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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 70
Gots: 68 | FT: 9
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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Bottle from George. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with just a ring of light brown head. Big oaky aroma with plenty of bourbon, roast, some smoke, big caramel and toffee, anise, and just a hint of vanilla. The caramel toffee continues onto the flavor making this much more a barleywine or strong ale than imperial stout. Big caramel notes, vanilla, bourbon, roast, toffee, oak, drying at the end on the palate. The mouthfeel is way thin on this one, with medium carbonation that prickles just a bit in the throat. The barrel is integrated nicely here with interesting flavors, but the carbonation level and thin mouthfeel for a big beer really detract from what could otherwise be a rich treat. Still a good beer, but I'm not sure why they mixed the stout back with some obviously lighter bodied dark beer. Just stick the stout in barrels--I guess uniqueness is valued to some extent.

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Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head leaving very nice lacing throughout. Aromas of charred oak, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa beans, and light notes of bourbon. The flavor profile suggests some caramel, light brown sugar, plums, oak, and silky chocolate bourbon goodness. Velvety texture in the mouthfeel with a polished, yet subtle heat finish that only Kentucky charred oak can only seem to pull off. Overall, a very nice beer and I want to keep trying those Farm to Barrel series from the brewery!

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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.