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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 28, 2011
Bevuta una mesata fa al 4:20, è una delle birre più particolari che io abbia mai assaggiato. Difficile immaginare una american strong ale così corposa e dal sapore così complesso.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3993) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2011
Tap sample @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Deep red-hued amber body, topped by a medium eggshell-colored retention. Nose is soft bourbon notes of peanut and coconut, with hints of red berries and vanilla pudding. Very original and very nice. Taste is in the same vein; smooth tones of peanuts, coconut and strong vanilla flavors progressing gradually in the mouth for each sip. Light-bodied, despite its strength, feels like bourbon essence or something. This works really, really well and makes for a smooth, easy drinking brew. Great stuff; I’ll be checking out more from Bluegrass for sure! :-)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4482) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2011
@ Copenhagen festival 2011. The aroma has malts, some wood and a bit citric/piney hops. Light hazy, amber coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, some vanilla, bourbon raisins. Well bodied. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2011
Draught at København ØLfestival 2011. Clear brown - white head. Nutty, bourbon, vanilla, roasted, berries, coconut, fruity, brown & amber malts, chocolate, chocolate malts, sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
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 wasn’t 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2009

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. Don’t 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 can’t believe that it’s 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9089) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Growler… Clear ruby ale with an orange tinge and very little head. Wow, smells like bourbon and brown ale - the barrel aging provides some mild vanilla notes - but mostly, I get bourbon. Full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Lots of bourbon in the flavor along with some nice (but more subtle) nutty, chocolaty notes. Lengthy, boozy, warm finish. I dig bourbon and I dig brown ale. Works for me. Kudos to TheCheeseMan for providing the growler!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34741) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011

Draught @ Brasserie 4:20, Via Portuense 82, Roma, Italy.

Clear medium red amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, bourbon, licorice (lakridskonfekt), light to moderate chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, caramel, bourbon - licorce (lakridskonfekt). ;O) Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101220]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
Tap @ CBF. Aroma has lots of bourbon, amaretto, vanilla, caramel, coconut, biscuits, really sweet and bourbony, but really nice. Taste has bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, hints of dark fruits and hops.


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