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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, port barrel aged. 1 pint, 9.4 FL OZ. "Celtic New Year...is a Gaelic festival held at the beginning of November to celebrate Samhain, the end of the harvest season. To honor this event, we have taken our traditional Scotch Wee Heavy and aged it in an Oak Port Wine Barrel. This is the first beer in our Barrel Aged program, and we offer it to commemorate our First Anniversary."


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3106) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at the Brewery Nov, 1, 3013. Aroma and flavor are pretty much identical. Port wine and dark grapes are found upfront followed by large fig notes. The beer has a medium caramel / toffee body with hints of fruit. The texture of the brew is oily with a lightly sweet finish. Nice mingling of the port barrel and base Wee Heavy. No alcohol found anywhere in the brew.

This was rating 2900 and the last Dave Sakolsky beer I had in my cellar. I was happy to share with new friends and hope Dave will start his own brew pub in the near future. Good luck finding a bottle of this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Caramel brown pour, yellowish/brown head. Barrel bomb. Tons of whiskey here. A tad of peat, some medjool dates, but this is about the barrels.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1535) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2014
750ml bottle shared by Radarsock at RBNEG. Pours a muddied orange/brown with fast fading thin off white head. Port wine like aroma with abundant dark fruit. Sweet flavor featuring more dark fruit with toffee. Some wood and leather keeps it from getting cloyingly sweet. Heavy bodied. Nice, been looking forward to trying this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle shared by radarsock. Really nice beer with great aroma of nuts, red wine, cola, leather, and cocoa. Taste is heavy sweetness but nice complexity and heavy barrel character. great.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (895) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle supplied by me. Thanks! To undersized snifter, it pours a a hazy brownish yellow with a thin whitish head 1 finger in length. Leather, and tobacco forward. Banana peppers and yeast by swallow. Good heat ratio.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (632) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Taste at RBNG. Thanks, Andrew! Purs murky brown with a touch of white head. Aroma of salted caramel, just a bit of cherry. Taste is caramel, leather, oak a little bit of lemony tart in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3664) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Bottle, this is pretty good, lots of flavors, good scotch ale flavors not a bad beer. caramel, bread, toast, cereal flavors, red, brown color. minimal head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3175) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a brown shade with lighter to medium top. Notes of fig, sherry, candy grape, oak and sweet malts. Has some sour notes but mostly rich prune or vino flavors. Really solid offering from a brewer I know little about.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2119) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
From the 750 ml. corked, caged bottle. The pour is copper to brown with a slight foggy character with each ensuing pour. Must be some sediment coming in at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma has a kind of grape or wine like scent at first while the expected malts play second fiddle. The body is medium to bold. While the grape character plays up bigger on the nose it is lesser in the taste as the sweeter malts move in leaving a low bitter finale. The 10% ABV is veryy well integrated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2957) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle thanks to Lukaduke. Brown with a beige head of foam and lacing. Wood and sugar notes in the aroma. Some roast and barrel burn sneak through in the taste. Thick mouthfeel.


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