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RATINGS: 487   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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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle, 2013. Pours caramel-tinged chestnut. Aroma is powerful caramel, prunes, bourbon, honey, complex malts. Taste is surprisingly balanced maple, bourbon, cocoa, pecans. Very drinkable. Excellent.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1413) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
650ml bottle shared with brother. Aroma: light bacon, big milk chocolate, really subtle soapy / minty aroma. App: burgundy /brownish, small mocha head with yellow tint leaving little lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, a tad watery, smooth light sweet and bacon finish. Overall: lacks in body a bit surprisingly because of this high abv. Bourbon is not present enough for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (1410) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2017
On nitro. Pours black with brown head. A faint chocolate, coffee and roasted malt aroma. A creamy body of milk chocolate, light coffee, and some sweet and roasted malts. A lingering chocolate aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rguty84 (4) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2017 does not count
Pours nearly black with a tan head. Aromas of coffee and vanilla along with a creamy taste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1486) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Bottle (2016 Vintage); pours nearly black with a tan head; aroma of vanilla, wood, and chocolate with a hint of coffee and bourbon; taste has a light sweetness to it with chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, a bit coffee and wood; finish is dry and roasty with a hint of bourbon; very nice

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (739) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 1, 2017
2014 vintage, aged two years. Pours a deep brown, with ample tan head. Aroma is a bit musty, with hints of chocolate and wood. Taste is smooth and rich, notes of chocolate and coffee, with a bit of vanilla. Very good blend and complexity. Thumbs way up on this one....

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PintjeFritz (242) - Baden-Wrttemberg, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2016
Thanks to Boisebeerguy!!!! Nice bottle with a lot of information, black beer with short beige head, smell is bourbon and for me red wine, taste coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon, good balance between sweet and bitter, full body, oily, flat carbonation, finish is bourbon, very good, (I have 0.65l bottle version 2015)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
simont1 (602) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2016
Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, leather, roasted malts. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, earthy coffee, butterscotch, short lasting finish. Quite light mouthfeel, but very easy drinking beer. Straight forward, balanced, well made.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5324) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Taps barely translucent caramel with a decent buff head. Aroma presents a sharp alcohol note like cognac or some other strong liquor, followed by roast malt, woody and nutty notes. Flavor continues the sharp alcohol but ups the malt, woody and nutty tones while adding a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel delivers fair body but strong, sassy fizz. Get velvety.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1150) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Vintage 2016. Pours a very dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted seeds, chocolate. Taste is pretty the same with moderate sweetness. Very smooth. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2016) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2016
On tap at Pinocchios. My fifth bourbon beer, so whatever. Bourbon on the nose and tongue. Not overpowering, oatmeal discernible under it all. Thick and chewy. Tasty.


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