Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sturdy reddish brown pour offering a slowly diminishing beige head. Aroma shows a heavy bourbon influence that marries with earthy toasted dulce de leche and bolder toffee. Slightly buttery, woody, smokey and eventually hinting at anise. Stays multidimensional through and through and luckily not all in sweetness. Shows mellow leafy tones toward the finish. Quite complex, already feeling a bit old with rounded aged iberic alcohols oxidation. It seems obvious as an afterthought that bourbon would work fairly well with a scotch ale, they both push a (albeit different) peaty and earthy character forth. Almost surprisingly, the alcohol character is unobstrusive at first, naturally pairing with the bourbon laden aroma and systematically warming, while letting the flavors lead in mouth. As it warms, it’s apparently growing stronger as well and I enjoy it a bit less. Medium body, soft carbonation, rather professional. Thank you marcus!
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #144, i believe, acquired in a trade with my friend and favorite trading partner SDbruboy, Props to you Cliff! Bottle shared with Brian (eaglefan538) whom i believe enjoyed it also.
Pours a small tan head, retention is fair, lace is minimal.Clear, deep amber, garnet hued brew, lovely appearence. Nose was lightly sweet malts, smoke, caramel with a bit of earthyness, peaty and woody. Body is full, coating, creamy, velvetty and slides over yer tongue, A touch of alcohol warmth, Fairly luxurious. Loads of flavor on the palate, chocolate, roast,wood, licorice, some molasses and vanilla. The whisky flavors are balanced well with all the other flavors, not up front or overpowering but a flavor that is always picked up after you figure out what else you,ve found. A nice backdrop. Lightly sweet malty finish, lovingly lingering. A very flavorful and well balanced brew, would age well i,m sure. Cliff, thanks once again for another great experience, you da man!!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam decorates the glowing ruby.
-Vanilla and bourbon alcohol fly out of the glass in perfect unison with the wealthy scotch ale personality.
-Plentiful berries and grapes diversify the vanilla bourbon, as the caramel sweetness deepens the lip-smacking experience.
-The mouthfeel is as classy and silky as most Alesmiths, yet the alcohol makes it feel sturdy.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some roastiness rides the alcohol warmth.
-Port wine and star anise allusions titillate the complexity-seeking tastebuds.
-The never-heavy body is lightened by the alcohol and the subtle supporting hop bitterness.
-Yet another potent, dignified, well-crafted barrel-aged strong ale from a fantastic brewery.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 Poured from a 75cl bottle, sampled side-by-side with the regular Wee Heavy of the same vintage. The bourbon influence comes out as a buttery soft scent, with aromas of vanilla extract, cola and slightly hot alcohol. Huffing from the alcohol vapor, the first taste is smooth up front in texture, with some vanilla and butter vapors... and some buttered corn as well. Rolling back across the tongue, the scotch and peaty influence is noticed, though still muted by the buttery bourbon character. Very strong, very rich, quite smooth (same smoothness as the BA Numbskull).
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown with thin but big bubbled tan head...smell is strong strong strong vanilla and oak, along with smoke and alcohol...taste is still strong with smoke and caramel, but vanilla and alcoholic notes just take over this beer now...
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle, #16 of 240, courtesy of Walt ) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood barrel, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Rich vintage English ale malt flavor with caramel, wood barrel, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Big thanks, Walt!
madsberg (9634) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled :Brownish red (almost burgundy) coloured. Unclear. Beige dense head. Sweetness, prunes, plums and raisins in the aroma. Has some sweetish oaknotes and the barral is definately detectable. This is a bit more notable in the flavour. Sweet and oakish. Has fruitnotes and loads of alcohol. Is quite vinous and goes in the sherry directionl. Well bodied. Has a dry bitterness in the end with great warming qualities on lips and palate. Nice one. Thanks sk8viking for letting me try this, which accidentally happened to be my beer no. 2900.
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 A huge big old thanks to Bert for sharing this baby! Bottle ? out of 234, wow! Poured a reddish dark brown color with a thin head that gave ok lacing. Aroma was of some peat, strong vinous and raisins, and plentiful oak qualities. Flavor was sherry, vinous, light chocolate (particularly as it warmed), strong raisins, light peat, and oak. Mouthfeel was really smooth, thinner than the non BA-aged, moderate overall mouthfeel. Warming effect in the swallow.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle at the 2006 Chromefest: Poured brown with slight red notes. Small off white head. Massive peat aroma and slight smokiness. Flavor is sweet and very alcoholic. Rich in malt and peat, light vanilla. Good beer but burning alcohol.
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Side by side with the regular Wee Heavy. 2004 bottle. The barrel aging provides a distinction alcohol note--some thought it was vanilla, but there is a classic range of dimensions like flavor components. In some ways the beer is less subdued than the un-barrel aged one; regular Wee Havy (same year, 2004). The alcohol does a good bit of the donkeywork.