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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
A - Dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, black licorice, candi sugars, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and a hint of booze. T - Roasted dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, roasted coffee, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, black licorice, some earthy hops, and a hint of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish. D - Fantastic balance and complexity. Spot on.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theothermatt (225) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle @ Home. Bottled Winter 2012. Dark Brown pour. Great head with lots of carbonation for something at 10%. Sweet oak, vanilla, and bourbon aroma. Big hints of caramel, oak, figs, and chocolate. Interesting brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1567) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Pours a very dark brown color with khaki colored head. Nice barrel notes on the nose, some oak and vanilla, dark fruits, and roasted malt as well; follows onto the palate. Extremely complex, very nice. Finishes with more dark chocolate covered dark fruit notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
llcooldave (1118) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Dark leathery brown in color. Sweet aroma of dates, figs and other dried fruits. Followed by a hint of coffee and a alcohol esters. Nice flavor of more dried fruit with an assertive mocha aftertaste. Overall, a tasty brew. I’d like to have sampled a full bottle but the sample I recieved was good enough. Thanks BarZigKin for sharing!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Very solid imperial stout offering. Delicious, aged well also, very balanced and drinkable, lots of flavors show up as it warms, worth a try if you come across it for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (905) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle via unknown via Joe. Aroma spice, booze, wood. Body medium, acetic and woody tartness. Very nice. Acetic woodiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - 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."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1896) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (934) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2377) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2183) - 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.


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