Hairy Cow Wee Heavy - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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4.21/5 rDev +14.1%
Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving some spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with caramel maltiness mixed with equal amounts of butterscotch, dark fruits, toasted bread and a hint of bourbon and vanilla sweetness. You really get a nice balanced amount of Buffalo Trace barrel presence without overwhelming the base scotch ale.
The taste follows the nose and brings out toffee, dark fruit and various copious waves of caramel. After the toffee opening, the bourbony vanilla and oak add some sweetness and a drying aspect. Some emerging honey as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is actually rather crisp, semi-sweet and dry compared to many sweeter ales in this category.
Overall this was a very good barrel aged scotch ale for my money. It is much more balanced than any other Barrel aged Wee Heavy that I have ever had. Usually the base beer is completely overwhelmed and masked by booze but this was balanced amazingly and the flavors worked well to create a very balanced flavor profile. Best Barrel Aged Scotch ale, maybe.
02-24-2013 14:47:01 | More by claspada
1.66/5 rDev -55%
Just want to start off saying this beer or my bottle had a wild yeast strain sneak in there.... This beer is now not a wee heavy but a sour. I do not know if anyone else has had this issue.
Color ruby orange with white head
Smell bourbon and tart fruit
Taste bourbon and tart/sour fruit notes
Overall very disappointed that this got infected I hope for others that this is not the case... But I would assume since this was all aged in the same bourbon barrel that if one bottle is infected that they all are. Unfortunately drain poor.
01-20-2013 21:12:24 | More by jdprmd
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
Tried at TWCP party and recently revisited at the brewery after a 12 mile hike at Hawn State Park. Fortunately Missouri seems to have microbreweries strategically placed next to my outdoor adventures.
A - pours a caramel color without much of a head on it. Noted that the higher the beer was in the glass the deeper its caramel chestnut color.
S - aroma consists of caramel malts with bourbony notes of vanilla and molasses.
T - caramel malts are up front as expected from the nose. These move onto a bourbony spiciness with lots of vanilla imparted by the barrel aging. A touch of toasted malts are on the back end but the vanilla comes in and overpowers the malts. Pretty nice.
M - full bodied with soft carbonation
D - this is a nice barrel aged wee heavy. The vanilla really pops, but is also really well integrated at the same time. TWCP barrel aging series keeps on rolling out winners...
08-13-2012 04:14:25 | More by birchstick
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
The Wine and Cheese Place barrel program release # 4.
Barrel: Buffalo Trace
Total production: 420 bottles
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Pours a slightly murky and light mahogany color with some brown caramel notes and some amber and orange hues on the edges. There is a nice dense cream colored head that is about 0.5 inches tall. It recedes fairly quickly.
Nos is of mild dark fruits. Some figs and prunes re present. Some slight boozy notes as well. Mild. There are some caramel notes if I dig deep and definitely some woody oak and slight vanillas notes in the nose. Some bready grain notes can be picked up on the back end as well. Very mild though.
Different from the nose for sure. Initial hot boozy burn that isn't really bad. The slight burn lingers all throughout the brew. Mild dark fruit flavors with some figs and caramel intermingled in there. Grainy and bready and not overly sweet as some Scotch Ales can be. Lighter body for the style. The boozy burn adds a nice touch to the beer as it lasts all the way down but the base beer itself doesn't really shine. There is some grainy bread notes and some sweetness with vanilla and woody notes but they really don't jump out. Maybe if I let it mellow for a while the heat will die down and the flavors will pop. Still its not bad.
Overall this is not a bad beer. Im glad I have another to age for a bit and see where it takes me.
07-26-2012 00:12:20 | More by JoEBoBpr
Hairy Cow Wee Heavy from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.