Review #572. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Binnys 3901a 12yr6mo

Review #572 | /r/Bourbon Review #323 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Binny’s Chicago”

The Schtick: Knob Creek Single Barrels have long been a product easily available at most stores. In the last several years, picking private barrels of various ages has become more commonplace. Picks between 9 and 16 years of age have been popping up with great regularity and I’ve taken it upon myself to try a variety and see how they fare. Some time ago, Knob Creek exhibited what may have been the largest barrel variation commonly agreed on in the bourbon community with some barrels ranging from wretched to godly. It has been my feeling that, as of late, the overall quality of these barrels being picked has risen, adding a slightly higher floor than existed before.

This is one of Binny’s many individual picks from Beam. It is 12 years and 6 months old.

Barrel: 3901a

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory


Age: 12.5 Years

Source: Bottle, Purchased

Additional Info: Warehouse 1, Rick 5, Tier 21-3, Barreled on 2/27/2004 and Bottled on 8/23/2016

Nose: Honey, caramel, vanilla, butter cream. All sweet, no spice.

Taste: Caramel, dry oak. Faintly fruity. Pepper, clove, lots of sweet butter cream.

Finish: Medium in length, no heat. Sweet cream, caramel and faint strawberry jam. Not too dry, not too spicy.

Overall: I liked this, although it kind of meandered around. Not too sweet, not too spicy, but also not crazy remarkable. A cool look at a little more off profile pick, though.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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