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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2008
2006 vintage. Pours hazy deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon tht is slightly musty. Taste ia the same with alchohol up front and an almost sweet candy flavor finishing it off. Thanks grim!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15820) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 Re-Rate, courtesy Daknole. Muddy brown- looks lousy. Full on assertive bourbon aroma with toffee, caramel and light vanilla. Sweet, soft, very candyish vanilla, caramel, and bourbon on the palate. Very dessert-like. Some late acidity and hints of brown sugar, rum and bourbon. Slight alcoholic dryness. Very full body. Good brew - nose is out of balance and its picked up some tartness but this is quality.

Original rate: Burgundy colour. Hazy but vibrant. Big clean malty nose with a brash vanilla/bourbon character. Simple but rather fantastic. Rich, bourbon/maple character. Not a ton else, but nuts to that, its still beautiful. 8-3-8-4-16 = 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2005 vintage shared by Pete at the pad in late March - after glasses of pliny the younger, elder, bourbon angels, older visco, and arctic devil, what a joke!

Nose is soothing and unleashes a jargon of sweet oak, sticky bourbon, caramel malts, and hints of vanilla. I just love these BA Alesmith aromas - just lovely. Flavor is really much of the same, predominantly wrapped with a whiskey overtone throughout. The contemplative appeal of the normal Wee Heavy is lost here, but thats not necessarily a bad thing - its just a different enjoyment. Mouthfeel is full bodied, coating, and smooth as can be. Very warming - but still very drinkable. Rumor had it that this guy was a booze bomb - I didnt get any of that. Just a ridiculously delicious brew...give me more!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottled, drank by myself, in my first night alone in god knows how long. Its been a while since Ive had a good 750 to myself -- I used to do it all the time -- but this is perhaps reminding me why I dont really bother anymore. The drunkenness hits fast, and in this case its not really worth it. I mean, really, this is pure bourbon. The normal Wee Heavy is no doubt one of my favorite beers, nearly perfect every time, but this has just been ruined by the barrels. Hell, I dont even taste oak in it, just a harsh, boozy mess.

Its got a lightly buttery finish, lots of alcohol, whiskey all around. Aroma is nothing but. Almost no carbonation and no head. All those wonderful malt characteristics we became so familiar with in Wee Heavy have been lost. I simply dont understand. What is the deal? Why do people even like this? How is Alesmith -- no doubt one of the top 10 brewers on the planet -- releasing a special edition beer that is so critically flawed?

I guess Ill never know. But, if you cant tell by now, this was a huge disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle. drank at EBF. Pours with a medium sized but lasting head. Aroma is mostly caramel and vanilla. The flavors of the beer mesh so well. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and some dried fruits, its perfect in every way. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Big thanks to Mreusch for this beauty! Shared with therealbastard. Poured thick brown with small bubbly head. Big aroma of bourbon, caramel, and fruit. Amazing complexity with bourbon, caramel, and fruit. Extremely smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Thanks to seaoflament and john_adam!! 2005 release: This beer was amazing, tons of bourbon, scotch, and caramel. The pour is kinda ugly (looks like muddy water), but what counts is how it smells and tastes. The bourbon is not overpowering and blends well with the scotch flavors. I am really glad I tried this one, Ale Smith rocks!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
I already forget what batch I had, but I am pretty sure it was the 2005 release. I had been sitting on this brew for a while waiting for the right time to taste such goodness, and the time was a friends birthday. Poured a deep brown hue with a light tan head. Aromas of oak, scotch, peat, and caramel. The carbonation mellowed out quite a bit and helped accentuate the beers flavor and the age helped subdue the oak overtone. The flavors were amazing...... vanilla, chocolate notes, some smokiness....mmmmmmmmmm...... amazing.... Damn I love alesmith!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
[email protected] 05 158/222 Sweet smell of cherry bourbin. Pours red/brn in color. Bubbly ring head. Starts sweet and strong and although it was a little flat the smooth bourbin end left no complaints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Courtesy of Odeed, thanks Jake! Dark brown, with no head. Aroma is a strong bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, light alcohol. Taste is a nice toffee, alcohol, and bourbon mix, bourbon is a bit on the strong side, some caramel. Interesting stuff here, but would prefer less aging in the barrel.

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