Paw Paw (Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Barrel) - Country Boy Brewing
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.46/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen it has deep mahogany color with a thick creamy head and tremendous lacing.
The scent is robust with thick barley grains over tell tale barrel aged notes. Coconuts and vanilla start a creamy caramel malt finish and it has hints of bourbon and oak.
Sublime creaminess lends to feel and taste as caramel, chocolate, barley, bourbon, oakey woodiness, slight char and thick toffee all come together in a full, viscous swallow.
A lot of hype surrounding this but it combines so much in its aging that it almost redefines the genre of amber.
Serving type: on-tap
08-19-2013 00:25:21 | More by KYGunner
4.33/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the brewpub in Lexington.
Small, weak off-white head over a dark red-brown body.
Smells great, with high-end whisky, some vanilla, burnt sugars and a touch of dark fruit. The taste follows, with a very well calibrated dose of whisky barrel treatment, and the high-end whisky shows. Lightly sweet.
Low carbonation and near medium body.
O: Excellent. Well hidden ABV. Best barrel aged amber/red I've ever had.
Serving type: on-tap
08-14-2013 00:25:29 | More by chinchill
4.31/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap at Party Town (Florence, KY) in a Country Boy pint glass. Very dark mahogany pour with a layer of foam that, while thin, exhibits some good retention. It's difficult to gauge the nose out of this glass, but I definitely get some oak, vanilla, marshmallow, and of course, bourbon notes.
The beer has a full body and lots of great bourbon flavor. Up front are heavy notes of toffee, caramel, treacle, and brown sugar. At mid-palate, here comes the bourbon! Really nice flavors of vanilla, caramel, and (yes) booze. There is a fair amount of bite here without being boozy. The sweetness is met very well by the bite and, although it's not what I would call refreshing, it is drinkable, tasty, and goes down quickly. It is not over-hopped and that is one of its strengths. It's all about malt and bourbon flavor without being too substantial. Color me impressed.
I've very glad I had a chance to try this beer (among several others) from Country Boy. I had heard about them and they certainly lived up to their reputation. This particular beer (for me) was very reminiscent of Backwoods Bastard, only with less sweetness and a bit more ``bite''. I honestly expected to be turned off by a bourbon-barrel-aged amber ale. I anticipated an unpleasant clash of hoppy bitterness and bourbon sweetness. The fact that the brewer did not go overboard with the hops tells me they are on my wavelength. I hope to see their offerings around here more often.
Serving type: on-tap
08-09-2013 23:09:37 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.65/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is the first beer that I have reviewed from Country Boy and it is a doozy. Pappy Van Winkle 20 year barrels are a nice start. I guess it pays to have the distillery as a interstate neighbor.
Pours deep mahogany amber brown in hue, wonderfully warm and inviting. My vigorous pour from the growler achieves just over an inch of head. Head is golden biscuity tan in color. Retention is brief and lasts about 2 minutes.
Nose is a masterpiece in itself with rich malty layers of quality bourbon, carmel and toffee. Lush and mouthwatering smell fills the senses. Bourbon truffles come to mind.
The marriage of their imperial red and some of the best bourbon the country has to offer equals per flavor joy. Rich and delicately smooth on the palate. Just enough bourbon plays in this beer to really appeal to the appreciation of the spirit. Warm and sweet and just slightly cloying. Butter rum, sweet bread and toffee are some of the distinct flavors that come to mind. A hint of dryness lingers on the finish and creates a beautiful mouthfeel. Warms the belly nicely, but alcohol is well hidden on the body of this brew.
This is a crowning achievement in brewing. This ranks in the top 10 BA beers that I have had the joy of having. Very impressive brew.
Serving type: growler
07-09-2013 02:41:50 | More by SPLITGRIN
Paw Paw (Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Barrel) from Country Boy Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.