RATINGS: 528   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2015 I must be missing something or we just had a really tragic bottle because it smelled like cheap whiskey with some weird muddy character and didn’t taste any better. Would love to try it again because Firestone Walker is one of my favorites. 2015 draft: huge improvement. Nose is a lightly fudge brownie with some hints of whiskey. Flavor is semisweet milk chocolate, hint of cola. Still not incredible but pretty darn good.


4.5
zoucrew102 (2249) - - JAN 21, 2018
Bottle, 2017 vintage. Rich milk chocolate aroma with notes of roasted malt, milk sugar, vanilla, nutty, bourbon and oak. Pours deep brown with a thin mocha brown head that has little retention and decent lacing. Starts with rich milk chocolate, roasted malt and milk sugar flavors with a full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes impeccably smooth with vanilla, bourbon, oak and nutty flavors. Decadent and rich. Absolutely wonderful.

4.1
mrjez (723) - Osaka, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2018
2016 bomber shared at Lingua tasting. Pours deep brown with highlights and low light tan head. Nutty aroma, coconut, plenty of bourbon remaining, barrel oak, oats. Mellow and well-integrated barrel flavours, choc, oat, nice booze balance at the end. A bit of fizz and a medium body, rolls off the palate easily, smooths out well. Great timing, sits together really well with a year on it.

4
KansaiBeerLvrs (5511) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 14, 2018
2016 vintage, inky black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. A bit boozy sharp but nutty bourbon malty chocolate. Spritzy seltzer like body that is lighter than I expected. Really nice stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
ehaak26 (751) - - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle from OneStop Beer Shop. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, wood, and some cherry.

4
Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2017 Bottle, series 1. Dark brown, clear but dark. Tan bubbles. Wood nose, chocolate, sweet notes, dark malts. Bready notes. Dry malty flavor, dark chocolate, low coconut flavor. Sweetness is there but restrained. Woody finish. Nice.

3.5
fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2017
Bottle at Black Christmas 2017
Dark brown color. Bourbon aroma, delicate, strong bourbon flavor; the underlying beer is a bit shallow, moderately sweet.

5
tsd08460 (1280) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2017
Bottle from Lost Dog Cafe in South Arlington, VA Aroma: chocolate, woody, coconut, roasty, vanilla, bourbon Appearance: black with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Most excellent

4
sjohnny (686) - - DEC 9, 2017
Vanilla. Big hit of bourbon. Hint of toast. Ruby black with a brief dark tan head that leaves a slick on the surface. Vanilla. Molasses. Toast. Bourbon. Smooth. Sharp clean finish. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2017
Deep mahogany color with a sticky beige head. Warming alcohol nose with some brown sugar notes. Sweet beer with deep roasted grains, brown sugar sweetness, molasses, vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Nice bourbon barrel patina.

3.9
thornecb (6158) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2017
Pours mahogany tinged black into a shaker. Micro mocha head recedes to coat surface. Sweet chocolate aromas. Sweet chocolate and espresso upfront turning to dry bourbon and vanilla before the lasting coconut finish.


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