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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Thanks to Kramer17801 for sending this bottle back to San Diego for me. Funny it had to go across the country and back for me to get it. Excellent aromas of oak and molasses. Flavors were a lot of alcohol, but once past that, it was malt heaven. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Bottle, number 155/234. Pours dark brown, with a small, tan head. Aromas are sweet malt, bourbon, wood, and dark fruit. Flavors are bourbon wood, dark fruit, malt, alcohol, and vanilla. A lot of good stuff going on, but could probably use more aging. Had a 2004 bottle in July 2008. It was amazing with that amount of age on it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4925) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 30, 2006
This bottled brew marked #77 of 234 from Mike Sprinkle at a rating party in Indianapolis, IN foamed up and out of the bottle as Mike opened it. Trying as hard as he may he fought it but still it made quite the mess and got all over people around him. The foaming continued up and out of the bottle for a long time! What a mess it made! Almost half a bottle wasted! Once it settled down, it poured a small sized head of foamy tan colored bubbles that left behind an excellent sheet lacing on top of a semi-opaque dark brown colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma was vinous with bourbon and dark malty notes. The mouth feel was vinous with a bourbon malt flavor from start to finish finish. The strong flavor of dark malts was very vinous. All in all an excellent brew! Thanks Mike! And ya missed me! Ha ha!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 bottle - thanks cmubeerman/andrew for bottle 12. massive alcohol. wine-like. aroma iím talking about. huge amounts of dark fruit there too. kinda reminds me of a way way stronger rochefort 10. the taste is mouth-puckering. itís mega-warming with tons of alcohol and tons of complexity. surprisingly the flavor profile is a bit short. tastes a lot better than it smells to me. RERATE: had some at alesmith while they were bottling in march í07. fucking amazing. clearly lots of bourbon, but the scotch ale beneath that was the best iíve ever had. normally the style turns me off, but the balance and mouthfeel were utterly beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Bottle (side by side with a regular wee heavy, thanks CMUBeerMan); bottle 12. Pours clear, dark ruby color with almost no head. Nose is hugely alcoholic and bourbon smelling. I smell tart cherries and cranberries instead of the candy sugar that is present in the non-barrel aged wee heavy. The flavor is marked by alcohol and bourbon (as the nose suggested) and sherry/grapes . Somewhat thin on the palate, and only slightly carbonated. Super beer, very complex and very different than its non-aged twin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2006 #12/234. Holla at Andrew for this one. Overwhelming alcohol and bourbon aroma. Flavor is huge vanilla, alcohol, and some bourbon sweetness. In my opinion this lost its Wee Heavy characteristics. I like the non-barrel-aged more, despite how much guff Iíll get from my fellow tasters. Yeah, too much alcohol aroma and flavor from the bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
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, itís apparently growing stronger as well and I enjoy it a bit less. Medium body, soft carbonation, rather professional. Thank you marcus!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2006
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!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
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).

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