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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Once a "Ghost Bottle" that we only made for ourselves, Brooklyn Cuvée Noire finally journeys beyond our walls. A stout-like blend of German and British pale and dark malts, this beer fermented with Belgian yeast and then spends more than six months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Dry, brisk, and complex, showing notes of chocolate, coffee, citrus, vanilla and coconut, Cuvée Noire is refermented in this bottle of Champagne yeast. It is a most excellent accompaniment means to dinner.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (1747) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2014
Pour@5e Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse. Upfront bourbon barrel, vanilla, dark chocolate and orange peel: perfumed bouquet. Belgian yeast quality enters in taste, along with heavier dark malts. Mouthfeel of an elegantly spiked, fluffy chocolate mousse: the champagne yeast has done its work here. Remarkably easy drinking, well designed for an upscale market.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2663) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2014
750ml bottle from Weilands. Blackish pour with a big frothy beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, light tobacco, booze. Tastes are right along those lines with a sugary bourbon presence. Lots going on. Also light spice, belgian yeast, little licorice, vanilla, chocolate. Mostly covers the alcohol. Not to my tastes, but well put together. One time sipper (especially for 23 quid).

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (953) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is fruity and the taste is dark cherries and laced with bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3272) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
From a 75 cl. bottle shared. Pours a clear dark cola with an ecru head. aroma of dark fruits. Flavors of plums and dark chocolate. Medium bodied Roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Courtesy of Steve. Pours black thin mocha head. Booze bomb. Ton of bourbon. Cola, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some chocolate and cream. Full body. Good but whatever

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6421) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Blend #4. BQE Q2 2014, it says. Split with robotopera and friends. Black color. Half-finger of khaki head. Leaves good thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy texture. Lighter cabronation, lightly soft. Kind of dry finish. Great dark chocolate, some coffee, definite whiskey, but it’s all flavor... Impressively little burn or bite to it. Little alcohol warmth. Moderate sweet taste, light spiciness to it, nice moderate bitter taste. Some nice coffee, mild roast in the finish. Gets a lot better as it sits and warms up. At first it’s kind of rough and soft, with that champagne yeast, but as it mellows it becomes velvety and creamy. The bitter orange peel is obvious when its first opened, but it gets much better integrated as this goes. Like any true belgian style, this beer was way better after it had a chance to "breathe" a bit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1324) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
750 ml caged and corked bottle, Blend #4. Served in a Great Lakes chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like bourbon, oranges, orange peel, dark fruit (plums, raisins), chocolate, blackberries, vanilla and a sweet sugary flavor that reminds me of brown sugar. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some coffee, wood, peppery spice and coconut. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for being 10.6% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. I liked this brew a lot, I’m glad I got to try this one. $18.99 a bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2272) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
8/24/2014. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Dark brown, almost black with a fizzy tan head. Dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla aromas. Bourbon flavors with caramel, chocolate and hints of coffee. Boozy finish with sweet bourbon notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1754) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Aug Ale Alpharetta. Whoa bourbon. I love me some bourbon, but the notes here were like trumpets blasts to the dome. Dark fruit, chocolate with a lively palate, and lightly tart. Interesting for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3333) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Pours an opaque sable with a decent light tan head. Smoky malt aroma has orange and earthy notes plus a strong bourbon-soaked wood underpinning. Flavor features roast malt and bourbon-infused wood as the headliners with orange and licorice notes as co-stars. Texture is firm and quite fizzy. Worth $22 a bottle? Hell yes! Share it with friends.


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