RATINGS: 516   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (678) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2015 Re-rate for 2015: huge bourbon/oak, chocolate aroma. Flavor is huge mounds bar, oatmeal raisin cookie, orange liqueur, light roast coffee. Slick, creamy mouthfeel. Very decadent for abv and the body is much fuller and rounder than the prior vintage.


4
ffaoe (912) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2017
moderate roasty, coffee, and chocolate aromas. black in color with huge long lasting light brown head. taste is malty, of chocolate, very faint oak notes. silky mouthfeel

4
Hopmaestro (1749) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2017
Aroma carries dark chocolates, fudge, light bourbon and vanilla. Taste is rather clean and thin but still has quite some action going on. Big notes from the barrel, almost a little too much oak, roasted malts, figs/dades with cocoa and a quick reminder of vanilla before going into a long finish. This is a showcase in barrel-treatment.

4
Vignale (4011) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2017
Flaska från SB drucken med ölföreningen. Firestone är mästare på att lägga till en liten fatdimension på i princip allt de brygger, men här tycker jag nästan att det bli väl mykcet ek. Men det är ändå riktigt elegant med choklad, vanilj, mörka körsbär och kaffe som accenter till den söta rostade malten. Kanske lite större kropp hade lyft det en nivå till. Men gott är det ändå.

3.8
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2017
Draft @ Beavertown Extravaganza'17. Brune foncée, col café au lait, léger dorée au verre. Arôme offre un bouquet bien malté, caramel, fruits noirs, malté et fine note de vanillé. Barrique sans vraiment trouvé la douceur de lactose. Palais est malté, pâle, caramel, crystal avec un bel effet de biscuité, alcool perce bien, vanille et de belles notes boisées assez diluées que pour mettre en avant le caractère des malts. Fruits noirs rappelant la prune confite, raisin sec, chocolaté fudge.

4
Vighals (4453) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2017 Svart med høyt beige skum. Lukter kaffe, havre, sjokolade, kjenner lagringen i bourbon tønner, vanilje, trevirke og bourbon. Middels fylde. Smaker også bourbon, myk, vanilje, eik, sjokoladekake, havre.

4.1
Iznogud (4347) - CROATIA - AUG 15, 2017
On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks. Pours black with beige head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, some raisins, vanilla, wood. Sweet with bitterness in finish. Smooth. Medium bodied.

3.3
coachd (932) - Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Smells like a light coffee stout. The coffee and dark chocolate aromas are there but muted. Easy 5 on the appearance. Jet black with a tiny ring of tan foam. Tastes muted as well, has all the characteristics of a good barrel aged stout but they're well in the background. Very drinkable for the ABV, palate is smooth but too light with only a slight amount of roast in the aftertaste. I was disappointed in this. I guess sweet stouts are just not my thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Lowenbrau (4727) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2017
1pt 6 fl oz bottle. 22-02-2017.
2015 VIntage. Bourbon BA.
Courtesy of BRW. Thanks for sharing Marc!.
Nice bourbon nose, woood, roasty, caramel. Pours dark copper with nice tan head. Slick texture, light body for the stated ABV, tasty, tatse follow the nose, little creamy, smooth. Enjoyable.

3.8
fombe89 (4022) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2017 Botella. of @BRW, Thanks you so much!! Cata. 22/07/2017
Color negro con una pequeña corona de espuma beige, aromas tostados con ligeras notas a cafe, el sabor es tostado con un cuerpo sedoso.

3.8
angel77 (3866) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2017 Botella 66 cl en Cimmeria 22..07.. 2017. (r516). color negro caoba oscuro con poca espuma beige. Aromas y sabores intensos maltas tostadas con grandes dosis de licores bourbon y buena sensación alcohólica desde el principio. Algunos cacaos y maltas tostadas torrefactos que acaban dejando suave amargo algo seco también tostado. Cuerpo medio a intenso bastante líquido con buena sensación alcohólica. Grandes recuerdos y notas de bourbon. Bastante buena para repetir sin duda alguna.


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