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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

11/12/2010: Brooklyn Cuvee Noire... Aroma: Interesting combination... Dry roasted malts, chocolate, spicy yeast, coffee, Triple-like characteristics, bubblegum. Appearance: Really nice pour into my new Brooklyn glass... Opaque, dark coffee-brown color with a dense, tan-colored head; fine carbonation bubbles. Flavor: Layered and complex... Dark chocolate blended with toasted malt and roasted grains; middle has banana, fruity esters, caramelized malt, and cocoa nibs with a bit of residual sweetness; dry, spicy finish with lingering notes of medium-roast coffee beans; alcohol content is mostly well-hidden. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth and just a little just thinner than expected, but it makes it very easy to drink. Overall: Quite good; has the dryness and spice of Brooklyn Local 1, the dark fruitiness of Brooklyn Local 2, and the roasty coffee and chocolate characteristics from Black Chocolate Stout... It makes for an interesting and pleasing blend of flavors!

Draught (growler fill) from Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #76 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
From "ghost" bottles at rrbf. This is Cuvee Elijah version (Cuvee noire aged for 4 months in Elijah Craig 12 year old oak casks, then 100% bottle conditioned. According to the database, it is not a new entry. I don’t get it, but whatever.) pours dark brown/black with a small tan sudsy tan head. Nose is bourbon heavy, light roasted malts, cocoa, light coffee. Flavor is similar, bourbon character is heavy, don’t notice much "Belgian" character from the yeast or otherwise, some nuttiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Pours pitch black with a mostly receding tan head. Notes of spice, pepper, toffee and tobacco. Medium bodied with lush carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Dark brown pour with thin head. A quite unique taste. Light spice, cocoa, coffee and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Big White head, like an Irish dry stout, a little milky, roasty, and creamy. No Belgian qualities that I can taste. On tap at the 12 South Winter Warmer beer festival in Nashville, TN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle at The Diamond during the Brooklyn Ghost Bottles event. This beer was aged in Elijah Craig barrels - should this be a different beer than the regular Cuvee Noire? Anyway. Pours brown with a thick, beige head. Cocoa and burnt toast in the nose. Very sweet flavor, plenty of alcohol, a bit of wood and liquor. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Big warming finish, woody with hard alcohol, mild roast, slight earth. Heavy on the Elijah character, so if you like that, you’re on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cwalexander1 (14) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2011
750ml. No label , bottle conditioned aged in Elijah Craig Barrels Whaaaat. Pulled out at a beer dinner on the Biltmore Estate Thanks Garret Oliver aroma of coconut, basement , leather, alcohol, banana, woody, coffee, toast. A nice ivory head poured in a wine glass.Lingering mouth coating the palate with dried fruit and warming effect of bourbon!!!! over all well balanced good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Draft. Pours dark brown, almost black with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, belgian yeast, and plums. The flavor has roasted malts, sweet Belgian sugars, yeast, chocolate, and dark fruit favoring plums. On the dry side with a mild bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2607) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a moderate white head. The aroma contains some caramel, spice, and chocolate. The flavor is rather malty with some alcohol presence. I taste some caramel, dark fruit, molasses and spices. Overall this was a nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6114) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2011
Draft. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Light roasty and sweet malty aroma, with a hint of coffee and spicy yeasty notes. The flavor has roasted malt, light sweet caramel, dark fruits, and spicy yeasty notes. Good stuff.

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