Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 09 Year Old

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 09 Year Old
WhiskyKnob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 09 Year Old
CountryUnited States
TypeBourbon
CaskAmerican Oak
Age9 years old
Abv60%
Rating 82/100

About

Knob Creek is a brand of bourbon and rye whiskey produced by Beam Suntory at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.
Reviews of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 09 Year Old
says on April 14, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Brown sherry

General description

Darker color than most. Good balance.

says on February 1, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Brown sherry

General description

It has some brown sugar and baking spice. A little bit of a sweet peppery maple finish.

says on December 7, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Maple, burnt sugar, caramel, sweet, smooth and thick, oily

says on September 6, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 78/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Brown sherry

General description

Heavy notes of cherries, maple and burnt sugar on opening. After sitting it brings out wood chips and rubbing alcohol. Fairly bitter and heavy alcohol notes on the taste considering its high abv. Adding cold water tempers the alcohol and makes it enjoyable bringing out dark chocolate and maple. The back end is where the sweetness comes through and if water is added vanilla stands out. I definitely needed plenty of cold water to enjoy.

Nose

Cherries, maple, wood chips, burnt sugar, oak, rubbing alcohol

Palate

Maple sap, bitter wood, dark cooking chocolate, roasted nuts

Finish

burnt wood; water brings out more dark chocolate and vanilla

says on September 1, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

Classic bourbon, priced right and available at most stores to make it an everyday sipper

Nose

Bourbon

Palate

Caramel

Finish

Alcohol, cinnamon, oaky tannin bitterness

says on July 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Burnished

General description

smooth, great manhatten

says on June 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 78/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

Jim beam nuttiness with cherry and high proof

says on April 28, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 83/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Mahogany, Henna notes

General description

Knob Creek is an entry level offering in Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection.  Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is hot, intoxicating and with not much of a detectable flavour profile.  Water does tame the beast, however it washes out any subtleties as well.  While not a "bad" bourbon, KC SiBR left me wondering ... Does this nine year single barrel offering really have family ties to the likes of Bookers?

VITAL STATISTICS:
Distiller: Jim Beam
Age: 9 years
ABV: 90 (120 Proof)
Mashbill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Cask: New charred oak
Note: This bottle had no label markings distinguishing from which barrel it was drawn.

FOR THE REVIEW:
I drank it neat, from a Glencairn glass.  In later tastings I added several drops of distilled water hoping to coax out its flavours, however other than taming the heat, no change in the initial profile was noted.

For my tastes, my rating of this bourbon puts it between Wild Turkey 101, Knob Creek Small Batch and Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

Nose

On the nose, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (KC SiBR) is dry and alcohol forward with plenty of intense ethanol heat.  A subtle simple syrup sweetness is there, but it is hard to coax from the dram with normal nosing.

Palate

The first and subsequent sips of KC SiBR are strong with plenty of throat burn.  It is harsh, firey and hot.  Its dry flavours of dusty corn and figs can be sensed after a swallow and then only deep in the throat.  Its spices of clove, white pepper and rye overpower burnt sugar and toffee sweetness and barely give way to any barrel flavor.

Balance, Body, Look and Feel:
KC SiBR is so well blended very few individual flavours present, which I found disapointing; I look forward to nuances when enjoying fine bourbon.  KC SiBR is thin and watery, displaying medium legs in the Glencairn.

Finish

KC SiBR's medium long finish leaves one with a deep throat and chest warming sensation.  When the liquid is gone, a faint light oakiness aftertaste remains.

says on April 20, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Burnt umber

General description

One of my favorites. Complex sweet

says on April 1, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 65/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Lots of heat and not too much else. ice and water kills any notes

says on March 27, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 75/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Not much going on here. More heat than anything else. Water kills it. Best buy for me is Elijah Craig.

Nose

Burn, brown sugar, some caramel notes. Maybe some honey.

Palate

Mostly burn but not overpowering, the tastes are toned down too much. Nose doesn't continue to the palate.

Finish

Sweetness fades and burn lingers.

says on March 13, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Knob Creek turned up to 11. Dusty vanilla and caramel toned down by bitter barrel. Needs a rest in the glass to get into it. Will have to explore it deeper to capture all it has to offer.

says on February 6, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 61/100
Color: Old oak

General description

I am a bit disappointed in my first pour from this bottle. I am a big Knob Creek fan but this seems a lesser drink than the regular small batch. A splash of water seems to do very little. I have high expectations of higher proof single barrel offerings to bring assertive flavors and bright textures. This misses the mark. I am hopeful that this is from a weak barrel or maybe it just needs some time to air out a bit. I will give it another go in a few weeks.

says on December 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 70/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Pretty tasty.

says on November 15, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Store pick, barrel #5206: I've heard this described as the little brother of Booker's... and I can totally see it. It's not quite as complex but at half the price, I can deal. This is real good stuff.

Nose

Burnt caramel, fresh cut wood, cinnamon, rich sweetness

Palate

Charred oak, caramel, hot, bold, tangy?, vanilla spiced apples, rich medium mouth feel

Finish

Wood char, sweet ash

says on August 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 80/100
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

Very sweet, peach gummy candies is the predominant flavor

says on August 10, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

strong bourbon with an oaky and slightly honey like taste.

says on June 6, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Burnished

General description

Good but there are better $50 bottles out there

says on May 6, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 89/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Good value. Oaky, honey, dark chocolate, spicy, cherry, and leather.

says on April 26, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 89/100
Color: Tawny

General description

Maple syrup, molasses, dusty charcoal, smooth entry, then prickly tannic bite, leads to a flavorful but dry woody finish. Hard core with very little sweet in this one. NJ Wine Merchants Group Barrel # 4596

says on April 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 93/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Great nose and pairs with a meal like a champ. Take this one neat. Buckle in for everything you love about whisky.

says on March 26, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 91/100
Color: Old oak

General description

to me I get some maybe toasted almond, dark chocolate, leather, some spice, a small Ky hug, and a sweet nutty aftertaste

says on March 20, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 84/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

I know I can always get Maker's or Knob at any bar or restaurant so it's one of my most common drinks. This is a perfect example of the vanilla, oak and caramel a bourbon should have. this one being at 120 proof is spicier than the entry level Knob but still enjoyable.

says on March 13, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 78/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Great aromatic caramel leads the way for a good sipper with a punch. Slow burn in the finish.

says on March 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 95/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Amazing nose of oak and vanilla. At first taste toasted nut and caramel followed by more caramel and vanilla and oak. Amazing finish with a nice smooth burn. If you get the right bottle this whiskey can be amazing for the price. The bottle I have currently I enjoy more than Blanton's or Booker's... If you see this and enjoy bourbon, get it. PS buy the bottle that looks the darkest ;)

says on March 5, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 91/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Nose: Good transition from sweet to savory. Starts with stewed apples and vanilla, transitions so country ham, biscuits and tobacco.

Palate: First impressions are like licking a fresh oak plank that has been covered in butter and toasted. Oak and butter moves to red fruits. Apples and raspberries.

Finish: Long with oak and apples.

says on February 16, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Sweet, vanilla, smooth. I consider it the best Beam product overall

says on February 4, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Good drop. Vanilla caramel sweet tea. Packs a punch but easy sipping

says on January 7, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

aroma strong vanilla with hint of Carmel
finish is strong and long

says on December 11, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Brown sherry

General description

warm caramel start with smooth burn to finish. would buy again

says on July 29, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 100/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

incredibly smooth and aromatic. perfect

says on April 4, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Deep copper

General description

Impressively Smooth for 120 proof. Well worth the not expensive price.

Nose

Subtle, with a good barrel smell.

Palate

Has a rich Carmel taste.

Finish

Lightly harsh, but not what you would expect for 120 proof.

says on March 23, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 89/100
Color: Burnt umber

General description

usual go-to at the bar. strong aroma vanilla, carmel, oak, sharp whiskey taste

says on February 14, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 92/100
Finish strength: Very long
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Got this as a store pick from Liquor Barn during my last trip to Kentucky. This is a very easy drinker for a barrel proof. The nose is full of the usual bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla. On the palate I pick up on cherry cola, caramel and more vanilla. The finish is long with oak and baking spices. Will definitely buy this again.

says on December 18, 2016
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Gin clear

General description

Vanilla and caramel. Very thick feeling with a mild burn. Best with 2 cubes.

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Flavour profile

  • Caramel
  • Sweet
  • Bourbon
  • Oak
  • Burn
  • Vanilla
  • Heat
  • Peanut
  • Spice
  • Fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Pepper
  • Toffee
  • Brown sugar
  • Apple
  • Lingering
  • Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Strong
  • Maple
  • Long finish
  • Good
  • Cinnamon
  • Leather
  • Clove
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