Pappy's Dark | Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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124 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States
block15.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.73%
 
 
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80
Gots:
33
For Trade:
2
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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.

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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.

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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.

UPDATE:
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.

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Pappy's Dark from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
3.86 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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