Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
4/5 rDev +1.5%
22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Comes out as a mahogany chestnut color. An off-white/tan colored head with many different size bubbles reveal themselves during the pour. It sticks around for several minutes. Not much lacing from the head, however each sip, the liquid clings onto the glass the way back down to the pool of the rest of it. Pretty good looking, slightly better than the average of the style.
The smell was pretty good, but for a Wee Heavy (especially a Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer) it was a little underwhelming; not to say there's not a lot going on. Certainly starts off a little boozy. Bourbon whiskey starts it off, a little woody, oak I guess. A little sweetness added with slight hints of vanilla. So overall the smell is good, but it lacks strength.
Where the smell lacks, it makes up for in the taste. Again it starts off very strong with the boozy aspects. Bourbon comes right out at you. Vanilla oak comes out at you again. Hints of maple and brown sugar for a little extra sweetness. Has some slight liquor taste of dehydrated dark fruits like glazed dates and figs, also ends with a slight coconut flavor. Malts are pretty standard, caramelized; the only thing it really lacks are peat malts. I love scotch ales/wee heavy's to have a smokey flavor (and smell). If it had that I'd probably give it a perfect score. It's very good with slight room for improvement.
Mouthfeel is good, not sure of the ABV, but it bites at you slightly. It has a good carbonation level overall too. There's a slight buttery feel to it as well. It's pretty drinkable, but more of a slow sipper in my opinion. I think this would appease to the liquor fans who are trying to get into beer. Overall I like the beer quite a bit. I'm a fan of the style and this is a unique version of it that I wouldn't hate seeing more of in the future.
03-21-2011 00:07:23 | More by AndyAvalanche
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is smoke, leather and tobacco. I get a little bit of caramel malt, but it is fairly faint. The aroma is not bad, but it is not too great either. The flavor is a little bit better. I get a lot of smoke and peat malt, as well as some caramel and toffee malts. I also get a little bit of oak from the barrel aging, as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but a bit of a disappointment overall.
12-27-2010 05:51:01 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Big thanks to ShogoKawada for this generous extra - not at all on my radar, though I very much enjoy the style.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Gordon Highland thistle.
Pale, clear redwood body with a soft dense creamy half finger of Isabelline. Good retention, lacing, and legs.
Light tobacco, vanilla, and coconut in the nose suggested from the contributions of a bourbon barrel. Somewhat fusel if you inhale fully. Deep caramelized maltiness undergirds these aromas.
Candy apple, toffee, and light cream on the palate...this followed quickly by potent bourbon flavors and a moderate amount of heat. I'm not detecting any hop flavor, and whatever bitterness is in the profile is extremely mild, though the finish isn't cloying.
Creamy, quite warming, with sufficient carbonation.
This style is substantial enough that you'd think it wouldn't be overwhelmed by a little time in a barrel, but all but the faintest peat-like subtlety has been stamped out by the bourbon here. This knocks the score down a little bit for me, but this is a very tasty beer none the less. Curious how it compares to Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale...
03-12-2011 03:01:30 | More by augustgarage
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Lost Abbey tulip.
A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger coarse, off-white head with moderate retention that dissipates into a wisp of white surrounded by big bubbles. Beer is a semi-clear washed-out mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick.
S: Nose is fantastically aromatic and sweet. Notes of liquified cherry, strawberry, and other red fruit. Woody. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet booziness.
T: Very sweet right off the bat. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some tropical fruit. Brown sugar and booze creep around in the background. Vanilla and woodiness at the end with a spicy, sweet, hot finish. Aftertaste is caramel, brown sugar, and toffee.
M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Hot. Prickly carbonation on the tongue. Oily and slick on the palate. Silky going down with an accented finish and a lingering aftertaste.
D: This one's definitely for those with a sweet tooth. A bit of heat makes me wonder what the ABV is here. Tropical fruit, vanilla, and subtle oakiness make this one a finely barrel-aged beer. Worth trying.
12-23-2010 23:00:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.88/5 rDev -26.9%
A - Dark brown. Light foam.
S - Bourbon dominates everything about this beer. Little malt or wood.
T - Nice bourbon flavor but it overpowers any chance for the oak or malt to come thru. This beer is OK, but might be better with aging.
M - Medium bodied.
D - A little hot. Again, this would be better with aging.
10-31-2010 00:54:37 | More by telecomz
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
22 oz split with a friend. Big thanks to Jagger as this was an extra in a recent trade.
A: Pours a nice deep reddish color. Minimal head but pour was soft.
S: nice bourbon right off the bat, I am a Jack drinker so I love this smell. Sweetness follows right after in the form of caramel and toffee.
T: exactly that of the nose, bourbon, whiskey flavor upfront followed with a sweet caramel and toffee notes.
M: decently thick and perfectly carbonated for my likes
D: I would love to drink this again, really enjoyable.
02-07-2011 17:53:24 | More by GuruDel
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
S: Heavy bourbon notes, rich maltiness, some smoke, some dark fruit.
L: Murky orangish brown, nice bright egg-shell white head that dissipates.
T: Kiss of bouron followed by rich sweetness. Medium low bitterness with more bourbon sweetness. Very clean with a finish of slight bourbon oak and alcohol.
M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation.
A solid beer, one of the better ones i've had from BBC. Not sure how differnet this is to the regular BA scotch, but i really enjoyed this beer.
11-30-2010 05:38:10 | More by bum732
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick. Not sure how this differs from Berkshire's regular BBSA, they seem very similar to me.
Dark cola brown appearance with a small lingering head. Lots of toffee sweetness on the nose, overt bourbon, mild booziness, vanilla. Smells inviting. Tastes quite good, plenty of caramel sweetness from both the barrel and malt. There's a bit of astringency on the back end, light booziness, hints of vanilla and fruit. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not offensively so. Pretty enjoyable stuff, though the bourbon barrel threatens to overwhelm the base beer.
11-11-2010 21:11:43 | More by largadeer
2.68/5 rDev -32%
Bottle courtesy of montrose79 at a recent bottle share.
Pours a fairly clear amber color with a inch or so worth of off-white head. Nothing to crazy here.
Aromas begin with a ton of booze right away along with some sweet fruit notes and dark caramels. There is some oak and vanilla in there, too, along with a bit of ethanol and peaty scotch. Really spirit forward, the only beer quality is the light dark caramel maltiness.
The taste is basically straight scotch barrel. Tons of vanilla with a more moderate/dominant oak flavor. Dark caramel, raisins, light nuts and even some toasted coconut (especially on the back end).
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, thank goodness or this would be like drinking straight scotch whiskey. Barrel flavors linger/burn on the palate long after consumption.
Overall, this beer is only for fans of straight scotch. The whiskey really dominates the beer, but if you're into that, then it works. While it's drinkable, this is not beer in my opinion. I personally feel that you cannot 100% BA a scotch ale or any beer with such a low ABV because it will just totally dominate the flavor profile. Let leave the barrel aging to the imperial stouts and barleywine going forward.
02-20-2012 15:40:30 | More by claspada
4/5 rDev +1.5%
22oz bottle into a tulip
A- pours a nice deep dark red with a 2 finger white head that settles farely quickly leaving a nice rim around the glass. Super thick slow moving alcohol feet on the side of the glass.
S- really sweet caramel malts with loads of toffee and roasted peat malts and bourbon. Defintely some nice oak and vanilla notes in there as well. Slight alcohol as it warms
T- Smooth creamy malts up font followed by a delicious bourbon and peat flavor in the middle of the tongue and finishes off strong with wood or oak and tons of sweet vanilla and more caramel. Also has a nice alcohol finish and fullness.
01-05-2011 23:48:07 | More by Arenbeer
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, a nice beer for sure. Reviewed from notes.
A- Pours out brown with red around the edges. A small light tan head dies pretty quickly. Some spotty lace.
S- A good amount of wood and bourbon, smooth and relaxed feeling. Slight sweet caramel malt backdrop. Light smoke and a good amount of vanilla. Well rounded.
T- Very smooth blend of barrel age influence and Scotch Ale flavor. Like the oak and vanilla. Dark fruit is there and it builds up over time with alcohol to take away from the experience slightly. Some caramel malt sweets.
MF- Light end body with smooth low-moderate carbonation. Fairly warm and slightly oily.
DB- Bourbon flavor forward but fairly smooth and laid back. As it warms it did start to have a medicinal fruit flavor but it was not too offsetting. To me it's like a local version of Backwoods Bastard.
10-17-2010 03:32:54 | More by cbutova
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
updating this review. had it at darkness, but time for a proper review.
a - pour is dark brown with lower carbonation. nice head forms, but dissipates quickly.
s - sweet bourbon! vanilla, caramel, oak, and scotch ale underneath. nose is amazing on this.
t - pretty big bourbon profile. It was a bit hard to drink at first, but as it warmed up, and i warmed up to it, it became much easier. Its not a hot harshness, its just a very strong bourbon flavor. Big malty body and dark fruits. still very good, but somewhat of a letdown from the nose.
m - medium body. solid carbonation.
overall - Its a solid scotch ale. How much you like bourbon will determine how much you like this beer.
11-01-2010 15:27:20 | More by levifunk
3.1/5 rDev -21.3%
22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - The beer pours a very dark, murky brown, with a bit of light shining through around the edges of the glass. Standard pour yields just under 1 finger of foamy, uneven head that quickly dissipates, leaving a small amount of foam ringing the beer. Some lacing is present, but not much.
S - Three words pretty well sum up the aroma: wood and bourbon. There's a ton of both, and they don't leave room for anything else. Honestly if I were blindfolded and given a glass of this next to a glass of, say, Maker's Mark, I doubt I could tell the difference without tasting them. No nuances here - this one is upfront about what you're getting into.
T - The flavor is predominantly - big surprise here - that of bourbon, and the barrels it came from. I can't find a lot of info on this beer, so I don't know how long it spent aging in the barrels, but I'm fairly confident in guessing 'a bit too long' is the right answer. That aside, there's surprisingly little heat - again, I can't find info on the abv - but if Bourbon County Stout were 4-5% lower in abv, I imagine the two would taste fairly similar in this regard. Even after the beer has been in my glass for 15-20 minutes, I'm still not getting any other flavors. Not that I don't like bourbon or anything, but this is bordering on ridiculous.
M - Medium-full bodied, each sip somehow seems to get more viscous the longer I wait to swallow it. There's a bit of creaminess to be found, which is nice. Compared to the kick in the face that is the smell and aroma, the mouthfeel has a lot of subtlety. Probably my favorite part of this one.
D - I wish I were sharing this with a friend or three. Despite the lack of alcoholic heat, it's still not a quaffable brew, and I'm going to be working on the bottle for a while to come.
If I were strictly rating this as a wee heavy I'd probably have to give it a D. This really isn't a D beer though, and as an after-dinner digestif I think it would be an excellent substitute for brandy or cognac. If you love whiskey and find a bottle of this, it's definitely worth a try.
10-30-2010 01:59:16 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into a DFH chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy copper burgundy brew. Head recedes to the rim but lasts, with ever-so slow falling lace. Aroma is sweet and boozy.
Taste starts sweet and syrupy, lightly fruity in the middle, and comes on with alcohol and leathery tannins at the close. Slight numbness and more tannin character after the swallow. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good for the abv. A fitting brew for the man.
12-16-2010 01:06:26 | More by ppoitras
Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.