heemer77 (5196) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled next to regualr Wee Heavy, thanks iowaherkeye. Bottle #51 from 2006. The body was dark brown with a yellowish khaki head. The aroma was sweet pancakes with some strong vanilla. There was also some marigold flower and caramel. The taste was strong caramel with a little bit of bourbon and bread crust. Well made.
DietPepsican (1546) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle #51 shared at general_gaoís thanks to Some Jerk named iowaherkeye. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma was very strong vanilla and oak. Flavor had a strong vanilla and butterscotch kick, with a bit of bourbon and dark fruit. Finished with very mild carbonation, slightly boozy.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Toncatchers event. 2006 vintage superbly cellared, # 131/254. Poured a murky dark brown bronze color with a medium beige head. The nose displayed a good aged, mellow cognac aroma. The flavor showed a good melding of whiskey and roasted ale malts. Mouthfeel is almost perfect, If the palate rating went up to ten, this would be a nine. The finish is long with lingering whiskey. Overall: One of the great BA beers.
mjg74 (2891) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2006) from brewery. Number is somewhere in the 70ís, it got wiped. Pours a low carbonated bronze/amber color. Very peaty and earthy. Somewhat sweet with a little bourbon aroma. Flavor is a dark fruity sweetness with hints of wood from a barrel and strong bourbon notes. Very smooth with low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you like super bourbaned beers...you might like this one...but it overpowers the malt flavor of the wee heavy to me.......I was disapointed in it myself....but everyone I shared it with.....LOVED it...so there....
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 2006 vintage. Pours hazy deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon tht is slightly musty. Taste ia the same with alchohol up front and an almost sweet candy flavor finishing it off. copyright undsioux7. Not too cloying OG?
undsioux7 (862) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage. Pours hazy deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon tht is slightly musty. Taste ia the same with alchohol up front and an almost sweet candy flavor finishing it off. Thanks grim!
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Re-Rate, courtesy Daknole. Muddy brown- looks lousy. Full on assertive bourbon aroma with toffee, caramel and light vanilla. Sweet, soft, very candyish vanilla, caramel, and bourbon on the palate. Very dessert-like. Some late acidity and hints of brown sugar, rum and bourbon. Slight alcoholic dryness. Very full body. Good brew - nose is out of balance and its picked up some tartness but this is quality.
Original rate: Burgundy colour. Hazy but vibrant. Big clean malty nose with a brash vanilla/bourbon character. Simple but rather fantastic. Rich, bourbon/maple character. Not a ton else, but nuts to that, itís still beautiful. 8-3-8-4-16 = 3.9
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 vintage shared by Pete at the pad in late March - after glasses of pliny the younger, elder, bourbon angelís, older visco, and arctic devil, what a joke!
Nose is soothing and unleashes a jargon of sweet oak, sticky bourbon, caramel malts, and hints of vanilla. I just love these BA Alesmith aromas - just lovely. Flavor is really much of the same, predominantly wrapped with a whiskey overtone throughout. The contemplative appeal of the normal Wee Heavy is lost here, but thatís not necessarily a bad thing - itís just a different enjoyment. Mouthfeel is full bodied, coating, and smooth as can be. Very warming - but still very drinkable. Rumor had it that this guy was a booze bomb - I didnít get any of that. Just a ridiculously delicious brew...give me more!
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, drank by myself, in my first night alone in god knows how long. Itís been a while since Iíve had a good 750 to myself -- I used to do it all the time -- but this is perhaps reminding me why I donít really bother anymore. The drunkenness hits fast, and in this case its not really worth it. I mean, really, this is pure bourbon. The normal Wee Heavy is no doubt one of my favorite beers, nearly perfect every time, but this has just been ruined by the barrels. Hell, I donít even taste oak in it, just a harsh, boozy mess.
Itís got a lightly buttery finish, lots of alcohol, whiskey all around. Aroma is nothing but. Almost no carbonation and no head. All those wonderful malt characteristics we became so familiar with in Wee Heavy have been lost. I simply donít understand. What is the deal? Why do people even like this? How is Alesmith -- no doubt one of the top 10 brewers on the planet -- releasing a special edition beer that is so critically flawed?
I guess Iíll never know. But, if you canít tell by now, this was a huge disappointment.