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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Photo of Dansrc51
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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 ales4baldo
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 hopsbreath
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-Bals, -bals, -bals, everywhere I look I see -bals these days, but the best regarded ones typically involve Old Rip Van Winkle -bals. This 2011 batch actually sourced Pappy barrels this year and here's the result. Corked & caged bottle (750ml) thanks to black13. Split into a pair of CBS snifters and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Rust body with a finger of butterscotch head that quickly recedes to a wisp ring. No lacing but some legs that give it redeeming value. 4/5

S: Heavy on the booze just like I remember last years being, but this time I'm able to pickup great barrel character behind the alcohol. Vanilla and oak are decadent and forward. Sweet promises of what's to come. 4/5

T: There's the barrels up front full of spice and big wood. Coconut and toffee is right there representing with a long dark sugar finish. Really good depth and complexity. 4/5

M: Thicker then last year and that's a plus. Sticky finish, but this is an after dinner sipper beer... It's expected and welcome. 4.5/5

O: Much better then the previous batch. Thick, complex, and interesting is not something I said last time. Block 15 at their best here. 4/5

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Photo of oregone
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing this one. Pours the color of toffee with a hazy clarity. Head is just a soapy skim with a thin band around the edges. Nose is sugary and reveals toffee, citrus and a buttery quality. Taste expresses butterscotch, albeit it's a bit watered down, with just a suggestion of bourbon and a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a sharp carbonation and a slightly oily texture; however, all and all, it comes off a bit watery. My overall impression of this beer is a thin old ale. All and all it's decent, but the mouthfeel makes it all just fall a little short for me.

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Photo of vkv822
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2010 bottling.

Pours a clear amber brown with a thin tan head.

Aroma is a blend of caramel, bread malts and toffee along with quite a bit of bourbon from the barrel aging. Fairly boozy. I'm also getting some fig and other dark fruit in the finish.

The taste follows the nose fairly closely with caramel malts upfront followed quickly by bourbon and finishes with a strong oak note at first that turns to raisins and more dark fruits as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer, lots of bourbon, thankfully balanced out by some caramel and dark fruits.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is toffee, caramel, sweet malts, dates, coconut, and a slight cherry aroma. The barrel aging is pretty well integrated into this one.

T: The taste is caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, booze, and a slight hop flavor to balance out all the sweet flavors. The booze is almost too's like they dropped a few shots of cheap bourbon in the bottles.

M: The feel is on the thin side of medium and decent carbonation. The alcohol is pretty apparent in the flavor and definitely makes itself known here.

O: Not the best barrel aged beer I've ever had but it could be worse. The smell is really great but the flavor and mouthfeel are subpar. The boozy aspect detracts from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 2010 vintage from my cellar, poured into tulips

A: Dark brick reddish, loose 1 finger head, good lacing

S: Raisin, bourbon, leather are detectable from a distance immediately after pouring. More subtle notes of toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit.

T: Bready and toasty malt, very slight banana, boozy on the finish. Doesn't really live up to the aroma.

M: Low-to-medium carbonation, a bit thin for the style.

O: Good, but a bit underwhelming, particularly compared to my memory of it on draft a couple months ago.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

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Photo of pasadoit
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A snifter (a paltry $3? what???) served at The Hop & Vine, one day after a big Block 15 bash. Thanks to Yetta for the pour, despite the bar side not opening for well over an hour ~ glad there was still some left on-tap, even after bottles were long gone.

A: For lack of a better descriptor, this looks like 'bourbon' - a deep brown-orange that shows very little carbonation through its slight haziness. Barely a a 1/4" of khaki cream breaks apart quickly; 'lace' is a polka dot scattering.

S: Plenty of woodsy 'barrel' in the nose, a toasty malt/crushed spice/candy-like note that screams 'BOURBON!' with a backing of hoppy greenness, kinda minty. Smells good an strong right, but something of a one-trick pony right now...

T: Notable flavors of richly sweet and amply spiced bourbon; it's very straightforward with the oak and the spice. A curious fruitiness (apple) with toasted nuts and a little toffee. Dessert-y sugars and something deeper and darker, light cocoa and charred wood. It's complex know, but you have to believe there's much more to this given some time to relax.

M: Has a little surliness to its fusel heat, but that can't detract from a refined smoothness. Medium-heavy build; not quite 'cloying' but definitely a 'lasting feel, due almost entirely to that creamy booziness. Nice, but could stand to simmer down quite a bit...

D: A beer with 'good bones', but not an entirely drinkable one right now. The potential is high in this one, given anywhere from 6 months to... oh, I don't know... a couple years(?) to mellow. Awfully warm right now, which makes it a sipper that warrants nearly an hour to finish. If you're lucky enough to snag a bottle, do yourself a favor and sit on it til at least next fall... or if you like a boozy bourbon warmth, go ahead and have it right now!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of seanthornton152
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Baileys Taproom.

A - Clear bronze amber color, light head.

S - Vanilla, sweet dark fruits, oak, hint of licorice root

T- Smooth vanilla, sweet malts, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, nice bourbon finish, a bit hot.

M - Medium body, active carbonation

D - very tasty beer. I wish it was bottled.

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