Enniskillen (2044) - 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 (7777) - 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.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2011 Vintage 2004, Bottle #205 of 234. This is my personal experience with this bottle and this vintage, but this beer was almost totally flat when I poured it. I got it from a source I trust to have stored it properly. Iím wondering if maybe this bottle happened to be capped by the same machine that capped their IPA in the last year or so and did not make a tight seal. I am sure there are posts here on RB about all that mess. Pours a dark caramelly brown, with barely enough bubbles to cover the top of the beer in the glass. Beautiful smells of bourbon and wood and vanilla. Alcohol as well. Tastes just as good as it smells. Bourbon and dark fruits up front, caramel and alcohol on the finish. As many other reviewers have said, the Wee Heavy base is pretty well covered by the flavors from the barrel.
Thick and full palate. I am very sad that the carbonation is gone. With even a minimal amount of carbonation this brew would have been perfect in this category. Even though its flat, this brew is the second best barrel aged beer that I have ever had. Behind only the BA Decadence.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle 85/222, All the wonderful oak and bourbon that this was aged in rewards the procurer with a mezmerizing caramel smoke malty aroma , with plenty of wiskey saturating the escaping fumes,smooth rich bourbon chcolate taste,with hints of vanilla nad butterscotch,with the wiskey pretty much taking you to the finish. The bourbon may dominate a tad to much in the finish,but many of us love that. Top notch,first rate,thanks Overlord
IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Odeed #75/222; Nose of oak, bourbon, dark raisiny fruit, and vanilla; hazy dark brown with a few beige bubbles; flavor of chocolate, caramel, raisins, light bourbon, and oak with a light alcohol finish. Great job by AS!
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle 75/222)muddy brown with no head.wonderful aroma of bourbon,butterscotch,oak,vanilla,and brown sugar.the flavor boasts much of the same along with some chocolate,and dark fruits.the barrel aging does a nice job of complimenting,but not overpowering the beer.this is simply awesome.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich roasted woody aroma. Dark fruit and wood show up in the flavor but vanish into a creamy malty flavor. Smooth on the palate.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at the Fordest Tasting. Pours abmer brownish with few bubbles and almost no head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, and vanilla. Flavors of bourbon, toffee, and vanilla. I had this along side of BA Decadence and perferred the Wee Heavy.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle 80 / 222, Sampled January 2008
This is the barrel aged beer of Alesmithís that I have wanted to try most. As I pop the cap only a touch of gas escapes. A vigorous pour canít do much but summon a thin, very large bubbled, bit of froth that doesnít completely cover the top of the beer. The beer itself is a dark, brownish-amber color and shows an opaque, hazy, dark ruby / deep red color when held up to the light. Aromas of Bourbon are quite apparent as I pour this brew; upon further inspection the Bourbon is still the most noticed part of the aroma. Aromatic notes of vanillin, butterscotch, spicy oak and alcohol, almost a cola like barrel / malt note and a rich, deeply caramelized character that is contributed by both the bourbon barrel char and the malt are all evident in the nose. Underneath these notes is a deep, if subtle, dark, caramelized fruit character that just sort of melts into the buttery oak and vanillin notes. Despite being so Bourbon barrel dominated the aroma is actually quite smooth and seemingly well integrated; it does not come off as boozy in the least.
Very lightly carbonated, but not flat, the beer is fairly sweet up front. This rich, sweetness makes me think of a vanilla infused dark fruit compote made up of raisins, prunes, figs, berries and a light cherry note. Through the middle the beer starts to pick up a bit more of the Bourbon and barrel notes, which, by the time the beer has left my mouth, have become a dominating, spicy mix of warm Bourbon, piquantly spicy oak, a touch of salty peat, lightly phenolic smoke and alcohol. This lingering flavor doesnít quite disappear until one takes another sip and lets the beer rest on the tongue to soak in the concentrated, rich, sweet malt and caramelized notes. Rich caramel malts, flavors of melted brown sugar and dark toffee add to the complexity here. Thick and chewy, the beer rests on the palate with a slightly sticky heft that is just barely offset by the minimal carbonation; the beer has about the same level of carbonation of a draught real ale, which actually sort of works with this beer as much of the chewy, rich malt notes are offset by the spicy oak / bourbon notes. Sometimes with the minimal carbonation it can even seem a bit thin, but ultimately the texture of this beer is just quite nice.
I must admit that I like the regular version of this beer a bit better, but that is typically the case for me. I just think that this one is holding up a bit better than most do as the base beer really is such a malty, monster of a beer (though you lose that with the bourbon barrel character layered on top of it). My biggest complaint is the lack of substantial carbonation, a light-medium level of carbonation would be perfect, though it does still do well with the low level that it does have. I really like how complex & integrated the barrel character is here, somehow, though it is the dominant note, it does not overwhelm my palate, and it is not too hot and one dimensional.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at yeha courtesy of Jasonmech77, huge thanks! Poured a darker amber/brown body with a small off-white head. The aroma is sweet smoke, carmel, vanilla, bourbon, and mild roast. Flavor strats with a shot of sweet smoke, mild coffee, and some chocolate with a vanilla bourbon finish that actually ends with some more dry smokiness. Very nice.