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Balcones Brimstone

Overall rating
81.10/100
votes
31
Category
Corn
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Corn Whisky
Bottled
24.05.2012
Casknumber
BRM 12-4
Strength
53.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
13 Sep 2012 8:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.90

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31 × member ratings

35 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balcones Brimstone

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.10 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 49 points Expert Senior

    What a stuff! To compare with anything I have ever drank and unfortunately not my case. Although I can imagine that this "Whiskey" can certainly find his lover, only I certainly do not belong to it. The departure borders on bodily injury!
    • Nose
      Spareribs, sweet barbecue sauce, heavily smoked ham, marshmallow, in the background is still something very artificial, almost like perfumed crap (a better comparison, unfortunately, I do not think). I have never smelled anything like that. I'm a bit scared to try it
    • Taste
      OMG! I can not describe this with the best of intentions, I can not think of anything to compare it with, perhaps just as much: the smoke takes on something of the nose, the artificial note becomes even stronger, the alcohol makes itself felt, the whiskey tingles on the tongue and is astringent
    • Finish
      Forever! and unfortunately not my case, spicy and again somehow artificial, the smoke is back, but very different than anything you know from Scotland

  2. fatalio scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol not perfectly integrated, but there the smoke helps over it. The nose goes towards fresh campfire - reminds me of flame salmon. Very tasty, surprisingly fruity on the tongue. The finish is felt to be eternal, really surprisingly delicious.

    Who knows the Säntis Trinity knows where the journey goes, only with fewer herbs.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 45 points Expert Senior

    If you want to buy it without knowing it, you should get a sample before! I like smoky whiskeys, but it's not mine. The nose is still acceptable, but the finish, the stuff is eternally on the tongue.
    • Nose
      Puhh, that's a completely different American! New car tire with BBQ chips. If your nose gets used to it, a light sweetness comes to the fore with a hint of rice pudding and cinnamon. Some of crushed aspirin.
    • Taste
      Ahh, soiled car tires, yes and what else is there? Difficult! The bitter drugs come through.
    • Finish
      A strangely bitter note of burnt pine needles. Bitter drugs. BBQ sauce that has fallen on the coalloaf. And clearly too long, I hope the taste disappears quickly. Should I drink the glass seriously?

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Bizarre and brilliant'
    N:  Oily toasted sweetcorn is the unsurprising yet most striking note but theres also a strong waft of old mans socks filling the room which is worrying. Thankfully after half and hour those old socks are moving towards Bouillon veg stock powder [mainly celery seeds and carrots, and im guessing theres dried powdered fennel too], later blossoming into black treacle, Lyons ginger cake, Eccles and Christmas cake too. Also dried/ground ginger, Amontillado sherry and overall a smell i associate most strongly with dark dingy larders of yesteryear. It’s one undeniably distinctive BBQ sauce/sun-baked scrub that only Balcones truly know about. After a few weeks, those old socks have turned into rubber balloons and tyres, BBQ’ed tyres and plastic leather. Funny nose indeed, some unpleasantness lurks at time, but predominately there are wonderful, complex and fascinating notes abound.
    T:  Theres an immediate herbal note on the arrival, tarragon and a meaty note - spiced ham. The sweet spices tease the palate and i keep thinking this will become hot and get too big on me but its extremely well tempered all the way. Moorish fresh, woody, oily sugars entertain along with rich concentrated cherry juice. Theres a metallic note in there too, mercury came to mind but im sure i haven’t tried that! Add water and you get the most elegant and silky bourbon but you trade the dirtier more idiosyncratic notes Balcones has to offer. A few weeks later, the rubber and leather that developed on the nose has progressed to the palate too.
    F: Consistently salivating and yet drying all the time, instant hot chocolate with cocoa powder sprinkles, light & toasted vanilla pods and smoke - cigar ash, but the smoke is more like a vapour rather than a permeating solid/liquid/gas collection. Having said all this, the overall lingering finish is one that reflects this unique scrub oak that is utterly unique and one i celebrate not least of all because its a successful new direction away from the conservative and prescriptive US bourbon presentations and also a radical alternative to traditional malting.
    C:  The Brimstone is a peculiar and appealing craft presented whiskey. The nose carries the most unusual characteristics whilst the rest develops splendidly. Possibly a marmite dram, i loved this fascinating and idiosyncratic presentation but its not something i could drink everyday. I wont buy another bottle too soon but once in a while i know i’ll want another BBQ rub fix.

    Scores an A-

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Yes, this is
    interesting and certainly worth trying, but 94 point by Jim Murray? That guy
    has lost his marbles.
    • Nose
      The nose is rife with
      sulphur at the start, but not that much that it becomes bad. I am thinking
      about inflatable armbands. Next I get some aromas that I can only associate
      with a typical Texan barbecue. Marinated ribs in A1 Steak Sauce, an American
      top notch BBQ sauce. Hints of broth, celery salt and a ham. This umami nose is
      counter footed by some sweet notes of raisins and some candied sugar. But let
      us be clear: the smoky, herbal, almost salty notes dominate.
    • Taste
      It is quite oily and
      herbal on the palate. The feeling of broth continues. But this is immediately
      followed by some very sweet elements, like BBQ sauce and a hint of chocolate.
      The smokiness is much more prominent. It is also nicely spiced with thyme and
      pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish takes me
      right back to a veritable barbecue. Not just a peppery piece of steak, but also
      the dying coals.

  6. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 55 points Connoisseur

    I´m really sorry for the low rating, but this was one of the worst whiskeys I had in my entire life. While the nose was quite interesting yet, there was nothing else than a young, metallic bitterness on the palate. And on top of it all a really despicable, endless aftertaste of burned, bitter rubber. 

    I´m surprised this stuff is allowed to be named whiskey after all...

  7. tomy63 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Amber color, the nose makes very smoked meat, with the salty side of a ham or bacon, in the bottom perhaps a hint of solvent / varnish and caramel. Powerful mouth, well integrated alcohol, always very smoke, makes me think of a mezcal. It's hard to find anything else, a little spice maybe. Good length. A very original whiskey, but lacking in complexity, the smoke is omnipresent and becomes disgusting in the long run.

  8. LukeFive scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Interesting ... It arrives very gently and it opens up in waves. Flavor after flavor. It arrives like bourbon, soft arrival despite the strength and have nice development with hints of sweet BBQ sauce. I sampled this malt and I remember the smoke ( gentle soft charcoal smoke ) was appearing at the very finish and stayed there for ages!

    Not for everyone but you cannot deny the quality

  9. LukeFive scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "A smokey whiskey with a difference. Firstly it`s made in Texas by

    Balcones and secondly the smoke comes from a secret process involving

    Texas Scrub Oak. This is not smokey whiskey like you`ve had before - a

    mix of campfires, fruit and youthful corn."

    TWE  (http://www.thewhiskeyexchange.com/P-18062.aspx)

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