Pappy Barrel No. 2
Abnormal Beer Company

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.57 | pDev: 5.03%
Abnormal Beer Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle in a tasting glass, split three ways.

Black as crude with a brown cap. Thin brown head, tapers to arim, leaves light spotted lacing.

Bourbon is the dominant aroma. It comes on strong. It packs a lot of aroma that carries on in the flavor: On top of the bourbon there are alcohol, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, sugar, vanilla, fresh cut hardwood, caramel, and more. There's a sense of biting into a piece of fine Belgian chocolate covered cherry that's been doused with bourbon.

Full body, packs a punch. syrupy sweetness detracts a bit.

Part of our Christmas Eve lineup along with a 2016 Kane BBA ANTEAD and a 2012 regular BCBS. I'm glad that this brew was part of a share, an entire bottle would have been too much.

Dec 26, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from just under fridge temp and allowed to warm over 30 min. Double waxed, which made it fun to open! Pours jet black with a really attractive dose of dark brown head. Quickly dissipated. The smells explode from the glass and immediately smacked me in the face....bourbon. This is incredible. Such a deep caramel and dark fruit nose. Maple and some charred wood are prominent as well. A bit of vanilla, brown sugar, and faint licorice are also there. The nose is so inviting - I could personally pay a small fee JUST to smell it. The taste is out of this world. Very different from other BA stouts. The depth of flavors is insane, and everything seems robust and thick. The bourbon provides a huge punch of alcohol heat and sweetness - perfect for those who love bourbon. Peat, wood (slightly burnt), maple, licorice, and strong flavors of dark fruit emerge from this beast. Blackberries, cherries, red grapes. The mouthfeel is so thick and creamy. The best mouthfeel of any beer I have tried. Overall, this is an incredible BA stout with wonderful bourbon flavors. I would say this is a bit extreme in flavor (and alcohol), but is exactly what a bourbon lover would enjoy. This is the perfect mix of strength, complexity, and flavor.

May 27, 2018
Pappy Barrel No. 2 from Abnormal Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 9 ratings