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RATINGS: 509   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 beer’s profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think you’ll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle 2004, thank you Eyedrinkale for my first BA alesmith offering. Taste is raw bourbon and not a great balance even after this time. Coats your mouth with heavy Etoh in every sip. Wood, caramel, and dark fruit. An odd case where i can do without the barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2008
bottle #51 shared at general_gao’s 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2307) - Ouray, Colorado, 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 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle (2006) from brewery. Number is somewhere in the 70’s, 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 (870) - 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 (14844) - 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, it’s 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 angel’s, 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 that’s not necessarily a bad thing - it’s 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 didn’t get any of that. Just a ridiculously delicious brew...give me more!

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