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RATINGS: 140   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2014
375ml bottle, thanks kmweaver. Small tan head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, chococaramel, light vanilla, vinous, prune. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/Bourbon, some milk chocolate, prune/fig. Medium-full body, fairly sticky, light effervescence.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8841) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle... Dark brown pour with a small, wispy, off-white head. The nose is a plush blend of fudge and vanilla accompanied by cinnamon and an assortment of other spice-rack goodies. Medium to full-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The flavor and finish present bittersweet interminglings of cocoa, charcoal, vanilla and caramel. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2578) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours reddish blackish brown with a rather small frothy blackish beige head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with toasted malts, toasted oatmeal flakes, caramel, bakers chocolate, charred wood, burnt raisins, hay, coconut shavings, bourbon spiked whipped cream, toffee, alcohol, roasted hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and vanilla fudge. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with toasted malts, charred wood, vanilla fudge, alcohol, toffee, caramel, bourbon, caramelized almonds, Brazil nuts, soil, liquorice fudge and bourbon spices black coffee. Mouthfeel is soft, round, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, shredded coconut,charred wood, Christmas fruit cake, Brazil nuts, caramelized almonds, hay and bourbon. Very pleasant prominently barrel aged malty goodness. Gets a bit old after a couple of sips beings pretty 1-dimensional but we split this 3-ways which provided a very enjoyable experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10082) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle at Foeder Teaser Tasting. Deep red/brown beer with a rich lasting beige head. Woody aroma, malty caramel, oak notes, roasted, vanilla, raisins, chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds, licorice, some citrus. Chocolate flavor, leather, oak, vanilla, woody, caramel, hazelnuts, licorice, warming alcohol, raisins, woody, licorice, biscuits, almonds, roasted peanuts, some cocoa powder. Very well balanced and with alcohol well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1190) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Dark roast, no barrel really, hearty bittersweet chocolate. Dry and porter-esque. Zero barrel character. Improves as it warms; tasty.

Apparently I had a bottle of this awhile ago that was soured. And while I enjoyed that one, it was prob an anomaly and I certainly enjoy it more as intended.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
375 ml bottle. Smell of coins. Flavotr is leather coins vinous notes, slight sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
12th April 2014
Opaque dark brown beer,good tan head. Palate is soft and airy. Light fine carbonation. Semi dry. Smooth dark malt, little oaty cereal. Nice mellow dark chocolate, integrates well. Mellow bourbon wood and spice. Light finish, semi dry. Nice without quite reaching the higher echelons.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3785) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2014
375ml bottle in a teku. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some oak and bourbon, light chocolate, dark fruits, light spices, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average to smooth texture. A solid beer, but it’d be better if it was all imperial stout instead of a Belgian dark ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (673) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
LSU Gameday Tasting. Scent is almost entirely bourbon. Pours black with tan head. Strong stout flavor mix. Bottle - Shared at Tasting

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1328) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Pour is extremely dark brown looking black in the glass with a tan head and large bubbles. The nose is nice, rich dark malts, light vanilla and a fair bit of milk chocolate. There are notes of wood and a faint touch of whiskey. Body is a bit thinner that I would have liked with a soft carbonation and creamy feel. The wood is stronger in the flavor, notes of vanilla thinning in the finish. Malt isn’t as rich as the nose with some chocolate and hint of roast.


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