Review #593. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 04A15 Cleveland Bourbon Club

Review #593 | /r/Bourbon Review #344 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, The Cleveland Bourbon Club 04A15

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 a pick from the Cleveland Bourbon Club. Digging all that extra delicious information on the label, folks. This sample was sent to me by greatgoo and all 6 that I am about to review from him were sent blind to me. I reviewed them, sent him my notes, and he sent me the photos being used as the header to get me their info. I’m not posting them as part of the rodeo. Thanks, goo!

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 60% ABV

Age: 12 Years, 8 Months, 8 Days

Source: Sample (Mystery)

Lot: 04A15

House/Floor: | Rick/Tier X6-2(L)

Barreled: 1/15/2004

Bottled: 9/23/2016

Original Proof: 130

Nose: Ethanol is really apparent here, even after 20 minutes or so. Then, lovely honey, caramel and some nice oak are present. A really delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup note is really prominent and enticing, along with some rich toffee.

Taste: Medium mouth feel with some heat present. Reeses note continues and some faint melon, cocoa and pepper are also present.

Finish: Medium length, growing bitter with some astringency here.

Overall: This is a good, unique, off profile pick, but a tad astringent.

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Rank: 5

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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