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Barrel Noir - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 70
Gots: 74 | 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:
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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4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Darn good. Not perfect, but darn good.

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
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A: Very dark, black with a bit of brown. Little head, tanish brown. Some good lacing.

S: Not very strong, but some boozy notes and bitter.

T: Really good oak and bourbon. The sweet caramel and vanilla of the of the bourbon is really well showcased.

M: The sweet boozy bourbon is thin in the mouth, but clean in feel.

O: Really tasty. I was pleasantry surprised. Honestly, I saw a bunch of the barrel and sour Almanac bottles and bought a bunch not realizing it is a barrel aged stout. Good surprise.

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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.