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RATINGS: 512   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2008
750mL Bottle. Rich bourbon and malt nose. An intricate dance of caramelized malts, sherry, rum-soaked fruit. Complex pecan pie and nuts. Quite impressive. Pours a deep, murky brown, with a faint ruby tin. Rim in off-white. Heavy vanilla, oak and bourbon blend in with mature sugars. Not too sweet. Body is thick, but not cloying or sugary. Viscous texture. Nuttiness. A wee bit hot. Dry, bourbon backend. Barrel melds well with the beer, although it takes over a little bit too much. Harmonious, but the barrel overrides. Vinous develops in the backend and long into the smack. As the beer warms, I keep getting new mature flavors and intricacies out of it. Developing. Rather complex and delicious. Thanks a million Andy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From my backlog. 2004 vintage #201/234. Right off the bat there’s far too much bourbon in here for my tastes. Overdone to the point where this dominates the flavour-profile. However, soon after I focus my palate some wonderful vanilla and oak characters make themselves known. About every other sip I can make out the base beer and its peaty/smoky/malty goodness. For its age, there was a bit of sour noticed and if anyone has any left – drink it now as it’s starting to slide downhill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2008
750ml bottle (#51), 2006 vintage, shared by iowaherkeye. Thank you for personally importing this from California. Sampled side-by-side with the regular Wee Heavy. Poured a cloudy brown color with a thin khaki head. The aroma was similar to the regular Wee Heavy with dark fruit and toffee elements, but there were also added whiskey and Saltine notes. Very nice. Medium to full bodied and sweet with caramel, raisin, vanilla, and toffee flavors. There was also a mellow bourbon flavor that wasn’t overdone. Not over-bourbonated, as they say. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - 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 (5294) - 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 (1586) - @ $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 (2381) - 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 (3029) - 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?

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