j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a clear brown with red hints and a thin white head. Bourbon, vanilla and toast on the nose. Nutty and smooth, toast and vanilla. Light vanilla and a little more toast. Tasty.
jtclockwork (14923) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Pilsner Pete’s RBSG and then again at my house. What are the odds of getting two bourbon barrel aged Big Sounds in one week in NJ? Apparently pretty good. Pours a brownish almost black color with tan head. Nose is coffee, toffee, smoked wood, molasses and brown sugar. Taste is lightly smoked wood, toffee, vanilla, alcohol, maple brown sugar and light molasses.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at RBWG, pours dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is sweet cream and bourbon. Flavor is bready malts and yeast flavors with some light bourbon and vanilla in the finish. I like the original, but I love this one.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; thanks Scrizzzz; bottle #105 of 246; side by side with the non-BA version; pours light amber with almost clear with thin tan head to the edges; light caramel, bourbon and vanilla cookies; texture is thin with light flavor profile of caramel, some peat, sweet bourbon; prefer the non-BA version
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown body with strange "chunks" floating around in the glass.Aroma is brown sugar,caramel,malt,and alcohol.Flavor is much of the same.The mouthfeel was very slimy and kinda freaked me out.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, 47/246 shared by iowaherkeye.. Nose of oak bourbon, and toffee with a hint of maple. Hazy brown with a big tan head. Flavor is toffee, maple, woddiness, and a light pepperiness.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 750mL bottle, 47/246. Clear deep ruby with a half finger beige head, fading to a thick ring before long. Same toffee caramel nose as the regular version with a nice bourbon backbone. Flavor adds some dried cherries and raisins with plenty of bourbon and alcohol heat. Dry finish with a fair amount of booze, bitterness at a 3. Medium body with light prickly carbonation. Better than I’d expected, but I like the regular version better. 7-3-8-4-13--3.6 Rerate, just released 2012 batch. Not all that bourbon or boozy, but most definitely present with a nice toasted coconut vanilla creme hazelnut thing going on. Good brown sugar caramel sweetness. 8-4-8-4-16--4.0
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Sweet and malty aroma, light caramel little barrel. Sweet and malty hints of peat, and some light bourbon undertones, a mild phenol character with a stronger milky finish. Not bad.
nimbleprop (7470) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a translucent, caramel brown with very little creamy beige head. Aroma is vanilla, butterscotch, apples, pears. Flavor is sweet, caramel, butterscotch. Missing the peat of a Scotch ale. Full bodied, sweet finish.
Travlr (21412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 Bottle courtesy of ryan - thanks! Muddy, chunky brown, edge head, no lacing. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate. Taste is sweet butterscotch and chocolate. Too light bodied, too sweet, especilay for a BA. 8-4-7-3-13-3.5.
Rerate at RBWG brewery tour. 3.8