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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Skyview Tasting 2.5. Courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown color with no head. Oaky aroma, lots of vanilla and brown sugar. Thick and chewy malt up front. Very light peat, a bit of saltiness, caramel and oak along with its requisite vanilla. The oak did wonders for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Acquired a 750 ml bottle via trade with Hopscotch. From bottle 216/246 pours a semi-hazy dark reddish amber colored brew with a thin and fast dissipating off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, some dark pitted fruits, vanilla, a hint of caramel and some floral hops. Taste is full bodied compared to the regular Big Sound Scotch Ale, flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark pitted fruits and some alcohol. Finish is boozy, slightly metallic with some vanilla and dark fruit aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (22903) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle at PapsÝ. Hazy red brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, bourbon and vanilla with notes of oak. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon and oak with notes of alcohol. Sweet and alcoholic finish. The alcohol is too dominating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Similar to the regular version with a dark brown pour with little carbonation. However the aroma was much better, plenty of good bourbon which gradually gave way into a much better flavor. Tons of woody, boozy, silky and somewhat sweet and complex beer. Awesome!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled 1/246. A murky amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, over ripe fruits, bourbon, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, alcohol, and a bit of wood, leading to a dry alcoholic finish where the wood lingers. The alcohol burns in the mouth. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10609) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled Ƒ/246). Reddish brown coluored. unclear. Dense brown head. aroma of spice, carmel, sweetness, vanilla and wood. Flaovur is sweet and spiced. Has yeast, light roastt nd fruits. Smooth and balanced. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a spiced fruity note with a light alcohol bite. Very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (34549) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
75 cL bottle, 1/246. Pours cloudy to hazy dark orange with a small tan head. Aroma is solid alcohol and roasted malt aroma. Sweet, caramelish and mild yeasty flavoured. Light phenolic. Mild fruity and roasted malty flavoured into the far finish. Smooth bourbon note into the far finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Hazy red brown color; small head. Strong vanilla oak aroma, old wood. Medium body strength, good caramel flavor, with some residual sweetness and light smoke touch; lightly nutty too, mostly in the final; the alcohol gives a warming feeling. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of Retorp. Bottle # 1/246. Hazy orangey golden with a small, off-white head. Distinct aroma of bourbon and ashes. Solid body, sweet caramel, nuts and ashes, vaguely peaty. Hardly any bitterness in the finish, but warming alcohol and Bourbon. Certainly appears stonger than 8.5%. 220909

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2009
750mL bottle #244/246 courtesy of a very, very generous Tampa BA, poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown in the glass with some mahogany hues coming through around the edges. There is a very small tan head that recedes very quickly, leaving a small collar and a swirl of bubbles along the top. Much like the regular version, Iím not overly impressed with the nose as itís fairly faint and mostly sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. The bourbon is present but definitely not overpowering. The taste is markedly better than the aroma for me as the malts take on a more smoked peat character in addition to the caramel sweetness. There are dark fruits, raisins and figs, in the middle before the bourbon makes an appearance in the finish leaving a nice burn going down. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and very smooth. Though the smoked peat lends a slight dryness to the finish, itís still a sweet, sugary feel on the palate. This is a step up from the regular Big Sound for me as the bourbon brings an extra complexity to the taste without being the dominant component. Very nice.

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