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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (536) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7881) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1962) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2382) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1940) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raoul_duke (240) - - NOV 24, 2015
Carmel red color with no head or carbonation to speak of. Pours thick but not stout thick. Smells very nice with lots of sweetness. Cocoa? Vanilla? This has a familiar nose, but it has a lot of flavor profile that’s throwing me off. Very sweet on the mouth. Thicker than you anticipate. Lots of chocolate and toffee and caramel. Sugar. Chocolate and bourbon. Some artificial vanilla. I’m having a hard time giving this a number. It is really complex and has a ton of flavors. But that sort of takes away from it too because it sort of becomes too much.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SLCraig (10) - Pingree Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2015
The ultimate Wee Heavy! Pours a simi-dark yet clear with a medium head. Awesome nose, with a very pleasing sweet and malty backbone I love in a Wee Heavy, plus the added goodness from the bourbon barrel. Not sure how this beer could be better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6427) - 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 (2659) - 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 (276) - 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.

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