emacgee (4000) - 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!
decaturstevo (4979) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown pour with off white creamy head and lace. Aroma of light brown sugar and peatiness. Sweet caramel malt, a hint of abv and a nice earthy peat flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Rustyham (1720) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 Like a watery Belgian strong, flavor of Alcohol is strong. Thanks to either JW77, Daknole, or Ryan.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kindly shared by the GodOfThunder. Pours a nice thick brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is bourbon, caramel, lush touches of chocolate and vanilla, brown sugar as it warms. The unbarreled version didn’t strike me as particularly sweet, but this comes across as pleasantly sweet with caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, hints of cherries and dates, some chocolate, lots of malt. Drying sensation from barrel tannins and the alcohol, quite lush, lots of small bubbles, not syrupy. The barrel served this well!
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz wax sealed bottle (#60). Pours a burnt mahogany, relatively clear. Big foamy off white head. Nose is huge caramel and bourbon notes. A bit of wood and a whiff of smoke. Flavor is very bourbony up front but recedes enough to let the scotch ale breathe. Caramel and chocolate dominate this version where the fruitiness of the normal big sound is more subdued here. Less fruit esters and more complex malt. Finishes with a slight cherry pit and big caramel flavor. Slightly warming with a touch of sweet bourbon. Another terrific barrel aged beer.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn. This is good. Real good. Very sweet, though. Like a dessert, but not overly sweet that you can’t easily drink an entire bottle on your own. The bourbon barrel aging almost adds a more caramel maltiness to the already malty scotch ale. A lot of toffee, caramel, brown sugar and milk chocolate on top of a malt bomb. There’s a little oak and the bourbon is sweet and accentuates everything. This is amazingly good and easy to drink. This would be on my Top Ten list for beers to drink for the rest of my life.
hopscotch (9037) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 (Rating #5200) Draft… This beer rocks!… Murky, dark, burnt caramel-colored ale with a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. The aroma is a lavish blend of bourbon, vanilla, singed caramel, smoke, tobacco and burnt marshmallow. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of bourbon, caramel, espresso, chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Finishes sweet, boozy and rich. World class Scotch ale!
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Quaffed (THIS WAS NEVER ON DRAFT) at CCB BA Big Sound release party. Big thanks to Justin for opening his bottle. It pours murky dark brown – amber with copper edges and lasting tan head. The aroma is bourbon – whiskey notes and some heat to go along with modest sweet maltiness. The taste is sweet malty and chewy with a brief pulse malt roastiness before layers and layers of bourbony booze barrel notes well up to the surface. To midway and toward the finish I get thin mesas of chocolate, some dark roasted coffee and mildly drying roasted malts and booze.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from CCB Big Sound Release Party. Pours a muddy dark brown to black with a massive tan creamy head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with subtle bourbon notes and other notes of vanilla, carmel, toffee, ripe dark fruit, some hints of toffee and wood. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel, toffee, chocolate, some hints of a light nuttiness. Generally medium body with a pleasing malty, light bourbon finish. Bourbon definitely does not overpower this beer but complements all the great flavors lurking about.