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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 70
Gots: 74 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This oak-aged ale is our love letter to bourbon barrels. Barrel Noir is a sumptuous, inky ale that celebrates the velvety texture and subtle heat that only Kentucky charred oak can impart. Born from a blend of American imperial stout and Belgian-inspired dark ale aged in bourbon barrels, this rich brew can be paired with braised beef dishes and dark chocolates. Enjoyed best in front of a warm fireplace.

(Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 02-14-2013)
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Seanniek91

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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml capped bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. Poured relatively vigorously because I wasn't expecting too much head, but had to calm down. Head came right to the tip of the glass.

Appearance- Black. A two finger bubbly off-white head came and lasted a minute or so. More head than expected, but not so much retention. Some fine lacing remains.

Smell- Light caramel bourbon, bitter chocolate, smooth roasty coffee, some light vanilla, and light pipe tobacco. Bourbony, but not excessively, and full of rich/roasty imperial stout aroma.

Taste- Bourbon up front. Caramel and vanilla mingle with milk chocolate. Coffee comes in slowly. Finish is bourbon. Bourbon is there obviously, but for only 50% of this beer being aged in Bourbon Barrels, it's surprisingly strong, but not overwhelming. No taste of booze. Light stone fruits finish this beer.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with a smooth and luscious mouthfeel. Hints of booze heat at the end.

Overall- A fine bourbon blended stout from a brewery I've never had before. Booze heat is a little high, but overall, the flavor and smell alone are very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 16:20:06 | More by Seanniek91
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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.