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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
On tap, poured into a snifter. The aromas that come through are mostly chocolate and wood, with strong secondary notes of coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark, rich, clear coffee brown color with a tan, dense, micro bubble head. The lace initially coats the sides of the glass in a solid sheet, but becomes more web-like near the end. A solid, surface dusting with a medium ring fades to a clean, oily surface with a thin ring. It’s highly sweet with a medium light bitterness. It has a surprisingly thin texture with a light, but zippy carbonation. The full body contains notes of cherries, wood, caramel, coconut, vanilla, and bourbon alcohol. Sweet cherries and vanilla swell in the finish, followed quickly by bourbon caramel. It goes down with an alcohol warmth to it and a toasted nuts and caramel quality sticky around in the aftertaste with some bourbon and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50 (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
No head on top of a dark pour with a little red on the edges. Taste is super sweet. Toffee and some bitterness. Aroma is very boozy. Alcohol and bourbon take this over a bit. Vanilla creeps in as it warms. Syrupy mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Sampled at FoBAB2013. Pours a rich deep reddish but mostly brown color with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon, coconut, lush caramel notes, with traces of nuts and toffee. Mild vanilla and oak tones as well. Flavor is big, sweet, with rich bourbon and mild smoke, lots of sweet caramel and toffee notes. Filling, heavy body, but creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a touch boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6842) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Draft sample at FOBAB 2013. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small beige head. Notes of bourbon atop caramel, vanilla, toasted brown sugar, cocoa, charred oak, dates, and just a hint of peat. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Big and sweet. Might not have pegged it as a Scotch ale, maybe a barley wine, if done blindly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap at Revolution. Dark brown with a creamy tan crown. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, cedar, toffee with some mild notes of peat and soy sauce. Taste is hot with toffee, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch and a hint of cherry. Decent with some warmth on the ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pretty solid brew. I’m not typically a big fan of a BA scotch but this seemed to start with a nice thick SA base that held up really well to the barrel and gained a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Low carbonation pour on low haze brown. Big tomato paste bourbon nose with brown sugar and baked dark cherry. Dark fruit character. Taste is quite rich, sharper alcohol heat, some bourbon spice and buttery oak. Quite yummy. Firestone Walker anniversary flavor in feel. Some moderate chocolate banana character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Snifter pour at Rev. Brown and hazy with a bit of head. Aromas of molasses, caramel, oak, chocolate, and roasty malts. Very sweet, thick, some hints of fruit (raisins/dates) come out on the palate, along with some brown sugar. A bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christpuncher (1395) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
A very strong scotch ale. Pours really dark like a stout and has a nice strong bite. Smells of scotch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6218) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Draft at Revolution. MaroOn ish pour. Chocolate, peat notes with a hefty dose of bourbon barrel aging. Jammy notes. Pretty boozy, Bourbon is pretty dominant but core scotch characteristics are still evident. Impressive beer

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