Zeswaft (1361) - 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.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously sent by John - thanks! Pours a murky, caramel brown with a thinnish slick of tan foam. Aroma is sweet, slightly biting bourbon with complimentary vanilla and soft oak. I also get a bit of peat and perhaps toffee underneath the bourbon. Taste is very well done, balanced bourbon up front with vanilla, sweet malt in the middle with caramel and toffee, and a touch of almost thin, cola sweetness from the bourbon through the finish. Steady carbonation adds a nice presence in the mouthfeel to the bourbon. While the scotch ale character of the base beer is tough to pull out under the bourbon, I am really happy with how balanced and flavorful the bourbon is on a relatively low ABV beer. No hotness and there’s enough malt sweetness present to accentuate the bourbon. Man, this is just a hugely drinkable bourbon barrel aged beer. Really impressive.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from the Ballard Market. Little to no head sits on top of a brown body. It looks decent, but it’s nothing special. The aroma is quite wonderful, and fairly nuance; it smells of: syrup, oak, bourbon, vanilla, sugar, and a little caramel. It’s very sweet smelling. It’s quite the pungent beer. Wow, the alcohol has made this one scorch my throat. It’s VERY hot for the ABV. Damn this one is warming me up, and making me feel more drunk than I actually am, which is not at all. Strong oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavor. Damn, this one is tasty, but again, that alcohol needs to simmer down a bit. I think there are great things to come with this, once it relaxes. The alcohol is too overpowering now, but once that mellows out, damn, this well be a delicious beer, indeed. Texture is made to feel thing by the alcohol. Have I said the word "alcohol" enough here?
cstuartj (954) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark cloudy brown. Amazing great noise, tons of oak and hint of vinilla. Great woody taste start to end. Yumm!
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours dark brown/red/orange. Aroma of bourbon, dark red fruits, molasses, caramel malts, and some tangerine. Flavour is largely bourbon, some dark fruits, molasses and wood. Full bodied, sweet and well balanced.
CampesinoTino (753) - 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.
Nocturne (752) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bottleworks, Seattle. Hazy pour somewhere in between red, orange and brown. Very thin head. Nice barrel notes in the aroma, even if they’re a little shy to come forth. Sticky fruit on the tongue plus charred wood. Decent stuff, but a little weak in terms of flavour. I wonder how it would fare without the barrel.
michaelinwa (583) - 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 (551) - 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’.
wheresyourball (490) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber picked up in Portland. Pours an orange brown with woody, toffee nose. Taste is bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee.
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