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Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged) - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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87
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We reserved a small amount of our winter ale for this extra special treatment. Aged in used oak bourbon barrels for six months, the beer has flavors that bring to mind currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy!

(Beer added by: harrymel on 12-16-2011)
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-30-2012 09:02:46 | More by Birdlegs
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured a deep amber infused walnut brown with thick off white head that didnt last to long.Vanilla tinged oak and mild fruitiness in the nose,the vanilla is the main component I picked up.Flavors have almost a Canadian whiskey profile to them with their vanilla spice and sweetness,I liked it.Some brown sugar and fruity notes rounded out the flavors.A nice beer to have to celebrate the Lions...yeah the frickin Lions in the the playoffs!

12-25-2011 13:25:05 | More by oberon
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-18-2011 03:16:20 | More by kevwcamp
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DOCRW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-12-2014 01:32:13 | More by DOCRW
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to Johngalt1 for this extra. I always love to try a new barrel-aged beer that I haven't heard of before. Shared this with a friend, split into two brandy snifters.

From the bottle: "This special edition of our winter ale was actually brewed in the summer! Aged in Kentucky oak barrels for six months, the beer has flavors that are reminiscent of currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy.

Brewed 6.12.11 Bottled Nov. 2011 Aged In Kentucky Oak Barrels O.G. 1.070 ABV 7.4%"

This Wee Heavy pours nicely: A rich nutty brown with hints of ambers and sherry. A formidable and earthy head have quite a bit of staying power. Decent lacing. A bit of alcohol around the edges.

Upon pouring, one can smell an aroma similar to Bourbon County Vanilla. Definite oak and bourbon. Creamy vanilla. A good swish and a bit of fruitiness appears with a touch of cardboard. I can't quite discern whether or not its from the oak or from the slightest bit of oxidation. Not a bad smelling beer. In all of its simplicity, it's quite nice. Everything follows through in the flavor. Although the tastes of currants mentioned on the bottle are completely absent, one does get a nice (albeit a bit light) mouthfeel and mouthful of vanilla, oak notes, bourbon and caramel malts. Not as much caramelization as I would like in a Wee Heavy and not as chewy either. The focus here is definitely on the "Kentucky oak barrels" mentioned on the bottle.

Not a bad beer at all, and a lot easier to put down than most BAs and/or Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales. I wouldn't seek this beer out necessarily but a decent brew all in all. Good.

01-28-2012 16:26:30 | More by seedsofchaos
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cougarbait

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-09-2012 15:46:59 | More by cougarbait
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Kevlee722

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-25-2012 08:10:46 | More by Kevlee722
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1%

Appearance. Pours a hazy caramel-amber with a thin, amber tinted head.

Smell. Caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon and some old dank wood.

Taste. Light caramel and woody bourbon, vanilla and a bit of grainy malt with a little hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer that drinks easy right now. Enjoyed it very much.

01-02-2013 00:29:49 | More by Rutager
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.86/5  rDev -26.9%

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some grilled corn notes with light bourbon and vanilla notes. Taste is a weird mix of grilled corn, vanilla, bourbon with a bitter and astringent finish which is not the most pleasant. Body is light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Unbalanced with too much corn notes coming through with also too much astringency for the style.

09-21-2013 20:33:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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hannaho

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

02-20-2012 18:44:08 | More by hannaho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +12%

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red brown amber. One finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dominated by whisky with oak and vanilla. Flavor is nice, pleasant whisky, dark and caramel malt, dark fruit. Finishes with sweet fruit, malt and whisky and a perfect amount of oak. Flavors are well integrated. Moderate to heavy, creamy body. Overall a very pleasant oaked scotch ale, I'm impressed. This is an very nice ale from Hale's line up and surprisingly flavorful for its ABV. I waited a while to try this and now hope I can find another bottle.

02-07-2012 05:26:19 | More by LiquidAmber
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bespin15

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

07-17-2012 22:37:50 | More by bespin15
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sukwonee

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

A: Clear reddish dark brown body with 1 finger head.

S: Orange zest, brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits - while this sounds good, it's not very interesting, imo.

T: Starts off ok. Bourbon note, hops, dark fruits... and it finishes off like... I am drinking sparkling water or club soda.... flavours disappear fast...

M: Very very thin body and sharp carbonation. Very very dry (not in a good way). It feels like you're drinking sparkling water.

O: For $8.99 a bottle, it was just cheap enough for me to try this... I DO NOT LIKE beers Hale's makes... bourbon aged or not. This is the most flavor-less bourbon barrel aged beer I have ever tasted.

12-24-2012 02:32:06 | More by sukwonee
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Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-03-2013 04:44:53 | More by Zach122
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draheim

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -2%

22oz bottle (bottled 11/30/2012) into a snifter. Pours a murky amber mahogany w/ a 1-finger off-white head that leaves behind some patchy film.

Aroma is fruity, bourbony, sweet. Rum-soaked raisins, sugary figs, w/ a hint of toffee.

Taste likewise is bourbon-forward and fruity sweet. Oodles of caramel malt, soft vanilla. Lots of residual sugars here and plenty of boozy heat. Not subtle.

Mouthfeel is light and a little thin. I don't like syrupy beers but this one goes a tad too far the other way. Oaky dry finish.

Overall I'm enjoying this more than my individual scores indicate. It's a tasty sipper of a beer, just not in the same league with some of the great barrel-aged brews out there.

07-17-2013 02:57:10 | More by draheim
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harrymel

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

From bottle:

Brewed 06.12.11
Bottled Nov. 2011
OG 1.070
Wee Heavy Aged in Kentucky Oak Barrels

"This special edition of our winter ale was actually brewed in the summer! Aged in Kentucky Oak barrels for six months, the beer has flavors reminiscent of currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy."

A: pours a hazy, toasted date color with a transient finger of light peanut foam. The foam is fine in nature and sticks around as a centrally dissipating dome and a confluent ring. Spotty lace.
S: The barrel is strong in this one. Bourbon up front, but not alcoholic, sweet and appreciable. Some nice creamy malts, caramel, brown sugar and hints of dates.
T: Mmm. This is good. Wow. Bourbon is well balanced in this brew. What a find! Some nice sweet malts are bready and young. Theres a note of yeast in this as well. Vanilla and the slightest hint of bitterness. Underlying pekoe tea as well.
M: Medium bodied with some light, smooth carbonation. Theres a wet and solid feel to the finish and the alcohol then warms the throat ever so slightly (like the third or fourth exhale after a shot of strait whiskey).
O: I'm really impressed with this beer. I saw it sitting on the shelf at the grocer, and nabbed one. Really dug the flavor on this one. Really nice. Might be grabbing a few more of these.

12-16-2011 06:04:39 | More by harrymel
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-08-2013 04:35:20 | More by Zbeetleman
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue with lots of haze to the body. Heady cascaded creamily into three fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: sweet malt with lots of luscious vanilla and oak character. The alcohol and oak add a bit of fruitiness to it; I like it a great deal. Wood aging works well with a wee heavy.

Taste: big and mean, but nowhere as pleasant as the aroma. Malt is rich and sweet with more of that oak and vanilla, but it then fades into an overly alcoholic, astringent and unpleasantly bitter end with a finish of vegetal hops. Starts great, ends less-so. Perhaps the lesson is to just keep drinking it.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good carbonation and good resulting creaminess. I like it.

Overall: not a bad beer, but the aftertaste is not working for me. The aroma is wonderful, but the rest of the flavor could use some work.

12-16-2011 18:30:59 | More by flagmantho
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2012 23:59:26 | More by Gtg642
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-21-2012 04:09:58 | More by Duff27
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-05-2012 23:49:30 | More by ithinkimasofa
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2013 01:07:07 | More by NickThePyro
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-27-2013 19:55:09 | More by powdersoldier
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks Eric. Pours a clear dark burgundy with a large creamy head. Nose is a pretty lush montage of peat, malt, earth, vanilla, bourbon barrel, with some sweet dark fruits. Flavor is pretty dry upfront, becomes heavily peaty in the mid palate, then some crazy caramel candy sweetness carries through the finish. Werthers Original. Barrel is tame in itself but this hot peat kind of flavor is really prominent. Almost abrasive at times, and quite sugary with all that melted caramel. This is pretty raw and earthy. I can't tell whether or not I like this. I think with all the weird heat and sugars flying around I have some problems with this, but it's better than a handful of barrel aged wee heavy I've had, never really my favorite style.

01-04-2012 02:39:18 | More by JAXSON
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-18-2013 23:05:42 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged) from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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