andrewje41 (4768) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2018
375 mL bottle poured. A massive thanks to Mike for sending this bottle my way. Been a huge fan of Almanac since day one, but was never able to get my hands on this original Barrel Noir, and I honestly thought the day wasn't going to come. Cheers to you! I do like the newer designs that Almanac has released for their bottles, but this has to be the most beautiful bottle they've ever made. A dense, near black pour. Smooth aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Soft, just enough to know its all there. An incredible dark chocolate constant going on here. Very precise flavor in that category. The bourbon blends nicely with the chocolate. An ideal winter beer that isn't a stout. Thinner than I thought this would be. I always considered it to be a full stout when I was back searching for this bottle. Very complex flavor to this as it warms. Really wish I had more bottles of this one. Excellent beer here. luttonm (7150) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2018
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Andrew for popping this at the end of our blind tasting. Soapy bubbly ring, dark malty brown body. Nose of dark soy and roast. Lighter malt syrup. Fairly strong carbonation. Dry, chalky notes on finish. Bitter cocoa. Not bad. Cunningham (8698) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2017
Black Bill and his crew strikes again. Complete black stuff with a beige layer on top. Good intensity in the aroma. Full body and a bit to rich carbonation level. A bit fizzy mouth feeling. Sweet, but still a fine bitterness to back it up. Barrel, wood, caramel, earth and chocolate in the flavor. Good complexity.Rune (14171) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2017
[The Premier Inn Room 230 sessions Feb 17 with Rune]
Bottle, many thanks to Madmitch76. Jet black body, filmy beige layer. Dark malty smell with a touch of both earth and barrels. Oak and chocolate malty flavours, hints of smoke and ash. Bourbon and resinous hops towards the ending. Well bodied. Pleasant sipper (Shared with Cunningham at a hotel room in Chelmsford 18.02.2017). nickd717 (5094) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle, from rating backlog. Black with a lasting tan head. Nice aroma, roast, coffee, bourbon, oak. Flavor mildly tart, dry, good chocolate essence, mild funk. Nice medium full body with high carb. Enjoyable.
PhillyCraft (8427) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Sampled at hops and pie, pours black with small reddish beige head. Menu says woodford reserve barrels. Notes of dark chocolate, fig, peppers, oak, cocoa nibs, and heavy licorice. Not my style but decent for what it is. Medium bodied and not overly sticky tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
Bottle, thanks to Madmitch76, shared with Clayton on the #IPAOpenIT tastings, 16/4/2016.
Firstly, I’d say this is definitely more of an American stout than any of the other styles.
It’s super clean. Lovely barrel-aging. Cedar on aroma. Lots of German licorice. Chocolate. Velvet is smooth. Oak. Wood resin. Chocolate gateax and oak chips. Really silly drinkable for the abv. The mellowness is astounding. This is an extremely well-made beer with absolutely no defects. Excellent job! djd07 (16533) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, dark fruit, oak, bourbon. Medium mouth, bourbon, roast, cocoa, boozy finish, good. Joakgust (1518) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, oak and nuts. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. Well balanced. emacgee (4749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Dark clean burnt wood black with one finger of light mocha tan head. Nose is nice. Shows the age well, notes of wood, burnt sugar, prune, black strap molasses, and dark cocoa. Warming in the mouth with dark dried fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Some soft woody notes and medium full body. Nice.