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Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand CruBlack Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: smakawhat on 07-22-2011

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Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 28
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A 2012 bottle per the label.

Pours a dark, chestnut brown with red highlights and no head or lace. Almost completely opaque.
Smell is malty, bourbon, woody, dark fruits. Very well balanced.
Taste is quite different, I suspect due to age. Fruit, sour, malt, a faint hint of bourbon.
A bit watery to start, lightly effervesced, medium-ish body. Quite drinkable but reconciling the nose and tongue takes a moment.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

2011 bottling

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

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Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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