Noir Black Belgian Barleywine | Sand Creek Brewing Company

Noir Black Belgian BarleywineNoir Black Belgian Barleywine
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Noir Black Belgian BarleywineNoir Black Belgian Barleywine

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WastingFreetime on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

no bottle dating so I'm not sure how old this is. Belgain barleywine.
Aroma has the smooth malt presence similar to Allagash Black Ale. Has a touch of a barleywine character here. This is decent.
Very dark towards black body with highlight being lighter. Nice dense tan head and drippy lacing.
Taste comes across as a little more of a mess. Seems to have the malty dryness of a big stout (not the relatively clean dryness of a big Belgian). There also seems to be some roast character. Up front comes across like the barleywine, but quickly followed by the darker malts that don't have the candy richness or dark fruit of advertised styles.
Moderate feel and good smoothness including the carbonation.
MIxed bag here. Hard to get my tongue and mind organized around the taste. Maybe a few would help but I only have one shot here.

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Photo of Rutager
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a dark brown, close to black in the glass with half a finger of dark khaki, thick head that fades to a collar pretty quickly.

S. Bourbon, caramel and toffee, some sweet smelling (candied?) hops with pine and citrus rinds, and some milk chocolate.

T. Caramel and bourbon, some sweetness but not sugary or anything, citrus rinds with some oily bitterness that kind of builds.

M. Pretty full body, medium low carbonation.

O. Thinking this might improve with age, let the hops fade a bit more and it might be great.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Tinkerm
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of martyl1000
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep mahogany pour that turns opaque and black as the glass fills. Small tan head, with lots of lacing.

Surprising sweet cocoa in the aroma.

Drinks like a black IPA: very roasty, with a delicious hop bitterness. Reminds me of Lakefront IBA, though bigger.

Totally not getting the barley wine angle, certainly not from the flavors in the mouth. Nor the Belgian angle. If they'd called this a black IPA, I'd have scored it higher.

Carbonation is too sharp and high for a BW. Though definitely drinkable, especially for 10% abv.

Certainly a tasty brew. Nice to have this kind of experimentation to mix things up.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks rather like a Stout, with black liquid capped by a rocky tan head that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Barley, pine and charcoal

Taste: Just a hint of caramel sweetness in the front, and then the pine and char flavors burst forward in the middle; a real tug of war, after the swallow, with just a smidge of dark fruit peaking through; the finish was dominated by the char

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; quite a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting idea but not very well executed, I am afraid; the flavors really clash and the Belgian element, other than in the mouthfeel is really missing

Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the opportunity

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack from Woodman's and tried one right away. I assume this was very fresh.

This poured jet black with an excellent head and kept a thick creamy lacing.

The smell was mostly American hop forward, slight amount of dark malt and even slighter Belgian yeast smell.

The mouth feel was thick and creamy. The taste is similar to the smell. Very much pine/citrus hop taste, a slight dark malt taste, the Belgian yeast is just perceptible and at 10% ABV, the alcohol is perceived also.

Overall a good beer but a little more hoppy than expected. I would rather have had the dark malts and Belgian yeast flavors come through more. This beer would probably be better aged. I'm going to cellar the other 3 bottles for a while before I try this again.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kbuzz
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz botte into a snifter. Couldn't find a date of any kind. Big ups to atone315 for this bottle!

A: doesn't much look like a barleywine...pours very, very dark...not quite black and is almost fizzy looking at first...then the head settles to a more puffy, creamy looking head that actually sticks around. Good bit of lacing. Although not what I'd expect from a barleywine, this is still a pretty beer.

S: Now I know it's a barleywine...getting figs, plums, raisins...brown sugar, molasses...a touch of toffee and a smidge of char...mostly confectionary sweetness. No hop profile - def an English style version (athough the label says Belgian). Nice aroma overall.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, but is more muted - the dark fruits and sticky sweetness are there, but are unpronounced and not all that complex...a little thin...low carbonation which is appropriate.

O: Not a bad beer at all, but not overly exciting. Couldn't quite pick up on anything especially "Belgian"...seems to be just an average version of an English Barleywine, with just a touch more char than you normally get. I dug it.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noir Black Belgian Barleywine Style Ale, Sand Creek Brewing Company, Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Product of USA, 12 fluid ounces. That's all I have.

Let's look at it, smell it, and drink it.

Yup, that's black, all right! With a neat cocoa ring of foam.

Aroma: charcoal, figs, and fried bananas. Not really. I'm not getting anything really specific out of this. Besides "dark", which isn't a flavor. There's some fruit, dark malt, but nothing really jumps out.

Taste: Here's what's odd. I get the "black", but nothing particularly "Belgian", or "barley-wine". Dry, smooth chocolate malt, and little else. Rather thick and full in the mouth, good balance, with nothing too this or too that.

Odd little number. It provides no particular delights for me, there isn't any one ounce of sweetness that scream out and brings a smile to my lips. In that, it does recall some Belgian-style ales I have enjoyed, and I'm thinking particularly of some from Unibroue.

This is just fine, but doesn't really move me, what can I say? Ain't nothing wrong with it. Wait, hold on…okay, I'm liking it a little more. It's feeling like a dry porter, but lacking a lot of the inherent promise of the blackness, and the Belgian-ness, and a little of the barley-wine.

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Noir Black Belgian Barleywine from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.9% out of 100 with 34 ratings
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