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

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Belgian-style dark ale has been taken to the next level by careful blending and aging techniques.

(Beer added by: John_M on 08-05-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

DaveRinn, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.39/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because local store was doing a special. Marked down to $5 for a 22. Low expectations due to store seemingly clearing it out. Great looking beer, dark, rich with a good head and the smell jumps up and grabs you. Excellent and very strong, just sat and sniffed for a few. Taste is also excellent and it is very easy to drink with 9% ABV. Bonus points overall for alcohol content and value, although if at regular cost it would lose those points. Will swing back by and see if it is still on sale and will also get the Bourbon variety if available.

JamieDuncan, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +13%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

bigeyedfish89, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

AngusOg, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

Rickythejeweler, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

hattingc, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +13%

CoryR, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +13%

AApparel, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

oriolesfan4, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

kluless59, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

sponch51, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely dark amber in the tall chalice. Very nice foam and lacing. Fragrant with booze and vanilla. Long nose of honeysuckle and peanut brittle. A buttery flavor with lots of malty sweetness. Reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur, only better. Lots of caramel and butterscotch with just enough hoppy bitterness to give it an edge. Slight sharpness and a winey touch.

One of the better vanilla-flavored beers I've had. 22 oz bottle from Beer Revolution in Oakland. The label says 9.0% ABV.

mactrail, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of HerdNo1
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a wine glass since I'm in a hotel room and that's the only glass available.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a creamy white head that leaves incredible lacing that lasts.

Smell - Initial smell of dark fruits. I get figs and maybe some dark cherry. Vanilla beans have been added but I don't get that on the nose. I don't get any bourbon either.

Taste - A distinctly unpleasant metallic taste at first. I have no idea where that comes from but I tasted it with all three glasses from the bottle. For whatever reason, it faded after the first taste. Weird. Anyway, dark fruits dominate at first and then the vanilla comes through. Alcohol is nicely hidden even though this beer has a 9% a.b.v. I can't find any alcohol on the nose or the palate. Rich malt with a dryish finish and just a bit of hops but they are very much in a supporting role.

Mouthfeel - Easy, creamy, dry finish that doesn't overwhelm.

Overall - Not a great beer but not bad. I would really have liked a bit less vanilla and a bit more bourbon but perhaps that's just personal preference. Would I buy it again? Sure. Would I drive an hour for it? No.

HerdNo1, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber. One finger fine light tan head with good retention. Unusual aroma of dark fruit, malt with a strong vanilla element, somewhat vinous. Flavor also unusual, sweet malt, a mixture of light and dark/dried fruit with faint vanilla. Light brandy and wood in the middle and finish, which has some vinous elements. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but fairly complex and well integrated. The finish is a bit dry due to the the other flavor elements fading out at the end. Although the flavor is more mild than I'd expect, the 9% alcohol is well covered. Medium bodied with some creaminess. This was an interesting beer and I'm glad I tried it. I would have classified it as a Belgian strong dark rather than a dubbel.

LiquidAmber, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked the bourbon barrel version at Max's, so figured I give the brandy barrel a try.

The brandy barrel version looks pretty much the same as the bourbon barrel version. The beer is a brownish amber, with good head retention and lacing. Pretty similar nose as well, except that instead of bourbon, I get brandy, brown sugar and some underlying spice... maybe a hint of vanilla as well. The flavor profile is similar to the bourbon version, but not as pronounced. Still, I get considerable bourbon, brown sugar, cherry liquer and vanilla. It's pretty nice, though not as good as the bourbon version (IMHO). Mouthfeel is fairly full and long, with smooth, moderately sweet, brandy flavored finish.

Maybe not as impressive as the bourbon version, but a solid beer nonetheless.

John_M, Aug 05, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very interested in trying this as I always love bourbon barrel-aged beers. I thought the aroma would be more intense, like brandy. It smells more of flowers and vanilla. I'm actually having a hard time getting any brandy in the aroma or the taste. The vanilla flavor is almost too much. I'm almost imagining a brandy alexander. Like it, but I think I would love it with less vanilla and more brandyness.

jrein0254, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Sammy, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

TruePerception, Sep 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

BWH999, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

bubseymour, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

nmann08, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

imperialking, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby red brown with a 1/2" camel cream head that stays put.

S: Faint. Some dry cocoa powder, nuts, nutmeg, vanilla, vanilla cream.

T: Just extremely subtly smooth and refreshing. Light profile through and through. Vanilla cream, with the slightest essence of walnuts, frosted bran, maple sugar. No brandy noticeable. The back end is bouqueted up a bit with a mild lull of carbonation.

M: Very fine carbonation that tickles, gives a light whispy air, and doesn't impart anything that takes away from the flavor or sustainability of drinking.

O: I do like it a lot, but it surprisingly seems very different from the bourbon barrel version. It's much lighter in color, taste, and feel with more vanilla. I'm currious if figs and currants are used in this one as well.

CharlieMurphy, Apr 25, 2012
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Black Diamond Brandy Barrel Grand Cru from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.