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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This Barrel-Aged version of our Scotch-Style ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to add layers of complexity to its rich, malty flavor profile. Notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrels combine with the beerís profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think youíll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
martjoobolut (1924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, malt, caramel. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, caramel, raisins, malt, dark chocolate, oak. Finish is bitter and bourbon. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (2039) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
Dark brown beer, small tan head. Nose is very bourbony and oaky, dried fruit, sugar and alcohol. Flavor is a thick mix of roasty and vanilla notes, boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, dried fruit. Bone dry finish, but still sweet. Strangely, this works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
(Bottle, 0.75 l - 2012 vintage, thanks FatPhil, 20150926) The beer poured deep dark brown and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had vanilla, sweetness and malts. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were vanilla, malts, sweetness, candi sugar and bitterness. Aftertaste had sweetness, wood and low bitterness. A good barrel aged brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Poured from what I believe is a 2013 bottle. Aroma is very rich and malty with a medium light bourbon note with medium vanilla and light oak. Fairly strong toffee and caramel notes with hints of chocolate and toasted bread. Some burnt sugar notes as well. Some light alcohol character. Pours a dark brown with a medium small, moderately thick, dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers. Faint lacing and sheets of alcohol. Flavor is somewhat sweet with some light toasted bread and hints of roast upfront. Moderately strong toffee and caramel malt notes follow with touches of chocolate and burnt sugar. Some medium light notes of dark fruit such as figs, prunes and plums. Light bourbon and vanilla notes with lighter oak. Medium light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low to low carbonation. Low astringency and low, but present alcohol warmth. Overall, a really tasty beer with nice, complex malt profile and bourbon barrel notes that really work well with the malt. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle at home - thanks to SlackerMads. Cloudy amber/brown - offwhite head. Ryebread. Sweetness. Brown sugar. Bourbon. Light boozy. Raisins. Light bitterness. Nice.... but high sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Staffan47 (898) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
Blom fyller 40. Härlig och delikat. Len och lagom inslag av bourbon. Bloms bror gör en insats och letar fram lämpliga rariteter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Leviís place. Thanks Tom L. Very dark brown. Great aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, nuts, cookies, vanilla, dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, nuts, cookies, a chocolate note, vanilla, mild booziness, a sourish hint, and lots of dark fruits in the finish. Medium-bodied, rounded. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2356) - DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle at Mette and Theis. Dark murky brown with a tiny beige head. Bourbon in the nose, vanilla, coconut, toffee. Flavour is also all out bourbon; coconut, vanilla, oak, saw dust, light licorice, brown sugar and dark dried fruits. Full body, light salty, syrupy sweetness, soft carbonation, warming alcohol. Ok for the bourbon barrel fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1280) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2015
September 12th, 2013 - The Wee Heavy occupies a wee space in my heart. AleSmith sometimes feels like the last tattered bastion for dark brews in San Diego. When I heard they brewed a batch in bourbon barrels, I knew I need to try a sip, or ideally more than just a sip. Itís like seeking medicine after weeks and months of IPAs, hoping to slake my thirst for the deep, dark stuff. The bourbon aged version of the Wee Heavy is about on par with the original in appearance. It looks like a cloudy soda, with big, frog-eye bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass near the top. But the aroma makes it clear that this is not the same beer as before. Immediately I recognize (compelled to recognize) that this is punchy brew, strong and heavily laced with bourbon notes. Itís tough, redolent, but not too sharp or raw. Thereís refinement in there, like the $30 plus bottles one buys to impress a father figure. Also in there are notes of old houses, old furniture, wood, and malt. Thereís beer in there, but itís staring back at me with a heavy, leather and antique mask. The body is sudsy and medium in weight - not too sharp, not too loud. It takes awhile for the booze to settle in, and once it does, those bourbon notes dominate. But then subtler tastes of Scotch and peat mingle with the bourbon, creating a new and intoxicating harmony. When the dark malty notes pike on, this beer turns into a warm, smoothing and relaxing brew, delivering heady and aged alcoholic notes all the way to a low grumbling and murmuring aftertaste. Itís a decidedly different beer than the raw Wee Heavy, but well worth the expense. All thatís left is finding a cabin in the forest to pair this with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
A nice beer. Could do with a heavier malt. Very boozie. I do.like it. But not amazing...

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