Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.
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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
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
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
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
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
Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.