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AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 304
Gots: 125 | FT: 12
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 04-08-2006

This was barrel aged and limited to 234 hand numbered bottles from the 2004 batch of Wee Heavy and released in 2005.
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Bottle 98/254. Consumed on 9/27/2009 and then again on 10/10/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark reddish brown with a frothy one finger off white head.

The nose is prominent caramel malt with subtle sugary notes. Bourbon is noticeable but it's dominant or really even very strong. Some oxidation is present, and it becomes increasingly apparent with warming. A touch of smoke is evident, as well as strong alcohol and subtle dark fruit notes.

The taste is caramel with toffee and a moderate sherry-like oxidation. The malt is rich with a low level of lingering hop bitterness. The beer tastes stronger than the listed 9.5%. I detect raisins, dates, and plums. Booze is strong in the sweet finish. The beer is high medium bodied with an upper level of low carbonation and a thick, smooth mouthfeel.

The first bottle I had was stored in a cupboard so the oxidation was quite pronounced, but the second bottle I drank on 10/10 was my own and had been stored at 55 degrees since the release. Oxidation was still a bit too strong to be complimentary. This beer is past its prime. Drink it now if you have it.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Very good aroma and flavor but I thought it was a bit thin and over carbonated. And it's tough to justify the $40 cost.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Shared by corby112 at ipa247's recent sour tasting. Thanks Craig.

A: Pours a very dark, maroon brown body. Nearly opaque in the glass. It develops a short-lived white head, with a thin collar and scattered film on the top.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee chocolate, oak.

T: It's bourbon-dominant, and you get that right up front, but it is not overwhelmingly bourbon-y. It's quite easy to find the base beer underneath, manifesting as caramel, toffee, chocolate. I pick up hints of smoke that I didn't get in the nose. The finish is nicely tannic with a light spice character, and some vanilla. The astringency of the oak makes me feel the beer is slightly dry.

M: Tannic, slightly dry finish. It's very warm, but not hot.

D: Surprisingly drinkable! It was a little sweet for me, but I'd have no trouble drinking more of it and enjoying it.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; nice dark brown with a little head on top

S; roasted malts,caramel and a hint of cherrys

T; roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee

M; the roasted malts stay long in your mouth
and a nice alcohol bitter in the aftertaste

O; nice wee heavy nice roasted malts, chocolate and cherrys in the nose. the wood i did not find in the taste or smell.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage released in 08, bottle 253/254. The first thing I thought when I smelled the open bottle was bourbon. The beer pours a nice brown color and I am pretty sure it looks like the regular wee heavy but I've only had that once. The aromas from the glass seem to be mostly vanilla and bourbon. The taste is pretty good, licorice, vanilla, nutty,fruits different than I remember the regular version but a hint of smoke and peat which I couldn't detect in the regular version. The alcohol is definitely present in this beer. This is a good beer but really only a twist to a beer that was already good to start with. I would definitely purchase this again if I ever had a chance. Damn you Alesmith!!!

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.