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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 ales rather substantial ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 9, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip. Little head and murky brown color. Aroma is straight bourbon and not much else. Flavor is heavy on the booze with a muted wee heavy in the background. Thin mouthfeel, watered down malts, and aggressive Abv heat make for an unbalanced beer. No where near justifies the cost when you can get a whole four pack of backwoods bastard for cheaper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2014
On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Arrived in a snifter. A: Arrived a cloudy dark brown, with minimal head that turned into a ring in short order. Left some spotty lacing on the glass. S: Pure bourbon in the nose, not a speck of beer evident. Notes of charred oak, vanilla, and warm booze waft out of the glass. Insert usual caveat that I was at a bar here, with additional caveat that it was a bar with no kitchen to really mess with my nose. T: At first, this is almost exactly like drinking Woodford Reserve, but with the edges filed round and sanded smooth. The entire flavor profile is the bourbon, pure oak, blackened wood, vanilla extract, and subtle bits of caramel swimming throughout. As the beer warms, however, the edges rebuild from being ground down, and they sprout spikes and thorns. Alcohol heat erupts into flame as this beer approaches room temperature - there is no hiding the ABV at all. M: Sticky and smooth, but with a quite watery finish. The alcohol heat cranks up here as well as the beer warms. O: While I am a fan of bourbon as well as beer, this comes in second place to Backwoods Bastard for me, which is itself in second place to Wulver. Given my inability to find much beer under the bourbon, combined with the serious alcohol heat that poured out of this as it warmed, its not a favorite for me. Age might do wonders for this beer, however, taking off the boozy edge and allowing the malt to come forward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (766) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle pours slightly cloudy medium brown with medium tan head. Aroma bourbon and malts. Taste sweet malts with slight bourbon, finish a little oak. Thick palate. Reminds me of Backwoods Bastard with a little thicker palate and less oak .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (3172) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
On tap at Local Cantina in Grandview: copper brown pour with thin light tan head and spotty stick. aroma of dark fruit, Bourbon, toffee. tastes are same with little wood and vanilla. very nice. great balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2782) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Shared bomber poured to snifters, displaying a dark brown color, with some amber highlighting that showed at the stem, off white/light tan head foam that reduced to a bubbly ring & film, leaving spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was a rich nose of light grain, expressive, caramel sweetness, barrel induced vanilla & coconut, and kind of a holiday, rum/raisin scent. Only medium bodied, the alcohol was boozy, but more as bourbony warmth, and hops survived the process, and added character to the oaky tannins in order to leave a successfully astringent, earthy, & dry finish. Always looking for a good Scotch Ale, and found one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and hints of coconut. It pours a dark brown that has significant orangish-red transparency when held to the light. It has a one finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin film that is outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate, brown sugar, and toffee. The finish has moderate maple syrup, lighter oak, light vanilla, and bourbon. Its medium-full bodied with a mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this beer hits the sweet spot for me when it comes to the maple syrup flavors found in some barrel aged beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7499) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap @ the brewpub. Hazy deep orange-brown. Sweet rye and maple profile, smooth but very heavy on the whiskey. Nice but Im glad I went for the $5 sample instead of the full pint! A bit too sweet and boozy for my tastes, but a nicely made brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle from gentiles chicago. Poured clear ver dark amber brown with thin beige head. Aroma of boozy vanilla extract sugar. Light carb med bod. Taste similar with dark fruityness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle (10.4% ABV listed) and served in snifter: Pours a deep brown with slightly reddish highlight topped by a beige frothy head and okay lacing. The aroma is heavy with toffee and vanilla along with a dose of charred oak, dark fruit from what appears to be Special B malt and some faint salty/earthy soy undertones. The taste is a tad boozy at first very much influenced by the barrel. Heavy sweet malts counteract the alcohol, a sipping brew for sure. The mouth feel is lush and syrupy but cleansed by the biting alcohol and tannic dryness of the oak. I bit buttery on the warming aftertaste. A solid brew that could stand some cellaring IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (733) - 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. Its 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.

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