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Berkshire Gude Greg’s Wee Heavy Private Reserve

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special ale was brewed to celebrate the life of Greg Noonan A Pioneer, a mentor, an inspiration, a friend. This scotch ale is our celebration of the man to whom we owe so much. Rich, spicy, smoky, bursting with malt, then aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcox90 (1959) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Sampled @ Mass Brewers Fest @ Julio’s and a bottle purchased and consumed at home. My wife got the last bottle they had. Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany brown with ruby edges, clear, with a one finger fluffy off white head. Lace is patchy at best. Aroma is a soul soothing mix of bourbon, peat, oak tannin, and caramel malt. Flavor is sweet, as you would imagine from the aroma. Soft nuances of everything mentioned in the aroma glide over the tongue and envelope it like a liquid blanket. Heavy bodied and sticky. This beer was an experience that I am grateful to have enjoyed.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours somewhat clear darker amber with a tan head. The aroma brings big caramel sweetness so pleasant with some underlying fudge and burnt toffee. Flavor is big caramel fudge and smooth sweet vanilla bourbon with no heat at all. This is the best scotch ale I have ever tasted!

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
StefanSD (2407) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Infected bottle. Nasty sour flavor, drain-pour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22oz bottle from danzarrella, thanks Dan! Pours a cloudy amber colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bourbon, wood, pepper, caramel, plums, toffee, and a bit of a smoky peat. Spicy wood comes out more as this warms. Flavor is bourbon, plums, and a woody vanilla up front before some sweet caramel and toffee malts come in. A bit peppery and spicy towards the end with a light smoky peat note. Finishes somewhat sweet, but fairly dry with a bourbon, toffee, plum, and spiced wood aftertaste that lingers for a lengthy duration. Light alcohol warmth following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a sweet and spicy scotch ale with a distinct barrel aged character and good amount of plummy dark fruits. Somewhat messy, but not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (17968) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
Dezent hefiger, alkoholisch malziger Beginn. Intensive Würzigkeit, sobei der Alkohol gut versteckt ist. Helle Schokoladennoten, weiche Bourbonnoten. Vanille, Malz, intensiv. Gut! /12/11/14/11/13

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear red/orange. Aroma of peat, bourbon, and some marzipan. Flavour of peat, bourbon, and roasted malts. Full bodied. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5897) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2012
Hazed brown pour with frothy tan head. Sweet caramel malt and a hinto abv. Sweet malt, abv, and some bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9569) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! 2011 edition. Pours a hazy amber with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, wood, peat, overripe plums, and earth. Flavor of bourbon, berries, vanilla, toasted sugar, peat, plum, and earth. The flavor is a little sweeter in a sugary way, while the nose is a little fruitier. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. A little messy but not bad.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
In short: An uber-sweet mess with moldy and rot flavors. Atrocious.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed almost exactly one year after the beer release (assuming only one batch was made). Bottle sent to me as a bonus from jleblanc, thanks Jeff
The look: Dark burgundy body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is very sweet malts with a bit of an old garbage aroma, honest, like when you pull you garbage bag from the bin and there is garbage juice under the bag. Taste is grossly sweet, oily toffee, liquefied caramel, rotting vegetables, wet wood, moldy fruits. The alcohol was very well hidden but that’s about the only positive thing I can say about this mess of a beer. This was either an awful beer or I got a bad bottle. I’m not much of a religious person but I believe in god-awful.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Red brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is a little smoke, sweet, light cocoa, and wood. Taste is a little spicy, candy sugar, chocolate, dark fruit, and toasted malt.


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