darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2009
22oz wax sealed bottle (#60). Pours a burnt mahogany, relatively clear. Big foamy off white head. Nose is huge caramel and bourbon notes. A bit of wood and a whiff of smoke. Flavor is very bourbony up front but recedes enough to let the scotch ale breathe. Caramel and chocolate dominate this version where the fruitiness of the normal big sound is more subdued here. Less fruit esters and more complex malt. Finishes with a slight cherry pit and big caramel flavor. Slightly warming with a touch of sweet bourbon. Another terrific barrel aged beer. Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2009
750 mL bottle... #214/246. Courtesy of tarheels86. Pours a hazy dark brown color with not much of a head. The aroma is sublime. Caramel, toffee, leafy hops, vanilla, maple, bourbon, faint smokiness, booze and green apple. Taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, wood, faint smoky notes, leafy hops, something faintly cheesy. Full bodied and very smooth. The regular Big Sound is a phenomenal beer but the bourbon works with this too well. This is epic. Fantastic beer. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours a deep brown with red hue. Tan edges.radagast83 (8072) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Aroma: Gigantic bourbon. Dark fruit ,caramel. Bourbon soaked oak.
Taste: Rich vanilla, bourbon,caramel, dark fruit. Low tannins, and not that woody.
Mouth. Thick, syrupy,warming, coating.
Overall: Delicious! If you love bourbon bombs, this one will put a smile on your face.
Sampled from bottle. Poured a caramel color with a small tan head. Aroma was smooth, vanilla, with notes of chocolate, toffee, malts. Flavor was smooth woody vanilla, with a touch of perfectly sweet chocolate and malt. After having the base beer and then the extremely disappointing Rum variety, this one was *awesome*. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Nice barrel presence in the nose with dry oak, toasted coconut, vanilla and spicy bourbon. Doesn’t overpower the base beer allowing sweet and roasted malt notes to come through. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and chocolate. Slightly smokey but not acrid or burnt smelling. Smells great!
Medium bodied with a strong barrel character that adds another layer of flavor to the base beer. Some dry oak along with silky vanilla, toasted coconut and a delicious spicy bourbon character. Although the barrel flavors are strong, they are perfectly integrated into the flavor without overpowering the base beer. Lots of excellent bourbon flavor but barely any heat making it deceptively drinkable. Underneath the barrel, there is a nice combination of sweet and roasted malt notes. Slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and oatmeal lingering into a somewhat dry finish. Highly recommended!
S_Side_Smitty (775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is strong bourbon & molasses. Taste is wiskey, chocolate malts, & sweet molasses. Nice hot alcohol finish. Amazing beer!! BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap at Cigar City. Deep brown pour with minimal head. Huge bourbon and vanilla aroma. Slick palate. Dynamite beer - so good! djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a dark brown with beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, booze, vanilla, and smoke. Thick mouthfeel with bourbon and nice roast in the finish. Really enjoyed this one. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottled November 12, 2012. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to dachsundude86 for the bottle. Review #500.
A - Pours a dark, dark red body which lets little light through. One fingers worth of khaki foam with really solid lacing and retention and a touch of alcohol legs.
S - Absurd amounts of raisins and dates, sweet caramel, rich toffee and light peat smoke. This is all followed by a strong bourbon presence of vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. Slight alcohol finish. This is incredible, like a rum raisin ice cream.
T - Very sweet raisins, caramel malts and burnt brown sugar. Well integrated butterscotch, vanilla, and oak from the barrel. This is almost overtly sweet though. Comes back to reality on the finish with light peat and some bitterness. For an 8.5%’er this seems awfully large and complex. Mouth feel is thick and creamy, just about spot-on.
O - There is a lot happening in this beer. The aroma is pretty incredible but the flavor, despite it’s huge sweetness is a bit lacking. Perhaps that is due to the 6 month age it has on it. I haven’t found a barrel aged CCB that hasn’t impressed me yet though. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle with Damico. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma of candi sugar, peat, and smoke. Sweet sugary peaty taste with a light smoke and toffee taste. Medium mouthfeel. Excellent brew!