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Bourbon barrel aged version of the Wee Heavy bottled in 2004 and released in 2006. Available only at the brewery. 240 individually numbered, 750 ml foil-topped bottles.

2nd Release: 2005 Wee Heavy released in 2007; 223 bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansermadide (1468) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Aged 3 years (2010 vintage): This awesome concoction of yumminess is dark brown in color with a small, medium-brown colored head, a little thin in appearance. The aroma is nice and very soft, almost reminiscent of cherries. It smells much like a thinned out (or aged) Wee Heavy with some cherries sticking their heads out from beneath the surface. A good level of potent alcohol is present, but it’s not overpowering. The flavor will knock your socks off. It’s sweet and fruity with an almost tart character. It’s amazingly enjoyable, really super fruity, but with some respectable hair on its chest. It’s quite delicious with definite currants, cherries, and alcohol flavors, with some peat character surfacing after a while. It ends with a glorious, tart, fruity finish. This is fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3810) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
pours very dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel, raisins, bananas - abusive use and/or extended BA period in bourbon barrels, cherries, nice fruitiness. sweetness. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - oily and almost syrupy, grassy-peppery and boozy-bourbony finish. quite tasty and good but sort of fails at rending a more rounded and complex product than the non-ba version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1592) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours very deep burgundy with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of caramel, malt, bourbon. Taste is of caramel, malt, bourbon, sugar, alcohol, slight nuts. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky texture. Overall: Pretty good. Not too cloying. Slightly boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (2251) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to vissai for this one! Dark brown with reddish reflects, medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of toffee, burnt caramel, bourbon, wood, sweetness notes, dark fruits and vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet with burnt caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits notes. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Very complex. Not too sweet or cloying. Good use of the barrels. Drinkable for a bourbon barrel aged Wee Heavy. AleSmith are among the best (if not the best) to aged this kind of big beers in barrels. Solid stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1190) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2013 Bottle: thanks, Kevin! Deep ruby red with brown tints; opaque body with translucent edges and a light-tan cap that fades quickly with nothing left behind. Aroma is deep, syrupy dark fruit sweetness, huge bourbon, oak, brown sugar, light cocoa powder. Taste is even bigger on the bourbon and oak flavors; slightly hot. Syrupy, sweet prune-like fruits, anise, licorice, burnt toffee. It’s both very sweet and very boozy, and they don’t necessarily balance each other perfectly. Could pass for a barrel aged barleywine. Not bad, but a little over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (2978) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 21, 2013
Dark brown color. Big creamy nose with bourbon, caramel, dark plums, boozy, but very enjoyable. A touch sweet. Very velvety smooth mouth. Full body. Delicate. Amazing beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1153) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle from Jeff. Thanks a million! Poured to snifter/tulip thingy deep dark brown with hints of reddish amber at the edges. Half finger caramel colored head that recedes shortly thereafter. Aroma of big biscuit, lots of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey booze. Oh man. Flavor is big whiskey and nuttiness with an excellent sweet-bitter balance. Finishes with a nice toffee vanilla caramel sweetness that lingers. Just a bit of heat on the way down. Thick but carbonation is adequate. So glad I got to try it finally. Awesome BA beer, though I might a really like the regular version a tad better. Alesmith continues to impress. PS-This went amazingly with a chunk of cheddar cheese!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (1884) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle through trade huge thanks for sending this my way! Bottle from 2012 release gold print on the bottle no numbers or date. Pour has a very dark cola brown color and a thin coating of dark tan head. Aroma has lots of juicy bourbon barrel, rich malt, vanilla, brown sugar, mild roast, and a hit of chocolate like the regular release. Mouth feel is a solid medium and there is low side carbonation but it is carbonated. Flavor is extremely rich, deep malt, mild roast, lovely bourbon barrels, vanilla, mild sweetness, and a hit of custard on the finish. Absolutely tremendous beer, big and full of brut while the barrels round out the edges and make the flavors transition so well. First WOW beer in a while!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Dark murky brown with deep reddish hues, huge rocky beige head, nice lacing.   Dark pitted fruit nose, slight peat, a little heat.   Bready, sweet, with figs and dates running around as well.   On the tongue its a bit more fruity.   Bready, peaty, noticeable bourbon and barrel aging on the tongue.   Smooth, warming, and simply delicious!   Lots of peat and dark pitted fruit, as well as a good amount of warming.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Its been 9 years since I have had an Alesmith Wee Heavy, and I may prefer the original as the barrel aging does seem to overshadow some of the subtle aspects of the original beer.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finishes warming, loads of bourbon, some peat, campfire, and dark pitted fruit.   Certainly more warming/alcoholic than the original.   Very good, but its hard to beat the original.   Huge thanks to mashmasterfor the opportunity to try this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeuroPliny (91) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Poured from a 750 cc bottle. Pours dark-brown black. Tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is out of this world rich sweet malts, dark cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and oaky bourbon. Flavour delivers on the aroma. The bourbon barrel aging manages to improve one of the best Scotch Ales ever brewed.

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