xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is tons of caramel, bourbon, lots more caramel, and higher alcohols.
Taste is bourbon, well integrated caramel malts, low hopping, and cinnamon spices,
Finish is strongly sweet, slightly hopped, and more alcohol. Just so sweet!
knickskicks (925) - - SEP 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, thin brown head. Nose is chocolate and bourbon. Taste is smooth bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel, a touch of tart barrel on the finish, dlight dry construction paper. Creamy medium mouthfeel.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by Skyview. Pours a cloudy brown with almost no head. Aroma is the usual suspects, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, coconut, oak, and cocoa powder. Flavor is cardboardy oxidation, some smoke, light carbonation, some sweetness.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. From notes.
Bourbon Barrel Big Sound has a full, opaque brown color in the glass. There was a tiny head on top after the initial pour, but it faded to nothing rather quickly.
The nose is a sign of good things to come. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla gracefully step in brown of caramel, burnt sugar, orchard fruits, and peat.
Typical Scotch Ale sweetness starts off the flavor, with brown sugar and toffee leading the way. Quickly the bourbon barrels send the rest of the sip on a less sweet trajectory, smoothing out the sugars with a nice bourbon and vanilla presence. There is general fruitiness in the middle of the sip that works nicely with the other flavors as well. Woody oak notes blend well with the peat notes in the original beer. The end finishes smooth, with the flavors coming together and wrapping up nicely.
Where I may be most impressed with this beer is in the body. Not only does the beer survive the barrel aging process with its body intact, it actually drinks bigger than the 8.5% that it is. It seems that instead of wearing away at the body, the barrel aging process only removed some of the sweetness and added a smoothness to the texture that I like. If anything, the carbonation seems a little light.
Cigar City has done a very good job with their barrel program. Nearly every beer they have chosen to age in barrels has emerged better than when it went in.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Excellent aroma of bourbon, molasses, and dark fruits. This is great as it warms, opening up and drinking surprisingly smooth for a big beer. Certainly a sipper, but no bitterness comes through at all and the bourbon, vanilla/oak and scotch ale base work nicely together.
48FanInCali (817) - California, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank side by side with non-BA version. Poured dark brown with no head except very thin around the rim. Nose has similarities to non-BA version but certinly more vanilla and bourbon. The taste was certainly hotter than the 8.5% ABV would suggest. The heat somewhat over powers what makes the non-BA version so great. Maybe a year or two in a cellar would help but I donít think so.
beerbastard (792) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Dave! I had this, and it pour nice chocolate brown, with tan head. Malty with a fresh cut wood nose. A mixture of sweet Burbons, vanillas, very smooth and well blended. Little peat in the finish along with some burn. Damn good!
Macegan75 (752) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottlle from Poreca. It was a great surprise. I love trades where you have a bottle to be named later.Pours black with little head, that fades. Nose is black malt, brownie batter, chocholate liquer and leather. first sip is similar with a lovely toouch of vavilla, oak and ooze. finish is clean wih chocolate syrup flavors.
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled November 12, 2012. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to dachsundude86 for the bottle. Review #500.
A - Pours a dark, dark red body which lets little light through. One fingers worth of khaki foam with really solid lacing and retention and a touch of alcohol legs.
S - Absurd amounts of raisins and dates, sweet caramel, rich toffee and light peat smoke. This is all followed by a strong bourbon presence of vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. Slight alcohol finish. This is incredible, like a rum raisin ice cream.
T - Very sweet raisins, caramel malts and burnt brown sugar. Well integrated butterscotch, vanilla, and oak from the barrel. This is almost overtly sweet though. Comes back to reality on the finish with light peat and some bitterness. For an 8.5%íer this seems awfully large and complex. Mouth feel is thick and creamy, just about spot-on.
O - There is a lot happening in this beer. The aroma is pretty incredible but the flavor, despite itís huge sweetness is a bit lacking. Perhaps that is due to the 6 month age it has on it. I havenít found a barrel aged CCB that hasnít impressed me yet though.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head, lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is earthy, lots of bourbon, wood, and malt. Pretty full bodied almost chewy with soft carbonation. Tastes a little hot right now, I expect you could lay this one down for a while. Huge malt presence, the barrel really imparted a lot of bourbon on this one also present are vanilla, wood, chocolate, and rasin. Finishes slightly sweet with lots of alcohol. Glad I have a couple to age.