Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (1743) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Intrigued by this blend, and based on my tastes, figured this would be the favorite. While still quite good, it was flawed. The belgian part of the blend is far more prevalent than the stout. The resulting 10% beer is a touch too sweet, but has multiple layers which do work well together. My main problem was the thinner feel, which means at 10%, it comes off a bit hot without the body to support the abv. Solid brew, though."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (1328) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2014
From notes, consumed on 7/29/2013. 375 ml bottle into a Belgian snifter. Black with a finger of tan head, great lacing. Aromas of coffee, roast, chocolate, slight bourbon. Tastes of medium bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, roast. Medium-full body with a dry and warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (779) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 22, 2014
375ml bottle thanks to bytemesis! Pours dark rich brown, opaque in glass, with a finger of head. Nose is earthy dark fruits, raisin, plum, light woody bourbon spice, some subtle dark cocoa. Taste is earthy dark fruit and dark bread, light bourbon, raisin. Finish is multi-textured mix of earthy dark whole grain breads, wood, and roasty bourbon cocoa fruits. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Black pour tan thin head with no lacing .... Aroma of dark fruits, Chocolate malts and molasses with light candi sugar ..... Taste is of bitter roasted malts, chocolate malts and dry oak with a vanilla, bourbon notes and a dark fruit candi sugar ... Has a nice thick Belgian dark fruity yeast to it and vinous notes ... Finish is dry sugary oaky and has a lingering sweetness .... Solid and enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Pours opaque dark brown with a small foamy head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some very light barrel notes and chocolate. Tastes roasty. Slightly astringent. Weak barrel character. High carbonation doesn’t fit right either. Not bad but just very boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
375 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, fruit, and wood. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, and barrel. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Sample at Kurtkeller 014: Almanac-tastic 01 on 06/27/2014. The beer pours a dark brown color with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt. oak and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, oaky bourbon and dark fruits. The finish is oaky with a mildly tart fruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6498) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
375 ml bottle from bytemesis - thanks again! Pours a deep brown color with amber edges and a moderate off-white head that leaves spots of lace in the glass. Aroma of chocolate, earth, figs, vanilla, candi sugar, boozy cake, raisin, brown sugar, and oak. The flavor is the same slate of notes, but smoother and boozier. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a warm mouthfeel. Nice barrel blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Poured from bottle from a trade some while ago, time to drink some of these sitting around I suppose, pours black with a thin light brown head, aroma has a nice bourbon and oak touch with some dark chocolate and vanilla mixed in, the flavor has a light amount of roast on the front end with some of the oak and vanilla in the finish, abv is pretty well hidden, smooth mouthfeel, pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle - Pours black with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is whisky, dark roast, and brown sugar. Pretty mellow and not too sweet. Taste is mellow boozy bread, whiskey, marshmallow, butterscotch, and a medium roast/sweet booze finish. Thick and softly carbonated. Tasty, especially for a style I don’t like all that much.

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