Bourbon Del Noche | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bung on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by grub:
Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the brewpub april 28/2011, side by side with the syrup del noche. a black ale aged in bourbon barrels.

pours nearly black but not quite opaque, showing good clarity and a bit of lighter brown at the edges. a small cap of fine off-white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving a bunch of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. hops! grassy and herbal. light pine. caramel and toffee. light alcohol. toasty and lightly roasty. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker and grain. big bold malt presence. earthy and woody. raw oak and light bourbon.

taste is great. lots of hops. medium bitterness level. piney and herbal. bit of citrus. earthy. caramel and toffee. light sweetness, but not at all syrupy. woody. hints of vanilla and raw oak. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light cracker. bit of coffee roast but still not stouty. light alcohol. subtle bourbon character, slightly overshadowed by the more raw roast and hop character.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. hops and toasted character balance out the alcohol really well. slightly assertive bitterness, but it works. i can see this one being built for some age, where the hops and rough edges would have time to mellow out...

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Photo of AndrewKroll
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Founders. Had this after the Syrup Del Noche. Similar cola brown pour, miniscule white head. Not as much head here.

Aroma is more hoppy, herbal and piney. Some malt, molasses and oak.

Hoppy herbal pine blends with malt, toffee and light oak. Faintest booze. Finishes dry, slight toasted malt and hoppy dry.

More carbonation than the Syrup Del Noche. Lighter feeling, not as sticky, not as warm. Maybe not as complex, but certainly easier to drink.

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Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of JoshVandy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders last Friday. Served in a snifter.

The pour yields a very dark-colored brew with a thin mocha head and a few legs on the side of the glass. Whoa, the bourbon in the nose is pretty strong. It eventually yields way to a good nose full of bourbon, oak, light vanilla, and more bourbon. Behind that is a bit of roasted malt plus a bit of pine hops. Pretty thorough hop presence, though it's for sure in the background. Flavor is filled with bourbon plus a nice oak and vanilla character. Really quite complex. Roasted and sweet malt in the background. Medium body with a full feel. Really just a great beer. The best beer I've had in a long time; good thing it was soon to be passed by Syrup Del Noche.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to posting this review. Notes from 4/20/11.

Pours black with a sustaining off-white head. Lacing is great.

Subdued scents of bourbon lead the smell with some pine hops.

Lightly laced with bourbon notes, coffee, and pine hops. The resulting taste is complex with plenty of bitterness. The balance is also good.

Full mouthfeel with some stickiness and drying in the end.

This is very drinkable and very tasty. I hope they brew this again.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bringmetobelgium
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of TheBeerTruck
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TheBear11D
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

draft at Founders 4-25-11

Pours dark brown to nearly black with an off-white thin head that left decent lacing.

Complex aroma. Bourbon is noticeable, although I believe my nose was searching for it given the name, with more hops than I anticipated. Pine hops are what I am picking up and light malts that I cannot distinguish.

Delicious! The hops and malts are well balanced with just a brief moment of alcohol in the flavor. The aftertaste carries a bit more of the alcohol, but does not overwhelm.

Medium body with fairly active carbonation.

Overall this is well worth having and if I had enough time I would have stuck around for another.

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Photo of zchall23
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Bourbon Del Noche from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 15 ratings