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

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92
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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 40
Gots: 98 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by Stevedore:
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stevedore, Jun 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

oberon, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of don1481
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

don1481, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

braugon, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

DanGeo, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Schlais, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

sabitu, Aug 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

NWer, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Mugenlude, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bpfrush, Jul 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

tyleeis, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Cynic-ale, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jtladner, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Iparedman, Aug 02, 2014
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2.85/5  rDev -31%

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.

weonfire, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

HeyItsMerl, Jul 05, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

joeseppy, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

seavercm, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Sammy, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Oboogie, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 02, 2013
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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.