patrickfannon (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Split with and care of Tom. Pours deep chestnut brown, nearly black. Aroma of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, raisins and Belgian candied sugar. Taste is oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, and some spice. Mouthfeel is medium to thin, but velvety. Warm in the finish. Good.
tcane7 (1511) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with Pat. Pours black with thin, diminishing tan head and a little lace. Nose of chocolate, oak, vanilla, toffee, red wine. Medium to light body, decent carbonation. Taste of roast, cream, vanilla, some tannins
BMMillsy (1091) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from George. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with just a ring of light brown head. Big oaky aroma with plenty of bourbon, roast, some smoke, big caramel and toffee, anise, and just a hint of vanilla. The caramel toffee continues onto the flavor making this much more a barleywine or strong ale than imperial stout. Big caramel notes, vanilla, bourbon, roast, toffee, oak, drying at the end on the palate. The mouthfeel is way thin on this one, with medium carbonation that prickles just a bit in the throat. The barrel is integrated nicely here with interesting flavors, but the carbonation level and thin mouthfeel for a big beer really detract from what could otherwise be a rich treat. Still a good beer, but Iím not sure why they mixed the stout back with some obviously lighter bodied dark beer. Just stick the stout in barrels--I guess uniqueness is valued to some extent.
Ontbeertaster (2255) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Black IPA, pours a black, taste is of bourbon and a roasty quality, with a nice smooth taste, overall very nice.
monk191 (684) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, bourbon. Pours a dark color with light tan head. Smells like bourbon and figs. Taste is all bourbon, and nothing else. Tastes like watered down bourbon, kind of one note. Had in the bottle in Point Reyes.
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Lupulucid (185) - - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Other than sours, Iíve grown progressively less interested in barrel aged beers as the onslaught of vanilla has dulled my palate. Barrel Noir diverges somewhat from this trend with a significant degree of complexity in the barrel contribution. Vanilla is not completely absent but is not dominating the array of flavors. There is more structure which appears to be a contribution from hops that adds additional appeal.
Smurf2055 (1245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, finger tan head.
Smell coco, roasty, sweet, nice smell
Taste roasty espresso, chocolate, bit oaky, nice red fruit
Light to mid body
mcberko (5195) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwerís Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours black with a one-finger length of tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light roast, and bready notes. Flavour brings out notes of vanilla, bready notes, butter, and booze. Smooth as hell on the palate, with a creamy palate. Solid stuff.
demmbonz (436) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Aroma of oak and vanilla and some bourbon. Opaque deep brownish black. Nice bourbon barrel beer that falls just slightly short of a stout. Nice creamy texture. Not worth drinking until warm. Then it shines.
DrewFace (408) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to beechner224. Pours a deep dark black color with thin off white head. Light bourbon aroma, vanilla, rush chocolate. Nice mellow barrel character, bourbon, sweet malt, chocolate, grainy.