Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru - Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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4.39/5 rDev +22.3%
I liked the Brandy version of this beer and found this one on special so decided to give this one a run. Good looking beer with an outstanding aroma and flavor. Sweet beer but I like sweet. Easy to drink for 9% gives it big bonus points, will certainly buy again.
03-22-2014 23:11:19 | More by JamieDuncan
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Pretty raw and even coarse fruity offering. Not a very remarkable flow.
Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an illustration of the arches of an abbey. Back label elaborates about intent, and characteristics of the brew. Notes vintage 2011 Shows 9.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.
A - Deep amber/light-brown pour, rich creamy head, good retention with a nice surface ring and good touches of lacing.
S - Maybe a bit too cold? Starts with vanilla, and more vanilla, and more vanilla… over a touch of milk chocolate, some lactose starts to insinuate a fruity touch...
T - Vanilla upfront, with a longer fruity sense holding it up… sweet with a touch of raw wood, lingering distant yeasty touches under the sweet vanilla with reminders of chocolate milk… that vanilla lactose sense is given it much of the final identity with hints of wood. As one progresses that edge becomes a bit overwhelming… Halfway through the first serving? It turns into kind of milky sweet taffy? Sour dulce de leche that does not quite gel?
M - Medium body with medium to medium crispy carbonation, hints at astringency but does not get there over the barrel and vanilla touches. Lingers well but not so well… Probably the mouthfeel deserves more but in context the carbonation can't hide the the sense that piles up as the brew progresses...
O - Strange brew… Not a bad one, but for me neither what the brewer offers on the back description nor what I have understood this to be. Worth the try, probably not so much of the repeat under this incarnation… Unfortunately maybe not really enticing for a second pour?
Notes: The effort and range is commendable. And I'm glad to have tried it. It does not call me in particular, but I can appreciate what they were going after here.
11-29-2013 17:14:17 | More by Daniellobo
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark ruby red color with a 2 finger moderately dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, fig, toast, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, molasses, light vanilla, clove, oak, dark bread, herbal, light bourbon, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and yeast ester notes with a fair amount of barrel presence; and good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, prune, toast, chocolate, cocoa, light roast, molasses, light vanilla, clove, oak, dark bread, light bourbon, light banana, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, toast, molasses, cocoa, light roast, clove, oak, light bourbon, dark bread, light banana, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and yeast ester flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blended Belgian dark ale. All around nice balance and compelxity of malt, fruit, yeast ester, and moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
10-11-2013 03:56:09 | More by superspak
3.31/5 rDev -7.8%
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn't arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday.
A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking.
S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That's about it.
T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater.
M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some.
O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it's not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I'd drink it again, gladly.
09-14-2013 20:07:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
2.84/5 rDev -20.9%
Appearance: Pours a burgundy tinged auburn with a large tan head that leaves quite a few splotches of lace
Smell: Bourbon and oak predominate, but only because what is underneath is a mess of fusel alcohol and dark fruit
Taste: A hint of Bourbon-tinged oak and then a blast of fusel alcohol that overwhelms the palate; dark fruit flavors appear, underneath, with the figs adding sweetness and the currants adding tartness
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; rather boozy
Overall: Maybe this was a better beer in 2011 but it is now a sharp, boozy mess; the currants really detract, IMO
09-02-2013 01:49:35 | More by brentk56
3.31/5 rDev -7.8%
A - Dark burgundy mahogany with thick tan lacing with great retention when the glass is swirled..
S - Yeasty, vanilla, light grape, tart cherry, funkiness, slightly musty.
T - Chocolate, yeasty, tart cherry and grape, mild bourbon, light cardboard and spice, some dark fruit.
M - Full medium body and thick.
O - Glad I was able to try it, would like to try a newer batch, this one didn't do it for me.
07-25-2013 02:31:30 | More by jzeilinger
3.56/5 rDev -0.8%
On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.
Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, earthy spice, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild alcohol kick on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.
05-13-2013 04:50:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Served in tulip. Poured a medium-dark brown, with some reddish tint, but not as red as usual for a Dubbel, with about 1/2 inch of medium khaki head that had low retention and moderate lace.
A light bourbon scent was at the front of the nose, with the typical fruit, yeast and grain just underneath. The story was pretty similar on the tongue. The bourbon, while not overpowering, was clearly the lead flavor. The base beer seemed to be somewhat hidden, thus hard to judge.
The body was thinner than I look for in the style, but smooth and even across the palate. Drinkability was pretty good, the was smooth and easy to quaff. Overall, a nice little brew, nothing really notable (and probably not worth the $8/12oz pour), but worth a shot if you see it in around you.
05-12-2013 21:54:55 | More by beertunes
Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.