daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, and some strong notes of red wine. Woody and vinous. Nice aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet, red wine notes, tart fruit, woody. Good stuff again.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Name: Sound of Big Wood
Date: July 24, 2010
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, touch of fruity tartness, sweet dark fruits
Flavor: big rich malt flavor, lots of brandy sweetness brings out a chocolate character, touch of dark fruits
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler… Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a malty, decadent swirl of caramel, mocha, vanilla, spicy wood and candied dark fruits. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is sweet, malty and earthy – wood and mocha stand out. Mocha and caramel finish. Not as sweet as the base beer (2nd or 3rd batch of Big Sound Scotch Ale). Growler courtesy of dchmela!
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 liter swing-top growler sent via trade with Maltzilla- thanks again, Diego! Pours a deep, cloudy chestnut brown color with some reddish tints and a tiny beige head. Looks a lot like the normal Big Sound. Aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel malts, brandy, dark fruits (plums, dark cherries), brown sugar, and a little smoke. The flavor is largely the same, big on oak and vanilla in particular. The brandy/alcohol comes through for sure but in a really nice, mellow, warming way. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and an oaky mouthfeel. Just an awesome beer, and I’m thrilled I got to try this.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Entering old rates. Draft @ CCB. Garde comme base la Big Sound, couleur brune/acajou sur un beau col beige presque moka. Arôme est caractérisé par une base type de scotch alternant malt caramel, grillé ainsi que qcq fruits noirs avec en retrait cet ajout de Apple Brandy et vanille qui viennent ajouter une dimension douce et boisée. Le palais reste épais, riche en profile malté, note grillée et caramel avec cet ajout d’Apple Brandy qui vient juste agrémenter le tout sans pour cela dominer.
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dave strikes again! Thanks for the growler Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown almost red color with a thick beige head. A almost vinous cherry wood nose, some chocolate and sweeter suggestions. The flavor is rich brandy barrel, chocolates, wood, earthy scotch ale flavors, dusty finish. Sweet caramel and some light vanilla. A lot going on here. The nose is tart but the flavor is earthy, sweet and lots of barrel. Lovely. Very warm but drinkable due to its flavors and palate.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours up deep dark murky mahogany with low carbonation short lived mocha like head. The aroma has notes of wood, sweet booze, cherries, plums, raisins, molasses and more boozy heat at the end of the draw. The taste brings up sweet bourbon like booze, wood, a good slug of vanilla and rich dark fruitiness. It ends a bit drying with wood, booze and a bit of roasty malts as well as lingering vanilla and dark fruitiness.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/20/10. Thanks to Ryan for bringing this growler up for me! Nice dark brown pour. The aroma is huge BA characteristics - oak, vanilla, coconut, and more - with sweet vanilla and a solid dose of sour cherry. The flavor is hugely udiabetically sweet. Huge sweet scotch ale with sweet vanilla, cherry, wood, coconut, and more, but damn this is rich. Hugely thick and sweet. Phew.
Suttree (6106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, no head. Sweet and...tart? aroma. Didn’t expect that. Decadently sweet, with nice smokey, cherry and bourbon-y notes. Dryish finish. Some sweetness as it warms. Unexpected and very enjoyable mix of flavors.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to oddefellow for this one. Pours dark caramel brown with an off-white head. Nose is brandy, vanilla, malt, and some booze. Flavor is like maltiness, vanilla, and big brandy with lingering brandy and sweetness all over. Medium bodied and quite good, but not as good as big nuts.