harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Nov. 2011
Wee Heavy Aged in Kentucky Oak Barrels
"This special edition of our winter ale was actually brewed in the summer! Aged in Kentucky Oak barrels for six months, the beer has flavors reminiscent of currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy."
A: pours a hazy, toasted date color with a transient finger of light peanut foam. The foam is fine in nature and sticks around as a centrally dissipating dome and a confluent ring. Spotty lace.
S: The barrel is strong in this one. Bourbon up front, but not alcoholic, sweet and appreciable. Some nice creamy malts, caramel, brown sugar and hints of dates.
T: Mmm. This is good. Wow. Bourbon is well balanced in this brew. What a find! Some nice sweet malts are bready and young. Theres a note of yeast in this as well. Vanilla and the slightest hint of bitterness. Underlying pekoe tea as well.
M: Medium bodied with some light, smooth carbonation. Theres a wet and solid feel to the finish and the alcohol then warms the throat ever so slightly (like the third or fourth exhale after a shot of strait whiskey).
O: I’m really impressed with this beer. I saw it sitting on the shelf at the grocer, and nabbed one. Really dug the flavor on this one. Really nice. Might be grabbing a few more of these.
Serving type: bottle
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (1435) - 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.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany finger white head.
Smell is really peaty and fruity.
Taste muted whiskey up front, sweet figs and raisins on tail.
Much lighter bodied than expected, sweet.
Almost reminds me more of rum than whiskey. Interesting.
Nocturne (1380) - 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.
CheersMate (1318) - 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 (1020) - 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 (830) - 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 (799) - 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.
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.