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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Barrel-Aged version of our Scotch-Style ale is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to add layers of complexity to its rich, malty flavor profile. Notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrels combine with the beers profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think youll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2008
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - thanks to ironchefscott for the trade; 2006 vintage, bottle #115/254; thin head compared to the regular that we opened side by side (thanks bruce); clear, dark brown; smooth, rich, intoxicating aromas; not unlike the regular version; caramel, scotch, oak and vanilla, very sweet and thinned out slightly compared to the regular version; lots of wood; not blown away as i have been by the BA numbskull and decadence; i love the regular version so much, that i’d say i fall on the side of the fence that while amazing, this was not really an improvement

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3390) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev, jerc & garthicus - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Deep ruby-brown with very little head. Aroma of wood, booze, malt, booze, spice, booze - did I mention booze? Flavour of bourbon and wood, malt and brown sugar, a bit of coffee and smoke in the finish, and yeah, booze, but not as hot as I feared from the aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2924) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 27, 2008
Shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, Tupalev,Jerc & Blankboy -- courtesy of HogTownHarry and by proxy thanks to Irishboy for his trade with Harry! App: Red and brown, very murky, zero head. Aroma: Toffee - Christmas pudding, chocolate, oak & teak. Lovely. Flavour: Mild oak and teak, malt too with a long dry sherry finish. Mmmmm

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
eli723 (20) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Way too Heavy for me. The reviews here do it justice but it just isn’t for me. My impression was that it tasted like scotch but way thicker. GOt 2 bottles for my uncle who loves it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev, jerc & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. (No idea what number or vintage as the writing from the sharpie was all smudged) Pours a deep impenetrable reddish-brown with a small diminishing frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, light smoke, hops, spices and alcohol. Big bourbon barrel flavour, quite malty, along with brown sugar, dark fruit, light smoke and caramel. Woody, boozy, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Very good and pretty Impressive stuff. Thanks again to IrishBoy!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
RBSG. Sampled from 05 and 06 bottles, courtesy Vac. Dark amber pour, sparse bits of soapy white head. Sweet bourbon and caramel aroma, backed by oak, vanilla, and rich malts. Rich sweet alcoholic taste, the rich malt base fights through the barrel character towards the end, but overall, for the 06 vintage, the barrel dominates. The 05 vintage less so, and this definitely made a more rounded brew. The regular WH is a masterpiece in it’s own right, but the BA versions are still phenomenal brews. Thanks again Vac!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2008
2008-08-15. Very dark brown body with a very small beige head. (3+) Aroma is very sweet and boozy. Bourbon sweetness over sweet malts, but vanilla kissed bourbon reigns. (7+) Flavour is sweet and boozy, sugary malt wants to come out but cant quite break apart from the bourbon. Smooth medium bodied palate. (3+)> Pretty good but to be honest Id rather have the non-barrel aged version. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

"Music was better during the Barrel Ages..." - Tupalev

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6611) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, GregClow and jerc - thanks again to Irishboy for the . Deep mahogany pour, smallish frothy beige head. Woody, oak/vanilla aroma, mild sweet roast, floral and herbal-sweet. Taste - same - roasty sweet, vanilla/oak woodiness, borderline carbonized - quite different from the regular Wee Heavy. Average slick body, astringent, alcoholic and somewhat burnt - excellent stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2008
750, capped. Thanks SuzyGreenberg! Pours clear and coppery dark amber with a lacy beige head. Sweet caramel and chocolate nose. Sweet caramel, chocolate fig and vanilla taste. Not quite so sweet or full-bodied as the regular version, which leaves it more balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Bottle 161 or 169 (I cant read it). 2005 vintage. Pours semi-still. Some carbonation. Dark brown molasses color. Taste is sweet hoppy alcohol. Not overwhelmingly bourbon, very nice bourbon flavor. Aroma is very fruity, bourbon, vanilla. Very rich and sweet, oak too. Taste is as I said, hoppy alcohol, sweet simple sugar. Finish is slightly sour, and disappointing. This beer lacks a decent finish. --- As the beer warms I get more chocolate and alcohol and complexity. This beer is fantastic and verges on world-class. Still, there are flaws. I had this at a 3.6, but bumped it up because I mixed it with a Petit Syrah and it turned into something amazing.


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