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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23407) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draft @ Starbelly, San Francisco, CA. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty chocolate woody oaky aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate bourbon flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22572) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle shared in London for Josh’s farewell tasting. Picked up in CA. Pours dark brown with a luscious, creamy tan head. General dark malt nose, some lightly torched wood, nips of toasted marshmallows. Lovely flavor, lots of chocolatey malts, more toasted marshmallows, toasted toffee, mild earthy bitterness, light baking cocoa. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Good balance to finish, some rich chocolate, more toasted marshmallows, well ripened dark fruits, faint toasty toffee. Exceptional balance. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17267) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared at Josh’s Farewell Tasting, thanks to Leighton, 20/02/14. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a moderate tan covering that gives way to spotting and edgework. Nose is coconut shavings, woody twang, uncooked fruit cake mix, dark fruit, a little raw and harsh in places. Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, cake mix, coconut, dark toffee fudge, light booze, much more refined than on the aroma. Medium bodied +, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a little warming alcohol. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Black pour with a khaki head. Bourbon, roast, and lots of chocolate. A bit of alcohol, oak, toffee, and nice dark fruits. Notes of licorice and burnt sugar. Nice sweet flavor of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Nice oak, some booze, plum, licorice, and a decent roasted malt quality. Slight char, cocoa powder, and burnt sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of bourbon barrel, charred oak, roasted chocolate, smoke, vanilla, burnt coffee, burnt toast and smoked cherry wood. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14179) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours black with a 4 finger foamy/creamy darkish tan head. Aroma is sort of dark chocolate over treacle. And it’s actually better than those words indicate. Full bodied or nearly so. Lots of chocolate, maybe a bit of licorice, surely some tasty dark treacle. Oh. Maybe there’s some heat - but it’s flavor, not annoyance. Wow. Finishes not quite dry , and very, very flavorful. Brilliant dark ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of BMan1113Vr poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of carmel, roastiness, bourbon, cocoa, fruittiness, light cola and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, cola, roastiness, fruittiness and light bourbon with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

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