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Crown Valley Barrel Select Big Bison Ale

Crown Valley Barrel Select Big Bison Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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The Barrel Select Big Bison Ale is 7.2 percent ALC by volume and brewed using two different American hop varieties. This beer is a robust Belgian style Dubbel with intense nutty, spice and dried fruit notes in the aromatic profile. The Big Bison Ale was barrel aged in red wine casks for two months, thus producing a buttery sensation on the palette with a body and consistence thicker than the average Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1032) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 5, 2014
The appearance has a brownish red color with a minimal off-white head that is pretty much only a ring atop the liquid. The aroma blends oak, dry red wine, figs, caramel malts, and Belgian yeast, and the taste is mildly sweet, slightly sour, and a touch umami. The palate fuses an average carbonation, slick texture, medium body, and a finish that is reminiscent of sweet red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidemaster (281) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Great Aroma! A nice rich dark color. The beer had a nice combination of flavors. It starts off with a tart almost lambic like flavor. It then has a rich nutty, and fruity taste. It has a rich buttery taste with a rich caramel ale. It has a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5131) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Definitely lighter and crisper than I was expecting. Smells like vanilla, plum and raisin. not an overpowering bourbon presence, which is nice. Lots of those same fruity, woody flavors, too. Surprisingly easy to drink. I kinda like it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1414) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Sampled on tap at the 2nd annual Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger party in a dimple mug. It poured a clear copper colour with tall creamy beige foam, long-lasting with lace and tiny spritzy bubbles. A perfect appearance. Exquisite Big Brown Beer aromas and flavours: fruity, caramelly, toasty, tangy, even some delicious banana ester. Smooth and boozy. Noticeable bourbon, vanilla, oak tannins…overall great application of barrel-aging, far-and-away the best of today’s event. Very tasty. I went back for a grande finale refill, but it was long-gone (unsurprisingly.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Draft at St. Louis Microfest 2011. Pours a somewhat cloudy copper color with a small off-white head. Notes of oak, red wine, caramel malts, sweet dough, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, plums, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with mellow carbonation and a rich, malty mouthfeel. The regular Big Bison Ale didn’t drive me wild but the barrel is an improvement on it. I hope they do more of these.

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