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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 580
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 57
Gots: 141 | FT: 13
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.05% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-25-2012

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.
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Photo of Ozzylizard
1.63/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of bourbon, lasts for entire bottle
Head large (7 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to 5 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare island of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor sweet, bourbon. Unable to detect anything else. No hops, no malt, no yeast, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma by style 1, Aroma 4, Flavor by style 1 (Not a weizenbock), Flavor overall 3.5 (Another bourbon beer), Palate 2.5, Overall 2.5 by style. Ignoring style 3.5 overall.

Local Option calls this a weizenbock so I rated it as such. As far as a general beer, it's another decent offering of a bourbon barrel aged beer with no particular stylistic characteristics. (811 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.91/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours the color of molten caramel, and pools into the glass a deep, dark brown, bordering on black save for the light that gets through around the edges. Forms virtually no head, save for a ring of pale tan foam that sits atop the beer.

Smell: Bourbon barrel notes are the primary aroma, heavy on the vanilla-caramel aspects, with some of the woodiness. Lurking beneath, there's a malty sweetness, with toffee-esque tinges.

Taste: This drinks smooth, with almost no hint of the ABV at all. The bourbon mixes with the beer in a way that presents both chocolate and vanilla flavors at the opening, rounded off with hints of caramelly booze and oak. As it warms, there's an almost cola-like sweetness that emerges beneath the barrel notes, and some faint, very faint, shadows of dark fruit lurking far off in the distance, like shy nerdy kids peeking in the door to the prom, wondering if they should walk in or just go home and play some World of Warcraft. There's pretty much none of the esters one would expect from a weizenbock, which may be a side effect of the barrel aging process.

Mouthfeel: Slick and relatively thin, verging towards watery, the feel may have influenced my perception of the "cola" sweetness. There is next to no carbonation, however, just enough to keep the beer from feeling flat.

Overall: For a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is not bad at all - 9% with little to no alcohol taste and heat is a plus in my book, and the flavor profile is interesting. As a weizenbock, well...this isn't one. If it was, the essence of it was lost during aging, leaving behind just a sweet, smooth, bourbony beer. Hence, I am torn on how to rate this. I would pick this up again on occasion, as I enjoyed it, but it fits the style about as well as a blower for a '57 Chevy fits a Bop-It. Since I prefer rating to stylistic elements over personal enjoyment, I am going to go that route, with the disclaimer that this is still a tasty barrel-aged beer - just not a weizenbock, per se. (2,084 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
2.36/5  rDev -40.6%
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. (1,993 characters)

Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I thought there was a problem with our bottle but more knowledgable guys said no. That being said I couldn't get into the flavor. A slight sour twang/funky nose that might come from the style but I wouldn't seek this out at all. (230 characters)

Photo of weonfire
2.82/5  rDev -29%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%

Dark brown bark color with fair amount of light coming through. Faint, wispy head that settles into a ring quickly. 3.5

Lots of bourbon coming through, huge baverian malts, caramel, and toasted character. You have my interest…3.75

Intense bourbon paves the way for a mix of bready, malty notes with caramel and vanilla. The darker fruit from the Belgian aspects make for an interesting twist. 3.25

Soft and creamy. Lighter body resembling the weissenbock . Low carbonation 3.5

Unique to say the least. Some of it worked, but at times it seemed off. 3.25 (567 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%

Got extra’d this recently in a big trade. Hooray! Large format bottle with no date. Pours dark brown and settles without letting much of any light through in the glass, with a khaki one finger head. Definite aroma of bourbon, huge oak presence, some spice, not much else here. Pretty bourbon forward nose. Flavor is big bourbon notes, a bit harsh, a little vanilla, settles with a little bit of spice and then a long caramel vanilla finish with lots of woodyness. Somewhat thin on the body, medium carbonation. Yikes. These sorts of beers just don’t handle the barrel well for me, and end up tasting very harsh without any of the sweet, pleasant nuance of the bourbon itself. Not getting into this one. (706 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a dark mahogany color almost black. a finger and a half of a tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a strong sticky lacing. Completely opaque and dark

Smell: strong bourbon, mixed with vanilla and hints of toffee. some clove-like aromas along with an estery alcohol.

Taste: opens with strong tastes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. transitions into a mess of sweetness, with toffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. ends with a clove taste. little to no alcohol in the taste

Mouthfeel: cloyingly sweet but also dry.

Overall: I got this thinking it might be a good base beer to let the bourbon shine and add some complexity, but to me it comes of overly sweet and a mess of similar tastes. (719 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark caramel brown color with a quickly receding khaki colored head.

S: Lots of sweet bourbon notes right away. Caramel, vanilla and some wet oak. I'm really not getting much beyond that, though. Maybe a little bit of hazelnut.

T: Lots and lots of bourbon without really becoming too hot. Beyond that though, I'm really not getting much here at all. A little bit of toasted walnut, oak, caramel, brown sugar and just a hint of dryness, but I'm thinking that all that is from the bourbon. The mouthfeel is really, really weak. The bourbon walks all over the beer here. It's not a bad beer, but I wouldnt go for this again. (636 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass

A: Super deep brown that you can't see anything though, creamy off-white head

S: The aroma is entirely bourbon, background hints of caramel malt and a little bit of roast, this is listed as a weizenbock but I don't detect any hints of yeast aroma

T: Tastes more like a smooth bourbon stout than a wheat beer, again the bourbon dominates, followed by the roast which is accentuated by the alcohol burn, to me it tastes like a slightly smoother bourbon strong ale

M: Not too heavy body but the dryness helps, pretty full with alcohol

O: Overall a good bourbon beer but it tastes about like you'd expect, doesn't have any distinguishing characteristics that make it a weizenbock (717 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,302 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise at (where else?) Local Option.

Metal: aging a weizenbock for six months in Heaven Hill barrels. Yeah, I said it. The result pours a bleak dark russet topped by a pair o' fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, vanilla, sweet caramel, light oak, light fig, and light roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, generally speaking, with whiskey really taking the upper hand and squashing the majority of the competition. As things progress, though, some light toasted wheat comes through, along with molasses and a good helping of clove. But don't think the bourbon's gone away just yet... The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, yet lightly grainy feel. Overall, a nice, if a bit over-the-top, barrel-aged w-bock. Rock on. (811 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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). (1,083 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a chalice.

A - Creamy foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body, with some transparency at the edges.

S - Lots of earthy bourbon, with sharp oak and vanilla notes from the barrel. Some milk chocolate, caramel, and nutty malts carry over from the base, but I get very little of the Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is very whiskey heavy, with a touch of alcohol bite to it. Lots of sour mash whiskey and oak in the finish, after vanilla and caramel sweetness mid-palate. The wheat, bock, and Belgian elements seem to have been largely obliterated.

M - Chewy and viscous medium-full body, with a dry and barrel-heavy finish. Medium-low carbonation, and some mild alcohol warmth.

D - The unique flavor combinations found in the base beer have been largely overpowered by the barrel-aging. As a result, it ends up tasting like a nebulous barrel-aged strong ale of some sort - not necessarily a bad thing, but doesn't up being particularly unique or distinct either. (1,043 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,706 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark copper with a half finger of head. A wall of lacing that resides immediately.

S- dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco

T- semi sweet toasted malts, dark fruits, bourbon, but then I get a bitter almost metallic taste.

M- medium body and carbonation. A little thin at 9%, with a dry finish.

O- I love the aroma of this beer, but the taste just doesn't follow. Also, the thinner mouthfeel is not up to par for a 9% a beer for my liking. (516 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Raisins, bourbon & figs

T: Figs, dates, raisins with a little booze mixed in up front. A little brown sugar fights through as this warms, a little bit of woodyness & leafy hops as well, then figs & raisins& little Baker's Chocolate sneaking in.

MF: Chewy, light carbonation, warming, thins out a bit as it warms

Drinks pretty nice, could use a little more barrel & body, a good, not great take on the style. Great flavor, but doesn't quite measure on the other elements (559 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle recently at discount liquor in Milwaukee at a 1 bottle per person limit release. It pours a rich mahogany with a full healthy white foamy head. The head retention on this one is really nice, and quite honestly, its a really beautiful looking beer. After looks though, everything starts to go somewhat down hill. Both the smell and the taste of this weizenbock are intensely dominated by the flavor/scent of bourbon. I really really enjoy Weizenbocks and so I was really disappointed. The bourbon really dominates everything very strongly and many of the natural flavors from the base weizenbock have a hard time peaking there way through. Now don't get me wrong, I really like bourbon barrel aged beers, but the intensity of this one is so strong that it actually makes it somewhat hard to enjoy. If I wanted to get a full blast of bourbon flavor I would just have some Eagle Rare on the rocks. I really would like to try the regular La petite morte because I really think that that would be more my style. That all being said, this beer is still decent, it's just a really intense sipper. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle pourd into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Khaki head. Medium collar. Faint surface wisps.

Smell - Bourbon and tons of vanilla. Sweet caramel. I may be imagining a slight bubble gummy aroma.

Taste - Bourbon is nice. Vanilla as well. Caramel gets just a touch of wheat and darker chocolate malts. Slightly fruity. Very dry, unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel - Rough finish. Very dry and slightly boozy. Everything else works.

Overall - Flavors are nice, despite the finish. Quite a bit of barrel. (540 characters)

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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.