BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark woody amber color with lightly frothed head. Light woody and cabernet nose, which is true of the flavor as well. Quite nuanced. While the cabernet-wood flavors are there, they certainly don’t dominate across the medium scotch-malted underpinning.
fiulijn (19096) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Community Food Co-op - N Forest St, Bellingham, WA
Brown color, hazy, with small head. Strange aroma, dusty, earthy, with an impression of beans, vegetables soup / minestrone; some wood. Smooth mouthfeel, with correct body strength; it has caramel flavor with moderate residual sweetness; the wood aging is evident but doesn’t cover the other flavors, it provides a pleasant liquor feeling, light vanilla; the final is also a bit peppery, and drier.
A bit strange, but not bad.
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Brown with soft, bright white head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Damn, this is real smooth. Flavor is rich vanilla and oak.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Crit (3817) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy brown,small beige head.Earthy malt nose. Big woody unpleasant palate with harsh alcohol heat
robforbes (2180) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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’.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.