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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt, wood and earthy bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. A smooth complex drinkable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9064) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Sample at The Brass Tap during Cincinnati Beer Week. This beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium thick beige head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, oak and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, oaky vanilla, and bourbon. The finish is oaky with a boozy charred malt aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8467) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Sharp booze, tannins, caramel, booze. Decent brew here, a bit hot but nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4oz on tap at Liberty’s. Up front, nice caramel, vanilla, cookiedough, butter scotch in the flavor. Hazy orange amber color. Thin ring of off-white head. Couple loose bits of lace. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Bigger sweet taste, light bitter. Kind of a lingering sugary sweetness to the taste. Great big flavor, though. Good big flavor on this guy, though. Great chocolate, toasty oak, lingers long into the finish. Tasty barrel-aged scotch ale to sip on. I’m glad I found the opportunity to find a 4oz sample though, I don’t know what I would have done with a 22oz bomber. Nice to enjoy my 4oz at Liberty’s here now in relative peace.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7454) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
On tap at Revs production brewery grand opening. Pours a very hazy deep caramel brown with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of vanilla and caramel with a good amount of sweet grains and a barrel backing. Flavor has lots of vanilla with caramel and sweet grains and barrel in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7338) - 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 I’m 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7107) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6558) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6343) - 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.


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