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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

366 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 69
Gots: 73 | FT: 10
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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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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flayedandskinned

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 1/30/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a midnight black with a nice, 2 fingers tall khaki head that has some nice retention. The head eventually falls to a nice quarter finger cap, leaving no retention behind.

Aroma: (3.75)
Rich aromas of sweet dark fruits waft up to your nose as soon as you pour the beer; mostly plum, cherry and fig. Building right alongside these sweet tones are impressions of coconut and vanilla from the bourbon barrel. As the beer warms, the barrel character begins to fade and more of the sweet fruit undertones, paired with a creamy chocolate presence become apparent. Underneath this sweetness, there is a very subtle astringent coffee tone.

Taste: (3)
Similar to the nose, your palate is struck immediately by waves of sweet fruit; mostly plums, cherries and figs. Underneath these fruits is a light streak of bitter coffee and chocolate. The beer finishes watery with lingering notes of chocolate, sweet fruit and coffee. There are some nice notes of coconut and vanilla from the barrel. There is a sizable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: (3)
Thin, a tad watery with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (3.25)
I had hopes for this beer; A Dark Belgian Strong aged in Bourbon barrels and then blended with an Imperial Stout? This should be awesome! I was expecting a very robust, creamy ale and what this turned out to be is a thin beer with some decent barrel character. After trying Almanac's Farmhouse Reserve No. 3, and I had bigger hopes for this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:20:54 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out into a teku, black with a fluffy khaki colored head. Smell up front is lots of vanilla and oak. Getting very little roasted malt. Taste is vanilla, a subtle roasted malt flavor, oak, almost a milk stout sweetness, and a bit of bourbon. This one is creamy and super smooth. No rough edges at all but it's on the thinner side for a stout. Kind of reminded me of a less complex Abyss.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually Almanac can get away with their 10.99 single bottle prices for their sours (because they are off the hook) but Raul wishes he could say the same about Barrel Noir. Now, don't get the main man wrong; Raul would take a 7 out to dinner and a movie at the independent theater any day of the week; but would he buy that 7 lobster? Hell no! Raul's thinking Burger King!

It's a nice beer; Raulsky picks up those oak barrel characters, and as a stout, overall it is nice. Where it is lacking though is its Olympic Gymnast mouthfeel; I mean, for being 50% barrel aged this thang is thin! It's definitely not bulimic, or anorexic at that, but this sucker definitely needs a Porterhouse to fill it out.

Peace!

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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.