Bench Creek Khan Bourbon Pekhan Pie

Reviewed by on January 25, 2018 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bench Creek Brewing

  • Origin: Yellowhead County, AB, CA

  • Rated On: January 25, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged January 15, 2018

  • ABV: 7.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Khan Bourbon Pekhan Pie is the fourth installment in their Villainous Series, this time taking an antagonist from the Star Trek universe, and using his name to make a bad pun (as well as a pie-flavoured winter warmer).

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, dark orange-brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some random streaky lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, buttery pecans, faint vanilla-forward woody notes, bittersweet cocoa powder, an ethereal damp ashiness, and some plain earthy, musty, and floral hops.  The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, some generic nuttiness, vanilla cookies, a kind of edgy woodiness, subtle free-range char, and more understated leafy, earthy, and musky floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its plebeian frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of smoke kind of getting all up in my grill at times here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt, nuts, and vanilla all squishing into a yes, pie-like lingering confection.

Overall – this is a pleasant enough flavoured dark ale, with the nutty adjunct much more prevalent than the Bourbon character.  Tasty, and easy to put back, given the pretty much thoroughly integrated extra two or so points of the ol’ wowee sauce.  The mighty M. Noonien Singh would be proud!

Brady White



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