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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A strong dark lager brewed with a generous amount of wheat then aged in Heaven Hill (2005-2012; 2015) or Jim Beam (2014) Bourbon Barrels. Each batch is slightly different.

- Aug 2005 and Dec 2005: 12 months in the cask, approx. 16% ABV
- Aug 2006 and Dec 2006: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2007 and Dec 2007: 8 or 11 months in the cask and 11% ABV
- Aug 2008: 14 months in the cask and 13% ABV
- Aug 2011: 24 months in the cask and 12% ABV
- Aug 2012: Grand Reserve blended casks aged 24 months and 12.5% ABV
- Aug 2014: 12 months in the cask and 11.5% ABV
- Aug 2015: Aged in Heaven Hill barrels; no ABV listed.

Note: Earlier vintages may use the word "Cask" in place of "Barrel" on the label.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Sampled on tap at GTMW. This one pours to a hazy dark brown body with a tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is oak bourbon with a nutty malty backbone. Oak barrels and bourbon abound in the flavor. The palate surprisingly covers up the 16%. Very creamy. TRY IT!
retried at GTMW 2006. Even better.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Hand bottle from BBB63. Thanks Mike! December 2007 vintage, 11% ABV. Pours a hazy, dark chocolate brown body with a small rim of clear bubbles. No lacing noted, but the beer leaves thick, full sheet like legs on the glass, foreshadowing what will ultimately be a full, viscous mouthfeel. The aroma shows intense bourbon notes over an ultra-rich malt base of chocolate, nougat, and faint notes of smoked dark fruits. The flavor s equally huge, with waves of velvety nougat and dark chocolate blending perfectly with aged bourbon and oak. The thick, nearly full body is lightly carbonated, which works incredibly well in a big, bourbon barrel aged beer. Finishes sweet and lightly boozy, with just enough alcoholic heat to let you know it means business. Awesome brew. Very similar to Barley Johnís Dark Knight. I want more right now!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3341) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Chicago tasting. Thanks Dave. Dark mahogany body with no head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, plum, raisin. Hints of chocolate. Dark fruit and bourbon flavors coalesce beautifully. Terrific.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3304) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Tap at the 2015 MBG Detroit Fest. Had this a few other times before but never rated it for some reason. Aroma is always incredible. Brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, banana, clove, fruit cake, chocolate, vanilla, and light maple. Tastes awesome too. Dark fruit, banana, and bourbon are the biggest flavors. Spicy finish. Moderately sweet. Full body. Love this stuff. Different batches of this are definitely inconsistent and not as good sometimes. But when itís done right, itís incredible.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
22oz handbottle, from BBB63. Interesting beer. Pours deep brown with only the slightest ring of a head. Bourbon and wheat aroma. Very thick, chocolately, slightly roasty flavor. Boozy but balanced. Huge but refined. Very dry. Itís tough to find things to say about this beer. It is an interesting and different experiment, and it is really getting me drunk, but Iím not too sure how crazy I am about it. Iím thrilled I got to try it, though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3253) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2015
í14 vintage bottle generously shared by Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with no real head. Caramel bourbon aromas. Smooth with lots of caramels, chocolates, oak, and bourbon. A bit thin in the body with a silky smooth wheat texture. Good mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
22oz handbottle, courtesy of BBB63. Thanks, Mike! Pours an oily, viscous cola-brown color with an amber tinge running through; minimal head formation, quickly gone. Dense, boozy aroma: dried dark fruits, some sour-mash character, leather and bourbon; a show of warming alcohol. Full mouthfeel: intensely generous and chewy; plenty of sour-mash, warming bourbon: toasty vanilla, viscous fruit leather and dried cherries; hints of a floral character; some grainy wheat coming through as well, adding another layer to the mouthfeel; even with a little loss of carbonation this is gorgeous. Lengthy finish, showing a pleasant weizenbock character and toasty vanilla.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2006
GTMW 06. The star of the show. I had to have 6 samples of this one. Dark brown with a whispy tan head. The aroma is bourbon, banana, toffee, figs and cinnamon. The flavor is semi-sweet, figs, toffee, spice, caramel and a touch of molases. Full body with a sticky, creamy, smooth texture. Not a chance in hell this thing was the 17% they were claiming.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - Pours hazy brown with a couple of tan bubbles. Light whiskey on the nose, with some sourness, lots of big dark fruit, and toffee. Taste is smooth and sweet, wtih cherry, port, bourbon, a bit of oak, and the same sourness that was on the nose. Huh...unexpected, but I really like how it lends a bit of vanilla/cherry sourness to the whole thing. Slick, smooth, and warming--I havenít been as into big beers, but this was a decadent treat.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 Tap: Labeled as "BBA Trippel Weizenbock", a wheat bock aged in Jim Beam barrels. I assume it is this entry, or close enough. Dense, opaque black-brown gradient. Muddy, not much head at all. Large mťlange of tart prunes & semi-vinous red grape coated in cocoa dust, anise seed, & lathered in a healthy amount of alcohol. Moderate wood, char, & slightly musty wheat in the periphery. Semi-toasted. Red grape flavors get heavier towards the back-end, gets much more vinous & wine-like as a result, finishing with a touch of alcoholic head & wood. A little bit boozy & maybe even a touch medicinal in the finish. Decent, I expected to enjoy this a bit more, though.


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