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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3167) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2015
’14 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvike (3149) - 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 haven’t been as into big beers, but this was a decadent treat.

   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 mélange 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (3102) - 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 it’s done right, it’s incredible.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
(Bottle) Pours hours dark brown to black with no head. The aroma holds bourbon up front with undertones of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, dark bread, some chocolate and light banana. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with bourbon, dark fruits and a perfect malt bill. Touch of esters. The mouthfeel is oily, rich in tannins and soft with a light to flat carbonation. Near full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Thanks to BBB63 for the growler This brew is brown, malty sweet with lots of vanilla overtones. the bourbon is well balanced with the rest of the flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Had this at Livery a few years back and also at GTMW in 2012, finally getting around to adding some of my ratings, pours a dark brown with a little bit of red in the light, the aroma has a decent amount of dark fruit and a little bit of bourbon coming through, the flavor has a lot of BA notes in it with a sweetness of vanilla and oak, a little bit of funk mixed in as well, overall, one hell of a beer and very happy I was able to track this one down a few times now. DONG.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Notes from Dark Lord Day ’07. Sample from a 7 month old growler--thanks Mike BBB63. Hazy burnt caramel with a few bubbles for a head--it’s got legs! Aroma of bourbon, oak, cherries, smoke, and a bit of maple. Flavor had lots of ETOH, whiskey, cherries, hints of smoke and tobacco leaves, and a wheaty, spicy alcoholic finish. Lighter body than I’d have thought, considering the strength. Minimal carbonation. You need to enjoy bourbon to like this guy. Notes from GTMW ’06. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, whiskey, wheat (characteristic of a wheat wine), caramel, nuts, and a hint of soy. Clear mahogany with a couple bubbles of beige for the head. Flavor is mostly the same with a moderate bittersweet roasty dry finish. Full body with low carbonation. Very good. I’ll see if I can find my notes from DLD ’07 to compare. 9-4-8-4-16--4.1

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