knickskicks (999) - - 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.
beechner224 (978) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black. Tan head. Aroma is boyrbon and chocolate, much different than the base beer, which we just had. Taste is malty, sweet, slight bourbon sweetness. Pretty tasty beer. Definitely an prove ment over the base.
DrewFace (960) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Beechner224. Oaky, vanilla, malty, peaty, light roast, caramel, light dark fruit. Dark translucent brownish black, brown head. Malty, semi sweet, peaty, and roasty, lots of bourbon and vanilla, hot in the finish.
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!
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 (827) - 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 don’t think so.
beerbastard (819) - 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 (766) - 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.