Brasserie Noir | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
4.35/5
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66 Ratings
Brasserie NoirBrasserie Noir
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mothman on 11-24-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,877
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
66
pDev:
7.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with very little tan head and no lacing.

The smell is sweet chocolate, dark malt, char, and red wine.

The taste is red wine, bitter chocolate, char, with a long, bitter finish

The mouthfeel is very thick and low carbonation. It coats the mouth.

Overall a very nice BA stout, as expected from GI. It's very thick and strong, so it took a while to get through.

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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6/16/18 draft @ The Brew Kettle Hudson

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Photo of Sammy
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickG
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bbtkd
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Goose Island Brasserie Noir, 11.3% ABV. Pours black with a slight brown head. Nose is chocolate and wine. Taste follows, strong chocolate, almost like chocolate covered fruit, with a slight sweetness, and slight bitterness. Very smooth, outstanding mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of Buck89
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the source. An opaque dark brown color with a small tan head that left persistent laces. Aroma was chocolate, red wine, Oak, and cherries. The wine was there front and center on the taste. There was also a slight tart cherry quality. The base imperial stout brought chocolate and bitter balance. Full bodied and slightly hot in the finish. Great beer.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of wine barrels and red berries on the nose with some roasted malts and chocolate
T: Taste is wine barrels and red berries with some semisweet chocolate and roasted malts. Faint coffee and a lot more cabernet barrel and tannins. Swallow is chocolate and roasted malts with more red wine barrels and red berries.
M: This beer has a thick and velvety mouthfeel with carbonation that is soft but adequate for the style. The beer has a dry finish from the ABV and the wine barrels.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors from the wine barrels and some good complexity as well. Very drinkable at the ABV as well. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6700th review! 765 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/15/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, coffee, licorice, leather, tobacco, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and Cabernet barrel notes; with great strength. A bit stronger on dark fruit notes than the taste. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, currant, red grape/wine, toasted oak, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, coffee, licorice, leather, tobacco, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and tannic wine spice/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, red grape/wine, toasted oak, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, vanilla, coffee, licorice, leather, tobacco, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and Cabernet barrel flavors; with a nice nice roasted bitter/sweet and wine tang/tartness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and wine tang/tartness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Light slickness, stickiness, chalky roast, and wine tang/tannins. Lightly increasing warmth of 11.8%, with slight booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing wine barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and Cabernet barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the huge ABV; with the very mildly bitter/tart/tangy finish. For 12 months in the Cabernet barrels, it isn't overly fruity or tannic at all. Extremely rich malt complexity with perfectly balanced wine characteristics; and an absolutely amazing smooth soft mouthfeel for a big stout. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of osuskin
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kreg02
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagriley
3.08/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml into snifter

Pours thick and glorious
Smells slightly sour but malty sweet and roasty

Tastes awful. Exactly like the infected BCBS of 2015... Well that's a bit harsh but it was the first thought that came to mind. Not good

Too heavy handed with the wine barrel aging. Needs blending and softening. Overall the kindest I could say is it's 'interesting'...

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Photo of Zeeck
3.16/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Look - Even the size of the bottle for this beer is beefy! This is very dark brown with a light tan head. It seems to have flecks of red on the edges when held up to the light. I spilled a little on my counter and it definitely has a dark red hue to it.

Smell - The smell is rich and sweet, and it's full of dark fruits. I got a lot of cherry and plum on the nose, with the tartness to go along with. Those fruity notes mixed with a chocolate not as well. It smells decadent.

Taste - This tastes like a wine infused stout, like a shot of wine was added to my glass of beer. It' basically plum and raspberry coated in dark chocolate, with a little bit of wood on top, and then all that was taken and turned into a beer. The wine notes are really in your face on this one.

Feel - This stuff is very syrupy and very thick, almost too much so.

Overall - I really wanted to like this. I thought I enjoyed the flavor at first, but the more I drank the more this sort of stale flavor rested at the back of my throat, like a bad, funky wine. This was just not for me.

Pairs Well With - I don't know, cheese?

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black beer with a dark mocha/caramel colored crown.
The aroma is a lot like bourbon county. Huge aroma of dark fruit. Even dried fruit. Mixing with slight burn and barrel. Oak is present.
The first initial thing I think of on the taste is thick caramel. Even molasses. Then vanilla as the oak comes through to play. This is so good. Dark fruit like raisins are in there as well. The fruit plays so well in there. Even being a little tart. But slight. Tobacco and figs are even in there. Very complex.
The mouthfeel is thick and definitely full bodied. Leaves you clearing your mouth.
Overall, I didn't expect it to be this good honestly. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a snifter on draft from Bavarian Lodge.
L - Pours dark, with a very thin head line
S - Sweet chocolate
T - Creamy chocolate & a tiny bit of vanilla. I got a little bit of a bitter dark fruit at the very end of the glass that knocked it down a bit for me.
F - decently thick & chewy.
O - I have no idea if this is the case, but it sure feels like BCBS aged in red wine barrels! Very tasty!

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Photo of zonker17
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Draft 5oz taster, black, some head, no lacing. Nose of roasted malt, some wood and wine, vanilla. Flavors of dried fruit, cherry, roasty malt with exceptional mouthfeel.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brasserie Noir from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 66 ratings