Seven Bordeaux Barrel - Nørrebro Bryghus
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
375ml bottle poured into a stemless snifter.
Courtesy of qspandrew, thanks Wally!
This beer is from Limited Release No. 1, bottled in June 2009.
I was really anxious to try this beer, as it mixes two things I'm really fond of; Bordeaux wine and dark, malty Imperial Stouts.
A - Even before peering into the midnight abyss that this beer ultimately turned out to be, I knew it was going to be thick as the cap dripped several syrupy, goopy strands of beer as I popped it off. As I poured, it slowly glugged out; not so much beer but maybe a few decades old motor oil. As the one steady stream slipped out, a smaller, thicker, inconsistent line flowed out beneath it. It was actually pretty neat to see. I saw that it wasn't getting much head, so I tried to hard-pour whatever was left, but even after that, it still only managed about a finger's worth of dark tan, mocha-colored head. It had pretty good retention given the high alcohol, and as it bubbled away, it left little, foamy islands in its wake. There is a little lacing, but nothing extraordinary. As could be guessed by the pour, this beer is absolutely pitch black. The contrast between where the light bends around the glass and where this beer begins is striking and intimidating.
S - After working up some courage to actually put my face anywhere close to this beer, I was rewarded with an enticing hybrid between the two threads (actually 8 I suppose if you count each breweries entry for this beer and the barrel aging!). Initial aromas are extremely tannic and vinous; I can easily notice the grapes, wine, and alcohol here. Perhaps some darker fruits like plums? Behind this wine-spiced bouquet the stout portion of this beer is sweet and malty. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate and molasses Even behind all these smells it's possible to notice some hops and an overall thickness and heat. As the beer warms, the oak and vanilla contributed from the barrel really shines and brings back memories and sensations of Palo Santo Marron. I can only imagine what each brewery contributed to this blend and the complexity is readily apparent in the outcome.
T - My initial thoughts on the first taste are simply that this beer comes together much smoother in the taste than in the nose. The predominant sensation here is that the roasted malts shine and are noticeable throughout the entire sip. Additionally, the grapes, vinous characteristics, and oak blend together to ease, but not eliminate the malts. About midway through, the vanilla really kicks in and mixes with the dark chocolate to nudge the beer into a sweeter realm that could earn this beer a rightful spot for dessert. However, the beer finishes strong with a nice hop appearance and a bitter combination from the chocolate, Bordeaux barrel, and the alcohol. Like in the nose, the flavor mellows a bit as it warms to help round it all out.
M - Mouthfeel is, as expected, very thick and syrupy. However, it doesn't coat the mouth as much as I thought it would. Perhaps taking a cue from the wine so that it's more dry? Carbonation is higher than I expected, which really helps to add a bit more character. Finish is long, but the bitterness does linger a bit.
D - Drinkability is absurdly high for a barrel aged stout of this alcohol, which is masked wonderfully by the complex flavors of this beer. Everything seems to come together for this beer, and I would love to see what this beer turns into with a few more years on it.
11-25-2010 00:06:10 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pitch black with a small beige head that leaves a small ring of lacings.
S: Very complex and full of character. Roasted malts, tar, wood, vinous fruits, oak barrel and perhaps a fresh floral note. Hints of vanilla and alcohol. Nice.
T: Not as impressive as the smell, but still very good. Powerful and rich. Hard roasted malts, dry woody notes, oak barrel, chocolate, molasses, vinous grape-like fruity notes. The finish is rather dry and bitter with notes of vanilla, salt licorice and roasted malts. The alcohol is noticeable. Nice balance throughout.
M: Very full-bodied and a thick creamy texture.
D: A very good beer. Complex and aggressive with an interesting barrel character. Recommended.
10-22-2009 14:46:24 | More by ricke
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Thanks Svend for sending this rarity. Black an rich black body with a slight lighter brown head on top. Cocoa and wine aromas emminate. Full mouthfeel, a rich and declicious mix I am getting the fig,the wine barreling, the imperial stout almost takes second seat back to this.
01-30-2011 00:48:09 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pitch black topped by a dark brown head. The head retains surprisingly well. Swirling the beer reveals syrupy legs.
Roasted, smoky, meaty maltiness. Vinous, fruity, sherry and soy sauce. Some ashy charred malt.
Vinous, roasty, charred palate. Plenty of barrel character, bittersweet cocoa, dark fruit. Medium-full in body. Slightly savory and oxidized, bitter and biting in the finish with a big vinous finish. Enjoyable stuff, a bit faded perhaps.
10-20-2011 18:03:57 | More by largadeer
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Thanks to NoLiberty for cracking this open via Shaun E. Hill...
Appears a dark midnight with a fluffy brown cap that sticks around. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of red wine character, wood, cocoa, grappa, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with huge red wine flavors, & dark chocolate melding as a gigantic marriage of faith and harmony. Absolutely beautiful.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet vanilla that lingers with oaky tannins hanging along the palate.
11-11-2009 22:04:35 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Black pour with barely a mocha head rising out.
Smokey aroma, dark chocolate, roasty sweet intense malt. Toasted oak and tobacco.
Big ashy leathery bite on the tongue. Vinous, tannic and oaky on the finish. Some slight soy saucey sweetness. Tannins with the smoke creates a mild tobacco flavor.
This is not quite as decadent as the Neipoort. It's a little edgier and less sweet. Mouthfeel isn't quite as full either.
10-21-2011 16:21:38 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near-black with a short tan head. The nose carries some nice wine and dark fruit notes along with light oak. Some roasted malt and a touch of chocolate. Flavor has nice wine and fruit notes along with roasted malt. Quite complex. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Nice wine character; mellow. Impressive.
12-15-2012 18:46:26 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
A hearty seven and a half thumbs up to Alex for sharing this with myself and the famous Chris aka largadeer.
A - A really nice looking beer. Approriately black, with a nice tan head that stuck around for a while with a semi-agressive pour. Little bit of brown on the edges.
S - I really like the smell on this one. The smoke and char mix nicely with the vinous notes on this. It's a mixture that I find to be exceptionally appealing. There is some dark fruit and cocoa smell, the dark fruit is assuredly figs as that is what went into the beer.
T - I'm not as big of a fan of the taste, although I stress it does not taste bad. It's lighter than I expected, with some char, unsweetened chocolate, and a bit of figs. On the plus side, the alcohol is quite well hidden.
M - Little thinner than I was expecting, but appropriate carbonation.
O - Good beer that I can easily drink a ton of and get destroyed. Taste was not as good as I hoped, but that's not a complaint.
06-25-2011 03:56:57 | More by AgentZero
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
375 ML poured into a Mikkeller Tulip
Thanks to Bluebetty for the bottle. Massive want.
A-- Poured a dark, sludgy reddish brown. Settled black with hints of ruby at the top of the beer. Slow building half finger of dark chocolate marshmallow looking head, quickly fades away to film and milk chocolate color. Film sticks around through drinking. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Bordeaux right off the bat. Lots of wine like qualities in the nose. Dark coco, dark fruits, and Carmel underneath the barrel flavors. Lots going on here.
T-- Dark, bitter chocolate, dark bitter coco powder, coconut, Carmel, plumbs, and red wine.
M-- Lots of tannins in the front. Sticks to gums and to tongue. Rich, thick and coating. A little bit thin in the middle and finishes with a dry shiraz and coco powder finish.
O-- Prefer the port barrel to this. Still this is very, very good. A little slanted towards the wine at times but easy to drink and savor. Alcohol is well hidden and this is quite unique.
09-09-2011 14:14:59 | More by mulder1010
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
Thanks! Bottle consumed with Kyle and Patrick. The beer appears black with a dark brown tinge when held to light. The head rises an inch above the liquid, appearing deep brown, exhibiting great retention, and yielding scattered lacing.
The Bordeaux barrels impart strong vinous notes, wood, and light tannins. Dark chocolate is pronounced and rich. Vanilla and roasted malt character are both light. Dark chocolate and vinous dark fruits are the primary characteristics, and they work together in perfect harmony (I just read the review below me and I see that he also uses the word harmony. I assure you it's a coincidence. I did not copy him).
The flavor is dark chocolate with notes of plum and dark ripe grapes. Again, the Bordeaux notes work perfectly with the rich chocolate. Molasses is evident, as well as a touch of vanilla and a light roasted malt character. The finish is dry, and the mouthfeel is silky and creamy. The beer has an upper low level of carbonation. Excellent stuff and I prefer it to the Port version. The Bordeaux barrel influence is blatant, and it does the Imperial Stout much credit.
01-19-2010 03:33:37 | More by HopHead84
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
Rating #1000! Cool little 375 mL bottle graciously shared by hophead84 (Shane) at Woodshop 5.0. On a day where many sample-size pours showed just how non-black imperial stouts could be, this inky beast obliterated all forms of light. Tan head of fine bubbles, nice height and retention. Aroma erupts with milk and dark chocolate, caramel, beautifully integrated fruits including berries and grapes, and a sweet, complex alcohol note. Crushing roasty flavor with darkest chocolate, molasses, charred oak, and a very welcome jammy red fruit character in the finish. Bitterness comes twofold -- from the hops and the roast -- and pairs with a minor astringency to really brutalize the tongue, in a good way. Oily and thick with a chewy consistency and a perfect carbonation level. This just dominates. A fantastic beer for a momentous milestone.
02-24-2010 04:39:54 | More by illidurit
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks!
NOTE: I was informed by the brewer that this is probably past its peak. I am not commenting on his brewing skills, just the current state of this beer for those interested in trading for it.
A: Pours a pitch black body with a short-lived dark mocha head. No retention, no lace.
S: Very vinous on the nose, followed by cocoa, roast, and oak. Nice, fairly complex, but showing signs of age in its simplicity.
T: The taste suffers a bit. The bordeaux barrel imparts a tartness that borders on metallic; it doesn't meld with the base beer very well. The base flavors, as in the port version, bring roasted grain, dark chocolate, and oak to the table.
M: Full-bodied, with great flavor up front. Unfortunately, it drops off near the finish; I think this beer has been over-aged and over-mellowed.
O: I'm sure this was a beast when fresh, but it has passed its peak at this point, as the brewer's comments confirmed. I respect what it set out to do, but it is no longer an upper-tier representation of the style; I suggest skipping it.
09-30-2011 07:50:23 | More by Arbitrator
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottle split with Jason and Kan.
A - Pours black, tan head, thick collar, some whisps on top.
S - Big Bordeaux notes right from the start, chocolate, caramel, oak. Very rich and delicious...like a chocolate dessert with a nice glass of wine.
T - Not quite as much of the Bordeaux transfers onto the palate, which is probably a good thing. More chocolate, oak, fruits then just the wine. Very rich and well-integrated.
M - Full, rich and smooth, silky on the palate, good carbonation.
O - Just.Simply.Outstanding. I want more, plain and simple.
08-16-2011 18:38:01 | More by Sean9689
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks Brad, this site says that this beer is a stout but my notes made me think it was a barrel aged barleywine or something of the srots.
Beer is dark and clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention.
Aroma is malty, figgy, sweet, fruity.
Beer is oaky and tannic with a nice malt backbone, no hint of roast, just grapes, raisins, figs and a nice finish with some tannic bitterness. Interesting but not great.
06-19-2012 01:54:06 | More by drabmuh
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Bottle from baggio (via Nanoslug) - thanks Robert! Served in a Darkness snifter.
A - A quarter-finger of dark mocha foam that settles to a thin ring and some light haze, leaving behind tiny spots of lace. Body is a solid and impressive midnight black, and swishing the glass leaves an oily brown film behind.
S - Oak, smoke, dark fruits, candi sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some light vinous notes that also suggest dark fruits and berries. Even with all the different elements it blends seamlessly in a rich and complex bouquet.
T - The taste is a little bit less complex, with char, dark fruit, a hint of soy, and roasted malts. The finish is vinous, with a note of cherry, and there's a lingering bitterness.
M - Medium-bodied, medium-low carbonation, smooth and silky, with a dry and tannic finish. The listed ABV was a bit of a surprise - this felt more like a 9% beer.
D - There's something decidedly Scandinavian about the flavor profile, and this is one of the most enjoyable Imperial Stouts I've had from that region of the world. I'd highly recommend putting in the effort to acquire this (and any of the other Nørrebro barrel-aged releases). Let's hope Shaun Hill is working on something similar in Vermont.
06-29-2011 01:17:34 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks to Dave for sharing this bottle!
Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. The body is a dark brown/black with a thin ring of very dark tan foam. Almost no lacing left behind, but the beer does have some legs.
Rich chocolate and dark roasty malts rise up from the glass, followed by a wave from the Bordeaux barrels. Wow, I'm really liking the barrels on the nose. Ripe grapes and raisin with a hint of cherry. Vanilla and oak linger in the background with some faint fig notes.
Tannic grape chocolate mixed with dark malts and a bit of fudge on the tongue. The alcohol comes through, but isn't overbearing. The Bordeaux barrels are maybe a bit too heavy in the flavor and seem muddle things a bit. Fairly intense, but good. I'd like to see the base beer come through a little more. Fruity, bitter and complex, but a little harsh and muddled at times.
Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation. Could use a few more bubbles. Lots of tannins with a nice helping of warming alcohol. Almost chewy.
This was a fun beer to drink and definitely a surprise to see at the tasting. I loved the nose and the flavor was good, but could have been a little more balanced. However, after having this beer I'd love to see some more Bordeaux barrel-aged beers. Definitely get a taste of this one if it comes your way.
12-12-2010 21:03:13 | More by sisuspeed
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!
Limited Release No. 1
The beer is dark brown, approaching black. The liquid appears quite viscous. Mmm. Atop the beer rests a thin, beige collar.
The aroma offers roast, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and a delectable tannic quality.
The flavor surpasses the aroma. A terrific beer that was not even on my radar. Complex and teeming with delicious flavor. The tannic aspect is unusual, but melds beautifully into the overall flavor profile.
The feel is full bodied and viscous with low carbonation. A delightful beer to sip and savor.
I would thoroughly enjoy having this again. Recommended.
05-29-2012 21:03:16 | More by Huhzubendah
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle courtesy of Omhper. Cheers! (Glad you enjoyed my laste bottle, Masterski!)
Apperance: Pitch black with a beige/brownish head.
Aroma: Oak, Vanilla, Ripe fruit, Chocolate. Hint of licorice?
Taste: Vanilla, Dark caramel, Milk chocolate, Hint of ripe fruit, Hint of red wine.
Palate: Velvety smooth, complex and quite filling without being cloying. Elegant and no trace of the alcohol.
I really wish Nørrebro would brew this beer again. It’s so damn tasty.
07-14-2011 08:23:14 | More by baggio
Seven Bordeaux Barrel from Nørrebro Bryghus
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.