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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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BA SCORE
82
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smakawhat on 07-22-2011)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

NWer, May 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bconsidine, May 10, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

smakawhat, Jul 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

CEDAMA, Jan 06, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

LiquidAmber, Sep 17, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Bierguy5, Mar 09, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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

DustinSmall, Feb 27, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

FreshHawk, Sep 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Aznflyer14, Jan 17, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

DavoleBomb, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

bubseymour, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Bromine, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

sukwonee, Jan 19, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

JamieDuncan, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ygtbsm94, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of waltonc
1.08/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours brown with tan head. This is really not a very good beer. Tastes and smells like a cream soda aged in barrels, though there's not a whole lot of bourbon prevalent in either the nose or flavor. Nose also has a metallic quality that is unpleasant. Overall, not much going on in the taste or smell department. Body is watery-thin, carbonation is medium. Overall, one of the most disappointing bourbon barrel-aged beers I've had. I had maybe 1/5 of the $7 glass I ordered and left the rest.

waltonc, Feb 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

AngusOg, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

kristougher, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of IHyphySF
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Mahogany pours with a little head which depletes almost instantly.

S: at first i smelled apples and cinnamon but then later the vanilla and chocolate take over and has a nice sweet aroma to it.

T: At first it is really sweet but cleans up and has a nice vanilla and you can get a small hint of the bourbon smoke in the back of your mouth and cleans up with chocolate.

M: Smoothest grand cru i have had in a while nice carbonation and has been one of the most drinkable beers at 9%

O: one of the biggest surprises i have had the 25% bourbon aged part of this and it balanced this beer out and the vanilla makes this taste sweet but it has been one of the most drinkable grand crus i have ever tasted. Tried this fresh on tap and it was more carbonated and had a bigger upfront alcohol taste to it but since this came out in bottle it feels like it became more balanced. Can't wait to open the other one i bought for a special occasion.

IHyphySF, Jan 06, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a dark brown color with a bit of amber/red to it. There is some mild roast quality to the beer, but it’s mostly sweet. Heavy on the toffee and brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruit character. It’s also got a little bit of sweat/feet to it, strangely. The flavor lacks any foot-like qualities, fortunately. It’s mostly sweet toffee, brown sugar, and some vanilla. A nice dark fruit quality, mostly plums and raisins. I don’t get a lot of the figs, but certainly some currants.

womencantsail, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ales4baldo, Feb 12, 2012
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Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.