shigadeyo (3013) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/10/2009: BBC Big Brown speaks softly but carries a big stick. The slightly sweet and muted bourbon aroma has a lot going on in it as undertones of vanilla, citrus, toasted malt, brown sugar, and lightly charred/roasted wood peak can all be found sneaking around . However, neither the aroma nor the flavor really let on to the true nature of this 11.5% beast. Donít get me wrong, there is definitely great smooth, vanilla bourbon in flavor, but the anticipated alcohol burn is amazingly just not there. It is just so well blended that the alcohol gets lost behind the toasty and nutty maltiness, raw sugar, faint cocoa nibs, and soft citrus hop flavors. It finishes a bit more dry as some of the oakiness starts to come through. I would say that this beer has a medium to medium-full body with an extremely smooth and deceptively soft palate. This beer is dangerous. I goes down far too easily! Damn, I canít believe that itís almost all gone already! Oh, I almost forgot to mention the beautiful, sparkling, amber-brown appearance and thick ivory-beige head of this beer... Anyways, if there was such a style as and Imperial/Strong Brown Ale (and there probably should be at this point), then this beer is exactly what a beer of that style should be! Wow, this is a great beer and a wonderful example of bourbon barrel aging done right. They really paired the type of bourbon barrel with the characteristics of the beer well. Nicely done BBC; true barrel aging synergy! Actually, this beer must be great since my wife liked it and she hates bourbon!
Growler fill (draught) from Party Town in Florence, Kentucky. Rating #4 for this beer.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a growler at DLD 09 early on in the day. Poured a clear amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is really candied and fruity. Grain malt and surprisingly familiar note of hi-c punch. Lots of dark fruit, fresh fruit, bourbon malt and more of that candied sugarry malt that reminds me of hi-c. Slight earthy hoppiness near the finish. Odd beer, but decent.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a growler at DLD 09. Pours murky red with a tan head. Aroma is of cheap bourbon, malt, wood, and chocolate. Taste strats off with a nice bourbon flavor. Past the bourbon there is lots of wood, malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. After each sip, I was surprised that there was a huge and unexpected lingering vanilla taste. The bourbon wasnít as present as I thought it would be, but it does blend in well. Mouthfeel was smooth with decent carbonation. I enjoyed it a lot.
Tmoney99 (10717) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at St. Matthews.
Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate nutty malt, bourbon and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a standout brew.