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

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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 46
Gots: 125 | FT: 14
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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1/5  rDev -75.7%

GStone899, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Tony_Leon
1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

As BMMillsy's review states, I didn't think it handled the barreling very well. It was just harsh with no pleasantries.

Tony_Leon, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of Kaveman
2/5  rDev -51.5%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of StoughtonGuy
2/5  rDev -51.5%

StoughtonGuy, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
2.34/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

falloutsnow, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

kscaldef, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of CBack465
2.6/5  rDev -36.9%

CBack465, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of kustard
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

kustard, May 25, 2013
Photo of weonfire
2.85/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

weonfire, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Brocklanders34
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Brocklanders34, May 10, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -27.2%

smartassboiler, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of mhats357
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%

mhats357, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of leschkie
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

leschkie, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Flabbyjandro, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

ChicagoNick, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Stevedore, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

JellyJacket, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Rau71, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%

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

Bosoxfan20, Aug 16, 2014
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3.27/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

BMMillsy, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

SportsandJorts, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of kkleu357
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 5/22/14

Dark thin pour. Not much carbonation. Smell is corn, sweet bourbon. Taste is sweet bourbon. Pretty thin. Lots of alcohol.

kkleu357, Sep 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Psychmusic, Jul 15, 2014
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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.