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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 aleís rather substantial ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mfhennig (161) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Pours clear and mahogany with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma features bourbon and caramel - what more do you need? Full-bodied with lazy carbonation. Loads of bourbon flavor here. Caramel and toffee too. So smooth. Not hot. Doesnít burn. A miracle. I love it. World-class brew right here! Bottle graciously provided by of BBB63!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5801) - 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. Itís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Draft at Revolution. Pours a reddish russet color with a soft offwhite head. Nose is quite fruity and woody. Big oak character and caramel with a strong sweetness overall in the nose. Booze is also noted, soft cocoa. Oak is well incorporated in the nose. On tasting, the booze is far more restrained than I would have thought, though it is definitely present. Sticky and chewy but dried out by the surprisingly strong roasty notes. More caramel and plum is noted. Pretty spectacular BA wee heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Newk (299) - - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2012 had on tap at revolution. Poured into a snifter and pours a pitch black color with a nice head. very pungent and though the bourbon notes are there, they are well balanced. Great depth along with aromas of black cherries, raisins, plums, malts and bourbon. Full bodied with a real polished and smooth feel. It handles the size of the beer well with great flavors of malts, bourbon, black cherries and some plums. It would be great if they had this more often. This was excellent and was really aided by the bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2015
really dark burnt orange. aroma is nice. actually has a really nice malt balance. graham cracker, ginger, fudge, oak and vanilla. Taste is damn good. Loads of vanilla, coconut..just really really well done! This is awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (4802) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle purchased at Binnyís South Loop back in November 2014. Somewhat clear ruby color without any type of head aroma is very nice. Bourbon is smooth with vanilla, coconut, burnt oak and some sugar.

The flavor is wonderful, wow! Bourbon is perfectly integrated throughout the sip. The sweet malts, toasted oak, coconut, vanilla and a very light hint of alcohol warming. The warming is still mild and make my belly nice and warm. The flavor is very smooth for 10.4%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tooch4321 (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Iíll keep it short and simple, I have only been truly disappointed with a Rev barrel aged beer once. They keep knocking these out the park, itís a lovely dark toffee color (possibly a hint of red) with a sweet boozy nose of vanilla and bourbon. Slightly thick and sticky on the tongue with a taste of vanilla, toffee, butterscotch and my favorite BOOZE! Iíll definitely be going back for more of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2013 draft at revo, 2 x 5oz sample pours, this guy poured a nice ruby brown with creamy tan head. aroma was really pleasant and itís something Iíve been getting used to from Revolution, for most part the aroma on all their barrel aged stuff is pretty excellent. lots of vanilla, coconut, bourbon and burnt toffees. flavors follows up the same as sweet toffee mixes well with a slight sour cherry, vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. the body is thin but not really in an annoying way but more in a way that makes this thing seem rather sessionable. I actually poured 2 samples in a pint glass and enjoyed this as more of a session beer as it drank more like a rich and complex 7% beer than a big 10% BA thing. I enjoyed this one a lot and Revolution seems to once again hit a home run from barrel aging just a decent base beer. Not many people can pull that off. 6/2013 - Batch 2 of this beer was not nearly as good, lacking depth and mouth feel, a shell of itís former self. sadness. 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep, ruby-brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really solid with lots of bourbon and oak, deep toffees, vanilla, coconut, a hint of toast, and a trace of cherry. Flavor is just as nice. Cherry wood and bourbon up front with lots of deeper, sweeter toffees. The wood cuts the sweetness nicely and gives off a really pleasant vanilla with some toasted coconut in the middle. Some dark fruits, a hint of smoke, and rich caramel before this finishes very well balanced with an excellent blend of barrel and malt sweetness. Light dryness and bitterness shows up with just a hint of bourbon heat. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, another barrel aged winner from Revolution. Great balance between the sweeter malts, light dark fruits, and barrel with a nice hint of smoke in there. Really impressive what theyíre doing.

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