TURDFERGUSON (3749) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. Nose of big caramel, light bourbon, big malts, a lot like the original. Flavor shows some more bourbon than the nose, wood, peat, vanilla, scotch. Very nice and warming.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to David for sharing this one! I actually enjoyed this slightly more than the regular version of Big Sound, even though I wasnít crazy for it. The almost over-the-top sweetness of regular BS seems fit just a hair more with the smooth bourbon/vanilla profile the barrel lends. Slight smoke and fruits in the general confection, this one was pretty good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with a thick beige head. Caramel, roast, and bourbon on the nose. Sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Geez, I barely remember tasting this one. Good thing I took notes at the tasting. Brown pour with slight red tint. Nice tan head. Caramel, some mild peat, bourbon on the nose as well as vanilla. Sweeter than the regular version, as is the taste. Good, but I prefer the non barrel-aged version.
djtimeless (221) - Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out dark brown with some foam. Smells sweet and boozy. Taste is big malty with woody bourbon. Flavors of caramel, toffee, peat, vanilla and oak. Smooth sticky finish with nice alcohol warming. Another very good brew.
emacgee (3746) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks fishingnet for the trade. Pours a murky brown with a one finger tan head. The nose is sweet, shows some caramel malt, mill tannic oak, very mild bourbon, fruity. The flavor is malty, shows some mild peat, tannic oak, warming alcohol, mild vanilla, woody. Palate is tannic and warm.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle sample at Noogfest High 5 thanks to jcwattsrugger. Poured brown with a tan head that settles to a ring. Nice scotch aroma with a vanilla and toffee. The flavor also found vanilla and scotch with a nut and malt background. Medium body, slight alcohol warming, creamy smooth. Awesome!
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown pour with off white creamy head and lace. Aroma of light brown sugar and peatiness. Sweet caramel malt, a hint of abv and a nice earthy peat flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 Like a watery Belgian strong, flavor of Alcohol is strong. Thanks to either JW77, Daknole, or Ryan.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kindly shared by the GodOfThunder. Pours a nice thick brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is bourbon, caramel, lush touches of chocolate and vanilla, brown sugar as it warms. The unbarreled version didnít strike me as particularly sweet, but this comes across as pleasantly sweet with caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, hints of cherries and dates, some chocolate, lots of malt. Drying sensation from barrel tannins and the alcohol, quite lush, lots of small bubbles, not syrupy. The barrel served this well!