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Wee Heavy Bourbon - Microbrasserie Le Castor

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87
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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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3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
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).

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 52 ratings.