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Wee Heavy Bourbon - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jrenihan on 12-02-2012)
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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.

korguy123, Apr 28, 2013
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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

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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.

jrenihan, Dec 02, 2012
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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

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Wee Heavy Bourbon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.