Hairy Cow Wee Heavy | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

Hairy Cow Wee HeavyHairy Cow Wee Heavy
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Hairy Cow Wee HeavyHairy Cow Wee Heavy

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JoEBoBpr on 07-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

The core of the beer, the Wee Heavy, works from start to finish though it almost battles the barrel aged character and in other area it compliments. Balance is what we see here which is paramount for pretty much any beer that is destined to sit in a used barrel. Well crafted.

STYLE: Wee Heavy
ABV: 9.0%

LOOK: Clear sunset amber, good frothing

SMELL: Wood tannin, vanilla, almonds, caramel, mild booziness, cake batter, spicy, alcohol soaked raisins

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, spicy bite, pulling wood, warming booziness, caramel, vanilla, very malty, mild barrel char, small hop presence, bourbon, toasted walnuts, faint barrel astringency, dry finish

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with caramel maltiness mixed with equal amounts of butterscotch, dark fruits, toasted bread and a hint of bourbon and vanilla sweetness. You really get a nice balanced amount of Buffalo Trace barrel presence without overwhelming the base scotch ale.

The taste follows the nose and brings out toffee, dark fruit and various copious waves of caramel. After the toffee opening, the bourbony vanilla and oak add some sweetness and a drying aspect. Some emerging honey as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is actually rather crisp, semi-sweet and dry compared to many sweeter ales in this category.

Overall this was a very good barrel aged scotch ale for my money. It is much more balanced than any other Barrel aged Wee Heavy that I have ever had. Usually the base beer is completely overwhelmed and masked by booze but this was balanced amazingly and the flavors worked well to create a very balanced flavor profile. Best Barrel Aged Scotch ale, maybe.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Volume II of the beer series. Volume I was only aged for two months.
A two barrel blend: an Elijah Craig 12 Year and a Buffalo Trace
Time in barrel: 9 months
Date Filled: March 28, 2013
Bottled: January 10, 2014
Release date: February 7, 2014
Bottles produced: 408 bottles

L - Pours an opaque mahogany body with a one finger light khaki head. Not much retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Vanilla, malts, dark fruits and bourbon notes. Has a faint tartness on the nose as well. Infected a bit or not?

T - I'm not tasting any tartness, thank goodness. Lots of dark fruits and raisins coupled with toffee and caramel. Some sweet vanilla followed with bourbon characteristics on the back end.

F - Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth body, easy drinking.

O - This beer is hitting on all cylinders right now. Not huge barrel notes, which lets the base beer come through. Overall an enjoyable drink.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at TWCP party and recently revisited at the brewery after a 12 mile hike at Hawn State Park. Fortunately Missouri seems to have microbreweries strategically placed next to my outdoor adventures.

A - pours a caramel color without much of a head on it. Noted that the higher the beer was in the glass the deeper its caramel chestnut color.

S - aroma consists of caramel malts with bourbony notes of vanilla and molasses.

T - caramel malts are up front as expected from the nose. These move onto a bourbony spiciness with lots of vanilla imparted by the barrel aging. A touch of toasted malts are on the back end but the vanilla comes in and overpowers the malts. Pretty nice.

M - full bodied with soft carbonation

D - this is a nice barrel aged wee heavy. The vanilla really pops, but is also really well integrated at the same time. TWCP barrel aging series keeps on rolling out winners...

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Wine and Cheese Place barrel program release # 4.
Barrel: Buffalo Trace
Filled: 02-13-2012
Bottled: 06-07-2012
Total production: 420 bottles

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a slightly murky and light mahogany color with some brown caramel notes and some amber and orange hues on the edges. There is a nice dense cream colored head that is about 0.5 inches tall. It recedes fairly quickly.

Nos is of mild dark fruits. Some figs and prunes re present. Some slight boozy notes as well. Mild. There are some caramel notes if I dig deep and definitely some woody oak and slight vanillas notes in the nose. Some bready grain notes can be picked up on the back end as well. Very mild though.

Different from the nose for sure. Initial hot boozy burn that isn't really bad. The slight burn lingers all throughout the brew. Mild dark fruit flavors with some figs and caramel intermingled in there. Grainy and bready and not overly sweet as some Scotch Ales can be. Lighter body for the style. The boozy burn adds a nice touch to the beer as it lasts all the way down but the base beer itself doesn't really shine. There is some grainy bread notes and some sweetness with vanilla and woody notes but they really don't jump out. Maybe if I let it mellow for a while the heat will die down and the flavors will pop. Still its not bad.

Overall this is not a bad beer. Im glad I have another to age for a bit and see where it takes me.

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2.8/5  rDev -23.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Volume I: Infected. 1.5

Volume II: not infected, but unremarkable. 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Hairy Cow Wee Heavy from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 29 ratings
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