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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.

stumpyiliz's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Nose of bourbon smoke and Malta medium viscosity pour. Veryiytlw residual lacing on glass dry smokey initial taste into pepper, white pepper GI get saison flavoring. Taste is initially bourbon but Lends to the darker side of black pepper and coriander

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (5902) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Sampled at hops and pie, pours black with small reddish beige head. Menu says woodford reserve barrels. Notes of dark chocolate, fig, peppers, oak, cocoa nibs, and heavy licorice. Not my style but decent for what it is. Medium bodied and not overly sticky

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
Bottle, thanks to Madmitch76, shared with Clayton on the #IPAOpenIT tastings, 16/4/2016. Firstly, I’d say this is definitely more of an American stout than any of the other styles. It’s super clean. Lovely barrel-aging. Cedar on aroma. Lots of German licorice. Chocolate. Velvet is smooth. Oak. Wood resin. Chocolate gateax and oak chips. Really silly drinkable for the abv. The mellowness is astounding. This is an extremely well-made beer with absolutely no defects. Excellent job!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (10522) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, dark fruit, oak, bourbon. Medium mouth, bourbon, roast, cocoa, boozy finish, good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (1366) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, oak and nuts. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Dark clean burnt wood black with one finger of light mocha tan head. Nose is nice. Shows the age well, notes of wood, burnt sugar, prune, black strap molasses, and dark cocoa. Warming in the mouth with dark dried fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Some soft woody notes and medium full body. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mel4vegas (36) - Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Awesome to say least. Bottle share looked like 22 oz bottle neat colorful label. Poured translucent brown with red tint. Small head light carbonation perfect palate. Taste of light brown sugar oak some tangie and real nice sherry notes. Finished like a nice sherry with some maltiness. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pith black and opaque in the glass with a 1.5 finger mocha head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks of lacing left behind. Inviting aroma with a nice barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the other notes. Strong dark fruit esters and roasted malt character countering the wood and bourbon. Some charred oak and vanilla with vinous dark fruit and robust dark malts. Belgian dark ale notes stand out as it warms. Plum, fig and raisin along with roasted coffee, oatmeal and bitter dark cacao. Lighter end of medium body with a delicate barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into he imperial stout and dark Belgian ale flavors of the base. Some dry, toasted oak and subtle spicy bourbon with a touh of vanilla and toasted coconut. Not overwhelmingly hot or boozy with subtle spirit flavor. The dark ale portion of the blend is prominent with dark fruit esters giving off hints grape, cherry, plum and raisin. Stout notes are a bit overpowered with subtle roast, coffee bean, and oatmeal. Some lighter malt sweetness with caramel, toffee and sweeter chocolate notes. Really well balanced and the high ABV is well masked. Very easy to drink but it could use a bit more bourbon and stout character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Appearance was clear opaque with mocha diminishing creamy tiny head, no lacing. Aromas are vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, soft cherry with sherry sweetness and touch of alcohol. Taste are vanilla, sherry sweet malts upfront then gives way to smooth bourbon mid sip. The finish is plum, date, cherry,slight Vicks 44 with a touch of alcohol. Overall a stellar blend of stout and Belgian beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a dark head..Nose is burnt sugar, roast, vanilla, bourbon, spice, chocolate, sweetness..Taste is nice bourbon, graham, spice, dusty, chewy chocolate..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2015
Dark beer with a short lived beige head. Nose of alcohol and vanilla. Lots of dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and raw alcohol. This is still pretty hot.

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