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Blue Pants Big & Tall #1: Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Ale

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Strong Scotch Ale. Sweet Caramel Malts. Notes of Dried Fruit. A slightly smokey finish. Aged in fresh Bourbon Barrels. Find a friend. Use small glasses. Enjoy the first Big & Tall Release Experience. Big & Tall Release No. 1


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark tawny with a small, tight bubbled beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malt, bready notes, dates and figs with vanilla and light bourbon. Flavor is rich and sweet malt, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3965) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2015
650 mL. 2014 vintage pours out a nearly opaque mahogany with ruby highlights. Thin creamy foam leaves a sugary frosting on the glass. Nose has dark toffee, chocolate, figs and bourbon. Tastes of dates, chocolate, plum, earthy caramel, smoky oak, vanilla and merlot. Heavy body is smooth with a low-medium carbonation. Definitely a dessert beer but enough dryness to be quite drinkable. Just a nice warmth from the big, well disguised abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (238) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2014 Vintage bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nose is barrel oak with a hint of burnt caramel sweetness. This is a huge improvement over the initial release in 2013...whatever you did, keep it up! This is a big beer but is still very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Very well done!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (3974) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle from 2013. Mega-gusher. Shit what a mess. Pours a cloudy reddish hazel, large fizzy tan head, dissipates slowly, lots of residual, decent lacing. Aroma is a bit of paint thinner, dark sugars, toffee, some bourbon, oak tannins. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, quite hot. Sharp initial industrial cleaner thing going on, fading into more of a malty sweet boozy concoction. Lots of tannins providing acidity, but surprisingly not a lot of weird funky shit given the gushing up front. Kinda burns in an unrefined home-made moonshine way. May be useful for cleaning carbeurators. Hugely, distractingly carbonated. All that said, its not terrible. I wish I would have tried it a year ago.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1542) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2014
Average low quality. Sour barrel flavor. No head. Sweet and sour. Not to great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nero55 (821) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft at Taproom. Hazy brown with thin beige head. Aroma of bourbon and malt, and molasses. Medium/heavy body, bourbon, heavy malt sweetness, and caramelized sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malaclemys (421) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Taproom, pours brown with off white head. Aroma of oak vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Taste is sweet, bourbon, caramel, chocolate. Sweet finish with alcohol warmth. Medium plus body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
More Alabama beer. Ok. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is bourbon, maple, sweet malt, honey, booze, and hints of smoke. Flavor is similar with bourbon, maple, sweet malt, booze, and light smoke. Light to medium in body and interesting overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4229) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
22 ounce bottle, finally my Alabama tick! Poured a hazy amber color woth aromas of caramel, light bourbon, some vanilla, light earth and smoke with a touch of nuts. Flavors are the same big on caramel and booze, light earth and vanilla in aftertase, decent beer overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2013
Dark caramel color, and great texture. A big Scotch ale, and the Bourbon barrel aging gives it a vanilla aftertaste. Definitely an after dinner beer...


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