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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 (216) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2704) - 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 (742) - 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 (2326) - 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 (3863) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber beer with an beige head. Woody, malty, caramell oaky, dark fruits licorice, nutty aroma. Chocolate. leather oak Woody vanilla licorice nutty almonds flavour. Well balanced really nice beer :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewHaMeister (323) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4045) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2015
bottle, completely oxidized, wet roasty paper, hair, spoiled beer here, def past its prime i hope.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2528) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5255) - 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.

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