koleminer20 (807) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. Poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour is a dark dark brown, with a little ruby or garnet poking through ad a nice darker head. The aroma is great. There is a lot of big caramel malts and a great vanilla and oak character from the barrel. There is a good lick of bourbon on the back end, which I wasn’t expecting entirely. The flavor is really good. There is a lot of caramel and dark fruits to go along with a solid vanilla character and an excellent woodiness. The mouth feel is decently thick and the carbonation had dissipated a bit. There is a boozy heat that really comes through on the back end. The aftertaste is solid. Caramel and dried fruit with just a touch of chocolate and the booze. Really good.
48FanInCali (772) - 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 (744) - 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!
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.
Macegan75 (728) - 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.
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.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Plovmand at Theis and Mette tasting.
It pours pitch black with a tan head.
The aroma is quite sweet with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, alcohol and oak.
Flavour is sweet with notes of bourbon, dark fruits, oak, caramel and dark chocolate.
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark mahogany with little else. aroma is a very sweet rich blend is excellent bourbon and malt roast with light roast nuts. The flavor is some umami, slightly more sweet and less bourbon with strong wood notes continued on the palate . Not so big but silky.
davey101 (716) - 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%’er 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 it’s huge sweetness is a bit lacking. Perhaps that is due to the 6 month age it has on it. I haven’t found a barrel aged CCB that hasn’t impressed me yet though.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ CCB for Hunahpu’s release. Pours jet black with little head. Sweet malty aroma with a bit of vanilla and oak. Very smooth drinking. Starts malty and caramel and turns to vanilla and smoothness of the Bourbon. This is very very good and dangerously drinkable.