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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Appearance: black with a creamy khaki head which fades into a thin film with a broken collar. Swirls with khaki creamy lace resembling whipped coffee ice cream. Beautiful.
Nose: dark fruits, dark moist raisiny breads. Meaty prunes and dried raisins. Maraschino cherries. Black licorice root. Smoky in the back with a mix of smoked barbeque and peat. Anise. Rooty.
Palate: clean with breads and meaty dark pitted fruits. Dry smoky woody finish. Fudge weaves in and out while a soft frothy mouthfeel delights. Smoky peaty wood. Black root licorice. Starts to grow a bit of tartness – black cherries and unsweetened dried cranberries.
Final Thoughts: once more another winning brew from the Brewmaster’s Reserve series from Brooklyn Brewery. Garrett is a beery wonder who maybe hopefully I’ll get to meet someday…share a brew or three, maybe a classic cocktail, maybe a cigar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (4038) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
(BQE Q2, 2014). Dégustation avec mon ami Frank. Cuvée Noire est une bière brune qui développe une mousse très dense. Au nez, le bourbon est bien présent. Des parfums d’orange, de malts grillés/rôtis de bois imbibé de noix de coco et d’épices complètent les arômes. En bouche, le bourbon est m’apparaît encore une fois très présent. Je peux cependant bien goûter les oranges ainsi que les malts européens et les levures. Au palais, le liquide est mince et pétillant. Une chaleur d’alcool boisé ainsi qu’une amertume de grains rôtis marquent la finale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (2866) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - SEP 18, 2015
My girlfriend bought this for me, uh...well, here’s the rest. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with a one finger white foamy appearance that dissipated within a good minute. Light foamy edgy lacing strings around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with a sweet sticky milk chocolate, and then a light ample amount of dark chocolate. A little bit of fudge runs in with a slight sticky sweet orange pulpiness to balance it out delicately. The taste was a nice sweet to semi-bitter and somewhat roasty flavor strolling into a sly sticky sweet chocolatey to sweet orange aftertaste. There’s a light sweet to semi-bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable sort of feel to it, maybe because it was aged - unsure. If anything, holy wow, what a sessionable sweet smooth feel over my tongue. Overall, for a Double/Imperial Stout and I know its aged, maybe I just had it at the right time, oh wow, best one ever by Brooklyn. Try a ’14 if you see it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! 2014 vintage. Black with a red hue, small foamy tan head. Aroma is booze, some mint, coriander spice, toasty. Body is medium, soft carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is light biscuity, spice, vanilla bourbon and booze. I found the flavour surprisingly thin and it’s very hot. Alright.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2015
This one has spend a few months chilling out. Really surprised by the forceful roast and oak as well as the minimal presence of the sweet orange peel and actual Bourbon. Frankly it borders more on the Scotch whisky side of the house... and yeah baby that is a good thing. Earthy, somewhat dry, minerally, leathery, and attacking crispiness upon the finish. More akin to a Danish styled Stout than Belgium which is fine by me. Only wished there was a tad more heft and sweetness to balance the bitter charred roast. I am liking this much more than expected but it still could use another 6-12 months of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39787) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2015

Bottle 750ml. @ [ DOE - Olfestival Kobenhavn 2015 ] @ Lokomotivvaerkstedet, Otto Busses Vej 5A, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark.

[ As Brooklyn Cuvee Noire ].
Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, wood, tobacco. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a long duration, roasted, sweet malt, tobacco, citrus - acidic. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150528]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (4593) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle@Chris and Ruth’s Pre-GBBF 2015, London - pours black with beige head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste with chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt dark malty nuances, some vanilla, bourbon infused wooden notes, roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2521) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle share at Chris & Ruth’s pre- gbbf shindig, 2015. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Nice nose of bonfire toffee, creme caramel and sweet spice. Flavours of toffee, caramel and a whisper of chocolate. Very smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (9768) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2015
Bottle at ChrisOs Pre-GBBF. It pours back with a medium tan head. The nose is massive rich vanilla action, quite intense, toffee, coconut, toast, oily and green fruits. The taste is rich, oily, earthy roast, vanilla, toasted coconut, some acidity, coffee burnt caramel and green coconut with a dry, bourbon - driven finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit too much. Intense, yet the body is quite there to carry it. OK anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (18948) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
8th August 2015
Pre GBBF tasting as Chris and Ruth’s. Almost clear amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is airy and fairly dry. Mild fine carbonation. Thin dark malts, mildly tangy. Mellow bourbon and bourbon fruits. Little spice. Light dry finish. Tastes a bit recessed and tired. Certainly thin for it’s abv. Underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15643) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at present GBBF 2015. Black beer lasting tan head. actually more like a red wine barrel. I thought thin but fine. Vanilla and bourbon. Too much bourbon.

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