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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2566) - - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared. Drinks like delicious oaky caramel juice with lovely notes of smokey glazed bacon, yummy! Even though their hoppy range doesn’t seem to travel so well, these guys seem to nail the big beers quite well!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1459) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 7, 2016
DEep brown with a reddish hue. Aroma is big bourbon barrel and light smoky malt. FLavour is mostly barrel, some soy, some booze. Great stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (14076) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle [from trade with Iggywh, thanks!] @ home. Superb deep dark red color, full sized dense beige head that lasts for a long time. Aroma is very rich: malts, caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, brown candy sugar, whiskey / bourbon, lightly raisins, hints of chocolate and mocha. It tastes just as good: again an explosion of flavors yet somehow balanced and not just a messy mix up. Malts, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, wood, oak, toffee, whiskey / bourbon, vanilla, slightly leather, a slight hint of smoke, sweet. Full body, thick oily texture, suitable soft carbonation. Wonderful beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1177) - ESTONIA - SEP 3, 2016
Dark brown, slight foam. Aroma is sweet, with cocoa and chocolate. Full on toffee and caramel in the nose. Feels like a hoppy cookie and probably in blind tasting I would be mistaking this for Imperial Porter I guess. Nice wee heavy which is actually kind of light because of great balance with hops. Modern interpretation I guess, liking it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5046) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2016
Very malty sweet nose with tons of chocolate, peat, bacon and smoke. The mouth is very sweet, bacon, peat, chocolate and smooth body with low carbonation. The smoke least for ever with bourbon at the end. Sweet. I love this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (545) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2016
Tasted on tap at Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. It poured an opaque brown with a quickly disapating beige head. Potent aroma of alcohol with hints of coconut. Packs a turbo boost, high octane kick. The bourbon is so strong this could be served in a shot glass. Not for the faint of heart.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
12/26/15. Bottle thanks to Chris. Nice aroma, great whiskey barrel character, vanilla, nice maltiness, caramel, toffee, some smoke. Good flavor, malty, caramel, toffee, light smoke, vanilla, char, oak. Tasty!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Dark mahogany, modest, creamy brown head, minimal lacing (barrel-aged) / Rich, sweet nose of tobacco, cane sugar, caramel, chocolate, grass, light bourbon barrel / Medium to full body, sweet but good hop balance, some chew, noticeable alcohol burn / Flavors not quite up to great nose, but still solid with caramel, chocolate, grass, restrained bourbon barrel / Probably needs to be a little bigger of body and flavor to match the high alcohol, but still quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2389) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2015
December 30, 2015 - bottle from Brett. Dark brown pour with nice amount of head that lasted. Aroma was malty and bourbon. Taste was consistent with aroma and had a nice bourbon heat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Bottled. Pours a very dark brown with a small, light brown head. Aroma is an interesting blend of smoke, brown sugar, light soy sauce, and caramel candies. Salty flavor up front, turning moderately heavily alcoholic, letting in woody notes, burnt cocoa, smokey peat, bittersweet cocoa and mildly sweet toffee. Finish is equal parts dry (alcohol) and sweet (caramel). Well done. The liberal smoke really sets this above other standard scotch ales.


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