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Bourbon Barrel Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: robwestcott on 04-17-2013)
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Cold from the tap @ the Tap in Bloomington left over from beer week !

Murky mahogany brown with a short lasting foamy tan head.

Aroma of big molasses, vanilla, bourbon in the nose.

Light bodied, smooth, huge bourbon, hot, sweet, black strap molasses.

Loving it. Sun King does barrel aging right.

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16 oz. aluminum pint poured into a Founders snifter. Part of the "King's Reserve" series.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber-brown with a half-inch off-white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Quite complex. A lot of toffee and caramel with molasses, figs, and vanilla. Bourbon is there, but not particularly strong next to the other aromas. It's integrated very well.

Taste: Similar toffee/molasses/dark fruit combo carries over from the aroma. The oak comes out a lot more here than in the aroma. On the other hand, the bourbon, which was already very subtle in the nose, is practically absent exept for a meager hint on the finish. The label says this spent a full year in bourbon barrels, but I'm really not picking up bourbon at all. I like the flavor of this beer a lot, but I'd really like to be able to taste some bourbon with it.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied. Extremely smooth, goes down very easy.

Overall: I really like this beer, but the lack of bourbon hurts. The base profile is good enough that with a discernable bourbon presence this could be fantastic.

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A - Pours a medium mahogany brown, small tan head that sticks around for a little bit. Minimal lacing.
S - Hmmm. Something is out of place. I get Werther's Originals butterscotch and a whiff of lactic tartness. There may be some bourbon in there, but it's hard to get over everthing else.
T - Yupp. This beer is infected. 100%. Strong butterscotch sweetness (diacetyl) clashes with the overpowering funk/green apple tartness that dominates the finish. No bourbon to speak of. Not good.
M - Medium body. Smooth. Just impossible to get past the infection.
O - At this stage, a poorly made beer that is made worse by the infection. We had tried a can when we first purchased them, and while there was no infection, there was still a strong butterscotch/diacetyl presence. Sadly, this beer has gone completely downhill from there due to the infection. Highly disappointed by this effort from Sun King.

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Bourbon Barrel Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.