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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 420
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 71
Gots: 69 | 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:
Beer added by: Trilogy31 on 02-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mhksuccess' tasting.

Bottled Winter 2012.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, brown sugar, smoke, char, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by an inch of foam; the retention is not great but there is some decent lacing left behind

Smell: Quite a lot going on, with chocolate and charred oak dominant; vanilla, dark fruit and marshmallow underneath

Taste: Opens very roasty, with the charred oak and chocolate flavors from the aroma dominant; in the middle, the vanilla and marshmallow flavors build, along with some earthy hops and walnut flavors; the aftertaste brings out a bit of the Bourbon as well as a nice blend of the various elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice blend of what tastes like an Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels and an Imperial Stout - I think Almanac is on to something with this brew

Thanks, danwho, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WST for this one! BBQ victory winnings finale, shared with Aaron.

Pitch black, some tobacco-stained chestnut highlights when held to the light. Thin vein of tan foam, spotty flecks of lace around the edges.

Anise in the aroma big time, licorice and roasted malt comprise the main elements, with some barrel heat as well.

Roasty char, malt sweetness, chocolate syrup, sweet pipe tobacco. Full bodied with a bite from the bourbon barrel, finish is a bit thin though. Werthers butterscotch candy and milk chocolate. Dry finish, fairly smooth. Overall it's pretty good, but is lacking a certain something to make it unique.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 375ml bottle with etched label.

A: Pours dark brownish black with an initial 2-inch mocha head which fades to the rim and thin cap leaving web lace.

N: Cocoa, bourbon, oak, dark cherries, roasty char and brown sugar.

T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, roast with some charred oak, dark fruits and malt.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, slightly sweet fruit with roasty dark chocolate finish.

O: Roasty oak and strong flavors invite another sip. A bit muddled near the end.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. At first glance it's a total blackout in the snifter, but after some drinking it appears dark brown with a ruby glint. Just a brief rising of foam that settles down to an oil slick. Rather prickly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little on the goopy side. Hugely rich with a lot of sugar taste. Deeply toasted malt is the backbone, with just a little sharpness coming through eventually. Big burnt sugar taste provides some bitterness but hops are virtually absent. Dark fruity flavor of dates and a whiff of vanilla in the nose. A relentless and robust brew that is more like a too-rich dessert than a beer. Worth a try, however, for barrel aficionados.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

50% Dark Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels. 50% American Imperial Stout. 10% ABV confirmed. Cast was $10 USD for a 375ml brown glass bottle with a branded pressure cap and a fancy etched label. Oak-aged according to the label. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Acquired at a local SoCal beer store; I've seen this around Westwood.

Served straight from the fridge but allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a cola-esque khaki-tan head: quite thin, lacks substantial cream, but retains well (~5 minutes, pretty impressive for 10%). Body colour is a solid dark black; not a jet black or silky but black. No yeast particles are visible; it's nontransparent and opaque. No bubble show. Light thin lacing as the head slowly recedes.

Sm: Chocolate, chocolate malt, dark malts, buried roast, a bit of vanilla, light plum/stonefruit, and caramel. Not real bourbon-y, with the vanilla and caramel ringing distinct rather than as part of a whole. A bit of oak wood. No yeast character comes through. Alcohol is well concealed. Bready and a bit burnt. It's evocative but not very deep in terms of flavour depth. I'm excited to try it. A mild strength aroma.

T/Mf: Hrm. It feels like a messy blend of two different beers - probably because that's what it is. Bourbon-y oaky dark malts collide with competing plum notes, biscuit malt, and light vinous character. No balance here at all. The mouthfeel is a mess too; silky and artifically smooth up front which coarsens and dries as it hits the lees-like Belgian dark feel. Carbonation is good. Light oak is a highlight but lacks depth. Alcohol is evident. Heavy thick caramel and bready notes. A bit roasty on the finish, with hints of cold pressed generic coffee. Overly sweet, with artificial vanilla hitting on the climax. Hot and gushed. There's definite boozy warmth here. It doesn't lack body, but it's inconsistent and unfocused. Boy, this one isn't doing me well.

Dr: Something of a sipper, with boozy character warming the stomach. Its messy unfocused flavour profile coupled with its scattershot mouthfeel make it a tough one to drink compared to other beers in the style. This one misses the mark a bit; I feel like either of the two constituent beers would be better on their own. Priced high for the lack of quality. I wouldn't buy this again. I'm distrusting of Almanac now; I've had too many underwhelming beers from them. A very average beer.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first beer from this brewery. Cola-brown pour with a small tan head that retained moderately and left minimal spotty lacing. In the nose, dark malts, dark dried fruits, esters, yeast, oak. Hmm...well, really no bourbon, and all things considered, there were some traces of possible infection noted; nothing overly offensive, but something didn't seem quite right. Unlike the aroma, I did get some bourbon and vanilla in the taste, barrel, dark malts, plum and red grapes. Some astringent and estery off-flavors crept in towards the end, leading me once again to believe this beer (or this bottle anyway) was on the verge of being infected. And yet it was still at a point where I found it tasty. Medium body, which makes sense when you understand this is only 50% stout. Despite its "flaws" or whatever may have been going on in this bottle, it was still an interesting brew, and I'd like to try it again for a second opinion.

Want more from this brewery. Trade please.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Dark brown body with some ruby-brown transparency when held to the light.

S - Lots of bourbon barrel, oak, roasted malts, charred wood, a slightly buttery note, anise, dark chocolate, and well-concealed alcohol.

T - More malt character, with less overt bourbon and oak character. Caramel, roasted malts, vanilla marshmallow, fudge, and again the same buttery note I picked up in the aroma. Still, pretty enjoyable on the whole.

M - Medium body, and a tad thin and watery for the listed 10%. Dry, oaky, and tannic, with light alcohol warmth that is less than one would expect.

D - A solid barrel-aged stout, although it's marred by a mildly buttery note and an overly thin body.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with my wife.

Typical imperial stout appearance. Dark brown, almost black. Thin, beige collar. The aroma is chocolaty with just a hint of bourbon. Lots of chocolate in the flavor with a touch of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Smooth and velvety on the palate with moderately low carbonation. Mild alcohol heat in the finish. Overall, a decent brew but middle of the pack in a highly competitive style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, some solid lace left over.

S: Lots of bourbon and vanilla. A cleaner smell than most bourbon barrel aged brews. Notes of dark chocolate and a hint of dark dried fruit.

T: Dark chocolate and vanilla dominate with secondary notes of plum and date. Definite high residual sugar count in this, but well put together. A lovely big stout.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, smooth as silk. Definitely easy drinking for its style.

O: I've been hesitant to try Almanac's beers due to the price point, but this was $6.50 for 12 oz. at happy hour so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Good stuff here and a great starting point to get into BA stouts.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Rich in Sydney.

Pours a surprisingly light cloudy brown, certainly still stout-worthy, but perhaps less than Impy-level. Head forms a big, burgeoning froth when first poured, settling to a mocha crater of large bubbles. Body is surprisingly light, although the carbonation that forms is still quite fine. Overall it looks good, but with a few quirks to it.

Nose is wonderful. Big American oak flavours balanced with a rich sweetness from the beer itself. Plenty of toasted coconut, vanilla and mild milky chocolate. It's balanced or perhaps shot through with a slight acidity which adds a point of difference from other bourbon barrel aged Imperial stouts. But mostly, it's just sweet, rich and gorgeous. Lovely stuff.

Taste has that slight acidity on the front, but it's quickly packed away by the sweetness giving chocolate and vanilla smoothness. The acidity however maintains a lightness to the palate throughout, making it feel slightly frothy and ephemeral from start to finish. There's a slightly metallic note on the back as well which again countermands the big, sweet vanillin oak characters. On the finish lingers a dry, sweet character of toasted coconut.

Feel is very different to the usual imperial stout: it's light, slightly rounded and a little bit ephemeral. It's an unusual experience, but not an unpleasant one by any means.

Overall, this is very good stuff. Sure, I love imperial stouts, and a big, heavy, boozy, rich example would have suited me fine. But I love that Almanac have done something very different with the same basic construct here. It's a new twist on a big bourbony stout, and that's something that's extremely welcome.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A – Dark cola body with light brown highlights. Light tan head with nice retention and ok lace.

S – Rich milk chocolate, raisin bran, toasted whole wheat bread, sweet anise, worchester sauce, chocolate covered prunes, malted milk balls.

T – Incredibly complex. The flavor profile ebbs and weaves through thick dark chocolate sauce, bourbon, balsamic, honey, oak, sweet plums, dry cocoa nibs, coconut, chocolate cherry cordials, and nutella.
M – Smooth, medium body. The carbonation is a little light, but otherwise it’s spot on for the profile.

O – Outstanding flavor profile; complex, well balanced, and delicious.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark but translucent brown with a fine two finger light brown head with good retention and massive lacing. The color is closer to a dark strong ale than a imperial stout, perhaps reflecting the blending. Excellent bourbon aroma with dark toasted malt, chocolate, maybe a bit of cherry, but that might be the bourbon esters. Very interesting flavor of dark toasted malt blended with sweet nuts, dark and light fruit an vanilla. Bourbon infuses everything but is not dominant. There is a lot going on here, with fleeting flavors that I can't put my finger on. Yet everything is melded nicely. Warming with a hint of the high ABV, but there is too much to favor to dwell on it. Medium bodied; a bit thinner than I'd expect from something this complex and high ABV. This is an amazing beer that defies categories; it's not really an Imperial stout, but closer in spirit to a strong ale with stout and Belgian influences. I'm liking this a lot. I just found out that Almanac will be available in my area now and I will getting more of this and trying their other offerings. Excellent.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pith black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Inviting aroma with a nice barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the other notes. Strong dark fruit esters and roasted malt character countering the wood and bourbon. Some charred oak and vanilla with vinous dark fruit and robust dark malts. Belgian dark ale notes stand out as it warms. Plum, fig and raisin along with roasted coffee, oatmeal and bitter dark cacao.

Lighter end of medium body with a delicate barrel presence that's nicely integrated into he imperial stout and dark Belgian ale flavors of the base. Some dry, toasted oak and subtle spicy bourbon with a touh of vanilla and toasted coconut. Not overwhelmingly hot or boozy with subtle spirit flavor. The dark ale portion of the blend is prominent with dark fruit esters giving off hints grape, cherry, plum and raisin. Stout notes are a bit overpowered with subtle roast, coffee bean, and oatmeal. Some lighter malt sweetness with caramel, toffee and sweeter chocolate notes. Really well balanced and the high ABV is well masked. Very easy to drink but it could use a bit more bourbon and stout character.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown, but not black, hue with a nice thick quarter inch mocha head that leaves lots of side lacing and great retention. Makes up for the almost transparent brown hue.

S - At first I really liked this, but, upon digging..ehh. Bourbon explodes on the nose, which is just awesome. Then, digging around I get anise, light buttery oak, darker fruits, and an almost metallic aroma.

T - Taste is again, a disappointment. Was expecting more, while tasty though. Vanilla marshmallow, fudge, lighter bourbon and oak, caramel, more of the butteryoak. Not nearly as earthy/roasty/chocolate bourbon as I'd been hoping.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than used to for the style results this in coming across as thin / watery which is a shame. The alcohol is hidden nicely though.

O - Overall, this was a BA stout that had so much potential but the lack of bourbon on the taste, the odd mild butter notes, and the overly thin mouthfeel killed this one. A shame.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Nose: bourbon, chocolate with fruit, prunes and raisins.
Pours brilliant deep ebony, ½” finely bubbled tan foam cap. Lacy.
Palate: Starts with chocolate and bourbon, followed by prune and raisins with light espresso in the background mixed with bourbon and chocolate. The aftertaste is long and lingering.
The body is medium full to chewy but it is moussey and foamy due to the fine, soft natural carbonation.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, brouwers

I've really liked some of the farmers reserve beers, but this one didn't do it for me. Not much of a RIS, though I'm not really sure that was the intent. Cocoa powder, strong sweetness, trace bourbon, vanilla, chocolate covered cherry, a bit of oak. Just average.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. Pours very dense and nearly black with the smallest, deep-brown skin at the time, a pretty long cry from being called a "head", even after a straight-down pour. No real lacing or legging of any sort, just a fairly dark and still, troubling looking beer. A little more carbonation certainly wouldn't hurt.

Somewhat musky and deep roasted cocoa beans are the first things to jump out and hit my senses. Quickly following is a brigade of woody and oak notes; surprisingly enough, the bourbon isn't that strong - actually, it's hardly even noticeable in the aroma. Light caramel and sweet, sticky brown sugar softens the finish, coupled alongside some plums, dates, and even a touch of apple skins. Solid barrel-stout aroma with a nice finishing sweetness at the end.

The first sip is pretty heavier up-front - a bit heavier than the smooth aroma would have you guessing. Boozy and strong, but not quite akin to smooth bourbon. It's more of a sharp and abrasive booziness; think straight Jack Daniel's whiskey. It hits hard up front and haunts the palate from start to finish. I'm typically a fan of some nice boozy flavors in my beers, but this one could use some time to mellow out.

Other actually flavors from the profile include some lightly milky chocolates, molasses, nuts, and a strong, woody, polished finish. Barrel Noir leaves your palate a touch sticky and coated with a nutty-oak flavor that's been soaking for days in a vat of Tennessee whiskey. The mouth feel is pretty nice - big and boisterous, heavy bodied and full of itself, and even slightly creamy due to the low carbonation.

I feel that if the bourbon character of this one was toned down a bit, it would be pretty damn great. As it stands, it's simply a good barrel-aged beer that is a little to boozy to enjoy for any prolonged beer drinking period of time. Perhaps waiting this one out is a better route.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is extremely dark brown looking black in the glass with a tan head and large bubbles. The nose is nice, rich dark malts, light vanilla and a fair bit of milk chocolate. There are notes of wood and a faint touch of whiskey. Body is a bit thinner that I would have liked with a soft carbonation and creamy feel. The wood is stronger in the flavor, notes of vanilla thinning in the finish. Malt isn't as rich as the nose with some chocolate and hint of roast.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark brown with light head and scattered lacing.

S: Fantastic. Bourbon and dark chocolate. Hugely potent; the smell alone is intoxicating. Touches of fruit (perhaps Belgian yeast).

T/M: Rich, sweet, and thick. It's lightly carbonated, lightly spicy, sweet, and spirituous. Very complex and rewarding. I love it.

O: Great beer, highly recommended. Would have again. An imposing, delicious, heavy beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this bottle during our second go-round. 375ML bottle with some pretty cool art tattooed right onto the bottle, poured in to my big old Terrapin chalice, which I don't use nearly enough.

Pour is black, showing faint signs of life. Nose is light barrel, vanilla mostly, with a bite of chocolate & significant roast.

Barrel Noir is smoother than Will Smith's smile. The whole beer has rolled in smooth, there's virtually no friction at all as it slides past the molars. After that distraction, the tastes takes a back seat. Plenty of slow roast, followed by the warming chest cavity by the booze; drinks a lot higher than it's labelled. Vanilla knocks only after the beer warms & fills the mid-palate to the brim. Bitter chocolate rounds out the lineup. I find myself drinking this far too quickly for a big-beer on a school night.

Did I mention this brew is smooth? This grew on me as it warmed; really unimpressive at lower temps, this one needs a warm fire or cupped hands to shine. This isn't Men in Black of I Am Legend, but it might be I, Robot. Very good beer.

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Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours coffee black. It's a very dark brown, lightening at the edges. Can't really tell anything about clarity. No apparent murkiness, anyway. Small brown head. The bubbles dissipate relatively quickly. Lots of chocolate in the aroma along with a healthy dose of caramel malt and some pleasant roast. Good barrel character. I tend to like the more subdued, meshhed spirit aroma of partially barrel-aged beers. There's some excellent vanilla and other bourbon notes. Lots of stone fruit bouncing around, as well. It blends into the stout and barrel flavors quite nicely, but there's a background of plums, dates and molasses. A bit like a sweeter, more caramel than raisin quad. The sweet and fruity notes push the spirit flavor in the direction of quality, Jamaican rum. It smells like a blend of dark chocolate molten cake, bread pudding, bourbon and rum. Taste is pretty sweet, but the beer never gets cloying. There's enough woodiness and roast bitterness to tame the sugar. Lots of caramel and fruit upfront. Fades into dark chocolate and roast. Then, settles into vanilla, warming booze, roast and a sorta minty hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. This is probably my favorite Almanac beer, so far. It's great to see them making strides with this beer and the two recent Farmer's Reserve sours. I was getting a tad pessimistic about their beers, but I'm back on board with this one.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on-tap at Stone in Escondido. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from the tap to an 8oz taster glass. Black as night with a small light tan head. Bubbly ring leaves spotty lace after the head falls fairly quickly.

S- Light barrel whiskey with oak and vanilla, smoothed out and not abrasive. Dark roast malts, strong dark red fruity yeast notes, spiced raisins and some cocoa.

T- Barrel comes to life a bit more in the taste. Rounded out Bourbon, vanilla and oak wood peek through a roasty, Belgian base beer. Aged caramel, intensely dark burnt grains, raisins, dark fruits, cocoa, fig candi sugar and Belgian yeast spice. The fruitiness reminds me of an Old Ale, perhaps a tiny bit of oxidation.

MF- Creamy and silky texture to a medium thick body. Alcohol provides a nice warming at 10% and carbonation is at a medium-high level. Goes down smoothly.

Grows on me with each sip. The Belgian yeast feel works with the Bourbon barrels and dark roasty malts, not an easy thing to do.

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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.