Review #576 | /r/Bourbon Review #327 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (Lincoln Road, Old Hallows Eve)
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 an especially old pick – hailing at 15 years old.
Distiller: Knob Creek
Bottler: Knob Creek
ABV: 60% ABV
Age: 15 Years
Additional Info: No Barrel #, just the name: All Hallow’s Eve
Nose: Prominent brown sugar and maple / molasses. It’s like a dessert bomb. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, butter cream, faint oak, faint pepper, sweet and creamy. Not at all what I expected.
Taste: Thick, sweet and loads of cocoa. Caramel, more Reese’s here. Oak, but it’s balanced. Sweet dessert notes like toffee, nougat, peanut brittle with faint pepper and oak.
Finish: Long, slightly more oaky but it balances well with the fudge, tobacco and caramel in the finish.
Overall: I had concerns this would be a bitter bomb, but I’m really kind of shocked it’s not. This is sweeter than some younger barrels, more lively than other older than average barrels (think 12/13 years) and completely enjoyable throughout. The PB note is super unique, but fits the profile really well. Pretty impressed by this overall.
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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 | Insurpassable | No better exists