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Joseph James 5th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoked Wee Heavy



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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
In 2008, Joseph James Brewing Company was founded on the belief that there is a beer for every palate and beer should be shared and enjoyed. In celebration of our 5th anniversary, we have brewed a unique Scottish-style Wee Heavy beer that starts with 1/3 of the grist smoked over Bourbon barrel oak staves from our last barrel release. With two mashes and a 10 hour boil this beer is complex in flavor and has a strong alcohol finish. To complete the circle, this beer it was aged in Bourbon barrels for 6 months, providing the beer with an oaky bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
930slantnose (17) - Las vegas, Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Smokey aroma and mild roast with some toffee. Flavor of light smoked mesquite caramel. Some residual heat and sweet finish. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at Tasting, Seattle. Deep purple brown, alc leaves legs. Deep syrupy aroma, cola and red wine. Deep hazy malt, smoke is very well hidden, lots of alc burn. milk chocolate. Hot finish. Interesting, nice to finally share this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1675) - Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Draft. Unclear dark reddish brown. Beige head. Bourbon. Dark fruit. Wood. Vanilla. Peat. Caramel. Toffee. Barrel character not overdone. Full bodied. Not too boozy. Dry. Smokey. Sweet. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Definitely over the top with the sweetness and abv. Sticky sweet feel, even with the smoke cutting through a bit. Loads of malt and dark fruit. Might have been really really nice at around 10%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3773) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a mini snifter. Pours a clear brown with a khaki colored head of foam. Say sweet, oats, toffee, and anise come through in the aroma. Taste is mildly bitter with some oak qualities. Thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1264) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
Pours a dark molasses brown color with a very quickly dissipating caramel-colored head. An absolutely scrumptious, rich caramel, vanilla, and chocolate nose. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. Large flavors of creamy caramel and chocolate. Alcohol invades, but not in a way that adversely affects the lovely flavor. This is wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (647) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2014
22-oz. bottle. Sweet and boozy whiskey dominates the nose with some vanilla, toasted oak, a hint of raisins, and a thin malty backbone. An extremely dark burgundy pour with a parchment-colored ring head. Very sweet taste of caramel, toffee, hot bourbon, vanilla bean, figs, a heavy tone of charred barley, and a whisper of smoke and hops. Sticky texture with a sweet and dry finish. Pretty solid, but any smokiness is barely detectable and it drinks more like a barley wine than a wee heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a dark cloudy brown with small beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is raisin chocolate and nuts. Medium mouthfeel with light smoke and good barrel character. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrnoluv (215) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
It’s smells like bourbon meeting malt! That sweet malty aroma, laced with that oaky bourbon smell, beautiful dark brown color! The taste, are you kidding me? Chocolate, coffee, malt, roasted beans, a little nut taste, boozey, bourbon...after the swallow it is so smooth but then you feel the heat of that 14% ABV, This is a keeper! I’m glad I got two bottles, will love to see how this tastes aged a few months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (15867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft. Cloudy dark brown color, small beige edge head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch, figs. Taste is sticky dates, figs, prunes in caramel and buttetscotch sauce. Nice body. Delicious. Color change, Nevada.

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