Paw Paw (Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Barrel) | Country Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
countryboybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 11-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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37
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6
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.74%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And the barrel age program at Country Boy Brewing begins! The roll out of an American red ale, brewed to 7.5% strength goes into the twenty year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels and a whole lotta wholesome goodness comes out.

With appearances of port wine, the deep maroon hues of red are shared by the tawny bronze highlights that are obvious contributions from the barrel. Mild carbonation ensures the full appreciation of flavor and silky smooth weight, while releasing a light cream colored head that regenerates with a gentle swirl. Low on lacing, the beer instead delivers brandy-like legging when tilted toward the light.

Sultry aromas of maple syrup waft over the olfactory senses from the cumulitive notes of matures malts, caramel, coconut, and weathered oak. Nutty cashews and butterscotch keep the mouth whetted in anticipation of taste.

The masculine whimsy of port wine, fine sherry, and maple sweetened bourbon resonate on the palate like few do. The tase of Pappy Van Winkle is alive in taste as it complements the malt sweetness with its own caramlization as the wood sugars further seep into the beer. Light toasty flavors of graham crackers and buttered toast keep the savory complexities comming. Low in hops, the beer seems to achieve as much balance from oak tannin as it does hop bitterness.

The beer rounds out beautifully in mouthfeel as the creamy-sweet textures have a marshmallow effect early on. The bourbon alcohol penetrate the creamy feel and glide the beer across the palate like silk. The beer concludes with an extended powdery wood texture and lightly vinous cherry alcohol warmth.

I keep drawing comparisons to finer tawny ports, bourbons, and cognac as many of those savory aged notes of oxidation and and tannin make the beer wonderful instead of a distraction as they do in most other beers. That's the intangible character that makes this beer among the best red ales I have yet to try.

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Paw Paw (Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Barrel) from Country Boy Brewing
4.39 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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