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Wee Heavy Bourbon - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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Microbrasserie Le Castor visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jrenihan on 12-02-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 58
Photo of larryi86
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks BlogueDeBieres for this!
660 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep red/burgundy with a two finger off white head.

S- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, dark fruits, kind of boozy and a little weak for 11% ABV.

T- Dark fruits, cherries and figs, vanilla, bourbon, oak, sweet malts, nicely balanced.

M- Light to medium body, carbonation is very high.

O- Smells like it is going to to be too boozy and would be like drinking bourbon, but taste is much more balanced. Worth try if you get the chance. (514 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager out in BC. Fitting that a brew from QE would end up in BC before landing in ON only to be drunk in The Netherlands.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy and crackly off-white head with okay retention. Head fades to a full cap and hugs the sides of the glass. A clear dark maroon brown body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, vanilla and coconut on the nose. Lots of other malty and barrel notes with caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of red fruits as well. Bold and candy-like. Enticing for sure.

TASTE: Oak, caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some bourbon and vanilla flavors through the middle into the swallow. A big and bold finish of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toffee and butterscotch is sweet and flavorful. Lots of nice flavor but could use a bit of bitterness to balance it just a touch more. Still, that is a minor issue, as all the sweetness is actually really well done and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No burn at all.

OVERALL: This was really nice. The feel could be a touch creamier, but that’s a minor complaint. This is really good all around, and while I might like a touch more bitterness as balance, all the sweet flavors work really well and never become difficult or challenging. A good malt bomb that I would very much enjoy drinking again. Thanks again Rutager! Good stuff. (1,634 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Rapido in Gatineau.

A - Pours a murky amber colour with one finger of off white head that goes fast. Decent carbonation. Spatterings of thick lace, minimal retention.

S - Big bourbon and dark fruit, boozy, sugary. Seemed less interesting to start, but came through with dark cherry and some darker malt character.

T - Less boozy than aroma leads on. Bourbon still definitely there with sugary sweetness and dark fruit. Booze is there but certainly not offensive.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, sweet and slightly bourbony but also very dry.

O/D - This definitely doesn't break any new ground on the barrel aging front, but it is a tasty beer. However, I have to admit this grew on me a lot. It became complex, stayed sweet, less boozy, and stayed interesting. Not a bad shot at the game. (809 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle to a snifter.
Bottle cellared since spring 2013.

This beer pours a chestnut brown with no head appearing, but a thin ring of foam. The smell is very Bourbon forward and there are also notes of vanilla, malts and some spices. The taste is sweet, Bourbon and oak with a leathery and very warm finish. The carbonation is very low and the feel is medium.

This is the second time I have tried this beer, and it has improved with age, in my opinion, but it still seems too boozy and Bourbon forward. Perhaps it is just my palate, but I did not find much more to this than the Bourbon profile. (611 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 660ml bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A clear dark brown with a reddish tint (russet); small fizzy head quickly dissipating to a thin bubbly collar and no lacing.

S: It leads with a big malt nose, sweet and caramel. There is a huge bourbon and vanilla nose, very boozy. A touch of dried fruit(rasins and figs) in the background.

T: Massive malts character right from the start, sweet and rich, caramel and bread. It quickly transitions to the overall predominate flavor, heavy bourbon and vanilla with a lot of alcohol. Some dried fruits, but these subtle notes are quickly overrun by the booze.

M: Medium-high body, medium carbonation; thick, warm, full.

O: A heavy, full , flavorful example of the style. Wee Heavy is a wee bit heavy on the bourbon which masks most of the other flavors in the beer. I am very curious to see how a couple years of age on this beer will affect the flavor! (914 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown amber color with a smallish light tan head and a little lacing

S-caramel, malt, bourbon, nutty, vanilla

T-butterscotch, caramel, malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and maybe a little hot

O-a nice sipping wee heavy, really benefits from the bourbon but a little hot now, would probably benefit from some aging (358 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A:
Pours a lightly cloudy red-amber with a dash of tan head that hardly sticks around before dropping down to a ring around the edge of the glass.

S:
Sour hop notes, alcohol, nuts, vanilla, rust.

T:
Really intense sweetness right off the bat with some definite bourbon flavors throughout.

M:
Slimy, not much carbonation, gradually warms and gets sticky sweet and malty but eventually calms down and leaves a bourbony-boozy afterglow.

O:
Not bad, not good either, though. I personally detest the whole obsession with experimentation with crazy non-beer flavors, so I wasn't expecting to like it. It was better than I had hope but you can really tell it was aged in bourbon (and not in a good way). (700 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a BIF box from a super generous Quebec BA.
Skipped my medication to enjoy it tonight.

Bottle into tulip.

Murky, dark brown pour. Thin ring around glass with no lacing.

Caramel, toffee, strawberries, some maple syrup and a touch of bourbon. It's very subtle smelling.

Caramel, toffee, dark stone fruits, some peanuts with a slight metallic taste. Bourbon is sweet and smooth with a little lightness. Not overly 'bourbony' or 'hot' very simple yet effective.

Light to medium body, low carbonation, sticky on the lips. (539 characters)

Photo of 4ster
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served slightly chilled, warming up to around 18C(64F). Poured into a tulip glass. Can't find a bottled date, but bought on release in Feb 2013.

A: Dark brown, burgundy tints held up to the light. Decent head on pour that quickly dies down to a froth on top and lacing around the edges. Micro-bubbles running up the glass edges.

S: Smells like I'm drinking bourbon...light hint of sweetness and vanilla but overall, the bourbon overpowers everything else.

T: Like the nose, very bourbon forward... first taste is bourbon, woody and with vanilla undertones, moves into a roasted caramel sweetness, finishes with more oaky/leather/smoky bourbon with a ever so slight bitterness and nice alcohol afterglow.

M: Nice light-med carbonation, body is well balanced for 11%, only slightly sticky and some alcohol warmth.

O: A nice winter/evening sipper that leaves you appreciating a nice complexity once you get passed the bourbon forwardness of this beer. Overall a well made beer with a nice base to it and while maybe bourbon aging is not everyone's cup of tea it seems to be all the rage these days, not the least here in Quebec. That said I'm not sure which way to go with this one. Too many beers I've tried lately have been aged in Bourbon and it has done nothing for the beer or does not add enough complexity... while this one is a little heavy handed on the bourbon but being that I enjoy a good bourbon/or scotch, I can't really complain though it does diminish from the traditional wee heavy. I think if the brewers just can get the bourbon a little more in check so what seems like a good base can come more forward, this would be a really outstanding beer. Still I'd highly recommend trying it if you like these two styles... I think it is a good effort for a young brewery (1,784 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominant with some woody notes as well as some residual sugar notes are also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by a huge amount of bourbon with some residual sugar and toffee notes. Vanilla notes and woody notes are also perceptible though somewhat more subtle. Body is quite full with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes can de detected. This is quite the extreme example of scotch ale with bourbon being really dominant. I enjoyed this but wouldn’t want to drink too much on one session. (626 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes...

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet bourbon, candied brown sugar, hints of oak and peat and a strong caramel finish.

T - The bourbon dominates the palette, nicely complemented by tart peat and scotch flavours, a boozy heat lingers alongside a sweet caramel and candied brown sugar finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty bourbon barrel aged ale whose flavours are nicely complemented by the wee heavy ale base. Dangerously drinkable and a solid and memorable brew. (607 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks montrealbcr89!!

Appearance. Pours a deep and murky brown with a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Big bourbon, caramel, and woody vanilla. Straightforward, but good.

Taste. Sweet caramel and bourbon with plenty of vanilla, wood, and leather.

Mouthfeel. Full body and a bit sticky with low carbonation.

Overall. A nice big beer with some great bourbon and a nice base that's just a bit on the sweet side for me. (419 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Papat444 for this bottle. This is a wee heavy aged in bourbon barrels. An interesting choice for a fairly new brewery!

Beer is a very dark brown. A vigorous pour results in a moderately-sized beige head. Head dissipates at a steady pace, leaving some lace.

Lots of oak, vanilla and bourbon in the nose. Caramel and toffee are there as well. The barrel aspect is dominant, although some scotch ale notes can be found. If I had not known what style of beer it was, I would have readily believed it was a barrel-aged barleywine.

Taste follows the nose closely. Lots and lots of barrel. Oak, vanilla and bourbon. All nice flavours. Then we have a bunch of sweet caramel malt and toffee flavours. Boozy and sweet. Like the smell, the barrel really does most of the work, but the base beer is there and they mix well.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, boozy and a bit sticky.

Overall, a tasty beer but anything but subtle. Perhaps a case of the barrel obscuring the beer, but the result tastes good, so I can't complain. I am generally not a huge scotch ale fan but enjoy this beer, so I count that as a success! I would certainly try the brewery again. (1,176 characters)

Wee Heavy Bourbon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.