anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody spicy chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish.
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.
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma has bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruit. Flavor has oak with some bourbon notes, vanilla, caramel, and smoke. Very, very good!
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to llcooldave for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has some cedar notes, but what really comes through is the roasted malt and bourbon. I also get a hint of menthol in the aroma. The flavor is similar. The cedar is once again present, but it takes a back seat to the heavy oak, vanilla and maple notes. There is also a big whiskey character to the flavor, as well as some roasted malt and quite a bit of chocolate. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Nice barrel presence in the nose with dry oak, toasted coconut, vanilla and spicy bourbon. Doesn’t overpower the base beer allowing sweet and roasted malt notes to come through. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and chocolate. Slightly smokey but not acrid or burnt smelling. Smells great!
Medium bodied with a strong barrel character that adds another layer of flavor to the base beer. Some dry oak along with silky vanilla, toasted coconut and a delicious spicy bourbon character. Although the barrel flavors are strong, they are perfectly integrated into the flavor without overpowering the base beer. Lots of excellent bourbon flavor but barely any heat making it deceptively drinkable. Underneath the barrel, there is a nice combination of sweet and roasted malt notes. Slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and oatmeal lingering into a somewhat dry finish. Highly recommended!
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black in the glass thin soapy head. Straight up alcohol notes and dried fruit, plums and raisins. More alcohol flavors and some smoky scotch peaty notes. Overall, good but a bit strong. Thanks to Ericandersnavynavy for the trade!
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown. Not much head. A rather boozy aroma jumps out of the glass, something I don’t remember from when I had it at the tap room. The aroma also has sweet vanilla and brown sugar elements from the barrel, and the signature dark fruits and rich malts of the scotch ale. On the palate, this is very sweet, with light fruits and a pretty strong dark malt scotch ale character. The barrel is all over this beer, with brown sugar and bourbon. It doesn’t taste as hot as it smelled. The big thing with this beer is that the interaction between the scotch ale and the barrel elements is only okay. On paper, they ought to be quite cohesive but I don’t know if I’ve ever really loved a bourbon Scotch Ale before so it might just be something that can only peak so high.
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9th July 2010
Bottle 155/246. Cloudy dark brown beer. No head at all. Very low carbonation in the smooth soft palate. Aniseed malt with a chocolate streak. Smooth coconut bourbon and a little wood. Not dry. Finishes smooth. Good stuff but missing a little fine tuning to be really great/
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown foamy head. Smells and tastes of bourbon vinillia spice booze sweet. Really nice. The flavors mix well bubbles a bit from the bottom. Still a bit hot bourbon taste. Really nice scotch ale.
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 96/246 shared by TheAlum in the GTMW ticket line...thanks Adam! - Pours murky brown, with a tan ring of head. Nose is vanilla and toffee, with raisin and dark fruit layers. Decadent and dessert-like. Taste is a lot of sweet bourbon barrel, caramel, lots of bready, sweet malt, and a long, lightly sharp finish. Smooth, with a fair amount of carbonation. Sharpness in the taste just detracts from something that started great.