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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 73
Gots: 70 | 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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DSkilling

California

5/5  rDev +23.2%

07-29-2013 05:10:17 | More by DSkilling
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MaximusPrime

California

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%

Suuuper rich tones of dark chocolate and espresso with a calming spicy bourbon tinge and light charred oaky aroma with a light tannin profile. Perfect mid viscosity and light hop presence to compliment, finishing off with a light black cherry tone.

Overall deep complexity, definitely in my top 5 bourbon barrel aged.

10-20-2013 03:01:16 | More by MaximusPrime
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17%

08-15-2013 05:08:24 | More by ucsbmullet
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-27-2013 02:57:30 | More by mportnoy
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Grant35

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-20-2013 02:05:08 | More by Grant35
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-16-2013 00:08:06 | More by eawolff99
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Souleman

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

12-17-2013 07:04:28 | More by Souleman
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-12-2013 23:50:02 | More by tbone1384
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knchngchn

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

02-03-2014 17:27:32 | More by knchngchn
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parksed24

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

10-04-2013 20:57:51 | More by parksed24
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MoistPope

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-01-2013 17:13:31 | More by MoistPope
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-17-2014 03:41:20 | More by Kenai4
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miadw3

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-11-2013 23:53:44 | More by miadw3
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srgj88

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-01-2014 01:15:59 | More by srgj88
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elNopalero

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

This has a solid layer of foam atop a opaque black colored brew. Great aroma—there’s a light whiskeyed alcohol sweetness balancing out the roast and thick stone fruit aroma. There’s stone fruits on the flavor: raisin, plums, and some rummy characters. Makes me wonder what kind of barrel it’s aged in. Like a Belgo-quad characteristic almost with the combination of the yeast characteristics, barrel-aging, and layers of flavor.

02-21-2013 07:17:28 | More by elNopalero
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01001111

California

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
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busternuggz

California

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Opaque brownish black with a puffy, bubbly khaki 1/2" head. Leaves persistent strands of lacing. Good retention, head holds at about 1/8" and comes back nicely with a swirl.

Big rich aromas. Fudge brownies, coffee beans, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Very chocolatey. A little coconut, some roastiness. Immaculate, layered, and complex.

Similar notes in different order on the taste, leading with molasses and bourbon, dark chocolate chips, espresso, a little dark fruit- dates maybe, chocolate syrup. A bit sweet, but it ends with a little dry roastiness and lingering toasted oak that balances it well. As it warms the dark fruit starts to come off as acai berries. Everything comes together really well, like some delicious mocha bourbon berry milkshake.

Full bodied and creamy, smooth, ends lighter and a little drier than is starts. Not too thick, not too dry, compliments the taste well. Really nice.

Honestly this is one of the better imperial stouts I've had. Rich and complex, but balanced and well made. I am impressed. Dunno why this isn't more renowned.

03-24-2014 06:10:49 | More by busternuggz
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sourdog

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-12-2014 02:47:11 | More by sourdog
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MontereyBay831

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-27-2013 05:00:01 | More by MontereyBay831
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

On tap @ Monk's Kettle

A -Deep ink black with a thin layer of light brown head and excellent lacing. Beautiful!

S - Intense bourbon and vanilla aromas accompany a big sweetness. Chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit.

T - Sweet bourbon and vanilla along with charred oak up front as the barrel notes shine through. Chocolate, roast and light espresso. Gets smoky as it warms.

M - Medium body but a touch watery at times. Light carbonation.

08-07-2013 15:33:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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cestlavie

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-15-2013 00:08:46 | More by cestlavie
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-31-2013 07:42:34 | More by WritersBlock
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pknyc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-26-2013 01:35:07 | More by pknyc
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BWH999

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-14-2013 03:45:49 | More by BWH999
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Lasering

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-06-2013 00:25:02 | More by Lasering
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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.