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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle:   Deep caramel, moderate tannish head, fairly nice lacing.   Bourbon on the nose, soft graham cracker, vanilla, and campfire.   Warming up front, a bit of an alcohol bite.   Graham cracker, soft vanilla, and a bit of charred wood make up the bulk of this one.   I think back to the regular Wee Heavy and my thoughts are that its not big enough to carry a lengthy aging in a barrel.   As I finish this, the underlying beer is surpassed by the assertive aging.   Don’t get me wrong, its enjoyable, but I think a little less aging and a little less heat would have done much more for this one.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Could stand to be a little more silky.   Finish is a little astringent.   Otherwise some hot Bourbon notes, graham cracker, charred wood/campfire, and fading vanilla.   Decent, but only marginally better than the original.   Certainly feels a little bigger/heavier than its little brother.

Boutip (6627) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some grilled corn notes with light bourbon and vanilla notes. Taste is a weird mix of grilled corn, vanilla, bourbon with a bitter and astringent finish which is not the most pleasant. Body is light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Unbalanced with too much corn notes coming through with also too much astringency for the style.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and faint oak. It pours a muddy orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s some dotted lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and candy corn. The finish has bourbon and light vanilla. It’s medium-full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Nice pleasant sweet bourbon aroma, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Decent caramel and toffee malt notes, sweet with residual sugar but noting over the top. Pours murky brown with a decent off white tannish head. The flavor is sweet with bourbon initially, smooth with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Mostly sweet, light wood dryness shows up. A good showcase for bourbon without retarded heat. The flavor is sweet and lingering, the body is smooth. Maybe a little more body would be my only complaint, but all in a ll very solid and drinkable BA beer. Hales keeps putting out solid stuff. Keep it up!

GRM (4236) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Brown bottle, 22 ounces, trade with pandableh (thank you!), with Louise, Luc Bourbonnière and Philippe Boutin, savoured on September 13 2013; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: bourbon, woody, malt, caramel; mouth: bourbon, woody, malt, caramel, light astringency, woody finale with presence of bourbon, below-average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 22 onces, échange avec pandableh (thank you!), avec Louise, Luc Bourbonnière et Philippe Boutin, savourée le 13 septembre 2013; œil : acajou, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : bourbon, boisé, malt, caramel; bouche : bourbon, boisé, malt, caramel, légère astringence, finale boisée avec présence de bourbon, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : correct

BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Murky dark woody amber color with lightly frothed head. Light woody and cabernet nose, which is true of the flavor as well. Quite nuanced. While the cabernet-wood flavors are there, they certainly don’t dominate across the medium scotch-malted underpinning.

Crit (4099) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
Cloudy brown,small beige head.Earthy malt nose. Big woody unpleasant palate with harsh alcohol heat

jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle: Flat pour caramel colored pour. Thin beige head. Nose is peat, oak, bourbon, and vinous. Tastes sweeter up front, caramel, peat and ’woody’ barrel in the end. Bourbon really sits and lingers on my palate.

poisoneddwarf (2687) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bomber. Brewed 6/12/11; bottled Nov. 2011. Pours murky brown with a medium-small beige head that falls after a minute or two; lace sheets the glass. Aroma is very woody, along with caramel, vanilla, booze; I’m not getting any smokiness, which is my favorite thing about this style. Taste starts out sweet and meaty but quickly turns bitter. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale. Carbonation is medium, body is medium to full, mouthfeel is syrupy. Although not very characteristic of the style, this is pretty yummy.

robforbes (2277) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2013
pours a semi-cloudy dark copper with a small tan head that dissipates rapidly, and some lacing. smell is of caramel and some wood. taste is somewhat watery, malt, some bourbon, some caramel, and a little sweet. overall not too impressive.

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