice.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barrelagedluv (18) - Pittsburg, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017
The aroma is quite subtle for a BBS, not as robust as I had hoped for. Pours like chocolate milk with a nice beige head. With an oily opaque tone, the flavor evenly breaks on the tongue. An unexpected fizziness gives way to a milky expresso, with a notes of orange peel. Its a bit thin in the middle, but Ill attribute that to the lower abv of comparable beers and results ina more drinkable OS. The bourbon oakiness is not overly boozy, but comes through on the backside of the finish. It reminds me of the xmas rum fruitcake I had as a kid. Overall a nicely balanced stout!


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