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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
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
431
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
20.74%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
69
For Trade:
8
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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mhksuccess' tasting.

Bottled Winter 2012.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, brown sugar, smoke, char, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep dark chocolate brown letting in very little light. Nice tight finger of mocha foam that leaves a wake of small islands. Nose has caramel popcorn, thai coffee, milk chocolate and dark roasted nuts along with a slight bourbon caramel sweetness. Taste brings rich milk chocolate, light coffee shadings, tootsie roll, spicy bourbon barrel notes, charred oak. Very nicely done finishes with a dry bite of oaky tannin, nicely carbonated as well. I seemed to perceive a lot of sweet flavors yet this beer finishes up nice and dry even a touch astrigent. Reminds me somewhat of an EW eclipse, just maybe a touch thin but a very nice beer.

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