Pappy's Dark - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
06-04-2014 03:09:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
02-17-2014 20:40:41 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Thanks for sharing this, Richard.
Copper in color with minimal head formation, perhaps some khaki foam. The barrel comes through a bit, but not as prominent as many barrel aged beers (a bit of booze and vanilla). There is a nice sweetness of toffee, brown sugar, dark stone fruits, and molasses. The flavor is similar in the malt profile. Excellent brown sugar and toffee flavors. There is a solid bourbon flavor and a smooth vanilla character. A bit more subdued on the fruit. Medium body with low carbonation.
01-22-2012 17:08:52 | More by womencantsail
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
2010 vintage shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - Tan foam settles to wisps, a collar, and specks of lace. Opaque brown-orange body. Pretty solid considering the higher ABV.
S - Malt-heavy, with cherry brandy, dark fruits, marmalade, bourbon, and oak as well. Even with all those sweet flavors it manages to avoid being cloying - the oak and whiskey bite help in that regard.
T - A nice mix of fruity, toffee, and caramel malts yield to oak, vanilla, and bourbon in the finish. Notes of plums, black cherry, and raisins with some estery yeast as well - base felt a bit more like a Belgian Strong than an American one. Alcohol is very well hidden, and this went down fairly smooth for 10%.
M - Smooth, medium-full body. Creamy texture that evokes liquid caramel. Lower but present carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. Not sure if this would have been as tame out of the gate, but it's quite ready at this stage of the game.
D - A solid malt-forward barrel-aged beer. Nothing mind-blowing, but enjoyable all the same. You'll definitely need a few friends on deck to tackle the 750ml bottle, but it's perfectly drinkable in small doses.
12-30-2012 22:06:51 | More by MasterSki
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
2012 vintage, consumed July, 2014. Served slightly refrigerated.
Medium brown color, murky, with a small tan head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some random streaks of lacing and legs on the glass. Aroma was a little off at first (medicinal mostly), but after it breathed for a few minutes, it was fine. Notes of dark sugars, dark fruits, bourbon. In the taste, sweet malts, caramel, bourbon, wet oak, vanilla, brown sugar, figs, dates, some solventy booze. As the beer warmed, the bourbon/vanilla came out more, keeping the sweetness in check. Body was medium, mouthfeel was slick and unctuous. You definitely have to expect something different than a BA stout with this beer, otherwise you'll be disappointed. The bourbon was fairly smooth, lacking any major boozy heat, making the 10%ABV seem just about right, and making drinkability easy. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Not mind-blowing, but really everything was right where where it should have been.
07-26-2014 03:30:05 | More by Rifugium
District of Columbia
3.51/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
03-16-2013 01:14:16 | More by Huhzubendah
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
On tap during the Hop and Vine event.
The beer pours a tawny, cloudy brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. This beer has the look of a beer that has seen a bit of barrel aging in its time. The nose is intense and a bit unusual, as I pick up noticeable bourbon (of course), brown sugar, plum, light sour and vanilla. The bourbon does not overpower the rest of the aroma components in this beer, which I think is a good thing. On the palate, this beer is just a treat. The beer is fairly sweet and rich, but has enough bourbon and dark fruit to keep the sweetness from coming across as too much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, rich, brown sugar and vanilla infused finish. This beer carries its 10% abv. very well, and is not at all heavy, hot or tiring on the finish. You can certainly tell it's up there, and I'm not sure I'd ever want more than a single glass at a sitting, but this is definitely a very nice beer that I wouldn't hesitate to order again.
02-18-2013 16:23:50 | More by John_M
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Growler provide the first night of Inflatablechair's annual hair-cutting extravaganza. Seanthornton152 brought this gem over just for the occasion.... Very cool Sean... Glad you entered this one in before I did... I definitely didn't think "RIS" .... I think American Strong does justice.
Pours clear brown... nice off white head with okay lacing.
Nose is a plush sugary caramel conglomeration soaked in good bourbon. :-) Lite cocoa shows too, but that could be my smeller playing tricks.
Thick vanilla caramels... very malty and sweet.. not cloying.. just very thick.. decadent almost.. the bourbon plays pretty heavy too.. vanilla and lesser oak.. something that I pick up as spicy phenols... a bit solventy EtOH as it warms. Too sweet for my teeth.
Body is pretty heavy .... carbonation is lite yet ever present even on later pours.
Thanks again Sean.... I had a really hard time wrapping my mind around this one.... in a good way of course.
06-03-2010 09:04:13 | More by JohnGalt1
3.2/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
05-05-2011 05:55:22 | More by HopHead84
4.04/5 rDev +2.5%
2013 bottle opened and split two ways on 4.7.13.
A - Pours a dark cola brown with a few dark tan bubbles that quickly move to the glass and leave lots of streaking lacing.
S - A bit tart, but lots of barrel notes, toffee, and wood.
T - Lots of barrel, almost a tartness, but more woody. Lots of toffee/carmel, and of course bourbon. One of the best.
D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.
O - A bit tart and woody, but a very nice bourbon influence. Pappy is always nice.
04-09-2013 02:57:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
01-06-2013 22:18:54 | More by dirtylou
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
04-02-2013 03:03:00 | More by Alieniloquium
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
On draught at The Beer Stein, Pappy's Dark is chestnut brown with a small off-white collar that leaves no lace.
Smell is huge wet bourbon, not hot though, just the wonderful caramel/corn/vanilla notes, with a little bread pudding wafting out as it warms.
Taste is raisin and fig, bourbon, chocolate. A nice earthy BSDA with some phenols and a big, yet smooth punch of bourbon flavor, without the overt booze.
Mouthfeel is modestly dry, and surprisingly not to heavy, definitely bringing that Belgian style digestibility.
Drinkability is very yummy, well integrated, dangerously smooth and delicious. I love bourbon, and love how reminiscent this is, without being as bruising.
03-16-2011 00:29:18 | More by ccrida
Pappy's Dark from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.