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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dr_MedievAle (189) - Alabama, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2012 reserve poured into snifter. A - bourbon, vanilla, caramelized sugars, soft leather App - quickly dissipating off-white head. lively carb bubbles T - let this one warm up to room temperature before you judge--it comes alive like whoa: blueberry, chocolate, toffee, spicy bourbon (almost rye-like flavors), raisins, and a touch of vanilla. P - very light body considering this is a 10% beer; creamy mouthfeel, with good carb. Finishes smoothly on the vanilla note. outstanding entry by alesmith. no doubt best in its class. now if only I could get some BA Speedway...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4095) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of dark malts, some chocolate and light notes of roast, bourbon and oak, a lot of caramel and sweet malts, hints of vanilla, and some light dough and hints of bitterness. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A cool beer, probably one of my favorites of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (6235) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Århus. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of rich malt, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanialla, wood, little dark fruit. Flavor is malty, caramel, little dark chocolate, wood, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, some alcohol. Full body, oily mouthfeel, sweet finish with some warming alcohol. A little heavy on the bourbon, but a nice sipper. 120614

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11331) - DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts,bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood, chocolate and caramel. Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla,wood, sweet, little dark fruit, caramel, little plume, thick, littlesticky and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11622) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Vintage 2012. Clear avery dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, bourbon and a little wood. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 120614

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1220) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2009. A - pours dark bloody mahogany with so little head it's like negative head. S - so much booze. Scotch all up in my face. Grainy and raisins. Dark dried fruits, cherry cordials, rye. M - so light and flat. Warm but with a light tartness. Dry end. T - all the nice barrel aged goodness just toned way way down and flattened out. Graham crackers, cherry cordials, burnt sugar, brown sugar, rye, mineral water, wet oak. O - could be a great beer, but 2009 is way past it's prime.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jntfan1978 (45) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Brown pour and aroma of smoke and peat with a tiny beige-like head, some caramel malts and taste is sweet with big alcohol bite with some faint peaty notes, 2012 bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (583) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Dark brown cola. Medium carbonation, Flavour is brown sugar and caramel. Bourbon barrel is ideal for the scotch style ale. Woody oak and caramel. Finish is such a nice bourbon richness and fullness, like liqueur. The fizziness means the finish isn’t overly sticky. Much prefer this to the base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1062) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2014
2012(?) bottle, sampled side-by-side with regular wee heavy and backwood bastard. From notes. Consider this entry more of a difference from AleSmith Wee Heavy (I wonder what the appropriate convention is for citing other ratings?). Anyway, appearance: similar in color, but somewhat darker head that dissipates quickly to no head. Aroma: rather similar, but with lots of vanilla and bourbon. The few hops that were present are now stale/old, but in a good way. More dark fruits as well. So basically more of everything except hops and toast. A bit sweeter. Palate: wow, even smoother than the original, which is impressive. Smooth and sexy with medium-full body and gentle carbonation. More raisins, plums, and just keeps getting better and better throughout the glass. I would have missed out on a lot of this if I just had 4oz I think. Either that or by 8-12 I was getting good and drunk and like everything more (though the other glasses weren’t empty yet, and they didn’t improve as much as this one, so I suppose there’s something to it). Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours dark red Smell fruity, brandy Taste sweet malty, fruity, boozy Fuller body Nice

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