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Pappy's Dark - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Pappy's DarkPappy's Dark

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BA SCORE
88
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 86
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Brewed with six malts of Belgian & British origin. Bourbon in color with a very complex and interesting malt profile. Matured in 9 & 10 year old bourbon barrels for 2-4 months. Bright aromas of bourbon, fresh baked bread, caramel, and oak. Velvety texture, rich malt and bourbon flavours with an enticingly warm bourbon finish. 10% alc/vol 40 IBU's"

(Beer added by: seanthornton152 on 05-28-2010)
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hopsbreath:
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Bals, -bals, -bals, everywhere I look I see -bals these days, but the best regarded ones typically involve Old Rip Van Winkle -bals. This 2011 batch actually sourced Pappy barrels this year and here's the result. Corked & caged bottle (750ml) thanks to black13. Split into a pair of CBS snifters and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Rust body with a finger of butterscotch head that quickly recedes to a wisp ring. No lacing but some legs that give it redeeming value. 4/5

S: Heavy on the booze just like I remember last years being, but this time I'm able to pickup great barrel character behind the alcohol. Vanilla and oak are decadent and forward. Sweet promises of what's to come. 4/5

T: There's the barrels up front full of spice and big wood. Coconut and toffee is right there representing with a long dark sugar finish. Really good depth and complexity. 4/5

M: Thicker then last year and that's a plus. Sticky finish, but this is an after dinner sipper beer... It's expected and welcome. 4.5/5

O: Much better then the previous batch. Thick, complex, and interesting is not something I said last time. Block 15 at their best here. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:14:21 | More by hopsbreath
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nkeckhar

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-11-2014 20:14:40 | More by nkeckhar
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely infected but not all that bad as it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 03:09:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drewone

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

06-02-2014 05:54:25 | More by drewone
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-13-2014 04:10:01 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-10-2014 07:51:56 | More by jbhollis1180
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rrski198

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-20-2014 15:47:14 | More by rrski198
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dcloeren

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-17-2014 16:17:36 | More by dcloeren
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-27-2014 16:31:47 | More by anteater
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-26-2014 15:40:02 | More by bauermj
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-18-2014 23:23:38 | More by strongaf
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some bourbon notes and some woody notes. Taste is a weird mix between some woody notes with some bourbon some caramelized malt notes though not as much residual sugars as I would have expected. Body is about average with good carbonation and some warming alcohol. Disappointed by this beer which lacks the balance I was hoping for and veers close to the messy category.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:40:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-02-2014 05:37:41 | More by Kurmaraja
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FrankHammer

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

01-19-2014 19:24:01 | More by FrankHammer
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-14-2014 15:15:02 | More by spinrsx
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-29-2013 19:56:03 | More by DarthKostrizer
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-22-2013 03:46:45 | More by XmnwildX12
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danwho

California

2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received in trade from the Pacific NorthWest a few months ago. Was told of the infection issues and to open soon.
Took to a bottle share today and it had soured. Some nice bourbon in the nose, but otherwise nothing but sour tartness in taste. I would have liked to try this fresh, oh well, at least we opened a Rare.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:40:05 | More by danwho
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itsiilegal

California

3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barely audible pop to the cork. Pours very slowly. High viscosity, very sugary looking. Body is very still, 1/2 cm lacing around glass, no other head. Quite murky looking and the color of dark maple syrup.

Smell is not nearly as boozy, sweet or bourbony as I was expecting or like. What is there is some brown sugary, woody bourbon. Slight maple sugar and oxidation smell.

I normally expect this style to explode onto my mouth with sugar, bourbon, oak, wood, smokiness, something. This starts off very small with slight apricot tartness. Incredibly slight irish whiskey taste jumps in and a little brown sugar, apricots and plums still dominant flavors. Very mellow and long lasting middle taste. Finally lingers away to leave tell tale warm bourbon and brown sugar. Slight boozyness stays on back of tongue and throat. Apricots and stonefruit overpower the entire taste.

Very thin mouthfeel for a 10% bourbon barrel english beer. Sugars do coat the tongue slightly and are persistent. Very slight carbonation would normally compliment flavors, but do not particularly hurt od help this beer.

Overall I am an enormous Block 15 fan. I was very let down by Pappy's Dark. I cellared for about 2 years and really wish I would have drank fresh. I cannot see this getting better. I also would really like to try on tap or a different batch, this has great potential. For style, this is too tart apricots, not quite enough to make me think it's spoiled / infected, but certainly does not help the beer. It is still drinkable and nice but would not buy again unless I have tasted a better batch / bottle.

UPDATE:
About 2 months after reviewing this beer I received an email from Block 15 stating possible infection issues in some bottles of 2012 Pappy's Dark. This confirmed my suspicions. Block 15 graciously offered full refunds to any opened or unopened bottle of 2012 Pappy's Dark (proof required). In their email they go on to explain they will be doing a full system clean, purge, sanitation and swap of all auxiliary equipment. They are also starting an in-house lab to keep track of yeast and quality. Nick and everyone at Block 15 handled this problem professionally and I will continue to be a loyal supporter. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 07:19:53 | More by itsiilegal
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-02-2013 22:12:25 | More by tommyguz
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-26-2013 03:17:00 | More by Anonymous1
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-25-2013 00:50:50 | More by meatyard
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

09-07-2013 20:22:48 | More by Gonzoillini
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DimensionX

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-04-2013 07:34:43 | More by DimensionX
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Rathakem

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-03-2013 04:27:58 | More by Rathakem
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Pappy's Dark from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.