Barrel Noir | Almanac Beer Co.

Barrel NoirBarrel Noir
BA SCORE
4.07/5
431 Ratings
Barrel NoirBarrel Noir
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 DSkilling
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of MaximusPrime
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Suuuper rich tones of dark chocolate and espresso with a calming spicy bourbon tinge and light charred oaky aroma with a light tannin profile. Perfect mid viscosity and light hop presence to compliment, finishing off with a light black cherry tone.

Overall deep complexity, definitely in my top 5 bourbon barrel aged.

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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 ucsbmullet
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Grant35
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Souleman
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of knchngchn
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of parksed24
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of MoistPope
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Kenai4
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of miadw3
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of srgj88
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of tbone1384
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This has a solid layer of foam atop a opaque black colored brew. Great aroma—there’s a light whiskeyed alcohol sweetness balancing out the roast and thick stone fruit aroma. There’s stone fruits on the flavor: raisin, plums, and some rummy characters. Makes me wonder what kind of barrel it’s aged in. Like a Belgo-quad characteristic almost with the combination of the yeast characteristics, barrel-aging, and layers of flavor.

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Photo of 01001111
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep, cola brown. Cloudy but neither very thick nor oily.

S: Let it warm. The vanilla, caramel, and bourbon notes strengthen as it heats up a little.

T: Strong bourbon up front with a coffee roast and mild bitterness on the back; like a bourbon barrel Yirgacheffe drip coffee.

M: A bit thinner than I had expected with only a touch of syrup.

O: As this warms I keep increasing my score. Not the absolute best bourbon barrel aged stout but one of the best; an amazing feat given that this is their first iteration. Another great beer from Almanac.

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4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 busternuggz
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Opaque brownish black with a puffy, bubbly khaki 1/2" head. Leaves persistent strands of lacing. Good retention, head holds at about 1/8" and comes back nicely with a swirl.

Big rich aromas. Fudge brownies, coffee beans, molasses, bourbon, vanilla. Very chocolatey. A little coconut, some roastiness. Immaculate, layered, and complex.

Similar notes in different order on the taste, leading with molasses and bourbon, dark chocolate chips, espresso, a little dark fruit- dates maybe, chocolate syrup. A bit sweet, but it ends with a little dry roastiness and lingering toasted oak that balances it well. As it warms the dark fruit starts to come off as acai berries. Everything comes together really well, like some delicious mocha bourbon berry milkshake.

Full bodied and creamy, smooth, ends lighter and a little drier than is starts. Not too thick, not too dry, compliments the taste well. Really nice.

Honestly this is one of the better imperial stouts I've had. Rich and complex, but balanced and well made. I am impressed. Dunno why this isn't more renowned.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Monk's Kettle

A -Deep ink black with a thin layer of light brown head and excellent lacing. Beautiful!

S - Intense bourbon and vanilla aromas accompany a big sweetness. Chocolate, roast and hints of dark fruit.

T - Sweet bourbon and vanilla along with charred oak up front as the barrel notes shine through. Chocolate, roast and light espresso. Gets smoky as it warms.

M - Medium body but a touch watery at times. Light carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Nose: bourbon, chocolate with fruit, prunes and raisins.
Pours brilliant deep ebony, ½” finely bubbled tan foam cap. Lacy.
Palate: Starts with chocolate and bourbon, followed by prune and raisins with light espresso in the background mixed with bourbon and chocolate. The aftertaste is long and lingering.
The body is medium full to chewy but it is moussey and foamy due to the fine, soft natural carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MontereyBay831
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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