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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bomber. Dark crimson and mahogany colored in appearance with a ring of pale amber foam. Plenty of bourbon, caramel and vanilla in the aroma along with some dark fruit toward the end. The taste opens up with a healthy serving of toffee,caramel malt and vanilla followed by notes of currant, fig and oak. The bourbon flavor is evident throughout but relatively mild for a BA beer. The body is moderately creamy with medium-level carbonation and a slightly boozy, malted finish. Definitely one of the brewery’s more enjoyable offerings with just enough bourbon to enhance all the flavors.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
Cloudy brown,small beige head.Earthy malt nose. Big woody unpleasant palate with harsh alcohol heat

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
pours a semi-cloudy dark copper with a small tan head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing. smell is of caramel and some wood. taste is somewhat watery, malt, some bourbon, some caramel, and a little sweet. overall not too impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2587) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle: Flat pour caramel colored pour. Thin beige head. Nose is peat, oak, bourbon, and vinous. Tastes sweeter up front, caramel, peat and ’woody’ barrel in the end. Bourbon really sits and lingers on my palate.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (581) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 Medium golden pour with a light aroma of malt. Taste is simple malt with a hint of carmel and a background of booze. The booze adds little to the mix, which I think is a flaw, however, the brew is light for barrel aging, and maybe the brewer did well to keep the barrel notes mild. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, finish is slightly bitter. The lineage to regular Wee Heavy is there, barely, but I’m not sure I like the barrel treatment better. Age the regular version in your cellar for a year, and you’ll have a beer that is certainly more interesting that this, and I think also better. That said, my second impression of this is better than the first. It’s quite drinkable if a bit on the mild side. I actually would probably buy this again next year.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2014 Tap @ PD. Cloudy red-brown pour with a short, persistent white head leaving moderate lace. Nose is nutty and malty, with dark fruits and light bourbon. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Singed caramel, chocolate, dates, pine, walnuts, graham crackers, licorice and bourbon. A bit of generic wood, just enough to smooth things out. Nor is there much bourbon - which is perfect for me. Finish is lightly sweet and nutty, with a touch of pine hops. Let this one warm a bit and the aromas will explode! Balance is about perfect and ABV is nicely hidden while still showing some of the spirit character. Update Jan ’14 - with the proliferation of barrel-aged, big, dark ales I thought it might be time to update this. Pulled a bomber out of the cellar where it had sat for just over a year. In the ensuing time, this beer has lost a lot of coherency. I’m not sure how else I can put it? Just as barrel-aging helps integrate beer aromas, in this case cellaring in the bottle seems to have deconstructed the beer. The dark fruit sweetness and nuttiness are still present, but they no longer seem to complement or feed off of each other. There is no happiness remaining, as one would expect. Can’t recommend cellaring this one - drink ’fresh’.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle:   Deep caramel, moderate tannish head, fairly nice lacing.   Bourbon on the nose, soft graham cracker, vanilla, and campfire.   Warming up front, a bit of an alcohol bite.   Graham cracker, soft vanilla, and a bit of charred wood make up the bulk of this one.   I think back to the regular Wee Heavy and my thoughts are that its not big enough to carry a lengthy aging in a barrel.   As I finish this, the underlying beer is surpassed by the assertive aging.   Don’t get me wrong, its enjoyable, but I think a little less aging and a little less heat would have done much more for this one.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Could stand to be a little more silky.   Finish is a little astringent.   Otherwise some hot Bourbon notes, graham cracker, charred wood/campfire, and fading vanilla.   Decent, but only marginally better than the original.   Certainly feels a little bigger/heavier than its little brother.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (481) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bomber picked up in Portland. Pours an orange brown with woody, toffee nose. Taste is bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5575) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Clear brown color with tan foam. Nice whiskey vanilla, floral, toffee, spicy caramel aromas. Smooth medium body. Whiskey vanilla, spicy caramel, toasted toffee flavors with some mild peat smoke--very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and faint oak. It pours a muddy orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s some dotted lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and candy corn. The finish has bourbon and light vanilla. It’s medium-full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.


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