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Pappy's Dark - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Pappy's DarkPappy's Dark

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
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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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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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

06-02-2014 05:54:25 | More by drewone
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

01-19-2014 19:24:01 | More by FrankHammer
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-27-2012 00:01:49 | More by vissai
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3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Bottle thanks to writerljberg for the bottle. Poured into snifter.

A: Reddish amber with a small brown head.

S: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, coconut, date. Evident booze. Smells a bit like an old IPA with some barrel characteristics.

T: Pretty hot. Earthy hops, caramel, oak, toffee, and lots of booze. Low bitterness. Finishes dry, with pronounced booze and oak.

M: Upper medium in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and sticky.

Overall: An interesting beer. Somewhere between an old Double IPA and a Barleywine. Not bad, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 05:55:22 | More by HopHead84
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

06-07-2013 17:11:40 | More by JMRSN
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

12-28-2012 22:28:44 | More by AgentZero
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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat reddish brown body. No head. The thinnest of collars going on.

Smell - Bourbon, lots of caramel, vanilla. Not as impressive as I remember it.

Taste - Richer caramel, lots of barrel and vanilla. Finishes astringent and bourbony.

Mouthfeel - Mostly flat. Slight booziness to it.

Overall - Just a bland beer in a good barrel. This would be a nothing beer without the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 03:03:00 | More by Alieniloquium
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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.

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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3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle purchased@Block 15 and brought back to Oz. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKennedy.

Treacle hue with a noisy, yellowy one finger head that falls without lacing to a minimal ring.

Mild leathery oak, dark fruits, muscatels, vanilla, coconut and candy cane.

Plethora of dark fruits, vanilla and heavy, bourbony, booze.

Carbonation feels way too jazzy and active for a big beer like this. Would be more suited to a hop-driven Pale Ale. A smoother, creamier body would also help to offset the hot booze. Finish is slightly tart.

There's lot of potential here, and plenty that I liked, but it's a bit hot to handle at the moment. Have another bottle that I will sit on at least 18 months and then revisit this review.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 08:58:42 | More by spicelab
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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-15-2013 04:52:37 | More by cfrances33
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-14-2012 22:42:54 | More by BDeibs
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-12-2013 21:24:57 | More by AlexFields
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-26-2013 20:38:47 | More by mothman
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-11-2013 00:11:41 | More by Retail1LO
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-24-2013 02:48:36 | More by yourefragile
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is toffee, caramel, sweet malts, dates, coconut, and a slight cherry aroma. The barrel aging is pretty well integrated into this one.

T: The taste is caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, booze, and a slight hop flavor to balance out all the sweet flavors. The booze is almost too much...it's like they dropped a few shots of cheap bourbon in the bottles.

M: The feel is on the thin side of medium and decent carbonation. The alcohol is pretty apparent in the flavor and definitely makes itself known here.

O: Not the best barrel aged beer I've ever had but it could be worse. The smell is really great but the flavor and mouthfeel are subpar. The boozy aspect detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:07:41 | More by GregSVT
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-02-2013 22:12:25 | More by tommyguz
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-22-2013 03:46:45 | More by XmnwildX12
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District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears a murky shade of burnt copper with virtually no head. The aroma offers oak, vanilla, bourbon, sweet malt. The flavor is very malty, with tannic / vanilla notes. Perhaps a hint of citrus from excessive barrel character. Light in feel with low carbonation. Overall, this was ok.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:14:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead glass

PAPPY BARRELS. A difficult beer to categorize or describe - pretty big bodied, caramel and toffee are the dominant flavors - bourbon is percolating, but not particularly refined. Brown sugar and molasses contribute additional weight and sweetness. I'm not sure about this one - some nice things going on, but kind of a mish-mash and the barrel aging really was pretty sloppy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:18:54 | More by dirtylou
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 2010 vintage from my cellar, poured into tulips

A: Dark brick reddish, loose 1 finger head, good lacing

S: Raisin, bourbon, leather are detectable from a distance immediately after pouring. More subtle notes of toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit.

T: Bready and toasty malt, very slight banana, boozy on the finish. Doesn't really live up to the aroma.

M: Low-to-medium carbonation, a bit thin for the style.

O: Good, but a bit underwhelming, particularly compared to my memory of it on draft a couple months ago.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 17:13:54 | More by kscaldef
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-27-2013 19:38:32 | More by mdaschaf
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Pappy's Dark from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.