Pappy's Dark
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
American Strong Ale
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Jun 08, 2017
May 28, 2010
Very Good
Pappy's DarkPappy's Dark
Notes: "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"
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Rated: 3.83 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 3.16 by yeaprolly from Washington

Dec 16, 2015
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Reviewed by TreeBear from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
2011 vintage cellared properly and showing no signs of infection. Pours a dark amber color. Smells like bourbon, caramel, raisins. Taste is nuanced and deep. Unlike some of the more popular barrel aged beers this is refreshing. I drank half a bottle of this and didn't feel like I was hit by a truck unlike other beers I've experienced. Will this beer blow you away in terms of overpowering flavors, no. However there are so many levels of flavors making it a pleasure to drink over the course of a couple of hours.
Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 3.61 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by halo3one from Georgia

Aug 03, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by wethorseblanket from California

May 20, 2015
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Reviewed by themaj from Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
2011 vintage. Thought only the 2012 was infected but after tasting this I think it is as well. Straight sour smell and taste. Pained me to do it but had to pour out.
Apr 19, 2015
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Rated by HoppySeb from Washington

1.2/5  rDev -69%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Infected bottle. Too bad, I really wanted to try it!
Feb 17, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by kamikazeokami from Oregon

Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 4 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Nov 23, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Nov 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Nov 14, 2014
Rated: 3.76 by CoryR from Oregon

Oct 23, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by guajolote from Oregon

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by MicroBeerMan1980 from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2014
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Jul 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by nkeckhar from New York

Jun 11, 2014
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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.
Jun 04, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by drewone from California

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by SeaAle from Oregon

May 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by jbhollis1180 from Connecticut

May 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by rrski198 from Georgia

Apr 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by dcloeren from Texas

Mar 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by anteater from Oregon

Feb 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by bauermj from Illinois

Feb 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by strongaf from Washington

Feb 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.
Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 02, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by FrankHammer from Michigan

Jan 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Jan 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by DarthKostrizer from California

Nov 29, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 22, 2013
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Reviewed by danwho from California

2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
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.
Nov 18, 2013
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Reviewed by itsiilegal from California

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.
Oct 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

Oct 02, 2013
Pappy's Dark from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 124 ratings