5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ The Burgundian:   Deep brown, small foamy tannish head, little lacing.   Big oaky nose, peaty, a bit smokey.   The Laphroaig aspect is strong, a bit over powering at times.   Peaty with some smoke, not as heavy as I would have thought for a 10.9% Scotch Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Charred wood, some campfire, peat, old dark pitted fruit, and lots of that barrel aging on the exit.   Tiz fairly good, fairly smooth, but wished it were chewier.   Yes, needs to be maltier.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black, finger light tan head
Smell licorice and oak, roast, sweet, butter?
Taste creamy vanilla, lots of char, smoke and wood, pepper, bit of chocolate, very bitter, charred
Decent, if you like oak and smoke, this is for you
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Big Wood 2008. With the BW VIII Scotch already being one of the top beers of my Life it seems, to aged it in some Laphroaig barrels just seemed ridiculous. And it was. Thankfully.
Big and boozy, lots of peat flying all over the place, caramel, plums, and hints of cigar/tobacco swarm the palate. It’s about as full as you can go. Excellent stuff.
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a little bit of a tan head. Sweet aromas, dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, a little tartness, light peat smoke. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, fruit cake or some shit. A little tartness from the oak, some smokey whiskey notes. Dry and oaky finish. "Meh" (Jon, 2008).
after4ever (7479) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at bigwood. dark mahogany with caramel edges, dense tan head that hangs around briefly. big scotchy nose, lots of peat and iodine with some blackberryish oxidation showing through. creamy medium body, fairly still. port, peat, iodine, caramel, and butterscotch mid palate. long tangy earthy finish.
bvc (1235) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bigwood 09. Earthy malty nose with tobacco notes. Smooth sweet tobacco with eathy wood and killer scotch feel and flavor backing. This beer is so good and holding up so well.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ Browuer’s Big Wood - clear, roasty brown with faint tan head; aromas of pretty much as good as it gets - candy malt, wood, vanilla, cookies, dark fruit; perfectly blended together; a minor strange, dirty shoe kind of flavor that reminds of the mess the bottled version has become; nevertheless, very tasty, killer nose and easily smokes the base beer
Caskalefan (163) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was fortunate to sample the last two glasses at Brouwers Big Wood Fest. Incredible scotch ale. The Laphroaig was a real boon for an already delicious brew. The flavor was richer and the texture seemed fuller and more velvety.The peatiness blended artfully with the more subtle flavors of the original and the entire experience was intensified in a really good way. Thanks for this masterpiece Tony. You really need to brew it more often and make it available at Flyers.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ the Big Wood. very dark rich amber color. lots of wood in this one. like the sweet smell you have in a highend wood carving shop. hard to remember all of the subtitles but this beer was world class.
I think the only thing keeping if from a perfect 5 is that it was slightly out of balance toward sawdust.
Absolutely amazing. this is echelon of beer.
t4h2c0 (96) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap brouwers big wood, 1st place overall and well deserved. The scotch flavors blended well with the dark, full flavor of the bottleworks VIII. This is an epic beer and was quick to run out at bigwood. I doubt there is much if any of this beer left, keep your eyes peeled for it at local seattle fests maybe cask beer fest