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Barrel Noir | Almanac Beer Co.

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into snifter. “Bottled Winter 2012.”

A: Pours thick and black with a huge, foamy, and thick, dark tan head that slowly bubbled away into a thick film that left a complex network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet molasses, shoe leather, and brown sugar are easily noticeable with deeper scents of bourbon, dark chocolate, fudge brownie, caramel and faint toasted marshmallow dark fruits and oak.
T: Bourbon is much more prominent and boozy than the nose suggested. There is a slight sharpness to the brew like acidic coffee, and the finish is full of buttery caramel, toffee and buttery oak barrel. Dominant flavors include chocolate fudge, acidic black coffee, peat, leather, vanilla and toasted marshmallow.
M: Whiskey is mellow at this point so the abv is hidden well. Carbonation is full and briefly foams up on my palate creating a soft, creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Body is medium and fairly thick but it’s no motor oil.
O: Very enjoyable. Tastes like a sweet bourbon aged imperial stout with more hints of dark fruit and caramel than usual from the dark Belgian.

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3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No head but black body.

Some barrel, vanilla might be reaching.

Is this not from a pinot barrel? The back's got more than a tinge of sour. Might need to be dialed back a tad. Still, there's a nice blend of bourbon barrel to it. Though it's interesting, I'd love to have either separate. Hard to pick out nuance, little chocolate, no coffee.

Smooth, very cola-esque carbonation.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375ml bottle. Impressed by other Almanac offerings, I have been eager to try this one for a while.

A: Pours dark brown, with half a finger of dense head.

S: Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and caramel. The smell is very enticing.

T: Same flavours as the smell, very tasty. Very smooth and quite complex.

M: Surprisingly thin for this style. Low carbonation.

O: A great beer for a chilly winter night. Tastes better as it warmed.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown, but not black, hue with a nice thick quarter inch mocha head that leaves lots of side lacing and great retention. Makes up for the almost transparent brown hue.

S - At first I really liked this, but, upon digging..ehh. Bourbon explodes on the nose, which is just awesome. Then, digging around I get anise, light buttery oak, darker fruits, and an almost metallic aroma.

T - Taste is again, a disappointment. Was expecting more, while tasty though. Vanilla marshmallow, fudge, lighter bourbon and oak, caramel, more of the butteryoak. Not nearly as earthy/roasty/chocolate bourbon as I'd been hoping.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than used to for the style results this in coming across as thin / watery which is a shame. The alcohol is hidden nicely though.

O - Overall, this was a BA stout that had so much potential but the lack of bourbon on the taste, the odd mild butter notes, and the overly thin mouthfeel killed this one. A shame.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Lots of sweet chocolate, bourbony vanilla, oak and caramel.

T: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, dark fruit and some coffee. Almost a dry hoppy bitterness on the finish. Very tasty.

M: Full bodied and fairly smooth.

O: An excellent beer. The bourbon character really shines, and the big of dark fruit imparted by the belgian ale blended into the mix really meshes well with the other flavors.

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