MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Missed the release but thanks to the CCB boys for taking care of me! Bottle 75/246
A: Pours a very dark amber hue, more brown than red. Nice tall creamy tan head that rises to a full finger. Excellent retention with tons of thick sticky lace. CCB beers really are beautiful in the glass.
S: Wonderful aromas. Lots of toffee, brown sugar, loads of caramel malt. Lots of barrel as well. Old oak, vanilla, and hints of booze.
T: Pretty damn drinkable for a BA brew. Lots of malt sweetness. Toffee forward, brown sugar, and sweet molasses. Hints of apple and dark fruit in the middle. The finish is about the barrel. Not over the top at all, just subtle oak, vanilla, and a touch of booze which compliments the base beer nicely.
M: Medium in body, smooth mouthfeel.
D: Pretty good actually. Not the best barrel aged CCB brew, but the barrel did improve an already solid base brew!
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of dkachur. Aroma is of oak, vanilla, faint alcohol. Flavor is more boozy than the nose, bourbon, oak, more molasses. Good, but I preferred the regular version.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle... #214/246. Courtesy of tarheels86. Pours a hazy dark brown color with not much of a head. The aroma is sublime. Caramel, toffee, leafy hops, vanilla, maple, bourbon, faint smokiness, booze and green apple. Taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, wood, faint smoky notes, leafy hops, something faintly cheesy. Full bodied and very smooth. The regular Big Sound is a phenomenal beer but the bourbon works with this too well. This is epic. Fantastic beer.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. Nose of big caramel, light bourbon, big malts, a lot like the original. Flavor shows some more bourbon than the nose, wood, peat, vanilla, scotch. Very nice and warming.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to David for sharing this one! I actually enjoyed this slightly more than the regular version of Big Sound, even though I wasn’t crazy for it. The almost over-the-top sweetness of regular BS seems fit just a hair more with the smooth bourbon/vanilla profile the barrel lends. Slight smoke and fruits in the general confection, this one was pretty good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with a thick beige head. Caramel, roast, and bourbon on the nose. Sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Geez, I barely remember tasting this one. Good thing I took notes at the tasting. Brown pour with slight red tint. Nice tan head. Caramel, some mild peat, bourbon on the nose as well as vanilla. Sweeter than the regular version, as is the taste. Good, but I prefer the non barrel-aged version.
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out dark brown with some foam. Smells sweet and boozy. Taste is big malty with woody bourbon. Flavors of caramel, toffee, peat, vanilla and oak. Smooth sticky finish with nice alcohol warming. Another very good brew.
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks fishingnet for the trade. Pours a murky brown with a one finger tan head. The nose is sweet, shows some caramel malt, mill tannic oak, very mild bourbon, fruity. The flavor is malty, shows some mild peat, tannic oak, warming alcohol, mild vanilla, woody. Palate is tannic and warm.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5 thanks to jcwattsrugger. Poured brown with a tan head that settles to a ring. Nice scotch aroma with a vanilla and toffee. The flavor also found vanilla and scotch with a nut and malt background. Medium body, slight alcohol warming, creamy smooth. Awesome!