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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4.15/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Took a chance on this as it was highly recommended by fellow bar flies. I usually enjoy dark, rich brews but this lacked a few basics elements that I'd hoped to find. Aroma was very promising. A hint of coffe/toffee that never developed on the tongue. IMHO the flavors were overly assertive on the tart side.

I realize Almanac specializes in sours, which I have a low tolerence for, but reading a description of "a blend of American imperial stout & Belgian-inspired dark ale aged in bourbon barrels" had me. I'm big on all three.

This reminded me of Ommegang's Abbey Ale Dubbel. More of a wine barrel taste.

I guess to each his own still applies.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A - poured bottle (Winter 2012) into snifter. Some decent head, light mocha in color and about 2 finger settled at a decent pace. Beer is pitch black

S - oak, raisins, coffee, roastiness

T -roasted malts, dark fruit sweetness, chocolate, some barrel character slightly bitter with some heat on the finish

M - good carbonation, heavier side of medium body.

O - very complex and enjoyable brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a viscous looking, inky black (with flecks of dark brown in the light) topped by a loose, yet creamy looking tan head that settles quickly into a thin blanketing around the glass's perimeter. Chocolate predominates the nose when cold, but as the beer gradually warms there are hints of charred oak, roasted malt, cardboard, bready caramel, and booze (minimal). The beer drinks with roasty, chocolaty sweetness upfront, which is gradually chipped away by bitter bourbon oak and bitter cocoa and finishes with a quick bite from the alcohol and bitter-sweet cocoa that lingers. It's medium-full bodied and minimally carbonated with a great roasty, bourbony sweetness upfront and transitions to a lingering and slightly watered-down, boozy, cocoa bitterness. This is another fantastic offering from almanac, one that highlights spirit barrel goodness without the syrupy sweetness found in most beers in its class.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out into a teku, black with a fluffy khaki colored head. Smell up front is lots of vanilla and oak. Getting very little roasted malt. Taste is vanilla, a subtle roasted malt flavor, oak, almost a milk stout sweetness, and a bit of bourbon. This one is creamy and super smooth. No rough edges at all but it's on the thinner side for a stout. Kind of reminded me of a less complex Abyss.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually Almanac can get away with their 10.99 single bottle prices for their sours (because they are off the hook) but Raul wishes he could say the same about Barrel Noir. Now, don't get the main man wrong; Raul would take a 7 out to dinner and a movie at the independent theater any day of the week; but would he buy that 7 lobster? Hell no! Raul's thinking Burger King!

It's a nice beer; Raulsky picks up those oak barrel characters, and as a stout, overall it is nice. Where it is lacking though is its Olympic Gymnast mouthfeel; I mean, for being 50% barrel aged this thang is thin! It's definitely not bulimic, or anorexic at that, but this sucker definitely needs a Porterhouse to fill it out.

Peace!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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