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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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First we brew a Wee Heavy - a strong Scottish ale, rich in chewy malt character. Then we age it in American bourbon barrels until the bourbon, malt & oak flavours are in perfect balance - Och Aye! An excellent digestif, this beer goes great with dessert (or your favourite chair on a cool night), and will surely awaken your inner Braveheart.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Hazy, dark caramel-colored ale with ruby highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma offers bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is a sweet, lush mélange of vanilla, coconut and caramel. A tad too sweet, but still a world class beer provided by the ever-generous MartinT!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
A sipper to be shared. Very rich in flavour, smoke and bourbon both there and integrated. A good woodiness. Satisfying.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bomber shared by Kinz at the 20th Richmond Gathering. Pours a hazy copper color with not much of a head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, wood and some green notes. The taste is toffee, caramel, big wood notes, booze, vanilla, Nilla wafers. Medium bodied, fairly hot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8214) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle from vertbaconstrips I brought to RBSG St. Louis. Pours amber with tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and lightly sweet molasses. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
2013-04-13. Crisp dark brown body with a tiny brown head that fades. 3+ Big bourbony aroma, vanilla, light wood, sweet malt. Similarly big flavour of bourbon, vanilla, muted malt, modest malt lingers into the finish. 6+ Average plus bodied palate. Very bourbon dominant. Bottle shared by DuctTape

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Vanilla bourbon and a touch of banana candy explode from this Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale, but evolve in a superbly silky mouthfeel where subtle jujubes, caramel and licorice thrive.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy dark mahogany.
-The bourbon is too intense for me, especially in the nose, but there is more going on in the flavor profile which makes it all instantly become delicious.
-The mouthfeel is velvety throughout; a very professional rendition of the style.
-This is a beautiful sipper for bourbon lovers (Knob Creek?) and a simple treat. for those cool evenings with no fireplace.
-This brewery is already doing great things and they are only brewing their first batches. One to keep an eye on for sure!

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
750ml corked and caged bottle. Brown pour, decent head. Bit of oxidaiton up front, very nice caramel and dark fruit flavors. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6659) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2013
(from backlog of RBAG 2013 ratings notes). I don’t really need the notes from RBAG, as I received my own bottle in trade from Gikiniji (thanksSeb!) AND I wasable to grab a couple more while in Quebec last month. Low-carbonation red-brown pour. Very sweet aroma bordering on candy-ish. Fruity caramel flavour, some red licorice, some butter-rum, all coming together as a very sweet composition. Warm alcoholic finish. A bit too sweet for my preference, but still very cool.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6300) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Taste during RBSG, from a 22oz bottle. Orange amber color. Thin khaki head. Fine particles visible in the body. Decent bits of lace. Nice caramel, vanilla, butter scotch in the nose. Hint of smoke, light spice. Bigger body. Smooth, soft, kind of creamy lighter carbonation. Moderate to bigger sweet taste. Light bitter, more dry finish. Tasty BA scotch ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6297) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
650mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a murky dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of somewhat smoky caramel malts, bourbon barrels, and wood. Flavour is very heavy and woody, full of smoked woody malts, bourbon barrels, loads of caramel, and some vanilla. Quite barrel-dominating, without being too overburdening. The sweetness is high, which cloys a bit after a while. Good stuff, but a little too sweet for me.


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