AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.34/5 rDev +0.7%
From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass
A: Deep, murky brown in color, a gentle pour yields a fluffy 2-inch head the dissipates surprisingly quickly, leaving scant lacing.
S: The bourbon notes are at the front of the bouquet, yielding a distinct butterscotch bent. These are pleasantly surrounded by notes of toffee, honeyed multi-grain bread, dried fruits and boozy warmth. Big and bold but singular and pleasant.
T/M: More complex than the nose, the flavors start again with the bold bourbon notes, but these are more candied and buttery than burning. A rich, smooth, almost milky complexion supports the satisfyingly sweet aspects, which are nicely contained by drying wood and alcohol warmth. The flavor profile is big, but never splashy or discordant, and as malty as this is (typical of the style) it's never treacly. Finishes long and sweet, with subtle residue coating the palate.
The beer equivalent of comfort food. It's rich, velvety texture and satisfyingly sweet undertones are nice way to relax with a beer before bed.
09-26-2013 06:44:53 | More by rand
4.41/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottle from Jeff. Thanks a million! Poured to snifter/tulip thingy deep dark brown with hints of reddish amber at the edges. Half finger caramel colored head that recedes shortly thereafter. Aroma of big biscuit, lots of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey booze. Oh man. Flavor is big whiskey and nuttiness with an excellent sweet-bitter balance. Finishes with a nice toffee vanilla caramel sweetness that lingers. Just a bit of heat on the way down. Thick but carbonation is adequate. So glad I got to try it finally. Awesome BA beer, though I might a really like the regular version a tad better. Alesmith continues to impress. PS-This went amazingly with a chunk of cheddar cheese!
08-24-2013 15:55:41 | More by BMMillsy
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
Dark cola color with a dense light sandy head. Short retention that leaves just some surface bubbles after less then a minute.
Robust aromas of bourbon, caramel, and butterscotch. Root beer. Dates. Vanilla.
Heavy on the bourbon flavors without the heat. Oak, vanilla, and toffee. Again with the butterscotch and dates.
Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and it's amazing how they were able to extract the bourbon flavors with barely any heat.
This is a fantastic BA scotch ale. Scotch ales are a perfect match for barrel aging, in my opinion, and this one nails it.
08-21-2013 01:40:34 | More by Vonerichs
AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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