thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this a bit better than Big Nuts, but I was surprised in both cases how different these were than the Big Sound base. Dark brown pour. Caramel, bitter coffee, vanilla, and oak in the aroma. Taste is the same. This is a bit more focused than Big Nuts, and easier to drink, IMO.
sebletitje (6025) - 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.
kp (10887) - 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
phaleslu (5209) - 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.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CCB. Murky dark brown body with a thin tan head. Nose is boozy and vinous with big notes of wood, cherry, raisin, and molasses. Body is mostly full with soft carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Flavor is sweet and boozy, dark fruit notes abound as does a woody note, lighter notes of brandy and vanilla. Finished with a good amount of warming alcohol. I enjoyed this one more than Big Nuts.
hopscotch (8394) - 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!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at CCB. Pours almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, ripe dark fruit, chocolate,, brandy, caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with a nice, sweet brandy flavor with notes of chocolate, caramel, light ripe dark fruit. Medium to full body with a lightly boozy finish. Liked this one better than Sound of Big Nuts.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cigar City. This one pours a hazy, dark mahogany brown colored body with almost no head or lacing at all. The is very rich and sweet showing a dark, toasted caramel and cocoa roast malt base to go with mounds of sweet vanilla beans and oak soaked in brandy. There is a touch of dark fruits and a hint of cherry that gives a nice earthy quality. The flavor follows and is big on the rich caramel and toasted toffee malts along with the sweet vanilla that plays a very prominent role. Some figs and raisins come through adding fruity depth and the apple brandy adds to the already sweet profile. Full bodied and smooth with minimal carbonation and slightly sticky on the palate from the residual sugars. This one has good depth of flavors, but is just a touch too sweet for me to enjoy in larger quantities. Still a really good brew.
Damico (2214) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma of subtle sweet cherries with very little smokiness. The color of a dark scotch ale, super dark brown with a nice tan head on top. The flavor is smoother than the nuts, with sweet cherry notes and an acidic finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cigar City for the Double Barrel Zhukov’s release. The pours yields a hazy, nearly opaque, dark mahogany brown body. There is virtually no head or lacing of note. Aromas are very sweet, based in rich, darkly toasted toffee and caramel, with a slight hint of cocoa roast and loads of sweet vanilla bean and brandy soaked oak. Some indiscernible dark fruits lend further sweetness, along with a hint of earthiness. Flavors too are heavy of rich caramel and toasted toffee, also suggesting figs and dates. Vanilla is very prominent and very sweet, too much so, in fact, for my liking. The apple brandy just amplifies the sweetness. On the palate, carbonation is minimal, creating a slick mouthfeel that just seems a little lifeless and overly sugary. This really isn’t my cup of tea. It’s a fine tasting brew, but I really wouldn’t want more than a couple of ounces as an occasional dessert.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, 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.