5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Copper in color, thin to moderate frothy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Big Whiskey nose, otherwise its a sweet malty/biscuit aspect.   Big sweet Bourbon start to this beer.   Aging seems to dominate as the underlying beer seems to be a bit overshadowed.   Enjoyable to drink, as I do enjoy Bourbon, but the beer is a bit lost.   Perhaps a bit less aging was in order.   I will say the 14% ABV is very deceptive in this one.   This will sneak up on your for sure.   More of a liquor than a beer it seems.   Finishes very malty, biscuit, with a whole lot of Bourbon/Whiskey influence.   Good in that its not too hot, but wished the underlying beer was more pronounced.   Still, it is quite a pleasure to drink.   *Hiccup*
mcberko (9349) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Café for Big Wood ’12, pours a hazy amber / ruby red with a small beige head. Aroma of nail polish remover, some sort of whiskey barrels, dark fruits, alcohol and a sort of turpentine quality. Flavour brings out dark fruits, some brown sugar, medium barrels and shitloads of warming booze, though there isn’t much of a burn. Quite complex, but too high in ABV than I’d say is necessary. Solid stuff though.