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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite MortLocal Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.05% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort is a Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed as a collaboration between The Local Option and Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin. Originally released in summer 2012, BBA La Petite Mort will be available in spring 2013 on draft and in large format bottles.

When Central Waters decided to open its brew house for its first collaboration beer, Chicago’s Local Option was the obvious partner in crime. The resulting brainchild, Bourbon Barrel Aged La Petite Mort - a Belgian inspired Weissenbock – maintains the traditional characteristics of its Bavarian forbearer, with the added complexity of Belgian ale yeast. BBA La Petite Mort is dark amber in color; maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel augmented by caramel; mild and dark fruit; and vanilla and bourbon aromas as a result of six months of aging on Heaven Hill Barrels.. Rounded out by an unostentatious bourbon driven aroma from brief bourbon barrel aging, BBA La Petite Mort is a complex ale, a marriage of distinctive styles, and an orgasmic experience for the taste buds that revel in its glory.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-25-2012)
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Spring 2013
Dense murky brown pour and decent head which recedes to the edges.

The nose is a masterpiece. Aromas of brandy, vanilla, rum raisins, Belgium sugars, caramels and molasses. Very rich indeed.

Bittersweet chocolate and now distinct mellow bourbon engages the conversation calling attention to barrel characteristics of vanilla and oak. Also picking up on some clove.

Full bodied and carbonation is sufficient.

I've had a few of these and this is my last one from the "cellar". I tried a Weizenbock, Vitus to be specific, to really enjoy what Heaven Hill barrels can do for this. I think this is harsher at colder temps and come to really dig this as it warms. The bitterness is a bit much for me on the onset but generally comes into its own. Bold and audacious!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:17:15 | More by joeseppy
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don1481

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap here at Stubbys, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: darkish muddy Brown, no head at all. No carbonation it seems.

Smell: bourbon, vanilla, some toffee notes. Definitely a sweet smell.

Taste: a sweet taste with some bourbon notes. Not an overpowering taste that slams you in the face but a more "hey, how's it going" vibe.

Mouthfeel: yeah, really no carbonation to speak of. Goes down cleanly, with only a slight aftertaste.

Overall: good, but the barleywine and bourbon barrel stout offerings are better from CW. Both offer more complex flavors and just stand out more amongst their peers for their offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 00:59:30 | More by don1481
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee poured into a Los Gatos Brewing weizen glass.

A - Pours slightly muddy with a somewhat dark medium brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head cap this beer of a couple of minutes and leaves light foamy lacing on the glass.

S - Thick with caramel aromas, molasses, sweet bourbon, booze, lightly vanilla'd, toffee, butterscotch.

T - Quite a bit of vanilla up front - sweet, smooth and creamy. Nice hit of bourbon comes next with a mild warmth of alcohol accompanying the flavors. Lots of sweet malty contribution with plenty of caramel and toffee in the mix. Light twang of wheat giving just a hint of tartness. A touch of grainy malt - cereal-y and bready.

M - Medium body and a foamy, somewhat low level carbonation. Fruity and a touch bubblegum'y on the finish with a lingering presence after the swallow. Mild alcoholic warmth and big sweet malt presence. Despite all of the malt, this remains pretty well balanced. Flavors blend well without any one thing taking over the entire profile.

O - Very good beer. I would say this really trends towards a barleywine in character. Mild estery components to retain some of the weizenbock character, but the bourbon barrel seems to mute these a bit and bring out more of the sweet, caramelized sugary components. Quite smooth and drinks pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 18:39:23 | More by portia99
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

La Petite Mort pours a dark brown color, almost black with a small lacing head. There is strong burbon aroma, with hints of oak. Taste has a strong bourbon, strong oakey flavor, hints of vanilla, with strong dry fruit flavors. Good flavors, good body, nice sipping beer. Overall a very nice complex beer, lots of good aged like flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:48:49 | More by vette2006c5r
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central Waters La Petite Mort

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a murky brown, with some red on the edges. A thin tan head settled quickly to a collar.

S) The aroma is of bourbon, but not so boozy as to overpower a nice brown sugar/vanilla sweetness.

T) Near the nose... Yep, barrel aged... Oaky and bourbon flavors. A bit of dark fruit. Vanilla and brown sugar. I enjoyed the sweetness. There was some heat on the finish.

M) Medium body with lighter carbonation. Pretty smooth, up to a bit of lingering boozy finish.

O) Glad I tucked this one away for a little bit. It was quite enjoyable. I didn't really pick up much in the way of Belgian characteristics, but I liked what was going on here.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 13:09:19 | More by RoamingGnome
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.34/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Hooray, another bourbon barrel beer that tastes pretty much like every other bourbon barrel beer (like bourbon and ethanol). Between the fairly intense (that is, obvious and cloying) ethanol and bourbon, there isn't much that La Petite Mort offers, perhaps a bit of brown sugar, cocoa, and dried dates. The latter can be found in any more malty beer, though, and don't make La Petite Mort original or interesting. I wouldn't seek this out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan-brown colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance that lasts only briefly, retention being about forty-five seconds. Head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few medium-sized islands of thin residual foam resting atop the body. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few small spots cling to the insides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out slightly orange-brown hues around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is of bourbon and ethanol, with quite subdued cocoa and brown sugar: uh-oh, this is going to be fairly one-dimensional.

Overall flavor of ethanol and bourbon, with a dark malt sweetness well-tucked away in the background. Front of palate finds a generic dark malt sweetness mixed with light bourbon, cocoa, and spicy ethanol. Mid-palate of bourbon, hot and spicy ethanol, slight cocoa, brown sugar, dried dates, and maple. Back of palate is of spicy and hot ethanol, with very mild caramel and cocoa peeking through occasionally. Aftertaste of hot and spicy ethanol, residual bourbon, and slight caramel.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium-low carbonation intensity, resulting in a beer that is mostly foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5). Ethanol is easily felt as heat in the nostrils and burn on the back of the throat, not well-hidden or pleasant. Closes dry and somewhat astringent, with heavy sweetness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 07:09:41 | More by falloutsnow
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger fine light cream head with good retention. Beer is dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick and layered with good stick. Really good.

Nose is deep and robust. Hazelnut, brown sugar, plum and syrup. Sweet booze lingers in the background but isn't overwhelming. Balanced. Nice.

Opens hazelnut shell, caramel, and brown sugar. Grainy and boozy. Sweet maple syrup and molasses in the middle. Nutty at the end with hints of sweet bourbon. Finishes molasses and booze. Aftertaste of shell and plum. Pretty good.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down warm and rich. Finishes messy with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Excellent.

Surprisingly, the lighter body of this style holds the bourbon presence very well. An interesting beer that's certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:24:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours a murky dark brown with a finger of light khaki head.

Smell. Sweet bourbon and caramel with a bit of barrel wood and brown sugar.

Taste. Bourbon and toffee, burnt sugar, some light barrel wood and vanilla, maybe a bit of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Not a ton going on in this one but it's pleasant enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:20:16 | More by Rutager
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have some questions about barrel-aging beers, which continues to be all the rage. Is it a style? A tradition? A fad, or a trend? When is it good, when is it great, when is it just so-so?
For me, particularly, if I don't know what the beer was before it was barrel-aged, I have to wonder what I'm drinking. This happened with this beer. It's merely labeled as "malt beverage aged in bourbon barrels", but is it a stout, a brown ale, an ale, or what? Is it a beer they've brewed before, of somehthing new? This one, while demonstrably strong, did not even have a clear ABV labeled. So, I'm left not knowing what was aged in those barrels, and only able to appreciate that something ended up tasting like whiskey. Great. The resultant beer is fine, but only because I like bourbon.

Here come the notes...

Central Waters Brewing Company, Inc. La Petite Mort, Malt Beverage Aged in Bourbon Barrels, Brewing in Amherst, WI. Brewed in collaboration with Local Option, Chicago IL.

Dark mahogany coloring, thin dirty tan head.

Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, cherry, black pepper. Sweetness and strength.

Taste: rich, thick and redolent with whiskey notes. All that from aroma lands on the tongue, all the sweet, syrup-y flavors of the barrel come rushing out, lasting long on the palate. Not quite full bodied, and I truly detect any flavors past the ones brought on by the bourbon. It's malty enough to hold up the richness, with hardly any hops, and a good degree of balance.

The label is free of gobbledygook, to the extent that not even the ABV is given up.
But I have to say that this is another example of a barrel-aged brew that may deliver on the barrel aspects, but neglects to delight in any other area.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:35:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer was brownish black in appearance with a modest ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was malty bourbon. By smell alone, there was not anything in the aroma that would suggest this to be beer.

Taste - On the initial taste, one gets a thin measure of malt, followed by the hot bourbon with hints of dark fruit, and perhaps coffee grinds. There really was not much about the taste that suggests beer as the hot bourbon masks the characteristics of beer.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that resembles a weizenbock. The beer has a reasonable about of thickness.

Overall - At the bottle share, this was the consensus loser. It tastes like Central Waters wanted to barrel age something. They did not put much into it, and just decided to ship out a one-sided product.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 12:37:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle obtained at Blue Dog - Lansdale (thx guys!)
Enjoyed this one with dinner while watching the new era of Eagles football under Coach Chip Kelly. Victory !

A: A tannish, orangeish cloudy brew with a nice finger width head. Looking good!
S: All bourbon, all the time. Sweet, caramel, vanilla, some oak. Twinge of alcohol.
T: Mmmm, mmmm Bourbon. The base beer is barely there, but is enveloped by the bourbon barrel procell. It is a smooth, easy to drink bourbon. Initially not too impressed, but as it warmed and since it was very easy to drink, I did not mind. Used to giant stouts as the base beer so something new here.
M: Light, creamy, not much carbonation. Enjoyable.
O: Get it and try it. A bit different and very drinkable. CW makes very solid, good beers they just aren't in the OMG this is the best range yet. Great brewery overall. (GO EAGLES!)

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 16:20:25 | More by SHerninko
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a thick tan head about three fingers thick. Dense, compact, stays for a long time, leaves great lacing. The body is a murky, cloudy, muddy, dark red-brown color.

Smells of bruised pineapple, sweet pear, caramel, vanilla and oak, trace of hops, but not much. Might be excessively fruity, but that would be from the phenols?

Noticed the medium body right away, smooth and quick on the palate. There is an obvious sweet bourbon taste that fades and is balanced in the finish by a lingering bitterness. I'm guessing about 35-40 IBUs. On the breath though are some harsh alcoholic notes. Toasted malts shine through. Notes of baked bread, clove, oak. The beer shouldn't be quite so phenolic.

The bottle doesn't specify style, just Malt Beverage aged in bourbon barrels. I would peg this as a barrel aged American strong ale. It reminds me a bit of Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I don't like it as much though. The alcohol is too much, as are the phenols. Wasn't a bad beer, but wouldn't drop $ on this again if I saw it.

Note: just seeing the note on the page about this being a weizenbock. That makes a lot of sense with the phenolic aroma and the massive head. I might have to add some points here, since I think they really allowed the style to shine well enough from behind the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:52:56 | More by MusicaleMike
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but seems almost a bit watered down.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:44:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My memories of this beer on tap are fond & glowing, so I'm found-a-fifty jazzed to see this in bottles finally. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, so I can figure out if I need to stockpile more of them.

Pour is like a clay bottom stirred up by the outboard, reddish mud. Carbonation present & at expected levels. Nose nudges me towards my happy place - no, not there - sanded smooth vanilla, rich bourbon, sweetened bananas, caramel. That's what I'm talking 'bout, right there. Bring that BA Wizen shit.

La Petite Mort - Bourbon Barrel Aged is a fine marriage; not forced, not arranged, but a union of love. Lovely spice from the yeast mingles with bananas dipped in burnt caramel. Bourbon rushes in behind, strong enough to nearly eliminate the memory of the weissenbuck, & this turns into barrel-fest in the mouth. Barrel fills the middle & runs all the way out to the finish. A bit low in carbonation, but true to its roots, this is a slugger. I could drink several of these back-to-back, easy.

I've only had two barrel-aged weizenbocks (that I recall) & both have been excellent. Natural pairing? Something to think about, brewers, because this is one more excellent example of the sub-style.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:32:26 | More by maximum12
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep rich brown color verging on black with a thin creamy head on it that rises and holds some steady retention with nice lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is filled with sweet bourbon. Large bourbon in the nose with cherries and vanilla coming through. Very sweet smelling.

T= The taste is full of a nice bourbon taste without having a big booze taste. The cherry smell dies and leaves way for tons of vanilla and oak in the taste. A little wheat character comes through leaving it's mark briefly before more bourbon comes through.

M= The mouth is nice and thick and coating.

O= This beer is solid. If you like the other bourbon barrel beers from central waters you will like this. While I like it I'm starting to think of Central waters as a one trick pony when it comes to barrel aged beers. The barrel character is great but the depth of the flavors are lacking.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 01:50:45 | More by jjanega08
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Upland snifter. Pours murky brown with white head that is short lived. No lacing to speak of. Nose is bourbon forward with huge charred oak character paired with vanilla and bourbon. This is paired with the weizenbock base and integrated pretty well... light notes of wheat and ripe fruit sit beneath the heavy barrel influence. Taste features more of the base beer with notes of molasses, caramel, plums, and figs. This is rounded out with strong vanilla presence and a touch of barrel. The bourbon never gets too boozy and provides a nice smooth and flavorful brew. This is my first barrel aged weizenbock, and I must say that it makes a pretty nice vehicle for barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:07:35 | More by homebrew311
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morimech

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown color with just over a finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

This beer seems to be very barrel dominated. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and earth. Some dark fruit but hard to pick out any base beer.

Has a dominating bourbon flavor. It is a good bourbon flavor but the beer lacks complexity. A hint of vanilla and oak and that is about it. No alcohol flavor but there is warming in the finish.

Full and rich body. Creamy carbonation compliments the barrel flavor.

Has good barrel influenced flavor, but that is about all there is to taste. Would of liked to experienced a more complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:03:47 | More by morimech
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A. Turbid reddish-brown, small light-tan head.

S. Big bourbon, brown sugar, marshmallow tannins, mild prune.

T. Lightly astringent oaky bitterness, toffee, raisin, bourbon, overripe plum.

M. Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

O: This is a pretty nice bourbon-and malt-forward beer. Fans of barrel-aged barleywines will enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 06:09:18 | More by Etan
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a dense hazy milk chocolate body with a thin wisp of tan head and some microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The sweet rich blend of dark caramel malts and big fresh barrel aromas lead to a brown sugar note and grape seed hints in the finish.

T- The rich vanilla oak and bread crust flavors blend with dark sweet malts and paper straws with some spicy cinnamon phenolics in the finish. There is a sweetness in the finish that is cut by the alcohol spice.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- The big wonderful barrel flavor is complimented by sweet dark toasted malts and caramel malt character. A classic pairing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:59:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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weonfire

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark brown- like a cola, pinky thickness-light cream head, light carbonation rising, high amount of lacing

S - Booze. Hints of aged fruit, Oak, Vanilla

T - Malty, candied fruit, real sweet, Booze, carmel, chocolate, Oak and Vanilla. Finished was candied fruit booze

M - medium body, high carbonation, booze

O - Disappointment. I am a huge fan of CW and this is by far the worst beer I have had from them. I surly hope there was some handling problem between bottling and my drinking to explain this product. This a booze filled- non flavorful, super sweet maltiness. Even the bourbon tasted poor. I hate saying all this negativity - this was a shock.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 01:07:09 | More by weonfire
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into teku glass.

A - Pours a thin dark coffee colored liquid with just a thin layer of foam. Only a trace remains around the glass and there is no lacing to speak of.

S - Typical CW BA bourbon smell with plenty of oak and vanilla. Toffee, caramel with slight hints of cocoa and malts. You would never know this was a Weizenbock

T - Straight up bourbon, oak and vanilla as is present in all CW BA beers. Caramel and malts dominate after the bourbon. Maybe some stale wheat and a slight hint of tartness in the finish. Again, you would have no idea it is a Weizenbock.

M - Very thin bodied and minimum carbonation. I don't get much alcohol.

O - This beer is not easy to find and I stumbled across it at a local shop. A bit pricey for what it is, but I wanted to try it. Nothing really stands out as the Weizenbock took on all the characteristics of the bourbon barrel. I don't know how long this was in the barrel, but it may be better as a 70/30 blend so some of the Weizenbock notes are present. I guess that is why it is called La Petite Mort (small death).

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:39:02 | More by Ri0
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber of 2013 vintage shared with a friend yesterday 6/1/2013; poured into a FFF teku glass.

Aroma: Straight up bourbon barrel- whiskey, a little vanilla, a lot of oak. It's very strong and carries hints of malt toffee sweetness. A little bit of ripe fruit as well. (4)

Colour: Not a pretty cooking hazy cola coloured beer. Small 1cm offwhite head that dissipates very quickly into a rather thin collar. Not much lacing to speak of. (3)

Flavour: Faint toffee and butterscotch sweetness in the background, mostly straight up whiskey and wood, faint hints of vanilla. Not a particularly complex beer but it was interesting. As it warmed up there was a bit of ripe fruit that I'd definitely say was some kind of dark fruit. Not tart or sour but just ripe. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation with an aftertaste of wood and ripe dark fruit. That aftertaste sticks around, and the booziness shows up quite a bit as the beer warms. (3.75)

Overall: Pretty decent bourbon barrel beer that isn't particularly complex and it would be for the people who love drinking their whiskey. Because it seems like its basically a glass of sweetened whiskey. I would appreciate a bit more complexity here, even a bit more bitterness as well. (4)

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 17:05:13 | More by Stevedore
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Dark brown with extreme cloudiness+++. Medium tan head falls to a small cap. No lacing.

S - Smooth vanilla boozy notes. Mild banana esters. Smokey phenols. Plenty of barrel qualities. Red fruit shows up as it warms.

T - Layers of rich smooth chocolate and caramel malts. Wheat quality midway falls to the boozy mellow cigar/vanilla flavors. Leaves pretty dry with a pleasurable alcohol warmth.

M - Super creamy, medium-full bodied, semi-sweet, medium carbonation.

O - All signs point to a great Weizenbock previous to the barrel, the bourbon barrel adds tremendous depth. Great look to this, aroma only teases more. Flavor features so many great dimensions, all working great. The perfect body is a bonus.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:22:17 | More by Jparker37
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: the wheat adds a good cloudy characteristic that pours deep brown with a nice tan head that has good retention.

S: lots of sweet Carmel malts. Oak is faint but present, not a whole lot of bourbon but it adds a nice bite to balance out the profound sweet malts.

T: oak is present upfront but fades into the sweet rich Carmel malts. There's a creamy note to it that reminds me of a malt ball. Ends in a slight bitterness that adds a nice crisp finish.

M: flavor is rich but feel is light. Has a sticky feel even though though its not thick.

O: reminds of a taffy apple. Sweet camel malts with a crisp fruity feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:05:37 | More by Fcolle2
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark caramel-amber color with off white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind residual carbonation around the edge.

Smells of candied apples and banana with brown sugar.

The style plays well with the bourbon. Banana flambé, caramel, vanilla. It is boozy on the back end.

Mouthfeel is a little thin to support the booze but carbonation is good.

It's a very nice beer and a good blend of a style and the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

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