Oakes (15651) - 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 (3259) - 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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to seaoflament and john_adam!! 2005 release: This beer was amazing, tons of bourbon, scotch, and caramel. The pour is kinda ugly (looks like muddy water), but what counts is how it smells and tastes. The bourbon is not overpowering and blends well with the scotch flavors. I am really glad I tried this one, Ale Smith rocks!!!
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I already forget what batch I had, but I am pretty sure it was the 2005 release. I had been sitting on this brew for a while waiting for the right time to taste such goodness, and the time was a friends birthday. Poured a deep brown hue with a light tan head. Aromas of oak, scotch, peat, and caramel. The carbonation mellowed out quite a bit and helped accentuate the beers flavor and the age helped subdue the oak overtone. The flavors were amazing...... vanilla, chocolate notes, some smokiness....mmmmmmmmmm...... amazing.... Damn I love alesmith!
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@DrBills 05 158/222
Sweet smell of cherry bourbin. Pours red/brn in color. Bubbly ring head. Starts sweet and strong and although it was a little flat the smooth bourbin end left no complaints.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Odeed, thanks Jake! Dark brown, with no head. Aroma is a strong bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, light alcohol. Taste is a nice toffee, alcohol, and bourbon mix, bourbon is a bit on the strong side, some caramel. Interesting stuff here, but would prefer less aging in the barrel.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Rating #1200
Courtesy of toncatcher who opened this gem at the fordest tasting sharing it with fordest, padrefan98, wetherel and of course toncatcher. Iíve been waiting a very long time to try this special elixir. Pours a clear amber with weak tan head. The aroma has nice woody barrel age qualities that smack you with a booze coated wooden plank. I also get soft caramel candy and faint peaty earthiness. YUM!! The taste starts with an explosion of flavors that seem to hit all at once with wood, booze, wood, creamy caramel candy, and then more caramel, peat and even more caramel goodness. Wow. Everything seems pretty well balanced allowing for a nice woody, slightly sweet yet drying booze sensation as well as great notes of creamy caramel, peat and earthiness from the base beer. Sure glad toncatcher opened this one for us.
An important side note: very few chairs were broken during the fordest tasting.