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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2009 version: 9%
100% aged in fresh emptied bourbon barrels. Brewed with six malts of Belgian & British origin. Bourbon in color with a very complex and interesting malt profile. Bright aromas of bourbon, fresh baked bread, caramel, and oak. Velvety texture, rich malt and bourbon flavors with an enticingly warm bourbon finish. 10% alc/vol 40 IBU’s


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2011 vintage. This is good stuff. when it first hit my tongue i thought ’meh’, but by the end of the sip i was sold! such a great and complex progression through the palate, really fantastic what is going on here. Just loads of sweet malts, some brighter, some dusty already, the barrel profile fits this beer just perfectly throughout. really enjoyed this one, one of the few 10s ive given for taste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
luminara (4) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2009 does not count
Block 15 beers are all under-rated on here - we need to get more ratings in. This was unlike any other beer I have ever had - there must have been a lot of bourbon left in those barrels! Bourbon taste was just a bit too much for me to give it a perfect score, but otherwise a delicious brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2012
750mL bottle, 2010 vintage. Poured clear, brilliant, fiery ambery-orange with a sticky cap of beige head.. great color to it! The aroma picked up decadent earthy and slightly-smoky bourbon paired perfectly with vanilla beans, molasses, and aged caramel.. deeper down were coconut and a pinch of honey.. most excellent! The flavor opened with a tart kick of peppery bourbon and oak.. molasses, aged caramel, and doughy rye bread at the core.. bourbon, vanilla, and dry oak weaved seamlessly through the drink.. peppery, belly-warming finish with the same blend of decadent sugars it started with. Medium-bodied, slow, and calculating through the palate, but with enough carbonation to keep it moving.. this was good.. this was really, really good.. git some!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (589) - California, USA - APR 8, 2012
oak, vanilla, bourbon aromas compliment a beautiful dark copper color. Toffee and fig notes as well. Incredibly smooth, the malts balance the bourbon and oak perfectly. Some Backend sweetness, but it isn’t overpowering or abrasive at all. Excellent head retention.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured a cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of Irish cream and whisky. Dry palate and went down really easy. Reminded me a lot of an Irish Car Bomb. Flavors -- despite it’s light appearance -- tasted darker. An amazing outcome from the barrel aging. Sweet, liquor and lactose notes with a subtle alcohol character. Finished with a sweet coffee liquor note.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1019) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On draught at BeerMongers. Full deep flavor of caramel apple with an alcohol warming on the finish. Wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeerbeast (12) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Attended the release party at The Hop and Vine. Three special beers on tap, this one was number one for me. Also picked up a bottle for future opening. Maybe age it a couple years to really see the difference. Sweet malts really dominate the tasted but overall a superb bourbon aged beer, definitely a velvety texture as the description states.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4078) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Sample from bottle. Dark amber pour, tan head. Rich sugary malts, fruit, bourbon, light oak notes, toffee, cherry, and some vanilla. A different style for BA beers, but very nicely done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
750ml bottle, 2010 vintage. The pour gives a very lightly hazy, deep reddish-honey amber colored body. A small gathering of beige tinted froth clings to the outer edge, never fully receding, though just a wispy film sits at the center of the head. Trace micro-spots of lacing dot the glass. The nose is downright luscious, dripping with enticing bourbon notes, touching on coconut macaroons, toasted toffee and caramel, subtle biscuit, and loads of vanilla-kissed oak. Grilled dates play a subdued role, as the aroma is more about caramel. Flavors are largely the same, again extremely bourbon-forward, showing strong boozy tones that are appropriately assuaged by the lush caramel and toffee. I keep coming back to macaroons, one of my favorite desserts. The toasted edges of coconut that peek out from the cookie are exactly what come to mind. Oak is smooth and saturated with dense, drippy bourbon. It’s far from complex, but it’s also quite delicious in its simplicity. The palate is creamy and lightly carbonated. It is warm, without question, but it stays shy of hot, and it somehow avoids the heavy sugars that one would assume would be in this beer. In other words, the body is substantially less weighty and laborious than I expected. Damn good stuff for the bourbon lover......but be warned, this beer will NOT appeal to those who don’t care for the Kentucky nectar.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopsbreath (24) - St Helens, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2012
-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. 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. 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. 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. O: Much better then the previous batch. Thick, complex, and interesting is not something I said last time. Block 15 at their best here.


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