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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Descended from a notorious clan of Scottish lore, head brewer Dan Lipke channeled the Tartan tapestry encoded in his DNA to create a formidable Wee Heavy. The beer has been aged 100% in fresh bourbon barrels. Ask yourself, “Who needs to ride the lion?”

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle @ Mike’s House. Amber colored beer that really smells like a shot of cheap whiskey in a glass of caramel sauce and brown sugar. Lots of grape juice and booze. Kind of low in carbonation. Just a bit of a hot mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstrcrwly (987) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2016
2014 bottle poured into a tulip glass..burgundy with a medium off-white head..aroma of bourbon,vanilla,oak, dark fruits..tastes of bourbon,vanilla,dark fruits..decent but expected better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pretty nice beer. Most of the flavor comes from the barrel which kind of overshadowed the wee heavy aspect. Lots of oak and vanilla with whiskey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (929) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2016
Un liquide ambré et voilé est à peine écrasé par une mousse très mince. Un bouquet majoritairement sucré explose dans les narines, des arômes de sucre d’orge et céréales mielleuses étant supportés par des notes légèrement florales et quelques effluves d’alcool. La barrique de bourbon est assez timide en bouche, ne serait-ce qu’une finale doucement boisée. Une chaleur d’alcool caresse des saveurs de miel sauvage et de caramel écossais. Très veloutée mais assez lourde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Poured from 22oz bottle at home. Dark red with white head. Scotch and carmel flavors. Very rich and heavy. Tons of flavor. Sweet and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 May 2014 release opened 1/15/2016, so this has aged on the store shelf for 18 months or so. Consumed about half the bottle. Stoppered the rest, consumed it on 1/16. Dark, orangish, muddy, hazy. The look is not particularly attractive. Little to low carbonation. 1 inch cream-white head after a vigorous pour that fades at a moderate rate leaving some lacing, ending in a ring with bubbles. Aroma dominated by whiskey with sweet malt. Hints of dark fruits, earthy, but it mostly smells like whiskey. Substantial to thick mouth feel. Smooth initial taste, malty, but transitioning quickly to whiskey. It is hard to pick up the more subtle flavors of the beer due to the dominance of the whiskey flavor. Stong whiskey aftertaste with alcohol warming in the back of the mouth and the breath. The overall impression is a sipping whiskey, not a beer. Tasty, just like a smooth, but thick, bourbon. But if you are looking for malts and hops, this is not the beer you are looking for. I have no idea how to rate this beer, since I have no baseline, so mostly I’m rating on my like/don’t like scale. But, it seems to me they overdid the barrel aging flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (831) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 7/16/14. The body is a murky brown, with a half finger tanish head that recedes slowly leaving some spots of lace. Aromas of rich, sweet caramel malts,oak, bourbon and booze. Flavors are about the same as the aroma, not overly sweet, the oak and bourbon are present but restrained enough so they dont overwhelm. Booze is a bit on the hot side, but not off putting. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky. Overall a nice brew from Clown Shoes, worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Bomber shared by Tim - thanks! Reddish orange pour with a small ring head. Caramel / syrupy sweet. Some booze present. Rich. Very nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardaxe (293) - - APR 14, 2015
poured from bomber into teku. Terrible smell. Somewhat sour, baking soda, funky. I thought this thing was totally skunked at first. Luckily, the flavor was ok. Thinner than expected with a little too much carbonation. Boozy with a pronounced alcohol finish. The wee heavy backbone is decent, but sits in the background. It needed to stand up more against the barrel. Smooth enough for 11%, but not nearly as refined or complex as it needed to be for $13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4209) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Un liquide cuivrée foncée avec une mousse épaisse mais qui fuit rapidement. Un nez légèrement tourbé, iodé avec un chocolat léger. De la fumé s’y retrouve. Une bouche au saveurs de sucre d’orge, de chocolat, Le petillement est assez intense. Une finale sur les cerises est fort agréable.

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