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Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private ReserveGude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve

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BA SCORE
88
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.99%


Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Chico1985 on 10-16-2010)
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Reviews by Cakanator:
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22ox bottle, wish I was able to make the tapping and toast to Greg. Pours a nice rich dark brown, medium head. The bourbon and vanilla are rich in the nose, not overwhelming, but more pungent than I remember last years version opening up fresh. Sweet entry of smoke and wood, the mid palate is only a tad thin, but the finish is layered in a mouthful of bourbon that lingers longer than most beers i've ever had. I can honestly say this matches the quality of the previous bourbon scotch but is different and better in various ways. I will be re-reviewing it in 3 months, I'm guessing this one will age superbly and force my hand to give it a 5. Outstanding offering

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 13:40:22 | More by Cakanator
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Bomber from Mikro's charity sale. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear deep brown body under an inch of frothy off-white head that recedes fairly rapidly and leaves spotty lace. Decent.

S: Rich, smooth bourbon barrel blissfully dominates, with vanilla, toffee, and charred oak. Simple and delightful.

T: Follows the nose up front, with the dark fruits and caramel malts of the base beer accenting the still-dominant barrel presence. Long, smooth, sugared finish. A little cloying, but delicious.

M: Fully carbonated medium body. A bit thicker and this could pass for a BBBW.

O: This bottle was aged at the brewery, and it shows: the barrel comes through as if it were fresh, but it's impeccably smooth in every way. Terrific beer, one that I'm glad I got to try.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle as a gift from Dave from the Great Lost Bear back when it was released. I probably should have opened this beer before now, but oh well. Better late than never.

It has been cellared since I took ownership and I've poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a dark ruby color with lots of clinging carbonation. Holding the beer up to the light reveals its perfect clarity, but in a low light setting, it's hard to see through it. There is a decent amount of grey foam on top that settles down to a skim. No lacing on this glass, despite me giving it a hot water rinse and dry before pouring. Swirling leaves patchy foam.

Big bourbon aromas emanate form this beer. I could smell them as soon as I popped the cap. The aroma took me by surprise; after two years, I would think the aroma would have mellowed. I can smell, peat, toasted oak, smoke, and warming alcohol. Malty sweetness is very subtle. In a blind smell test, I think I would mistake this for a glass of straight whiskey. The aroma seems appropriate for a fresh bourbon barrel-aged beer, so I've docked half a point for the lack of mellowing.

Where the nose may be a bit overpowering, the flavor profile is really well done. There is plenty of bourbon flavor, but not so much that you would mistake this as anything but a barrel-aged beer. It begins with a nice sweetness—velvety toffee and cherry flavors. Crystal sugars mix in before the bourbon makes itself known. It has mellow alcohol, smokey peat, and oak. These bourbon flavors linger on after swallowing. I was afraid this beer would still be quite hot, but it has mellowed into an interesting, balanced ale. The cherry flavor did catch me off guard. It may have a slight tartness, but I don't think this beer is showing signs of infection.

The beer is a bit stickier than I would have liked to have felt. A noticeable coat remains on my lips and throughout my mouth. The coat holds onto the sweet flavors; very little of the bourbon remains. The alcohol does provide some warmth as I swallow.

This is good wee heavy that is tending towards great, but misses the mark slightly. Maybe it would have been better if I had opened the bottle sooner, but I'll never know. I will enjoy what I have left to drink though. If you get a chance to try some (and you're a fan of the style), I'd got for it, but I wouldn't go as far as trading rare beers known to cellar better than this one.

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T/M- sweet caramel, vanilla, and light apple flavors play upfront. Soft bready, fruity yeast characteristics are very nuanced and well integrated with the more robust, yet smooth caramel and peppery esters. A touch of herbal tea and peat mix in at the finish. Smooooth and medium light, this beer glides over your palate; emminetly begging for the next sip.

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Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a clear amber brown. A tan cap appears and slowly fades leaving spotty lacework on the glass. A swirl revives the froth atop. Around the edges of the brew are more of an orange color when held to the light.

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Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.