Review #595. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Cleveland Bourbon Club 11 Brioche

Review #595 | /r/Bourbon Review #346 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, Cleveland Bourbon Club #11 “Brioche”

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


Source: Sample (Mystery)

House/Floor: | Rick/Tier K6-46(3)

Barreled: 3/2/2005

Bottled: 7/5/2017

Original Proof: 139.3

Nose: Floral toffee, sweetest nose yet. Honey, peanut brittle, super sweet, super floral, super funky (in a good way)

Taste: Thick and rich. Sweet. No heat. Caramel, toffee and peanut brittle. Dialed up to 11.

Finish: Long, sweet and loaded with toffee. Floral notes are here in force and the peanut butter note returns.

Overall: This was very unique. I don’t often get tons of floral influence in these. It almost came across like a well aged OBSQ or OESK Four Rose Pick. You can tell it wasn’t from the huge peanut influence in the palate and finish, but I was impressed nonetheless. Another winner.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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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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