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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
After quietly resting in the cellar for just over five months, it is finally time for our Willie Wee Heavy Scotch ale to be extracted from the Woodford Reserve barrels. The rich malt character reminiscent of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar from the Belgian specialty malts has melded beautifully with the flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon from the charred American oak barrels. Prolonged aging in these amazing barrels yields a finished product not only with a high level of complexity but also a smooth creamy mouthfeel which masks this ale’s rather substantial ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5096) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 13, 2015
On draught at Stocks and Blondes, the loudest bar ever. Big and malty with with creamy toffee notes and cola. Rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, oak, dark fruit, vanilla, licorice, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, molasses/syrup, vanilla, dark fruit, and bourbon; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mfhennig (168) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice beige head and some clingy lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit. One it warmed a bit the bourbon took over. Taste is sweet and boozy, definitely a sipper. This is one of the really goods beers, glad I bought two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryecatcher (1064) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bomber. Brownish pour, decent off-white frothy head with nice retention. Nose is boozy barrel goodness, caramel, dried fruit, malt, tobacco, cherries, candy sugar, light smokiness. Mouth is medium sweet, chewy, caramelly, raisins, dates, booze. Very nice. Heather and I shared this one while catching up in the Perrysburg La Quinta (late afternoon, following a seemingly endless drive from Chicago on 9-24-2015). No one in the whole universe I’d rather share a beer with. Or anything else for that matter. She’s my girl after all. And I love her. More than beer. Or life itself. Just sayin. Sláinte.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6095) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Brown pour with a white head. The aroma and flavor have a good bit of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. Fairly boozy, as expected for this style of beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7272) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2015
22 oz. bottle (draft at FoBAB also). Pours a nice reddish brown color with a small creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cocoa, some dark fruity character, some cherry from the Woodford barrel, hints of smoke, fresh this was slightly boozy but aged a bit has smoothed things out, almost more like a barley wine at this point, I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Relatively clear brown with a light beige head. Aroma is caramel, whiskey, raisins, dates, bourbon. Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel, sweet and boozy on the palate. Taste is raisins, dates, bourbon, toffee, vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5493) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2015
This poured a darker amber color with a white head. Aroma is of lord of oakum vanilla barrel, spirit, caramel and dark fruits. Flavor similar, but very hot, a bit astringent and oppressive at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle: Deep tan & ruby body with a foamy beige head that quickly settles to a thin skin & collar. Aroma of bourbon, caramel sauce, toffee, maple syrup, sticky wood, faint vanillin, cocoa dust, mild plum. Flavors of bourbon soaked caramel candies, black licorice, leather, wood, maple syrup, cola, buttery toffee, & a small dose of cocoa. Boozy finish, lingers with caramel, wood, & anise. Slightly thinner mouth feel than I’d like but good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4819) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle purchased at Binny’s South Loop back in November 2014. Somewhat clear ruby color without any type of head aroma is very nice. Bourbon is smooth with vanilla, coconut, burnt oak and some sugar.

The flavor is wonderful, wow! Bourbon is perfectly integrated throughout the sip. The sweet malts, toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and a very light hint of alcohol warming. The warming is still mild and make my belly nice and warm. The flavor is very smooth for 10.4%.

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