RATINGS: 507   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Nice pour. Big bourbon on nose with cocoa and tobacco. Taste is thin watery and really dry. Bourbon is the only flavor that lingers. For $15 I could think of 30+ beers that are better than this swill. No where near the quality of any bourbon barrel aged beer that I have had from FW. Buy one to try it becuz you will be let down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2908) - Finspng, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2017
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (26386) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3608) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (589) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (4050) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5411) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1585) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barrelagedluv (9) - Pittsburg, California, USA - MAR 18, 2017 does not count
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (4693) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle pour at PreFunk Nampa. Oily black pour, pretty much flat. Mild boozy aroma, big roast grains nose. Flavor really wraps it all up, silky smooth, gentle warmth, hints of chocolate and cocoa, coffee. Really nice 2015 vintage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gallaghermurph (54) - 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.

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