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Barrel Noir | Almanac Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This oak-aged ale is our love letter to bourbon barrels. Barrel Noir is a sumptuous, inky ale that celebrates the velvety texture and subtle heat that only Kentucky charred oak can impart. Born from a blend of American imperial stout and Belgian-inspired dark ale aged in bourbon barrels, this rich brew can be paired with braised beef dishes and dark chocolates. Enjoyed best in front of a warm fireplace.

Added by Trilogy31 on 02-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
431
pDev:
8.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
67
Trade:
7
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Photo of Bonna
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown, nearly black color with just a bit of light creeping out of the edges. One-finger creamy khaki head that retains before settling into a ring around the edge

S- nice bourbon notes up front impart aromas of wet oak, caramel, vanilla & burnt brown sugar. Candied fruit yeast notes, chocolate, raisin & fig

T- sweet and malty up front with a candied Belgian sweetness,followed by notes of cocoa, fig & cola. The barrel notes kick in mid-palate and add some bourbon, and woody notes. The finish drops off slightly, leaving a hint of bourbon on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that drops off a bit in to the finish, abv has mellowed out well

O- the 50% belgian ale blend adds a different dimension of sweetness, well balanced overall

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Only) vintage 2012. Drank Sept. 2016.
A: Tan head, almost pitch black. Pours readily; not as thick as in 2012 from what I remember. Mix of small and large carbonation...very interesting.
S: Molasses, caramel, raisins, lots of roasted malt. Almost a slight sourish twinge but not much.
T: Tons of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Bourbon becomes apparent quickly and lingers for days. You breathe out bourbon for a solid minute.
M: A little thin, carbonation is still tight and lively. Coats the entire mouth really well for how thin the feel is.
O: I'm glad I sat on one for so long but it likely peaked in the last year or two. Aroma has mellowed but the flavor is still rich and full with tons of big flavors. Even though the body is thinner it's nice...more drinkable but with lots to taste. This was the first beer that got me into big, BA stouts and it still holds up. I wish they still made this beer; all the noirs since have been let-downs compared to this beer, kind of like their sours with the same yeast over and over.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Served too cold.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely color. Dark center and lightens to the edges. Light head and lacing. Light particulates. Oaky syrupy smell. Molasses flavor, slight oakiness on the back end. Thin feeling, alcohol is lightly hidden.

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Photo of Spacedog666
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pith black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Inviting aroma with a nice barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the other notes. Strong dark fruit esters and roasted malt character countering the wood and bourbon. Some charred oak and vanilla with vinous dark fruit and robust dark malts. Belgian dark ale notes stand out as it warms. Plum, fig and raisin along with roasted coffee, oatmeal and bitter dark cacao.

Lighter end of medium body with a delicate barrel presence that's nicely integrated into he imperial stout and dark Belgian ale flavors of the base. Some dry, toasted oak and subtle spicy bourbon with a touh of vanilla and toasted coconut. Not overwhelmingly hot or boozy with subtle spirit flavor. The dark ale portion of the blend is prominent with dark fruit esters giving off hints grape, cherry, plum and raisin. Stout notes are a bit overpowered with subtle roast, coffee bean, and oatmeal. Some lighter malt sweetness with caramel, toffee and sweeter chocolate notes. Really well balanced and the high ABV is well masked. Very easy to drink but it could use a bit more bourbon and stout character.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged about 2 years. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a 2 finger head that lasts a long while, leaving a ring and some lacing.

Smells of cocoa, bourbon, dried stone fruit.

Bourbon, coffee, cocoa, some raisin up front. Malt and some alcohol behind.

Reasonably well-balanced, maybe could have used another year or two. Medium-bodied, little carbonation, some alcohol burn.

Not bad.

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Photo of Meryl
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich, chocolate, nutty, almost like a sweet oloroso sherry. Dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs) and a lighter body (bottled 2011). Rich umami and soy sauce notes round it out. Delicious.

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Photo of Kelp
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmikepow
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnathanColeman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulsBrew
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of gspeer711
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mychalg9
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bp123
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle thanks to AtlAggie. Smooth dark fruit drink. Lots of soy sauce and peat. Big barrel presence and a chalky texture. This one should be laid down for a nother couple of years to let it meld together a little bit. The flavor is a little too big and pungent with the soy sauce aspects right now. I can only imagine what this is going to become in another year or two.

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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 431 ratings
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