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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewHaMeister (228) - - APR 11, 2015
Thanks again to Bytemesis, this 2012 vintage bottle pours dark chocolate brown with a two finger off white head and no lacing. Aromas of cocoa, bourbon barrel, prune, booziness. Flavor is milk stout with oak notes and mild bitter. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle thanks to ygtbsm94 shared at Anchorage Feb ’15 Tasting: Poured almost black with an off white to tan color head. Aroma was sweet stick dark fruit raisin and fig, caramel malts, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste ends up with a boozy dark fruit dominance with some sweet caramel and vanilla presence.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernesto987 (4450) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2015
bottle, completely oxidized, wet roasty paper, hair, spoiled beer here, def past its prime i hope.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Tasted on3/24/15 from a capped 375mL bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited. Pours very dark, opaque dark brown with a very thick tan head that slowly recedes to thick, rocky lace. The nose is a nice blend of some typical coffee and dark chocolate stout, interesting, almost fruity Belgian yeast, and some lightly smokey bourbon barrel char and toffee/maple. The flavor is a touch of milk chocolate and maple sweetness up front, moving to the somewhat spicy yeast, just a touch of lightly smoked char, with some vanilla and coffee throughout. The body is full with just a touch above average carbonation, and a long nicely oaky, touch of bitter, coffee and dark chocolate, and lightly fruity yeast finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4953) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2015
375ml bottle. Bourbon caramel deep aroma. Brown-black body. Creamy beige head. Almost some deep prune. I get more Belgian Dark than Imperial Stout. Pretty smooth and easy, the initial aroma had me thinking otherwise. Smooth brown chocolate, bourbon candy. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (5364) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
pours unclear medium dark brown mahogany with a small light beige head, minimal retention and lacing. burnt caramel, almost rotten raisins, fermented black tea, roasted pumpkin meat, booze, wood, spices, pepper. average carbonation, light body - oily; semi-sweet and grassy-woodsy-spicy finish. nah.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Minderbinder (2402) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle 375ml. Pours very dark brown with low beige head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is of iode, wort, roasted malt, coffee. Taste is of wort, some raisins, roasted malt, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: OK, but nothing stellar. Weird.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (3678) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle (375 ml). From Marcus, thanks!

Appearance: Reddish brown with a medium beige/brown head and little lacing.

Aroma: Dominated by raisins along burnt caramel, floral notes, coffee and light vanilla.

Taste: It doesn’t get much better here with a ton of raisins again, burnt caramel, floral/tea presence and light coffee.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A bit creamy mouthfeel. Raisins and cumin finish.

Overall: Alcohol is well hidden, but another than that I have no praise to sing about this beer. Unbalanced. Off-putting raisins. Almanac seems to be hit or miss and this falls in the latter category.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1955) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a small light beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of coffee, grapes and vanilla. Taste is of spices, coffee, some green pepper and chile. Body is medium-full, carbonation low and mouthfeel really smooth. No real hot peppers in there but I swear I really felt like there was some. Overall a good but not great kind of brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (585) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pours a deep black hue with a frothy, light brown head. Smells toasty with notes of roasted malt. Caramel, roasted malt, plum and cassis, lead into a pleasant sweetness on the back end. Thick with medium-low carbonation. Really nice brew that has come into its own with age. Drinking perfect right now


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