blklab2007 (1863) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
NeuroPliny (90) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
umich03jm (1501) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by ??? at tasting. Pours dark mahageny with a small head that lingers a bit. Aroma is very intense. Lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, booze, and coconut. Very intense barrel flavors in the taste. Bourbon, vanilla, and coconut mostly with some light caramel. Medium body with a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. A pretty intense beer that was great to sip on. Would be hard to drink more than a sample.
writerljberg (471) - Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Shane. Many thanks. Reviewed from notes.
A: Very dark mahogany that swallows the light and makes this seem still and serene. Fluffy, bubbly head fades to a drifting pond. Good legs.
N: Wow. Caramel and vanilla, oak and coconut hit me from a few feet away. Bourbon soaked cherries. Some brown sugar and clover. Coriander.
T: Smoked sweetness and tons of toffee. Lots of it. Bitterness seems nonexistent, but this never risks becoming cloying.
M: Lots of alcohol. Stick and medium bodied.
O: This is one of my favorite beers, because this is always what I hope a BA Barleywine is going to taste like, even though it’s not one. Gotta hand it to Alesmith, they do barrel aging right.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Larry, nice ruby brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of malt, light nutty notes, vanilla and caramel. Taste is booze up front, caramel, roasted sweet malt, probably best wee heavy.
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ryanfolty (1737) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 14, 2013 - bottle shared by Brandon. Dark brown pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was bourbon, wood, vanilla and malt. Taste was consistent with aroma with a nice alcohol finish. Barrel aging did this well.
KyotoLefty (5808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Cloudy black, rather muddy, with lace. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, cola, cherries. Sweet, fruity, tangy flavor, with cherries, bourbon, big vanilla. Light carbonation and creamy, smooth. A big beer with lot of barrel. Very nice, but in small servings.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours a dark cherry brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, cherry and caramel. Malty flavor with bourbon and cherry before a brandy finish.
budznsudz (430) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, cashews, oak, toast, and bourbon. Taste is vanilla, oak, caramel, mixed nuts, chewy malt, and some bourbon. This beer is absolutely fucking fantastic! Cheers to ParkerDaniels for this one!