BMan1113VR (7912) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle number 399/449. Pours with a dark brown head and a black body. Glass coating. Aroma of light oak, tannic, chocolate and fusel Taste is oak and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel light bubbles. An improvement over the 110K+OT, but I think I prefer the Marshall Zhukov a bit more.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown pour and short, dark terracotta head. The bourbon and the barrel notes accentuate the scent properly. Greedily drank the bottle by myself. Very complex. Nothing overpowers another aspect of the brew--presents a synergistic balance. Bold and beautiful.
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Joey and Wayne for popping this one open to share.
A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a small tight espresso colored head. Pretty nice retention for a barrel aged beer. Nice long leggy lace streams down the glass.
S: Nice barrel aromas up front. More oak than vanilla, with notes of char, anise, and dark malt.
T: The anise really pushes through and mixes nicely with a hint spice from the cedar. The barrel is there but not as big as I expected since it had been in the barrel so long. Light fresh oak, light vanilla, and the slightest hint of booze. I think the huge base beer helped keep the barrel in check on this one.
M: Full in body, nice carbonation.
D: Pretty good, another tasty CCB barrel aged brew.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full or ashy burnt malts and lots of chocolate, vanilla and oak. Flavor matches with the hops sneaking in. Palate is smooth and dry. I would like to sit with a whole bottle and really dig into it, but a glass full was enough to know that this is a fantastic brew.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the BB Big Sound release. Pours a thick black, just like the original. Aroma is malty and hoppy with just a touch of bourbon and oak. The flavor is delicious and amazingly well balanced. The bourbon barrel aging is blended in with the other flavors perfectly. Not too much bourbon at all, just enough. Though, I would like to taste it with a little more time in the barrel to get it a little hotter. Another amazing brew.
juiceisloose (1202) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at CCB for the BB Big Sound release party. Pours a completely opaque, pitch black color topped by a small, foamy kahki colored head. Sticky sheets of lacing are left behind. The aroma is big on dark chocolate and toasted caramel malts to go with a hefty dose of earthy, roasty bitterness. The spicy cedar and licorice notes are subdued as compared to the regular version. The bourbon and oaky vanilla from the barrel sweeten things up a bit. The flavor follows with the chocolate and caramel malt sweetness balanced nicely by the dark, earthy roastiness and hops. The bourbon and vanilla seem to blend there way in nicely adding good depthy and complexity. The bourbon doesnít overpower at all, which is good, but leaves a nice warming feeling so you know itís there. Full bodied and smooth and very easy to drink considering how big a beer it is. It finishes with some roasty bourbon and touch of spicy cedar. This is another fantastic stout as the barrel was really integrated well with the base beer.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Rating #1000!!! Draft at CCB BB Big Sound Release. Excellent beer. This beer is the poster child for barrel aging. Emerges from the tap obsidian black with a dark tan head, depending on the bartenderís pour. It looks like a beer with a Vendetta. Nose is dark chocolate, burnt malt, lots of earth, roast, and where the bitterness resided in regular IRIS now resides subtle and assertive, but not overpowering bourbon, vanilla, and sweetness. This beer still has a thick mouthfeel, with roast and bourbon arguing over who gets the first shot. These are closely followed by dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, barrel, and roast. Finish lingers with bourbony/ vanilla-y goodness. Absoutely awesome BB Beer, but then again, look at my avatar...
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ CCB BA Big Sound release party. Pitch black, thick, with a lasting brown head. On the nose bourbon, wood, roasty, dark chocolate, licorice. In flavor more bourbon, chocolate, roasty, fairly hot, some hop bitterness and wood, vanilla. Lush mouthfeel, drying booze, on the low-to-medium carbonation, a bit slick. The cedar isnít as discernible as in the base version, I guess since it has the bourbon barrel to compete with. Very good.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 Tap at CCB. Pours opaque used motoroil black with a thin but menacingly dark brown head. Big aroma of vanilla extract, cedar, licorice, anise, tobacco, and some strange whiffs of nail polish or lacquer thinner. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla ice cream, tiramisu, burnt sugar, oak, and a little roastiness. Oily on the palate. Great finish without too much booze or cardboardy bitterness. 8/3/2009 7/5/8/4/16=4.0
750mL courtesy of sebletitje. Pours still an outstanding inky black with a scary red mocha head. Aroma is Danish imperial stout: soy sauce, burnt tobacco, some burnt rubber, and then some HUGE green olives and pimento. Taste is spicy cedar, lemon tart (which I find in the normal 110K #2 anyways), and loads of olives. A little gross. I would give it probably a 3.5 at this stage. Not holding up too well. 8/26/2010 6/5/7/4/14=3.5
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at CCB BA Big Sound release party. The pour is super dark with frumpy brown head and a short lived stain of darkness up the sides of the drinking vessel. Initially, while still plenty cold, the beer emitted bourbon and oak a-plenty. The taste begins oaky and bourbon and then quickly becomes velvety dark chocolate yum mixing with highly roasted malts that approach but donít succeed getting to burnt. By midway the oak notes move to the forefront and the bourbon resurfaces and mixes in with the base beer notes creating a delicious balance. It ends with smooth decadent chocolate and a lingering roasty to chocolate sensation deep into the after taste or after the tasting even. As it warms the aroma opens up and adds some nice complexity with chocolate and dark roastiness joining the ever present oak and bourbon. Thereís plenty of booze barrel notes to make the fortified beer booze lovers happy and leaves plenty of room for the delicious base beer to shine through.