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Pappy's Dark | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Pappy's DarkPappy's Dark

Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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"

Added by seanthornton152 on 05-28-2010

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 41
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Dansrc51
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this both in the bottle and on tap. Feb 2012 release. pour released vanilla, carmel and oak notes from the aging process. Mouth feel was smooth and creamy, and perhaps a little too sweet. Bourbon balance was exceptional and bitterness was just an undercurrent. Overall, I really like this beer. One of the better bourbon aged beers I've had.

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Photo of TreeBear
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release:
Pours dark brown with lighter head settling quickly to a solid ring of bubbles. Looks heavy and solid.
Smells of rich bourbon, oak/vanilla spiciness from the barrel, sweet chocolate and caramel with a malty graininess.
Tastes again of bourbon, though well integrated and certainly more so than last year. Strong chocolate, molasses, caramel and spicy vanillin barrel character. Decadent, though reasonably easy drinking for the weight.
Rich in the mouth, with ample carbonation to keep it fresh. A lingering weight, but not over the top dense.
Very good. Certainly better than last years (sampled side by side) with great room for improvement. Was excited for the newest release of this, and even more excited for it now!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bier Stein.

A - Dark brown. Looks like the style should.

S - Bourbon with vanilla notes.

T - Awesome. Lots of caramel, bourbon, and chocolate.

M - Smooth. A little more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

D - Goes down exceptionally easy considering the ABV. I'd sip this all night.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage opened on 1/13/13 morning. Happy new years!

A: a little cloudy, carmel to amber in color.

S: Very malty, can smell the bourbon.

T: Malty, bourbon, carmel.

M: Medium body, I think the aging has reduced some I the carbonation.

O: Super drinkable, but packs a punch!

Here's to 2013!

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Photo of jegross2
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Pappy's Dark from Block 15 out of Corvallis, Oregon.

Score: 95

2013 vintage bottle served in a Portsmouth snifter and enjoyed on 02/24/13 to celebrate the Oscars. Review is from iPhone notes. Thank you Danny for the bottle!

Appearance: Pours a thin film of tan head. The body is dark reddish-brown in color, like a murky barleywine. Poor lacing, minimal retention. 4/5

Smell: Coconut, luscious vanilla, and a nice dessert-like sweetness that is reminisce of Scotty Karate. Freshly baked beer bread, cocoa powder and oak. Toffee and molasses complexities too. A little bit of alcohol is apparent. 4.5/5

Taste: Even more coconut on palate than nose! Good alcohol warmth upfront on palate, but not fusel or "boozy." Molasses, toffee and vanilla. Coconut finish. Nice sweetness upfront that mellows before the finish. If you let this beer it on the tongue, you get a nice little bourbon burn and smooth molasses flavor lingering. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, minimal but perfect carbonation. Silky and smooth. Nice level of sweetness. 4.25/5

Overall: Past batches of this beer did not have the best reputation, but the 2013 vintage hit the ball out of the park. This beer is a coconut-vanilla bomb, and had I known just how excellent this beer would be in advance, I would have surely sought more. Abandon all preconceived notions and acquire yourself a bottle from the latest release.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

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4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes taken at a tasting

Pours thin and has a light brown coffee look. Small head.

smell is smooth Scotch like. nice malts and sweet bourbon with good smell of nuts.

Booze is present but smooth. has a subtle heat to it. A bit of coconut. Present sweetness.

Mouthful is thin but flavorful. Lingers and stays delicious. Has a nice warmth.

Very nice beer. Has potential to be better but good. Thin but sweet.

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4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton for sharing this, Justin.

A: Pours a dark raisin caramel color with a small light brown head that faded into a faint collar.
S: Very sweet smelling. I can definitely smell the Pappy barrel. Other scents include caramel, vanilla, marshmallow and an almost berry-like fruitiness.
T: Pappy smoothness and big bourbon notes all the way. The flavors follow the nose with big notes of caramel and vanilla, but the flavor is also very bready and grainy with notes of dark fruits. Bourbon consumes the finish, and there is that smooth Pappy butteriness in the aftertaste.
M: Bubbly carbonation made up of tiny bubbles, with moderate alcohol warmth, a creamy mouthfeel and smooth body.
O: A very solid beer. I love me some Pappy barrels, and this one did well with the treatment. Interesting fruit flavor for an old ale. Thanks again for the taste, Justin!

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Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Wanted to try this one fresh. I believe this version was aged for 12 months in Old Rip Van Winkle barrels that were used in the PVW Family Reserve 20 year.

After a somewhat vigorous pour there is very little initial head. The head does slowly form and then sticks around for the rest of the glass. Dark brown body with tan head and moderate lacing.

Smells of toasty vanilla and bourbon. Some chocolate notes as well and a lot of oak from the 20 year Pappy barrels. Very inviting.

Taste is smooth bourbon all the way. Even has a nice bite at the finish that is strongly reminiscent of the 20 year PVW we had at the bottle release party. Lots of toasted oak barrel, vanilla and some dark fruit.

I wish the beer was a bit thicker. As it was it was good for the style but felt a tiny bit thin. Carbonation was good and the flavor lingered and evolved.

I think this might be my favorite vintage of Pappy's Dark. The 2010 and 2011 are both drinking well now but Nick and crew really dialed it in with this version.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 edition.

Pours a semi hazy medium brown colors with a small eggshell head that recedes to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin with some brown sugar, caramelized sugars, light maple and candy with some emerging bourbon more and more as it warms. There is also some light oak and toasted bread which emerges as well.

The tastes follow those nose with some toasted biscuity bread, caramelized sugars and light cocoa maltiness. The bourbon and oak complements the flavors and does not assert itself too much or overpower the base beer but works in harmony. Some vanilla and maple also emerges as it warms more and more.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to light carbonation. Finish is decently sweet but no where near cloying thanks to what I assume is some Belgian yeast which adds some necessary dryness.

Overall this is a fantastic beer and probably the darkhorse highlight of our last group bottle share. It is a beast flavor-wise yet extremely balanced and drinkable compared to other offerings in this ABV level and style. Definitely worth seeking out if you ask me.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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