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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 70
Gots: 72 | 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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mxchap

California

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled in Winter 2012, enjoyed in January 2014.

Appearance: Black, no surprise here. Tall light-tan head with great lacing. Certainly looks inviting and a bit mysterious. [5/5]

Aroma: A lot going on, but it meshes well together. The most notable aromas are of the bourbon/vanilla, but the dark fruit (figs) from the Belgian side of the blend are also quite noticeable. Bitterness in the form of cacao is also detectable. [3.75/5]

Flavor: The Belgian dark ale is most assertive, and the bourbon barrel shines through very nicely. This tastes similar what the label describes: 50% Belgian dark ale aged in bourbon barrels & 50% American imperial stout. I would say it's closer to 60-40 in favor of the Belgian though. There is a stout hiding in there, and it asserts itself in the manner of cacao roastiness and fruity esters. A little metallic on the finish, but it doesn't detract much from the enjoyment.
[4.25/5]

Feel: A little thin for being 10% ABV, but I'm guessing the BSDA finished rather dry. Carbonation is a little high initially. The stout flavors linger for a bit, but no flavors are cloying or long-lasting. [3.0/5]

Overall: A nice dark ale hybrid. I haven't had too many Belgian style stouts that I really enjoyed (other than black albert), but this blended beer essentially pulls it off. Nicely done Almanac. [4.0/5]

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 14:52:41 | More by mxchap
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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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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.