ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, green waxed bottle, 2011 release. poured into a CCB snifter, this lovely beer rests with a deep hazelnut color with hints of rust around the edges topped by a thin khaki head that leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is fantastic with rich notes of vanilla, toasted oak, coconut cream pie, and warming bourbon backed by candied raisins, dried figs, black cherries, and raw brown sugar with hints of maple and herbal hops as it warms. flavor is absolutely wonderful as well with rich dark fruit notes of black cherry, fig, raisins, and tart plum skins all glazed with sweet toffee and backed by mild vanilla, bourbon drenched oak, and toasted brown sugar with hints of tobacco and earthy hops on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, toasty bourbon finish. overall, another great barrel aged beer from CCB.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Big Sound, BA
Date: May 29, 2010
Source: Tasting, Bhalter Summersalter
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel and bourbon aroma, bourbon candy
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, bourbon and vanilla sweetness, just a touch of earthy smokeyness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle... dark brown with a bit of caramel, light watery tan head... the aroma is coconut, vanilla and bourbon a bit hot and sweet, no big sound but good... tastes sweet, really thin and hot for 8.5%, but some nice coconut and bourbon, hint of peat on the finish... recommend
Sammy (11173) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear winner of our horizontal tasting, thanks Tom. Big brown coloured beer. The bourbon is there and dominant, but it was well done.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a light khaki head. Aroma is huge with bourbon. Also has hints of vanilla, oak, cherries and caramel. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toast, oak and toffee. Bourbon does not come through as much as I thought it would after smelling this beer. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from mikeluke23- thanks again! Pours a hazy mahogany color with more amber highlights than the dustier-looking regular Big Sound, and a small beige head. Huge bourbon nose, with vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet cherries, and brown sugar. Flavor of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, oak, bourbon, and toast. The aroma is a bit boozier than the flavor, which comes across as much sweeter than the nose lets on. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. A bit one-dimensional but hey, I like that dimension.
radagast83 (7301) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle. Poured a caramel color with a small tan head. Aroma was smooth, vanilla, with notes of chocolate, toffee, malts. Flavor was smooth woody vanilla, with a touch of perfectly sweet chocolate and malt. After having the base beer and then the extremely disappointing Rum variety, this one was *awesome*.
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a finger of off-white head. A nice bourbon and vanilla note to it on top of the rich caramel and toffee malt smells. The flavor is quite similar. Heavy bourbon, vanilla, and wood with a strong caramel malt flavor and some brown sugar.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a deep brown with red hue. Tan edges.
Aroma: Gigantic bourbon. Dark fruit ,caramel. Bourbon soaked oak.
Taste: Rich vanilla, bourbon,caramel, dark fruit. Low tannins, and not that woody.
Mouth. Thick, syrupy,warming, coating.
Overall: Delicious! If you love bourbon bombs, this one will put a smile on your face.
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a small fizzy beige head. The nose is big sweet maltiness with a fairly hefty but not overpowering bourbon. Some fairly prominent alcohol vapors, but it kinda works with the huge malt. The flavor is pretty well dominated by the bourbon flavor up front but then the big sweet malt coats the tongue and finally there’s a nice charred wood finish. Full and chewy body with a nice clingy stickiness. Soft light fizzy carbonation. Pretty good beer, but not as easy to drink as the regular version.