Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.
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Reviews by CuriousMonk:
4.21/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head leaving very nice lacing throughout. Aromas of charred oak, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa beans, and light notes of bourbon. The flavor profile suggests some caramel, light brown sugar, plums, oak, and silky chocolate bourbon goodness. Velvety texture in the mouthfeel with a polished, yet subtle heat finish that only Kentucky charred oak can only seem to pull off. Overall, a very nice beer and I want to keep trying those Farm to Barrel series from the brewery!
01-06-2014 18:35:23 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. Pours very dense and nearly black with the smallest, deep-brown skin at the time, a pretty long cry from being called a "head", even after a straight-down pour. No real lacing or legging of any sort, just a fairly dark and still, troubling looking beer. A little more carbonation certainly wouldn't hurt.
Somewhat musky and deep roasted cocoa beans are the first things to jump out and hit my senses. Quickly following is a brigade of woody and oak notes; surprisingly enough, the bourbon isn't that strong - actually, it's hardly even noticeable in the aroma. Light caramel and sweet, sticky brown sugar softens the finish, coupled alongside some plums, dates, and even a touch of apple skins. Solid barrel-stout aroma with a nice finishing sweetness at the end.
The first sip is pretty heavier up-front - a bit heavier than the smooth aroma would have you guessing. Boozy and strong, but not quite akin to smooth bourbon. It's more of a sharp and abrasive booziness; think straight Jack Daniel's whiskey. It hits hard up front and haunts the palate from start to finish. I'm typically a fan of some nice boozy flavors in my beers, but this one could use some time to mellow out.
Other actually flavors from the profile include some lightly milky chocolates, molasses, nuts, and a strong, woody, polished finish. Barrel Noir leaves your palate a touch sticky and coated with a nutty-oak flavor that's been soaking for days in a vat of Tennessee whiskey. The mouth feel is pretty nice - big and boisterous, heavy bodied and full of itself, and even slightly creamy due to the low carbonation.
I feel that if the bourbon character of this one was toned down a bit, it would be pretty damn great. As it stands, it's simply a good barrel-aged beer that is a little to boozy to enjoy for any prolonged beer drinking period of time. Perhaps waiting this one out is a better route.
05-09-2013 11:31:25 | More by tectactoe
4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
san Marcos, CA
A delicious, refined, roasty, earthy barrel-aged imperial stout. The aroma comes packed with loads of chocolate and an integrated bourbon barrel character. It actually reminded me a lot of Parabola's aroma. The flavor isn't quite as successful, the but the usual players are all here and are delicious. Everything Almanac puts into barrels turns into gold. Another winner!
08-14-2013 17:47:40 | More by ehammond1
4.66/5 rDev +14.8%
A: Deep, cola brown. Cloudy but neither very thick nor oily.
S: Let it warm. The vanilla, caramel, and bourbon notes strengthen as it heats up a little.
T: Strong bourbon up front with a coffee roast and mild bitterness on the back; like a bourbon barrel Yirgacheffe drip coffee.
M: A bit thinner than I had expected with only a touch of syrup.
O: As this warms I keep increasing my score. Not the absolute best bourbon barrel aged stout but one of the best; an amazing feat given that this is their first iteration. Another great beer from Almanac.
02-11-2014 03:17:13 | More by 01001111
Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.