Brasserie Noir
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.35 | pDev: 6.44%
Mar 27, 2022
Nov 24, 2017
Brasserie NoirBrasserie Noir
Notes: Brasserie Noir is a barrel-aged imperial stout aged in wet cabernet barrels for up to 12 months. Dried fruit aromas and vanilla and currant tones frame the flavors of Brasserie Noir. This Imperial Stout balances malty sweetness with sharp acidity imparted by a twelve month aging process in Cabernet barrels.

60 IBU
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4.47 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Mar 27, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

On draught at Dive Bar, NYC.

Pours a black color with notes of mahogany and ruby. A wispy creamy tan head quickly dissipates. A ring of lacing retains throughout. Good looking brew.

The nose is strong and fragrant with notes of roasted malts and the fruity and oaky character of the wine barreling. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, Cabernet grape, raisins, fig, caramel, biscuit and toast.

Opens very sweet, even too much so. Yet the complexity of flavors soon begin to mesh, as does a developing bitterness that makes its mark in the finish. Notes of dark biscuit, toast, bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and earthy resiny hops. The wine barrel flavors impress, as they bring forth notes of grape, raisin, date, fig, oak and wood. Sweet overall, there is nevertheless some significant roasty and hoppy bitterness.

Full bodied, definitely a sipper. The feel is fluffy and thick, with a sticky and drying finish. The carbonation is moderate to gentle.

I grew to appreciate this beer’s complexity and love how the flavors came together. A great beer for a cold night like this one.

Nov 24, 2021
4.28 by allenson21 from New York on May 30, 2021
4.71 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Feb 09, 2021
4.7 by bubseymour from Maryland on Jan 30, 2021
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 12, 2020
4.5 by TylerJ from Iowa on Oct 09, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Bottled Nov 15, 2017, another that I planned to share with rudzud

Pours a darker fizzy creamy smaller head with fair retention, nice messy lacing, jet black color with long legs oily stains on the glass

Nose brings tons of roast and dark malts, coffee and cocoa, a touch of char, dark chocolate with some baking spices and fudgey super heavy roasted stout characters, light fruity notes with a little red wine, some sweet vanilla, touch of oak

Taste some roasty dark malts, quite fruity with sweet red wine a bit port like, dark chocolate and cocoa, chalky cocoa, with some nougat and fudge, a touch nutty with a little roasted coffee notes, lots of dark chocolate as it goes, a little bitterness from the roast, some acidity as well, smooth sweet vanilla and light barrel notes, touch of baking spices, a touch of smooth alcohol, sweeter finish, a bit more alcohol, lingering red wine and port flavors, and dark chocolate with vanilla

Mouth is full bod, rich thick oily, light tingly alcohol, med to a bit lighter foamy carb

Overall not bad, a nice big heavy imperial stout that reminds me of Black Tuesday but not as heavy, or maybe even BCBS, red wine was decent although the barrel wasn't much, but still a nice fun sipper

Sep 27, 2020
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on May 19, 2020
4.52 by TheWyatt from California on Mar 22, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

The beer is a black color with a tan/orange head.
Nice aroma of chocolate, fruit, and red wine.
Even more taste. Chocolate, cherry, red wine, vanilla, and oak.
Medium-bodied, on the dry side.

Feb 02, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

10oz draft pour into a snifter shows an all enveloping deep, dark, vacuous black body briefly supporting a 1/8in cocoa powder colored head of mixed bubbles that disipate to an edge hugging ring, leaving sheets of lacing with legs.

Aroma is cocoa and roastiness with subtle grape must.

Flavor is, at first, Bourbon County, but quickly sidesteps the bourbon for Cabernet, muted dark fruit and oak notes with a cocoa remainder.

Mouthfeel is full, thick and viscous finishing dry.

Overall a fun experiment.

Nov 29, 2019
4.41 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Nov 12, 2019
4.4 by robotic_being from Florida on Nov 07, 2019
4.46 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Oct 12, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

A- Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A- Aroma has cocoa and Cabernet grape hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a cocoa and nicely added Cabernet grape flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Imperial Stout

Aug 18, 2019
4.4 by Richter525 from Michigan on Aug 04, 2019
4.42 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California on Jul 08, 2019
4.75 by YvesB from Belgium on May 27, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Nov 2017 vintage. Poured into a pint glass. Purchased at Total Wine in Sarasota Nov 2018.

Pour: dark brown/black. Nice 1-2 finger tan head. Ends in a thick ring, some lacing.

Nose: dark, sweet fruits. Dried cherry, dark chocolate.

Taste: follows the nose with a tart, sweet blend of fruit. Definite cabernet tones with oak, vanilla and leather. Somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel: viscous, almost syrupy. But still fairly easy to drink. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: as other have said, tastes and feels like BCBS aged in cab barrels. I like that twist but I can see where this beer is a bit too bold. Probably would be even better aged another year or two. If

May 06, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a thin ring. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts and red wine.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, red grapes, molasses and charred oak.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very nice. The wine barrels add a nice tart sweetness to the base stout. Reminds me of a wine aged BCBS.

Mar 23, 2019
4.48 by bigschoolrecords from Pennsylvania on Feb 05, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jcruelty from California

The chocolate and lush wine notes are very strong but there's a slightly astringent aftertaste. Definitely a good stout if you're into the wine barrel thing.

Feb 04, 2019
4.35 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Dec 26, 2018
4.07 by meanmutt from Ohio on Dec 24, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark brown / black with caramel colored with lots of legs and sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate and cocoa aroma with red cabernet grapes in the background, some dark licorice.

T - Oak, cabernat red grapes, chocolate, toasted cocoa, some light acidity, oak tannin, and finishes with a nice chocolate cabernat blend.

M - Lip smacking sticky and full viscous body.

S - Perfectly blended, absolutely outstanding, every bit as good as Bourbon County IMO.

Dec 15, 2018
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 15, 2018
4.2 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2018
3.77 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Dec 04, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Basically take bsbc and put into wine barrels instead of bourbon. So Wine County Brand Stout? Smooth, viscous, sweet, malty, as expected, with red wine, fig, grape, and red currant flavors added in. Little cumulative astringency, but really nice work. The wife loved it.

Nov 27, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

Imperial stout aged in wine barrels. Poured from a growler into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is opaque brownish-black, viscous, and sports a thin layer of brown foam. On the nose I get lots of roasted barley, toasted oak, dark fruit, and bittersweet chocolate.

Full body with a rich flavor and a super-creamy feel. Up front I get molasses, dark chocolate, and tart cherries. As the beer moves across the palate, the molasses subsides and the tart fruity notes intensify, until they are met by developing flavors of toasted oak and vanilla which keep them in check. The beer finishes with flavors of tart fruit and bittersweet chocolate sauce, both of which linger well due to the fact that this beer coats your mouth like oil.

I tried this at a Goose Island tasting last night after drinking an 8oz pour of BCBS, so I didn't get the full impact of its flavor. I visited my bottle shop again the next day and saw it on the growler station so I decided to revisit it. I wouldn't have thought this beer would appeal to me. Imperial stouts aged in wine barrels never appeal to me, but this one was quite tasty. Very much like BCBS, only without the vanilla and coconut tones and with more tart fruit. Nice beer, but don't get carried away. It can't hold a candle to BCBS.

Nov 24, 2018
4.23 by Kurmaraja from California on Nov 24, 2018
4.61 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Nov 23, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

750mL bottle, shared with my friend, Ken; bottled on 15NOV17. Black body with a creamy light brown head that slowly fades to a foam. Dark cocoa, roasted barley, and woody oak for aroma. I can taste the familiarity of the base imperial stout: big notes of dark chocolate, roasted barley, molasses, caramel, toffee, and earthy hops with the addition of oaky cab flavors that add complexity. Full body, nice carbonation, balanced finish. This was better than expected!

Sep 15, 2018
4.42 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 07, 2018
4.56 by Pohr10 from Luxembourg on Aug 20, 2018
4.04 by TheStoutHound from Wisconsin on Aug 14, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Badger2121 from Illinois

Smells great but the finish is very harsh.

Jul 28, 2018
4.25 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois on Jul 24, 2018
4.38 by mschrei from Illinois on Jul 13, 2018
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