Tequila Barrel Noir
Almanac Beer Co.

Tequila Barrel NoirTequila Barrel Noir
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,928
Ranked #11,384
3.94 | pDev: 12.44%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Tequila Barrel NoirTequila Barrel Noir
Notes: This robust American Stout is aged in used Tequila barrels. As it matures, the toasted oak breathes in the beer, infusing the stout with hints of smoke and spice from its former life holding distilled agave.
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Reviews by cdean801:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Photo of krustster
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised to see the positive reviews for this one as I thought it was clearly infected based on my tasting and the comments some people made. Upon inspection, several of the positive reviews listed the sourness as a favorable aspect, which is weird to me. Maybe they don't know what tequila tastes like?? I dunno.

Anyway this looked okay, a dark cola brown that appeared a bit thin for the style but no real complaints. Smell was a robust chocolatey/roasty stout with a strong tequila presence that got my hopes up because the barrel seemed to be working well with the beer and I love tequila. However there's a sour fruity note to it with a bit of that farty smell that you get with some beers that are infected rather than intentionally soured. The taste was bad; while some of the original beer was detectable in the smell, the taste is covered up by what seems like bacterial sourness. If this was regular stout it may have been drinkable in this state, but the tequila and sour flavors clash in a way that I found disgusting. Mouth feel was okay, kind of thin, I didn't pay too much attention because the taste was just bad. I was pretty sad about this because I've wanted to try a good tequila barrel beer for some time.

I also tried the Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac and that too was infected, but still quite drinkable and delicious with the sourness added. Probably won't buy that one again though. Overall I would recommend steering clear of their barrel aged beers outside of the actual sours, which are solid. I drank this one the day after Christmas and the bottles out there have got to be even more sour by now

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really interesting beer. The tequila flavor is an unusual addition that goes surprisingly well with the stout profile, and without becoming unbalanced. Definitely worth trying.

One thing: the bottle, in tribute to San Francisco's Mission district, suggests pairing with a NorCal style taqueria burrito. Love that they went with the theme, and assuming they did it for the "fun" value, because two things I'm NOT looking to drink when I have a huge, dense meal in my hands is (1) a heavy stout, and (2) tequila. Just saying. (Ha!)

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Photo of cd34
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piaci's in Ft. Bragg.

While I thought this an interesting, innovative effort, ultimately there was just too much going on, and the flavor profile comes across as very muddled. I'm really not sure the Tequila aroma and flavor (which thankfully, was not all that strong or intense) went all that well with the wine aroma and flavor, and in combination with the dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and light licorice, the beer just comes across as a bit over the top. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the abv. is up there a bit. Mouthfeel is fairly full and soft on the palate, and the beer finishes well (no heat or bite from the alcohol).

A decent enough beer, but the 10 ounce glass I had was more than enough.

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Photo of travolta
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Jet black, pepsi head with as much retention. Nice thick lacing.

Nose: Sour cherry, chocolate, thick malt.

Taste: Hot and smooth up front. The heat is from the agave and the tequila. The smoothness comes from the nice carbonation. The finish is sweet and sticks around for a bit. Something is adding a syrupy sweetness to this, is it agave? The syrupy sweetness holds the tequila taste/nose in it as well.

Notes: A nice pick, and a great one to sit and ponder with.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Bubbles up to produce a massive over the black liquid; webby lacing

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruit tones; berries, as well

Taste: As others have noted, this beer has an infection; the chocolate flavors quickly give way to sour fruit and berry tones that, fortunately, are interesting in their own right, but clearly not what was intended; the finish is tart, with the chocolate tones underlying

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation and a puckering effect; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: On the backs of the Cognac Barrel Noir, this is a disappointment; I was curious to see how the Tequila flavor contrasted with the Cognac but that was not to be; fortunately, it wasn't a total loss

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Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tequila are present in the nose along with hints of the underlying stout.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the tequila flavors aren't quite as strong. Notes of dark malts are present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job in hiding its alcohol—only the tequila from the barrel aging shines through.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of largadeer
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Barrel integration is nice, not too heavy-handed, but seems to have a low level infection. Some noticeable tartness.

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Photo of jaymo18
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a interesting beer. The beer hits of almost tart sour cherry notes, then onto a medium plus roasted quality. Barrel punches through giving the beer spicy qualities, presumably from the tequila spices.

The beer drinks slightly smaller than its ABV, but it's so fun and delicious.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to barnold_wc (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a darker creamy frothy almost 1 finger head that fades at a slower pace, decent lacing and long legs, pitch black thick beer.

Nose is interesting, a flash of earthy tequila barrel out front, herbal agave plant like character, with mild toasty oak, then quickly into the stout, mild baking spices, dark roasty malts, little fudgey cocoa and fluffy nougat, cocoa and biscuity cookie notes, then back to a mild wood dust and spicy tequila note, vegetal like green pepper late.

Taste brings big stout out front, heavy dark roasty malts, very roasty a little burnt char, with a little dark roasty cocoa, charred cocoa, a faint biscuity cookie, with some burnt dark chocolate cocoa, char, faint nougat caramel. Then mild agave notes, a little peppery tequila and earthy vegetal like character but it's very light, hard to get through the roast, mild roasted burnt coffee late, with a touch of toasted oak. Finish is dry but a bit sticky, big flash of cocoa and burnt roasted coffee, little vegetal tequila.

Mouth is heavier bod, little creamy, faint flash of booze warmth, nice carb.

Overall not bad, started nicely on the nose, but the taste was just too much acrid roast burnt flavors and the tequila barrel was almost nonexistent on the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tequila Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 156 ratings