Belmont Station 15th Anniversary - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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Reviews by hopsbreath:
4.48/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
As described by Belmont Station: "Brewed by Block 15 this amazing beer is a strong Scottish Ale matured in 15 year Pappy Van Winkle Barrels and blended with 11% Oud Bruin aged for 2 years in Bourbon barrels and 11% Oud Bruin aged for 9 months in Bourbon barrels."
The description calls the beer a "strong Scottish Ale", but this has more in common with Flanders Oud Bruin's I've had than any Scottish Ale I've yet to come across. For that reason I skipped over the American Strong Ale and Scottish Ale categories and settled on the Flanders listing for reviewing the beer.
A: Chocolate milk brown in the glass and cloudy as hell. I expect that's due to the sediment and yeast in the keg being kicked up a bit. It's likely that will subside in the bottle version if allowed to settle before pouring. A thick foamy tan head sits atop the liquid and needs to be poured in parts by the bartender to allow a full glass. Some spotty lacing.
S: Excellent quality bourbon is instantly appreciated now that I've allowed it to warm (I highly recommend doing this). Some caramel sweetness, vanilla, cherries, and almond let the barrel character be known. Light vinegar makes its presence but never gets in the way of the Pappy.
T: Again the bourbon is omnipresent and up-front but not over-powering. Good warmth and peppery spice can be picked up and those magical -bals do their thing. I'm typically disappointed when a Flanders doesn't have any blue cheese funk and while faint, this one has it almost as an ethereal quality on the swallow. Light sourness, light cherries, and light vinegar are exceptionally well balanced.
M: Silky smooth, clean finishing, and softly carbonated. What more could you ask for?
O: I typically prefer lower alcohol Flanders' and have yet to enjoy one of this strength. Off flavors such as acetone and copper run rampant through Dissident, Kuhnhenn's Oud Bruin, and Aardmonik. None of those have been to my liking. Not picking up those undesirables here. By a ridiculously wide margin, this is the best Oud Bruin (if you care to call it that, I do) I've yet to have. Highly recommended and worthy.
Serving type: on-tap
06-15-2012 19:46:22 | More by hopsbreath
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Opened at 4/20 tasting.
Pours a rich cloudy mahogany, brownish head that's thin but pretty attractive.
Smells of tartness, bourbon, caramel and chocolate.
Wow, taste is surprising. Pretty crazy mix of sweet bourbon inflected caramel maltiness and sour vinegary Flanders Red character...never had anything quite like this, great stuff.
Good creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, very rich flavors but still pretty drinkable.
The most pleasant surprise of the night and one of the best of the tasting.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2013 21:18:49 | More by AlexFields
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to khumbard for this. The cork on this was horrible and broke at two points while I fought to get it out.
3.25 A: Dark brown color. Just under one finger of frothy/fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
4.25 S: I didn't realize this was a sour until right now. Not what I was expecting, but I'm not unhappy about it since it smells great. Subtle acetic acid with more emphasis on a tangy lactic acid component. Brown sugar, caramel, quince, and chocolate. Notes of plum and purple grape. Funk is fruity and earthy, but not too powerful. The barrel is used perfectly for this beer. The bourbon complements lightly without interfering with the base beer's aromas. Light leather and earthiness with vanilla and oak notes.
4.25 T: The taste is a lot more "wild" than the nose suggests. This isn't to say this is overly sour because it isn't, but I was expecting mild sourness and I got moderate. Lots of tanginess in here in the form of fruity raisin, not quite ripe plum, quince, crab apple, and white grape. Brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and maybe a hint of molasses. Again the bourbon is subtly complementary. Light earth and leather, but stronger vanilla and oak.
4.25 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritzy creaminess. Supremely smooth. Great here.
4.5 D: This is a great beer without really any problems.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2013 00:28:21 | More by DavoleBomb
3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Deep amber body with a khaki head. Settles to nothing. A thin collar.
Smell - Bourbon comes through and lots of caramel and vanilla. Red wine notes and other dark fruits. Nice acidity.
Taste - Follows the smell. Bourbon blends nicely. Deep caramel and a rising acidity. Vanilla and bourbon linger on the palate.
Mouthfeel - Way overcarbonated. Medium heavy body. I think this could be much better with lesscarbonation.
Overall - Excellent flavors. The bourbon blends very well. Just too carbonated.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2013 19:35:34 | More by Alieniloquium
4.95/5 rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
.750 corked + caged. Chilled in fridge, then poured into a HoTD tulip. Big up to my OR connect.
A: A magnificent 3cm head forms from moderately aggressive pour. As the beer calms the Co2 bubbles shrink and form a ring around the glass. The beer is very responsive to agitation but Co2 bubbles quickly dissipate to form a ring. No lacing effect, and no creators (not expected anyway) The color of this beer is a dark walnut brown, dark sappy amber with slightly reddish tinged hue.
S: initial waft is of sour cherry pie. acidic vinegar toned nutty chocolate notes.
T: bursts of flavors identical to the smell. First I'm tasting the sour cherry followed by a sweet nutty flavor. The back end of this beer has undertones of chocolate, I am attributing this to the bourbon barrels.
M: light, smooth-perfect carbonation level for this type of beer. Crisp/dry for minutes after.
O: Block 15 nailed this down from every angle. I absolutely loved this beer because it is easy drinking, high alcohol with no sign of it, perfect bourbon qualities added to the flavors to make it taste more like a sour nutty Black Forest cake! I think the bourbon qualities truly shine on the back end and only in positive ways. 2 other beers that immediately come to mind that taste similar are supplication, and winter woods. This beer definitely surpasses them!!!!
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2013 00:11:23 | More by amnesia85
Belmont Station 15th Anniversary from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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