Apple Brandy Barrel Noir is an imperial stout aged in apple brandy barrels. The beer has major notes of chocolate, coffee, apple, and vanilla in the flavor and aroma. The stout is thick and slightly sweet, making for a smooth, slow sipping beer. Enjoy now, or lay a few down to try it with some age on it.
Final Rating: 4.02/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Prairie Dino Glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade.
Pours a dark brown, nearly black body with a modest 1 finger light mocha head that reduces slowly to leave a thin film of lacing and a ring of retention.
After letting it warm for a bit, aromas of chocolate, vanilla, boozy brandy, a unique fruity aromas which I’m guessing is the apple brandy.
On the tongue upfront is a sweet vanilla, brandy, caramel flavor, followed by a bit of booziness, dark fruits, a hint of soy, with a nice roastyness on the finish which I feel redeemed the flavor of this beer, which I found to be a little boozy and unbalanced in the beginning. Medium-heavy body, low carbonation.
Overall interesting and unique, I’ve never gotten the notes that the apple brandy barrels imparted on this beer in any other beer. Let it warm up to enjoy all the flavors.