Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel

Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double BarrelNoa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel
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Stout - American Imperial
4.2 | pDev: 16.9%
Jan 24, 2022
Feb 23, 2016
Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double BarrelNoa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel
Notes: A blend of Noa aged in Cognac and Islay barrels.
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3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11%. Pitch black colour, small tan head. Strong aroma of pecan nuts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, coconut and roast malts. The flavour is sweet and malty, with the same elements as in the aroma, also hints of bourbon and oak. Liquid dessert.

Jan 24, 2022
4.36 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by The_Atom from Tennessee

Just like it should be: thick and rich.

Dec 25, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SLeffler27 from New York

Dark chocolate with a thin, dense, golden, dark brown foam. The head lasts a few minutes, leaving spotty lace on a Pretentious Beer Glass Company snifter. In the glass, this beer is black with no highlights.

The aroma is amazing, filled with sweet fudge, pecan pie, vanilla, and Cool Whip.

Unlike the aroma, this beer starts off surprisingly bitter, like Baker's Chocolate. Sweetness follows up to keep it from running away. Rich, fresh-baked brownies are followed by pecans, which lasts through a long finish. Warmth adds the reminiscence of a mudslide and toffee.

The beer is full-bodied with a smooth, soft, Jersey-cotton texture. Alcohol is present and far below the 11% expectation. Carbonation is soft.

Unquestionably this is a desert beer. I thought the artificial flavors would be off-putting, however, while noticeable, they were not a distraction.

Dec 01, 2019
4.35 by akopczyk from Ohio on Sep 22, 2019
4.46 by AldoBlitzcarr from England on Jul 15, 2019
3.08 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Mar 27, 2019
2 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Dec 09, 2018
3.99 by pkalix from California on Jun 16, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 7th July 2020. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: It was black in colour with a half finger mocha head that dissipates quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, pecan, caramel and whisky with hints of vanilla and cognac.

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate with a nice pecan nuttiness. There are also hints of oak, cognac and peat.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: This particular bottle was nice and tasty, but I don’t think that the barrels improved the base beer. It should be noted that this beer has had it’s share of infection. This is my third bottle now, of which I’ve had two good and one infected. The infected bottle clearly tasted sour and was just not pleasant to drink. You will know if you have an infected bottle, so I guess it’s a bit of the luck of the draw at this point.

Aug 22, 2017
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2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
by Nicolaiw from Denmark

Pours pitch black with frothy tan mocha head.
Aroma has chocolate cake, vanilla , marshmallows, roasted nuts, cognac, oak,
Taste is oddly sour, might be infected. Still has flavor of cocoa, vanilla and islay whisky. But definitely off.

Mar 28, 2017
4.42 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Mar 24, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger white head, short retention and no lacing. Smell is a muddled peaty mess, touch of oak, nuttiness, a little milk chocolate. I'm not sure what to make of it, but it doesn't smell particularly appetizing. People have suggested this beer to be infected, I doubt this to be the case, but the barrel treatment clearly didn't work very well here. Flavour is peat, milk chocolate, nuttiness, a touch of butter, light espresso. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, with a weird barrel finish. This disappointed, and the barrels just didn't seem to work very well here.

Jan 14, 2017
2.44 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jan 14, 2017
4.66 by parpalapelix from Romania on Jan 05, 2017
4.55 by Lucnifter from California on Jan 03, 2017
4.33 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 30, 2016
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4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Bruno74200 from France

The barrel aging has done wonder on this beer. Even if the Islay or the Cognac ain't much present the complexity and the roundness of this beer are exquisite.
The pecan is there in the nose with chocolate. The taste is balanced between a good chocolate muffin with nuts and a nice hop bitterness. Everything complemented by a dry mouthfeel, a light acidity and a good astringency.
It's not as sweet as the original beer, it's a whole different beer and it's beautiful

Dec 09, 2016
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2.61/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
by WalkerHater from Northern Ireland

I’ve had this brew before, def not better with age.
I’d say this is infected, reminds me of the BCBCS bottles of ‘15
Def picked up an infection from the Barrel aging, .... fucking shame, the first time I had this it was amazing

Dec 08, 2016
3.79 by avas from New York on Nov 16, 2016
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2.28/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by M_chav from New Mexico

Not good... maybe I'm off compared to these other reviews but I'm supremely disappointed in this.. the regular version was one of my favorites from omnipollo but this is a bummer... can hardly finish my pour.
L- thick moose, beautiful black with red/brown highlights and minimal golden foam
S- chalky whiskey
T- bad vinegar chalk and some strange wine notes on the aftertaste. Taste like a flat cherry coke.. I'm thinking this is maybe a bad bottle - at least I hope it is because most people were loving this thing..
M- thin and slightly sour. No thickness or body. Chalky chocolate
O- bummed

Nov 04, 2016
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3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from De Molen in Bodegraven

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed at De Molen
Imperial stout brewed with natural flavors added
Double barrel aged in Islay and Cognac barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Head slowly fades to a nice full, creamy cap and coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Black body with no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Looks great.

SMELL: Some of the original Mud Cake under there with an obvious dose of whisky and oak as well. Alcoholic nose with plenty of spirit there. Luckily the pecan, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla cream and hit of cookie dough still play a big role in the nose. The whisky is a bit sharp but it’s milder.

TASTE: The original Mud Cake is there but the whisky and oak subdue it a bit. There’s some obvious wood and spirit up front along with all the adjuncts, then it turns into a long and lingering finish of pecan, milk chocolate and vanilla from the base adjunct stout, as well as some whisky, wood, and a sort of pine tree flavor as well. Some bitterness lingers too. Can’t say I’m all that impressed.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation on the palate. Fuller and creamy enough, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes a bit sticky. Some heat lingers. A bit more carbonation than the base stout had.

OVERALL: This is a fun beer but not the original Mud Cake +1. The barre is there but it’s a little sharp and the character it lends is woody and pine-tree like. Compared to other barrel aged incarnations of a phenomenal base beer, this one falls well short. And yes, the base stout is world class when it comes to adjunct stouts. Not exactly a step up from the original but still not something worth passing on if you see it. Still, shoot for the original first, as that one really is a world class treat.

Oct 30, 2016
4.75 by Narthax from Texas on Oct 30, 2016
4.5 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Oct 25, 2016
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Oct 19, 2016
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4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by amano_h from Oregon

All the same rich aromas that were present with the regular Noa is still unmistakably present in the Double Barrel cousin: thick brownie batter, fudge, pecans, hazelnut syrup, and vanilla beans captivate the olfactory senses as usual. Unfamiliar elements of slight dark fruits and peaty smoke also seeps through as the brew warms up; it's almost as if they're trying to remind you that this beer has gone through an extra step to become extra special.

The intense flavors I remember from the regular Noa--Cocoa nibs, coffee, marshmallow, caramel, vanilla beans, blueberry jam--are all present, but aren't as in your face as before; they've instead become more rounded and better balanced with the introduction of french oak and smoky after flavors. Whereas the regular Noa was just a teensy bit sweeter than I liked, this one is just right. The biggest mistake I made with this beer was buying only one.

The body has gotten substantially fuller, along with the alcohol burn, but sports the same slightly creamy initial mouthfeel and negligible carbonation.

Oct 17, 2016
4.35 by fthegiants from California on Oct 12, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

"Islay and Cognac Barrel Aged Pecan Mudcake Imperial Stout", cool.

11.2oz bottle, no date, purple smiley-face sticker, 11% ABV. Pours jet black with a large sized brown head; good retention and lacing. Smells strongly of chocolate cake and roasted nuts with some vanilla, roasted malt, and barrel. The taste follows exactly with chocolate cake, roasted nuts, roasted malt, vanilla, and barrel; very smooth. Some light bitterness, light dryness, and medium sweetness; the smell was noticeably sweeter than the taste. Below average carbonation and thick body for the style. Overall, this one really impressed me. It had the intensity of a big beer and the smoothness of being cellared. Not a lot of barrel character comes though which lets the base beer shine. Very enjoyable IS all around.

Oct 08, 2016
4.99 by Dalv from Romania on Oct 06, 2016
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Oct 06, 2016
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Oct 02, 2016
4.24 by 22Blue from Kansas on Sep 26, 2016
4.35 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Sep 26, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

CBC 2016 - tasty beer - softserve / beer slurpee was more of a gimmick than a good thing.

Sep 25, 2016
4.66 by dddddddd from Washington on Sep 25, 2016
4.46 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Sep 21, 2016
4.44 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2016
4.56 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania on Sep 13, 2016
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by ricey43 from Australia

Pours thick black oily tar, minimal head. Amazing nose of molasses and roasted peanuts. Smooth creamy mouthfeel of candied marshmallows, toffee liqueur and peanut paste. Incredible finish of chocolate and vanilla with a lick of alcohol bitterness to round off. Fantastic!

Aug 17, 2016
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by danieelol from Australia

Stunning beer.

Pours a dark black with well-tanned head. Excellent lacing.

Nose is first off decadent and rich chocolate, caramel and custard goodness. Basically mud cake, this is as apt a description as any. There's also a sort of yoghurt-y, lime-y profile coming through. And cookie dough, lots of cookie dough. Basically like insanely rich ice cream. And at other stages get pure cocoa.

Taste is very chocolate focused, coming through with a subtle hint of coconut. As someone who generally despises sweet beers this is perfectly poised. Not really particularly sweet at all but still carries all the richness and massive mouthfeel of some sort of mud cake. Just insane.

Mouthfeel cannot be faulted. This is just extremely rich, it almost tastes like flourless dark chocolate cake as it's going down.

This has to be in my top 5 beers and probably top imperial stout alongside BBA DL. I can pretty much guarantee this would convert any non-believer into a craft beer drinker and may even keep the cynicism of this jaded beer drinker at bay.

Aug 06, 2016
Noa Pecan Mud Cake - Double Barrel from Omnipollo
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 54 ratings