Friday, March 27, 2015
Black Diamond Bourbon Barrel Aged Grand Cru (9/10)
It pours a deep, dark, brown. The head is fairly thick, as you can see in the picture, and lasts a while.
The aroma is a bouquet of dark fruit, plums, and malt with just a hint of bourbon.
The flavor is a complex mash-up of bourbon, malt, dark fruit, a mild sourness, and a raspberry-like malt finish. There are so many interest flavors in here that this is a beer you're going to sip rather than drink. It's really an excellent brew and my hats are off to the good folks at Black Diamond.
The Rate Beer folks and I agree on this one. Their 93/100 rating is right in line with my 9 out of 10. Beer Advocate is a bit tougher on it, rating the beer only 82 or "good".
Because this is another of those limited-edition beers, you'll have to call around or shop to find a bottle. When you do, you'll be glad you did. It's a great beer.