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

Not Rated.
Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand CruBlack Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 31.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 87
Reviews by Daniellobo:
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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Above average dubbel with big bready and raisin taste. Barrel aging adds dryness and light barrel flavor. Interesting and boozy. Good enough to keep me curious about the brewery, but unsure if I want another.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.41/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter at ChurchKey DC.

Deep red body with a head that completely disappears so fast I couldn't even tell what color it was. Leaves barely a collar at all while drinking. Body resembles a red wine to some extent but the beer looks completely lifeless.

Bouquet is clean, but extremely non existent for a bourbon aged beer, nearly nothing going on.

Taste is highly carbonated, almost lambic like sour cherry, with mild caramel. Extremely light bodied and wet and fizzy.

Overall, major pass and not a good example of a style that seemed to take well to a bourbon barrel, or else just not done well period.

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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a dark, hazy, mahogany amber. Half finger light tan head with good retention and slippery lacing. Nice aroma of dark toasted and caramel malt and bourbon with a little wood. Flavor is light and dark dried fruit, some toasted malt, distinct vanilla, bourbon and a hint of oak. Flavor drops off a little in the middle, but the finish leaves a nice memory of the bourbon and wood although with a slight astringency. Medium bodied. A little sweet, flavors are not that well integrated, but it has decent complexity. I enjoyed this take on a bourbon barrel aged ale.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 9% abv. Hazy chestnut color. Fizzy tan head disappears almost immediately, which is a bit of a disappointment. No lace. A few tiny, fine bubbles rising to the top.

Figs and candied fruit come in the nose first. Hints of bourbon, vanilla and oak come through softly. Just a slight whiff of alcohol.
Figs and caramel up front. Some ripe fruit flavors, with some sweetness. A bit of vanilla comes through, and then some softer notes of bourbon. Some oak moves in and dries things out a bit near the end.

Lighter body, with perhaps too much carbonation. A fuller body might do some good here. Some warmth, but nothing overwhelming. I didn't think the bourbon notes really came through very much. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of SierraJosh
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DustinSmall
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Roasthouse Pub

A- Beautiful dark mahogany, with copper tomes on the curve of the glass, 1 finger off white head, good carbonation

S- The smell is great, figs, rasins, oak, vanilla, sweet malts, and you deff get the bourbon on this it smells like a bourbon grand cru should in my opinion

T- It taste just like it smells which i thought was great, bourbon notes, fig, rasins, oak, a hint of vanilla, and sweet malt characteristics on the back really good stuff

M- I personally thought that the beer would of benefited from a slightly heavier mouthfeel and a tad more carbonation, but it was still wonderful

O- Great color, smell, and taste i would reccomend this beer to anyone, and ill be drinking it again

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep tawny color with an average sized, foamy and bubbly off white head. Average retention with a thin layer of lace.

S - Don't really smell the bourbon. Sweet caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruit, particularly raisin, also present. Hints of vanilla and cherry.

T - Bourbon flavor is stronger in the taste, but isn't up front. Brown sugar/molasses are strongest flavors. Dark fruit comes out more mid sip. Sweet and not really tart. Also has a hint of cherry. Bourbon and vanilla also come out then and linger on the finish. No real burn from the whiskey or the ABV (8%).

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Creamy and a little thick/syrupy.

D - Pretty good beer and I had no problem finishing my glass. Not too sweet and devoid of any burn or heat. Sweet but not overly sweet.

Notes: On tap at Beer Revolution. I preferred this to the brandy aged one. It was slightly more balanced (not as sweet). Bourbon is strong, but I like the subtle attributes it provided. Decent beer worth a try but not seeking out.

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Photo of BottleConditioned
2.34/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The grand cru moniker sets high expectations, the label picture is classic but the overall design is reminiscent of a self trained designer without natural talent. The confused packaging follows through on the palet. With a Belgium chocolate cherry coordigal where the sour fruit, burnt chocolate, and bellegium funk duke it out in a battle royale where everybody losses.

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Photo of Aznflyer14
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet. 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. A little over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention isn't very good, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Ass load of cocoa powder in this. I didn't read of this addition on the bottle, but I'm convinced that they had to have. Just super chocolaty. Vanilla is also pretty potent. The bourbon, however, is barely detectable, which is probably the right way to go with a dubbel. Light leather and earthiness from that and subtle oak. Fig and plum fruitiness. Banana under that. Surprisingly this isn't very spicy.

3.5 T: The barrel comes through a lot stronger in the taste. Some tannic astringency with oak and vanilla. Tangy caramel, earthy, and leather. Not as cocoa-y as the nose, but it's still there and is plentiful. Lots of banana, fig, and plum fruitiness. Brown sugar and molasses. Light clove, but not spicy overall. Not bad.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it. Also reasonably creamy. Good here.

3.5 D: A little strange, but it's not bad. Give it a try if you can.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Bromine
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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