MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 2012: Heavy wood aroma from the neck. Pours dark amber with a very nice thick off-white head. Bourbon, Malt, and wood aroma from the glass. Big bourbon & wood flavor. Strong bourbon, wood, flavor with some bittering mixed in. Medium mouth-feel, and still a bit hot. Nice offering from Hale’s Ales! Tasted from the bottle at 57.9F.
2011: Aroma of malts, wood, and booze from the neck. Pours cloudy, red/amber, with a very THICK tan head. Aroma is amazing. It just smells like Heaven. So much malt, dark sugars, and wood on the nose. Nice full mouthfeel, sweet wood character and a surprising note of bitter hops. Tastes stronger (hotter) than the stated ABV, and I am really interested to see how this ages. Lots of vanilla but overwhelmed by the booze. And I do get some slight vegetal note that I can’t quite place. It’s fleeting though, and may just be a bit of a grassy note in with the hops. I’ll save one for a few months and report back! Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from the Ballard Market. Little to no head sits on top of a brown body. It looks decent, but it’s nothing special. The aroma is quite wonderful, and fairly nuance; it smells of: syrup, oak, bourbon, vanilla, sugar, and a little caramel. It’s very sweet smelling. It’s quite the pungent beer. Wow, the alcohol has made this one scorch my throat. It’s VERY hot for the ABV. Damn this one is warming me up, and making me feel more drunk than I actually am, which is not at all. Strong oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavor. Damn, this one is tasty, but again, that alcohol needs to simmer down a bit. I think there are great things to come with this, once it relaxes. The alcohol is too overpowering now, but once that mellows out, damn, this well be a delicious beer, indeed. Texture is made to feel thing by the alcohol. Have I said the word "alcohol" enough here?
mcberko (15407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for Big Wood, pours a dark brown / black with a small tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon on the nose, caramelized sugar, booze and more bourbon. Flavour is very sweet with heaps of caramel, accentuated with a very bourbon-dominated body, finishing sweet and boozy. Cloying a bit in sweetness but very good.
after4ever (7714) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours a murky dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around and around. Loose pillowy sedimentary rings of tan lace. Sweet molasses nose, vanilla and spices under. Creamy silky thick body. Toast, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, gingerbread, and caramel on the mid palate. Smooth, sweet, harmonious, and decadent. Mild sweet finish. Very nice beer.