Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States
bdbrewing.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by smakawhat on 07-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
89
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
19.14%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of SamuelMiller
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The designation of 'Grand Cru' originates from the Burgundy region of France. Brewers have taken the term and applied it to more elaborate, aged and reserved versions of their beers. Our Belgian-style dark ale has been taken to the next level by careful blending and aging techniques. After much tinkering - with a number of unique ingredients combined with wood barrel aging - we arrived at this wonderful juxtaposition of fruitiness and maltiness which harmonized magically to produce this delicious winter warmer. When poured, the beer has a deep mahogany hue. In the aroma, figs and dark fruit intermingle with notes from the wood barrel used, as well as subtle notes of banana and bubble gum from the fermentation process. Aging for twelve months on oak brings forth the flavor of the barrel, as well as vanillin from the wood that is complemented by vanilla beans which provide a velvety smoothness and richness, The taste starts with the rich sweetness of the fruitm carries through with a rich mellow center and finishes dry, allowing for another glass as you sit by a cozy fire." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Style Dark ale, aged in Bourbon Barrels and available in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a light brown color over a very deep brown body with mahogany highlights. Retention is above average and there is light, spotty lacing. 4

(Smell) Toasted bread malts, ripe stone fruits, molasses, and caramelized sugars generate a moderate smooth sweetness with undertones of earthy licorice spiciness, vanilla and delicate oak tannins. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Smooth bread malts and fruit syrups generates a smooth, but dense malt body with tangy fruit characters, spicy licorice notes, soft oak tannins and vanilla. Undertones of roasted barley and a smooth graininess complicate the style somewhat. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly oily, moderately dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly tangy, tart and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) An interesting and very busy Belgian style ale that has some elements that are rather unusual for the style, namely roasted grains and exposed graininess. The barrel aging impact was subtle but enjoyable overall. Generally enjoyable but not outstanding by any means, I probably won't need to revisit this beer again. 3.5

Black Diamond Brewing Co.'s
Bourbon Barrel Aged Grand Cru
/5.00

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fankhauserg
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet and SOUR!

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.41/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.51/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2012 bottle and it's infected.

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Photo of elglueckert
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Above average dubbel with big bready and raisin taste. Barrel aging adds dryness and light barrel flavor. Interesting and boozy. Good enough to keep me curious about the brewery, but unsure if I want another.

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Photo of BottleConditioned
2.34/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The grand cru moniker sets high expectations, the label picture is classic but the overall design is reminiscent of a self trained designer without natural talent. The confused packaging follows through on the palet. With a Belgium chocolate cherry coordigal where the sour fruit, burnt chocolate, and bellegium funk duke it out in a battle royale where everybody losses.

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Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of piccnd3
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evilbuck
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sa93
4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First sip has some bourbon on the front, but unfortunately, not as much to be detected later on. Still, the tastes of fig and raisins is really nice, and for a dark, 9% abv beer, this is very easy to drink. Not usually a fan of fruity beers, but this is really pleasant. One of the more enjoyable beers I have had in awhile, but probably works best as a dessert beer.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of northstar23
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of SierraJosh
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

A 2012 bottle per the label.

Pours a dark, chestnut brown with red highlights and no head or lace. Almost completely opaque.
Smell is malty, bourbon, woody, dark fruits. Very well balanced.
Taste is quite different, I suspect due to age. Fruit, sour, malt, a faint hint of bourbon.
A bit watery to start, lightly effervesced, medium-ish body. Quite drinkable but reconciling the nose and tongue takes a moment.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of hAle2theWort
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Grand Cru from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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