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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Draft. Poured dark brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where exceeded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1310) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2234) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1733) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3281) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5230) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a medium, foamy tan head. Lots of bourbon notes, vanilla, roasted malt and toasted coconut in the nose. Taste is big bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, fruit notes, toasted coconut and woody notes. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation and LOTS of boozy warmth. Ends with more chocolate, bourbon notes, roasted malt, fruit, vanilla and toasted coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle, caged and corked. Black, of course. The head is interesting ... thin-walled foam bubbles pile at first, then settle into an interesting ring of intensely active but thin outer foam. The aroma is wild in nature, like a farmhouse brewery. This drinks with a LOT of things going on in the palate ... a hint of bourbon riding that funky farmhouse, with a bit of thin chocolate. The orange is just a faint kiss, one that I don’t know I’d detect without being given the hint. (#5619, 8/12/2014)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jasond612 (275) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
7/26/14 drank at the end of the night with Brian mulligan and yup drank too much so puked everywhere. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a deep umber color with two finger of khaki foam. Nose is fruity yeast, roasted cocoa, orange zest and hints of composted earth. Palate is smooth and heavily carbonated with interesting integration of orange, bourbon and roasted chocolate. A bit sticky on the mouthfeel and the flavors are interesting but never really gel together very well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (4834) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2014
750ml bottle at home pours an inky black with loads of active, frothy, beige head. Nose is a bit off, sure there’s toast and there’s malt, some very mild cocoa nib too, but there’s a distinct wheat chaff character along with some straw. Very mild nose. Flavor has some black pepper, some dusty cocoa powder, toast. Hardly any barrel, not much chocolate either. Struck me as being maybe just the slightest bit infect, but perhaps they got the wrong kind of re-fermentation out of the champagne yeast. Either way, struggled through this one. Not one of their finer efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3281) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Sort of disappointing. Pours very dark brown/black, with a slight, fizzy head that fades quite quickly to nothing. Aroma is nice, chocolate, faint coffee, good dose of vanilla. The palate is really what gets you here - it is at best medium bodied, and the carbonation is sharp and prickly. The flavor was milk chocolate, vanilla, and very faint note of orange on the finish. Exceedingly dry, I think I ultimately just don’t like the way the champagne yeast stripped the beer down. Not a bad beer it should be said, just one that I didn’t care for.

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