Barrel Noir | Almanac Beer Co.

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Barrel NoirBarrel Noir

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part American imperial stout, part BA dark ale. The result is intoxicating, but since this is a 10% ABV beer that's not necessarily an achievement. What we got here is a big BA beer that’s kinda sorta meek, which is nice. The barrel aged movement has gotten so out of hand that a beer's character can now be judged by how intense it isn't. No dick waving here (or, umm, tit waving, for the ladies).

Blending two beers allows for (gasp!) different flavors to compliment one another, as opposed to blotting each other out in a hail of fire and rage. Starts just a little bit burny, but that moves into a lightly vinous dark ale middle that's part peppery alcoholic, part lightly sour porter malt. Things smooth out into a finish of vanilla that's backed up by a light whiskey burn and then a long, lingering aftertaste of dry hops.

Darn good. Not perfect, but darn good.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, black with a bit of brown. Little head, tanish brown. Some good lacing.

S: Not very strong, but some boozy notes and bitter.

T: Really good oak and bourbon. The sweet caramel and vanilla of the of the bourbon is really well showcased.

M: The sweet boozy bourbon is thin in the mouth, but clean in feel.

O: Really tasty. I was pleasantry surprised. Honestly, I saw a bunch of the barrel and sour Almanac bottles and bought a bunch not realizing it is a barrel aged stout. Good surprise.

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Barrel Noir from Almanac Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 431 ratings.
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