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RATINGS: 147   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8658) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6807) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2344) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2847) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1509) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours a dark black pour with a small rather fast dissipating head. Nose is sweet, fruity, with notes of dark chocolate coconut... very pleasant. Taste is sweet, fruity with vanilla, bourbon and coconut. Finishes on the same tasting notes with a sweet, fruity whiskey ending. Nice. Quaff Score 8 / 10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1460) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head and nice aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is delicious, tons of bourbon and oak with vanilla, liquorice, dark fruits, and chocolate leading to warming finish. Great oak aged bourbon brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6942) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
12.7oz bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Very dark brown red color. Thin khaki head. Leaves good reaches and ropes of lace. Chocolate, raisin in the aroma. Some coffee. Awesome dark fruit coffee roast aromas on this in the flavor. Some very light tart taste, moderate bitter, light sweet. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Medium to bigger body. Kind of a good chewy texture to it. Hides alcohol reasonably well, just a light warmth to it. Cool stuff to try. Is this actually sour or tart at all? That may be because I was expecting this to be sour, because everything I’ve ever had from this brewery up to this point has been sour. Alden and Peter picked up little to no sour, but I still feel like I may be getting a hint of tartness from this. They get mostly chocolate, which I get too. A very nice amount of big chocolate, that’s for sure. Awesome big strong chewy dark thing, here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11636) - 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 (9509) - 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_ (3036) - 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.


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