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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2009
My god CCB does it again. Amazing. Dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma is really wonderful. Tons of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak and dark dried fruit. Flavor is loaded with smooth oak and bourbon notes, some vanilla, caramel, light smoke and holy hell what a mouthfeel. This one is a big step up from the regular big sound. WOW. But what do I konw, I am just a homer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 (Rating #5200) Draft… This beer rocks!… Murky, dark, burnt caramel-colored ale with a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. The aroma is a lavish blend of bourbon, vanilla, singed caramel, smoke, tobacco and burnt marshmallow. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of bourbon, caramel, espresso, chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Finishes sweet, boozy and rich. World class Scotch ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle courtesy of randomgarbage’s rotbox @ randomgarbage’s wedding reception @ Iowa CIty. Pours a dark brown appearance with a brown head. Sweet smooth bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla, a bit woody, soft aroma. Fairly smooth, caramel, a bit oaky, smooth bourbon flavor. Drinks pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
750ml bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!). Poured a brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, wood, peat, earthy, and dark fruits. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, earthy, some bourbon, and wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (10049) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
2009 Vintage. Bottle 84/246. 750mL bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours an opaque murky dark mahogany with a tiny beige head. Aroma is still quite hot after all these years, with heavy bourbon notes, caramel, and booze. Flavour is extremely potent and rich, full of bourbon barrels, alcohol and rich caramel. Quite boozy, as usual for a Cigar City barrel aged brew. Very round and flavourful, though not as easy drinking as the regular Big Sound. Drinkable in small amounts, but too boozy for much more than that. Decent, but flawed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9823) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Clear winner of our horizontal tasting, thanks Tom. Big brown coloured beer. The bourbon is there and dominant, but it was well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. This brew is a murky reddish-brown color with a thin tan head that was nearly gone by the time the glass got to me. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of peaty malt, bourbon and vanilla. Rich body with an oaky bourbon character and notes of dark malts, vanilla and figs. The finish is earthy malt and bourbon. Good all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (9770) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th, many thanks to jackl. It pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. The nose is wood, boozy, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, Christmas pudding and spice. The taste is roasted malt, caramel, sweet toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, charcoal, fudge, bourbon, earth and chewy malt with a warming, bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body and average carbonation. Not bad, but I can’t say I love it. Pretty sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (9735) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Something about this one didn’t agree with me. MAripan and maraschino cherries dominate the smell. Flavor is sweet, boozy, but ultimately limp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: APR 26, 2010 4/5/2010: 750mL courtesy of ryan. Pours a muddy brown/amber with a thin yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is toffee, caramel, raisin, not too much barrel. Taste is loaded with sweet toffee, gold raisins. No complexity added from the barrel and the aging has probably done this more harm than good. Still a little boozy somehow. 7/4/7/3/13

4/25/2010:Re-rate from my own cellared bottle (27/246). Aroma is definitely bourbon- though muted- it is very soft, full of vanilla, coconut, butter. Taste is rich, well balanced, malty, raisins, prunes, chocolate. 8/4/8/4/15

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