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Black Raven La Petite Mort - Bourbon Barrel
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
“La Petite Mort” means “a little death” in French. What’s a little death if it comes in this form? Well worth it we think. La Petite Mort was released on July 14, Bastille day and quickly sold out. Luckily the brewers racked some over into bourbon barrels and set it aside to become Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort. Released annually in December.

2010 World Beer Cup: Silver Medal - Wood/Barrel Aged Strong Ale Category

Malts: 2-Row Barley, Crystal, Rye, Special B
Hops: Magnum, Styrian Golding

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6734) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Draft at EBP. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and creamy light tan head that sticks around forever. Very boozy nose, showing apricotty bourbon notes as well as probably some of the base beer’s alcohol payload. Caramel, vanilla, and some bubblegummy esters there as well, but mostly bourbon and twang. Thick sticky body with soft carb. Caramel, bubblegum, vanilla, and tons of bourbon on the mid palate. Way more intensely weighted toward the barrel and less toward the base beer, at least this batch at this vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (977) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2014
On tap @ Beer Junction. Pours semi-translucent cola brownish with thin cream colored head. Aroma is rich oaky chocolatey malt and huge sweet bourbon. Taste is light bodied roasty milk chocolate malt with big cocoa flavors. Bourbon flavor and heat comes on at the back, quite balanced with the malt. Impressively rich flavor relative to the thin body on this. Not much Belgian yeast that I can pick out either. Still, the bourbon does wonders for this and really accentuates the rich malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajax25g (68) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon! On tap at brewery. Pours very dark amber with beige head that dissipates fast. Nice lacing. Nose is tons of bourbon, some molasses, figs, chocolate, dark ripe fruit. Full in the mouth with med to low carb. Taste is much like nose, but lasts for days. Alcohol is noticeable. Dark fruits more robust. Good beer but wish there was a bit more Belgian aspect and less bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Dark black in color thin head. Super flavor and rich dark malts. Tons of bourbon flavor and terrific finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Black, mahogany edges, thin head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, raisin. Taste is nice and smooth, lots of sweetness, some alcohol/bourbon. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19534) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle @ Pinball. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy dark fruit flavor with woody bourbon hints. Has a fruity malty spicy woody dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dusty, licorice konfekt, bourbon, oak - wood, light earthy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, bourbon, caramel, licorice konfekt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111216]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (11537) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2011
bottle. clear amber, small white head. woody and boozy aroma. malty. flavor is woody, boozy, malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14478) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle at Pinball’s - Thanks. Clear amber/brown - offwhite head. Bourbon, vanilla, lakridskonfekt, caramel, roasted malts, berries, light yeasty, phenolic notes, coconut, alcoholic, citrus, grassy. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2599) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2011
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Dark, unclear amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, wet wood, sweet ingredients like spices and marzipan. Taste is sweet with notes of vanilla, licorice, wood, some alcoholic sweetness. Full body. Long finish with dark fruits and spices. Excellent.

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