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Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Ale - Blue Pants Brewery

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy AleBourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Pants Brewery visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grumpygerman on 03-01-2013

Strong Scotch Ale. Sweet Caramel Malts. Notes of Dried Fruit. A slightly smokey finish. Aged in fresh Bourbon Barrels. Find a friend. Use small glasses. Enjoy the first Big Boy Release Experience.
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Rbroccoli:
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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Bottle says born on 1/14/2014. Also says 2013 vintage. Poured into my Innis And Gunn snifter/tulip hybrid glass.

Pours a dark, murky brown. Fades to a light caramel color on the edges. No head. Absolutly zero head. Even with a vigorous pour.

Smell is rich dark fruit. Plum/prune, Dates, slight candi sugar, some roasted malt, slight wood/oakiness as well as some vanilla.

Taste is dark fruit forward. Sweet candi sugar and dried date, fig, and prune begin to dominate. On the finish it fades into a slight roasted malt, but is almost overwhelmed by the sweet dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is very light for a bourbon barrel aged wee heavy. Almost a little watery, but then again there is almost zero carbonation. Not going to lie I was a little worried that my bottle had a defect and had gone flat when I poured it.

Overall the taste

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, caramel brown. Slight head, maybe 1/2 inch. Very slight lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, slight wood, some vanilla and the glorious bourbon.

Taste is the slight roasted malt, vanilla on the front. On the back side is that glorious bourbon again.

Mouthfeel is very light for a bourbon barrel aged wee heavy. Slight carbonation.

I enjoyed it. The 13% ABV really doesn't hit you like I thought

Photo of jstone80
1/5  rDev -73.8%

2013 vintage. For starters, this review is of 4 different bottles of Wee Heavy Ale, with notes comparing back to the pints which I've had at their taproom.

A - Pours hazy brown with zero head. No carbonation at all. This is true of all 4 bottles I have had, all from different retailers, purchased over several months.

S - Caramel malt, vanilla and bourbon. When carbonated, aroma is excellent. Decent at best from these bombers.

T - Fairly sweet, but not overly. Bourbon and caramel take the front line here. The sweet taste is more pronounced in bottle.

M - From the bottle there is next to no body overall. Zero carbonation. Mouthfeel is that of iced coffee. In comparison, a pint from the taproom was excellent.

O - Enjoyable on tap, which is how it got my rating of 1.0. Blue Pants is consistently inconsistent when it comes to carbonation. I understand that the BJCP style guidelines call for a low to moderate carbonation, but that still implies it be carbonated. Will not pay money for their beer until this is resolved.

Photo of Dracarys
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of tweezer159
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of richj1970
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Deep murky brown with almost non existent head. Zero lacing.

S: Caramel, sweet malts, bourbon.

T: Caramel, dark fruits, and bourbon. Some subtle hints of oak.

M: A bit thinner than I was expecting but still enjoyable. Almost no carbonation to the point of being flat.

O: Nice brew. The flavors are enjoyable and the 13% alcohol is fairly well hidden, but it lacks in carbonation.

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
1.56/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another terrible whiskey fusion beer.

I love Bourbon and I love beer, but this fad has to go. It tastes like someone dropped a shot of the cheapest plastic bottle whiskey into an already marginal beer.

This one is completely overpowered by the taste of cheap whiskey. It might as well be carbonated whiskey.

Do not buy unless you really like this kind of beer. So far it has been the worst of these fusion beers that I have tasted.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of wood, bourbon, vanilla, faint smokiness, caramel. Taste sweet marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, oak, malt, ABV. Nice!

Photo of memphischas
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

I feel like I'm being generous at 3.3, very watery in the mouthfeel for a BBA and tasted stale and flat.

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Crimsontider22
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cvm4
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big & Tall Release #1... No bottle date, but looks to be an old style label. Could be original?

A - Pours a hazy brown with a light tan two finger head. The head really sticks around and light lacing.

S - Sweet on the nose. Malts, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The sweetness is a bit amplified here. Dark fruits, bourbon, caramel and brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation to almost too carbonated. Body is smooth and the abv is well hidden probably due to the sweetness.

O - I liked it. Very enjoyable. It would be rated higher if the sweetness was dialed down a bit.

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hmvalp
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet malts with hints of fruit, the bourbon gets a little stronger to the end, touch of vanilla, the 13% are well masked by the overall very sweet beer. Molasses comes through when beer warms above 50 F. Well carbonated and pleasant as a candy like sipping beer.

Photo of FliryVorru
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of FUMath
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Year 2014 better than previous years

Nice reddish hue
Aroma is first, bourbon, vanilla, caramel
Very strong bourbon charachter mixes perfectly with notes of toffee, vanilla, caramel

Excellent beer

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +5%

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Ale from Blue Pants Brewery
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