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Wee Heavy Bourbon - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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BA SCORE
87
very good

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

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 12-02-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Mack, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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).

TheDoctor, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

montrealbcr89, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -10%

ShanePB, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

polloenfuego, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Socialiste, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

kelvarnsen, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

thegerm87, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

tom10101, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

tbeckett, May 06, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Rutager, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 04, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

mtomlins, Sep 09, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

andrenaline, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JonnyBeers, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sammy, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jayhoop, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

seblp, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

SebD, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

wizo, Dec 31, 2013
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Wee Heavy Bourbon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
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