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Four Peaks Belgian Black Ale - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Four Peaksí two-year-old, barrel-aged Belgian black ale stored in a combination of raw oak, chardonnay and merlot barrels and blended to perfection.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Growler shared by a generous soul who brought this back from RBWG. A: The pour is a very dark brown, almost black with a thin off-white/tan head. S: Starts off with lots of butter and rubbing alcohol. Definitely some barrel notes (dark char on it) with a touch of vanilla. Maybe a bit of a white wine aroma to it as well. Some mild sweetness and dark, roasted malts. Maybe a little dark fruits. T: The flavor is a bit better with less butter emphasis. A really strong charred oak flavor which is nice in small amounts, but it sort of wears on you after awhile and becomes a bit like chewing on a piece of tanbark. Sort of bland in terms of the actual beer, as all you can really taste is the barrel and some of the butter. M: The body is medium with a low level of carbonation. D: Not much positive to say about this one. Not worth the tick.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Draft. Poured black color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, tannic and wood aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark malt and tannic wood flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This beer would go well with a cigar and surpassed my expectations.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9417) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
An amazing donation from some really great guys. Thanks! Dark pour. Nice saison yeast aroma with some oak and fruit. Flavor is a really nice blend of oak, light spice, fruit and yeast. Rather delicious!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5825) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Draft sample at RBWG í11 (from notes). Pours a dark brown to black color with a small creamy tan head. The aroma and flavor had quite a bit of fruit, fig, plum, grapes with some grape juice, oak, Some Belgian chocolate and yeast, red wine character and a butterscotch note sneaks in at times.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
On tap at RBWG, thanks to Four Peaks
Appearance: Black with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, toffee and dark fruits
Taste: Belgian yeast, dark fruits and oak
Decent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
A solid pour produces a one-finger thick, nicely browned stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is pretty black colored, and hints at some ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma mixes fruity fermentation esters with vanillin and spicy oak derived notes in my first whiff of the nose. The combination gets dangerously suggestive of a big, fruity, oak aged red wine at times. The fruit notes remind me of black, fruity plums that are on their way towards becoming prunes, freshly picked red wine grapes, and some solid dried fig notes. There is a supporting malt character to the nose, that is really only noticeable up front, as it succumbs to the fruit and oak notes towards the finish; the malt contributes some roasted notes, more toasted graininess, and perhaps a touch of caramelized malt character. The toasted grain character and the caramelized notes mix with a toasted coconut and vanillin character from the barrel. The barrel character here is actually not over the top here, and other than the nose being a bit too subtle overall, the aroma is quite well integrated and rounded.

My first sip is lightly sweet up front, and quite fruity tasting, which really accentuates the fruitiness even more. The oak here isnít overbearing, but contributes a definite tannic edge, some toasted woodiness, fruit accentuating vanillin and perhaps a touch of spice to the finish. Again the fruit and oak combine to very strongly suggest flavors of a red wine; strikingly so even and it almost makes me think this was aged in a freshly emptied wine barrel. This sort of tastes a bit like Concord grape juice, though without the foxy grape quality. The fruitiness also suggest of prunes and fig juice. The body is fairly light, despite the sweetness, though it has a touch of viscous heft to it; it definitely has the drinkability that a stronger Belgian inspired brew requires. For a beer so dark, the malt character is actually fairly subdued; soft notes of toasty whole grain, some touches of burnt malt and a dark malt roast character towards the finish that has overtones of burnt caramel.

The most interesting thing about this beer is that it tastes so much like an oaky red wine. The beer seems a bit lackluster somehow, despite having a good suite of flavors and aromas to it; the beer really isnít lackluster, as I am enjoying it, but it somehow lacks a presence and finesse that is required for a beer to be great. This is certainly worth trying though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3272) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2011
tap at RBWG-thanks the brewery for lending this keg to us! deep brown with a small off-white head. butterscotch on the nose which is overpowering. dont think this did very well in the barrel. butterscotch and choclate on the flavors and there is nothing else. i dont think this is a very good beer however others seem to think it was great. quite one dimensional and the barrel aging covers up most of the belgian character of this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
2/17/11. same big black color as before... big time aroma and flavors of balsamic, saba-like grapey fruitiness, potato starch, chocolate and lots of flowery business. thereís a little grit to the texture. it is not as good as before it went in the barrel but certainly not bad and i really enjoy the fact that these local guys are willing to try new things.7/5/5/3/14

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap @ RBWG - Pours a black color with a small light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is mostly toasted oak but itís not too strong. Flavor was much of the same but the oak was a little more pronounced. Didnít get a lot of the Belgian aspect of the beer. Medium body. A nice beer. Also, Iíd like to give a shout out to Four Peaks. The most hospitable brewery I visited the whole trip. Thanks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Big thanks to Four Peaks for sending this over for the event. Pours black with a light brown head. The nose is Belgian yeast, oaky bourbon, ashy cocoa and caramel. The taste is bourbon soaked dark fruits, spicy yeast, oaky vanilla. Medium bodied. Tasty. 4.1


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