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Balcones Brimstone

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  • Distiller:

    Balcones

  • Bottler:

    Balcones

  • ABV:

    53%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 72
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: An extremely divisive whisky, your enjoyment of it is entirely dependent on your position in regards to licking ashtrays.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: It’s very experimental but it’s balanced, which is all that counts. I especially like the fact that it doesn’t seem that it’s the wood as such that does all the talking. Well done, this is really fun!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: An initial burst of fire on the palate transforms into juicy red fruit, sweet cinnamon apple, and hints of bramble and forest floor. An unusual and polarizing whiskey, Brimstone is aggressive at first, but in the end it’s a gentle giant.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and spicy with hints of tree fruits and a subtle touch of mint.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The aroma is full of grilled peaches with a brown sugar, chipotle glaze. The palate continues with strong smoke, bacon and more spice. The long finish is salty and full of pipe smoke.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This is an enormous, delicious, and very strange whisky.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Balcones Brimstone is good. Funky, interesting, unique and good.
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  • Raided Score: 72
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is bad whiskey and it shouldn't exist. It's as if someone took a good dram and extinguished a cigarette in it.
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  • Intro:

    Hailing from the Texan craft distillery, Brimstone is a peated american whiskey.

  • Nose:

    Vegetal funky ash, theres smoke. Smells like a hike through St. Helens parks. Smells like I took a nosedive into the aftermath a housefire. It is akin to what I would imagine the inside of my own cremation urn would be like many years from now.

  • Taste:

    This tastes like straight fire. I dont mean its hot - its not, it just tastes like I took a scoop of charcoal ash and swallowed it whole. Theres burning pole, burning car, burning peat and some vegetal smokey peat. Have I mentioned its smokey? Some sweetness swings in, but I cant tell if its sherry or port or some other funky oak finish. That would certainly lend to the insanely dark composure of the dram as well.

  • Finish:

    It's long and leaves me with a fear of arson. It burns long into the night and there's some mild mild sweetness here but goodness, it's smokey. Long and too hot, but I wonder if I'll taste anything but ash for the next 5 days.

  • Overall:

    This is bad whiskey and it shouldn't exist. It's as if someone took a good dram and extinguished a cigarette in it.

  • Score:

    3

  • By t8ke
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