Lompoc Big Bang Red - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Bang Red was aged in Bourbon barrels for eight months and cellared for an additional three. It has a dark crimson color and a malty body to complement the Bourbon aroma and slight vanilla flavor.

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slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Bottled in June. Not sure this beer is a beer that needed to be barreled. Bready and caramel malts, faded (too much so) hops and light-moderate whiskey notes. A little off. Not impressed with this brew I had been looking forward to."

patrick767 (4178) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2014
bottle from Les Caves, bottled on 06/2012, rated in Aug 2013. Pours amber with an off-white head. It smells odd and off. Uh oh. The flavor is sweet with an obviously off sour character. Infected. The bourbon is in there but it’s overwhelmed by infection. It finishes with unpleasant sour bourbon. Beware. There must be some very bad bottles out there.

luttonm (6750) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft at SIBF. Deepest red, gray head. Oaky alc, tart juicy. Plum brandy. Good.

trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Tap at SIBF 2012. Smells delicious -- like a sweet barrel-aged barley wine. The taste lets me down -- dilute, and nowhere near as good as the aroma let on. Lacking in flavor for this big of a brew.

BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2012
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin had. Nice Bourbon aroma and flavor. Good malt backing and a strong hops presence. I liked the brew very tasty.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, reddish/copper hues, off-white frothy head, nice lacing.   Fairly assertive Bourbony nose.   Has a vanilla, toffee, woody aroma to it.   Almost reminds me of Sugar Babies candy in its sweetness, that caramel like aroma/flavor.   Soft maltiness on the tongue, some hop bitterness, but the Bourbon kicks in towards the backside.   I can see where this would be a Red Ale infused in Bourbon as the beer is right up front, with the barrel aging showing up on the backside.   As I sip on this more I wished it were more of a Barley Wine with its heavy sweet maltiness.   As is, good, but cant help but think that the backside with its Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee tend to dominate.   Overall, clean, tasty, and would certainl have again.

nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a transparent, brick red with a little cloudy white head. Nose has plenty of barrel, cane sugar, rum, cherries, caramel, sherry, some rose water. Flavor is sweet, caramel, vanilla, raisins, malty, a little apple, almost a brandy flavor, a little coconut. Full bodied, smooth, sweet finish.

MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
red-tan, translucent with a lasting thin cream head. Nose is moderately hot, light vanilla and light bourbon character. Flavor is a bit of wood, more heat, bit of bourbon but also ethanol. Thin, nice balance from vanilla throughout, a bit old, cardboard.

oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Thanks nippleprop. Clear orange-red pour with a white veneer. lots of caramel and vanilla booze in the nose, culminating with angelfood cake dough, some cooked vegetables, marshmallows, and caramel. Medium body with way too much barrel.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
651mL thanks to nimbleprop. Clear red amber color with yellow bubbles. Nose is buttery bourbon, muted, wood, earth, toffee, caramel. Taste is thinner with spicy bourbon. Not too bad. Enjoyable. Sugary, specialty malt heavy. Thin palate. Mildly citric.

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