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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6701) - 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 (962) - 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 (8684) - 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 (1841) - 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 (1329) - 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 (6106) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
On tap at Revolution, Cloudy brown pour, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and bourbon. Taste of bourbon, vanilla and nice barrel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7722) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Sharp booze, tannins, caramel, booze. Decent brew here, a bit hot but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Snifter on tap at the brewery. Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, with dissipating tan head and some lacing. Aroma is full of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon. The booziness is tempered by the barrel-aging. Body is full with slight carbonation and a slightly sticky texture. Taste is sweet with most of the alcohol up front. I’m not sure if Scotch Ale is the right style in which to pigeonhole this excellent big beer.

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