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4.5
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle from JdubFL - thanks! Reddish-brown pour with an aroma of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits and brown sugar. Flavor has maple, vanilla/wood/bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, and assorted sweet goodies. Monster mouthfeel - this is awesome and gives Alesmith’s BA Wee Heavy a run for its money.

4.5
rejtable (2847) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Man, this is a huge beer! Pours cola with a light head that fades quickly to a ring. No lacing. Nose is bourbon. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, maybe even molasses, bourbon, oak and a hint of coffee. Not sure I’m getting much out of the scotch side. Tastes are bit sweet with some limited bitterness in the background. Really sticky in he mouth. One of the best beer I’ve had in a looooong time.

4.4
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours a deep brown with tan head. Nose is bourbon, wood, some smoke, alcohol, roasted grain, raisin, and sweet caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, whiskey, vanilla, wood, some charred grain, plum, raisin and caramel. The bourbon is so very smooth. Makes this beer very very enjoyable.

4.4
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.

4.4
Drake (14078) - 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.

4.4
DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Similar to the regular version with a dark brown pour with little carbonation. However the aroma was much better, plenty of good bourbon which gradually gave way into a much better flavor. Tons of woody, boozy, silky and somewhat sweet and complex beer. Awesome!!

4.4
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours a deep brown with red hue. Tan edges.



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.

4.4
radagast83 (8504) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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*.

4.4
corby112 (2813) - 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!

4.4
S_Side_Smitty (802) - 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!!


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