RATINGS: 498   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (670) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gallaghermurph (51) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2017
This beer made my mid-afternoon. 2013 vintage at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Appearance was dark chocolate with a minimal light tan head. Aroma was strong coffee, chcolate, roasty grains with a hint of cream. Taste was incredibly well-balanced, with the immediate bitter sweetness of chocolate, backed by toasted grains and a little sprinkling of char. Subtle hints of dark fruit, but not too sweet - any sweetness came from an almost chocolate milk type flavor. Maybe even a little vanilla. Its the subtleties that make this beer - yes its a big bold stout, but very highly refined. Mothfeels is - dare I say - velvety? Not too think, but soft carbonation keeps it supple. 10oz was plenty for me. Absolutely perfect for a cold, rainy day...which it was. Absolutely fantastic brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gephross100 (666) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Bottle thanks to Joe. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Rolled oats and chocolate milk. Light mouthfeel, slightly numbing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2990) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2017
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2016. Black body with a small offwhite head. Roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1957) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Sampled at the 2016 Czech Heritage Festival in a footed pilsener glass, an opaque dark brown colour, reddish at the edges, with sudsy beige foam, long-lasting with lace. Fantastic appearance. Malty, bready, toasty, roasty, with delicious notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Definite bourbon and charred oak essence, but not so much as to overpower the other layers. Medium body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the oats, subtle tartness but not sour, aged but not oxidized, just plain masterfully made. I will definitely be seeking this out again and again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeymike (66) - Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2017
22 oz bomber 2015 vintage. Pours a very dark brown with a one finger head. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is barrel on the front of the palette with a milk chocolate note on the back of the palette. Mouthfeel is velvety, but a little thin. Overall, This is an excellent BA oatmeal stout that held up very well over the past two years. I will search it out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (1079) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Shared 22 oz. bottle. 2016 edition. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon and oak. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darbeer75 (757) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Aroma: lots of vanilla and bourbon; Appearance: pitch black with creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly; Taste: not too bourbony, smooth, roasty, a little chocolate; nice; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: quite good; would get again. Unusual to find a barrel aged regular stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1294) - Bled, SLOVENIA - JAN 23, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2017 Pours black oily color, opaque, with foamy light brown head. Aroma: roasted grain, dark malts , sherry-like bourbon note, vanillin, hint of molasses...flavor: intense roasted grain&dark malts, which takes on milk & bitter dark chocolate, espresso coffee. Theres a sherry-like boubon note, pretty well balanced with malt backbone. In the background are noticeable notes of vanillin, hint of wood...body is thick (low abv. but oat make bigger mouthfeel), texture velvetly, carbonation is low. Big stout for such a relatively low abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1865) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Pours a dark caramel-bourbon-brown with a light tan head. Caramel, chocolate, and cola on the nose. Viscous mouthfeel. Chocolate, nutty, caramel, and cola flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Black in color with a sudsy off white head. Chocolate milk aroma. Super smooth and silky; light chocolate and roast character and light Bourbon booze touch. Notes: 2015 bottle from Eric opened in Jan 17

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