Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Almanac Beer Company Barrel Noir

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Almanac Beer Company Barrel Noir - 50% Dark Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels - 50% American Imperial Stout. As many of you know I am a huge fan of barrel aged beers and lately I’m willing to buy most anything Almanac Beer Company brews.

From the Almanac Beer Company website: “This oak-aged ale is our love letter to bourbon barrels. Barrel Noir is a sumptuous, inky ale that celebrates the velvety texture and subtle heat that only Kentucky charred oak can impart. Born from a blend of American imperial stout and Belgian-inspired dark ale aged in bourbon barrels, this rich brew can be paired with braised beef dishes and dark chocolates. Enjoyed best in front of a warm fireplace.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with brown highlights, a nice tan head and great lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, Belgian yeast and dark fruits.
Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, raisin, plum, bourbon, vanilla, espresso, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and charred oak.
Overall: An impeccable blend, Almanac Beer Company Barrel Noir is over the top delicious. The complexity is fantastic and this 10% ABV gem is very well balanced. Great beer – I would DEFINITELY buy again!


Mark Harvey

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