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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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) 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1787) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to beerman6686. Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Aromas of dark fruits and vanilla. Taste is sweet with some boozy heat. Flat, no carb. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
’05 GTMW sample. Clear brown body. Chocolate, grape, and crackers in the aroma. Rich stewed peach, dark malt flavor. Stemmy hops with milk chocolate sweetnes. Pepper and milk chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Pours brown, with almost no head. Aroma is, wow, really nice. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, and a little wheat. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and wheat. Low on carbonation. Thanks to BBB63 for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 A great brew, shared by JohnC at the socal tasting, a month or two ago. Lots of dark fruit and wood, Vanilla and bourbon, A very smooth brew, alcohol isn’t there much, even though its 11% wish I’d have known! A very easy drinking Weizen Bock believe it or not! Great!!!!!!!� Friggin’ Great!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2007
2006 version on Draft @ the Brewery (listed as 11% - Barrel aged 8 months). Wow - finally trying this bad boy and it didn’t disapoint (to say the least). Big brown color with a light head. Aroma is simply incredible - huge bourbon/wood/oak/vanilla with a nice bit of roasty/sweet malt and dark fruits. Taste is amazing - bourbon, oak, and heavy brown sugar dominate with vanilla, rich dark fruits, and other assorted, woody flavors mixed in. Mouthfeel is incredible - tingly, smooth, wonderful. Paralyzingly good. So well done, I don’t know what to make of it. I could drink this beer all the damn time. The perfect marriage of one of my favorite styles, sweet flavors, and wonderful barrel aging to create what could be the perfect beer. Wow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Poured from a 22 oz. handbottle. Dark, reddened oak pour; glassy brandy shading around the edge. Beautiful and pure aroma of wet oak, eggnog and soft bourbon, pistachio sweetness; stunning. Toasted coconut and vanilla bean in a spectacular kind of rich tropical heat that is carefully bridled, and simply poignant. Flavor is thick and full; gooey brown sugars and reduced port; melon sugar, pecan oil, more toasted coconut and a bottomless reservoir of lager yeast fruitiness. Hint of watermelon, quieted sweet smoke, with plenty of full banana and clove wheatiness toward the finish; this projects quietly up the nose as well. Lightest wink of heat. Clean, full, and simply luxurious with soft velvet touch in the mouth; cake batter and rum-like nutty sweetness pulse warmly after swallowing. Carefully wrought, and brilliant. Thanks for sharing, Mike!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2014 release in Jim Beam barrels on tap at pub. Pour is black with a small tan head that fades quickly into a ring. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla bean, caramel malt, and fruit vines. Flavor is similar with the sweetness shining through even more - bourbon, char, oak chips, burnt sugar, vanilla, figs. A little too sweet, I think it needs to age further.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1591) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
GTMW. Big barrel aroma, dark fruit, mild roasted malt, spiciness. Sweet wheat malt flavor gives way to complex roasted/toasted malt, spice, biscuit, bourbon, light resiny hops, and a tangy tartness. Finishes, somewhat dry with trailing toasted malt. Big and lingering on the palate. Had to be my favorite of the fest. Would have gone back for more if there wasn’t some many other beers to try!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Probaly the 2nd most potent brew at the Great Taste. Again the aroma so rich and full that it is hard to initiate a sip. Everyone gives you the "Whoa" when they take that first sniff. The alcohol is really flying out of there at first but then the vanilla, maple,carmel,gently massage your senses and your no longer afraid. The taste is much the same,with boubon coming through and some of the wheat becoming noticable. The swallow is long and dreamy,with an exqusite aftertaste lingering in your mouth. There should be a man-law that this brew be available to the Midwest year round

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Courtesy BBB63. 2006 batch. Poured a very dark mahogany color with a sparse tan head. Bourbon, oak, dark fruit, caramel, mild alcohol on the nose. The bourbon compliments and does not overpower. Malt aromas come out after warming a bit. Great texture to this brew. Taste has vanilla, oak, raw sugarcane sweetness and a moderate heat in the finish. There’s a lot going on here, but it integrates so well. A great brew. Thanks, Mike.

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