Brasserie Noir
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.36 | pDev: 6.42%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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jcruelty from California

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: like an impy stout should...very dark, nearly opaque. Thick mocha head on the pour that almost entirely recedes.
smell: Much like a BCBS but with wine notes vs bourbon. Which is to stay, awesome. Dark fruits and decadent chocolate and vanilla.
taste: much like the nose. These guys know stouts.

Jul 09, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Jun 18, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

May 06, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

May 06, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

May 06, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

May 05, 2018
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pagriley from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -29.4%
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'...

Apr 16, 2018
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Zeeck from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -27.5%
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?

Apr 15, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Apr 14, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Apr 14, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Apr 12, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark viscose pour slurps from the bottle to the vessel forming a dark hickory-sienna pecan topping that only lasts momentarily.

S: Boozy oak barrel notes are backed with a rich sense of chocolate malts and caramel raisins. Dark fruit of plums are sweet along with some milky lactose and whiskey notes. Boozy nuttiness of cashews and almonds, with a soft cabaret barrel influence coming on the finish.

T: The flavor is a boozy dark slurry of chocolate malts, coffee and dark fruits, plums. Sugary raisins and caramel plums add sweetness and dark fruit flair along with some figs. Nice bite of sweet burnt molasses, roasted barley and licorice is balanced by a sweetness of vanilla lingering beneath. Huge roasted barley is highlighted by a silky alcohol and oaky nature, The alcohol is very well hidden with a small trace of smokey fruitiness.

M: Thick slurry of roasted malts lie heavily on the tongue. Exceptionally smooth texture, silky oats, and almost no carbonation. Malty dark fruit pulp, with a nice charred afterfeel. 4.5 easily here.

O: Overall love the big, smooth roasted malting here, complimented by some boozy chocolate malts anbd oats lending to a big and very favorable first impression that is sure to keep and last to the very last sip. Lush mouthful, nice range of range of aromatics, outstanding drink-ability and rating per style. A huge treat.

Apr 09, 2018
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If this isn't the bourbon county base beer I'd be mind blown. Taste exactly like bcbs but with an oakey-dry-tart slightly bitter and vinous red wine twinge. Having said that, it's quite good, but I prefer the bourbon treatment to the base.

The barrel seems to overlap the beer much more so than bcbs where it is more intertwined with it.

Apr 07, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Served in a goblet glass. Dark black body, oily and viscous, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is viscous dark chocolate, cocoa, more cocoa, oak, a bit of tobacco, touch of leather and a fair bit of tannic grape must. Flavour follows- lots of viscous chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, touch of tobacco, dark chocolate, cocoa. Think Bourbon County Stout, but with a tannic, vinous finish. Pretty much what I expected from red wine barreled BCBS. Mouthfeel is full bodied, viscous and appropriately carbonated, silky smooth. This is a good version indeed; not sure why they don't just call it a BCBS variant, but this is a very good stout. The difference between this and Napa County Stout is that this one is carbonated, and appropriately so.

Mar 29, 2018
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