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

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 595
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 31.16%
Wants: 58
Gots: 144 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy ver dark brown in color. It poured with a short beige colored head that died down, leaving large wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bourbon and has lots of associated vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: The wheat body of this beer makes it very easy to drink for a bourbon barrel aged beer. You can't tell that the underlying beer is a weizenbock. Although the bourbon is quite strong, it doesn't burn your mouth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A strong bourbon-barrel influence with a malty-sweet backbone ensures a masculine but whimsical taste that come together in the most enticing but unusual way. its delivery isn't exactly what's promised. It might just be better.

As its lavish sweetness layers upon the palate, waves of caramel, toffee, maple and vanilla meet that of sorghum, honey and faint chocolate- all ahead of a playful oak, fruit and spice undertow.

And as the highly complex taste rolls over the middle, it sheds its finesse banana, clove and vinous character and fixates on bourbon sweetness, wood caramels, vanillans, oak tannin and coffee. With any hop balance in far recession, the beer relies heavily on its sheer complexity and power for balance.

its lightly viscous finish makes this potent ale a sipping elixir rather than a "drinkable" ale. Meant to contend with port, sherry and madera, the taste and potency of a Petite Mort ensures a long, spicy, and savory finish that clings to the taste buds in strong dessert-like fashion.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy almost opaque extremely dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts and caramel malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very interesting, it doesn't taste like the underlying beer is a weizenbock but it is pretty easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden considering this is a bourbon barrel beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caramel brown in color.

Flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Toffee and caramel. Some dark fruit flavors with molasses. Very bock like with awesome barrel flavors. Wheat as well.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a great beer with a lot of flavor. Strong, but enjoyable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass, because we can.

A coffee to light tan creamy head, two fingers and with some good staying power and no lacing. Settles to a half finger puck nicely and good thick collar. Body is a nice mahogany brown, thick looking with great red hues looking toward the bottom.

Fantastic nose. Hints of warm malted candy chocolate, nutty hazelnut like aromas and thick slightly boozy toffee caramel. Thick oak qualities. Slight spicy quality almost herbal as well, like a sharp tea or grass, with some mixing clove. Real nice and impressive.

Palate is real impressive. A great light feel, with a good amount of barrel aged oomph and power. Thick toffee, with spicy notes continuing on the finish, almost peppery and black. Very light quality to this almost a crisp sense of Crispy Crunch chocolate candy bar, mixed in with a nutty nougat softness. Great caramel and nut quality, as time comes there's even an almost Belgian dark raisin character to this. The mouthfeel is more unique, distinct, and impressive, as opposed to perfect, but it is stunning in it's light feel but malt thickness in contradiction.

I really wasn't sure how this would come out for a barrel aged whiskey weizenbock, but it's lightness and thick quality is astounding, with the flavors melding, and tasting unlike anything I have ever had even in this style. An extremely impressive brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle

Dark mahogany,very minor dark tan

Rum, dark malt sugars, dark chocolate on the nose.

Deeply flavorful with more of the same on the palate. Bourbon, burnt sugars and dark chocolate/molasses coming to mind. Hearty beer for a cold winters day

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in trade from ajzy, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown/black with a tightly bubbled off white head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. This smells incredible, there's so much going on here! Dark and burnt sugars, dried prune, raisins, vanilla, sweet bourbon, nutmeg, clove, and a hint of ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and malty with darker sugars and light dried fruit up front. Vanilla with hints of wood and sweet bourbon mixed with some spices and a fair amount of alcohol that is present, but not harsh. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Weizenbock is probably a stretch for this beer, it more Belgian dark strong imho. Great brew anyhow, I really enjoyed it. It kind of reminds me of some Bruery stuff, only it's better.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Lots of Bourbon here, both in the aroma and in the taste, but it plays well with the base beer, echoing its richness, vanilla notes, and restrained sweetness. A sipper for sure, but one that keeps drawing you on. Very nice to find this locally because of the Local Option connection.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense light tan one inch head on a dark brown/black body. Clumpy lacing and a cap and collar to boot.

Smells amazing. If you've had 1414, the aroma is near identical...boozy, bourbony, delicious.

Bourbon-forward for sure. Sweet. Easy drinking at 9%....???? Kind of a muddled finish, slight bananas integrates with the barrel aging.

Thin mouthfeel for a BA beer, average for the base style. Good carbonation.

Only drawback that I could come up with is the muddled finish but what the hell, this is awesome. All the best parts of 1414 but easier drinking. Wow. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful deep mahogany body with ruby highlights. Bone-white head pours thin with low retention and lace.

S - Fantastic nose. Chestnut, molasses, bananas, brown sugar, cherry cordial chocolates, touch of cognac, and caramel.

T - Lightly burnt fudge brownies, touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and loaded with smooth, rich hazelnuts.

M - Thin, medium-light frame with a light boozy astringency.

O - Really nice, complex profile. Lighter than expected. Drinks a little like a brown-ale / barleywine hybrid.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing pitch black in the glass with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Fine aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark malt, dark dried fruit; not getting much wheat here. What an interesting flavor! Starts very much like a bourbon stout, but it quickly becomes clear that the body of this is not dark toasted malt, but lighter wheat. There is not time for for the surprise of the lighter body to register when great bourbon and vanilla flavors beging to dominate the flavor. Finishes with more vanilla, oak and bourbon. A hint of booziness, but enough complexity to cover it. Medium bodied. A complete surprise and not like anything I've tasted before. The depth and strength of the bourbon and barrel flavors seem too much for anything but a rich malt body to cover, but this is wonderfully balanced and somehow the wheat is up to the task. Little bock character here; this seems more like an Imperial hefeweizen (never tried one, but this is what I'd imagine) on bourbon steroids. An amazing production and trying reminds me of the pleasant surprise of trying a bourbon stout for the first time. Excellent and world class. Maybe I'm a sucker for bourbon flavors, but I loved this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

A pitch black pour with a 1 finger head of tannish foam.

Big notes of bourbon in the smell with some roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. A lot going on.

Bourbon up front in the taste but there's a milkshake like sweetness here that I find welcoming to take my taste buds' "mind" off the bourbon.

I'd call it full bodied.

A big and warming brew. This is very good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a two inch, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of bourbon, wheat, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of light wheat notes, a lot of bourbon, dark fruit (plums?), malt, and a hint of vanilla. Not your typical weizenbock flavor, but very robust and flavorful. The wheat element takes a secondary role to the bourbon, but that's a good thing.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An unusual beer. How often do you hear of a German-style beer being bourbon barrel aged? very complex and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with one finger head that stuck around forever in lace ring form. Aroma is bourbon/boozy, dark fruits like black cherry and figs. Smooth, crisp carbonation, fuller body from yeast, also has a creaminess to it and there is some nice sweetness to beer comprised of vanilla, toffee, fig, caramel. Good balance as the dark fruits (black cherry, figs, possible raisins) balance with malty sweetness, woodiness and slight booziness. Finishes slick and easy and hides the alcohol real well. More sweet than I thought a dopple could be and really works.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Half Time Beverages in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Pours a dark purplish brown, almost black, with a creamy half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells awesome, sweet bourbon, some honey, coconut, dark fruits (raisins, plums). No real weizenbock aspect to this, smells like a BA Barleywine or BA BSDA.

This tastes divine, but again, it's indistinguishable as a weizenbock. There's a ton of barrel goodness, sweet, sticky, bourbon, dark honey, coconut, vanilla, oak. I get some Belgian yeast character, I think, it tastes a bit estery. There's a lot of dark fruit character going on, plums and raisins. It's also slightly grape flavored as well. There's a lot going on here.

This has a big and syrupy mouthfeel, without being too cloying. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, but remains very drinkable, despite the size and gravity.

This can barely be called a weizenbock, it has none of the characteristics of one. It can be called a great beer, however. It's closer to a barrel-aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale, or a barrel aged barleywine (those two aren't that far from each other, anyway).

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with a red hue. 1 finger of an off white head. spotty lace.

Smell: bourbon, coconuts, bananas, cinnamon, chocolate, and a hint of spice.

Taste: bourbon forward, but it remains a mellow flovor. Vanilla and Chocolate. Little spice in the finish. Tobacco, cola and a hint of bananas in the aftertaste that makes your mouth water!

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Smooth beer with a touch of warmth. Cant beleive this is a 9% Wiezinbock.

Overall: this is 1414 without being a big stout, just a different beer style. Its an under the radar brew for sure! The barrel notes on this beer are fantastic; they are almost identical to 1414. I cant imagine this is a beer that's is to style, but it just does not matter. its a wonderful beer! Its is honestly a pleasant surprise! Top notch Job on this beer Central Waters!

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Local Option Bourbon Barrel-Aged La Petite Mort from Central Waters Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.