Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This Barrel-Aged version of our Scotch-Style ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to add layers of complexity to its rich, malty flavor profile. Notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrels combine with the beerís profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think youíll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
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....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2008
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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 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. Thanks grim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle. drank at EBF. Pours with a medium sized but lasting head. Aroma is mostly caramel and vanilla. The flavors of the beer mesh so well. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and some dried fruits, itís perfect in every way. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Big thanks to Mreusch for this beauty! Shared with therealbastard. Poured thick brown with small bubbly head. Big aroma of bourbon, caramel, and fruit. Amazing complexity with bourbon, caramel, and fruit. Extremely smooth.

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