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Wee Beastie Oak Aged Scotch Ale | Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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Wee Beastie Oak Aged Scotch AleWee Beastie Oak Aged Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by canucklehead on 01-23-2013

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of LDuke
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlkluther
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Howe Sound continues to impress with their great beer and great value. This is one of the better Wee Heavy beers I've had. The usual smokey/peaty notes were noticeably absent in this one. The caramel flavour is creamy and smooth. An excellent beer.

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Photo of likeablepaper
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a thick beige head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin layer. The nose leads with roasted nuts, sweet malts, dark toffee and bread. The taste leads with much of the same with the malt coming to the forefront, along with a woodiness. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish that is balanced with a medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

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Photo of QuadBen
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeremy7
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Niceroad77
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1L swing-top bottle, part of the current Carton of Coal seasonal gift pack here in Alberta (I like the new 'grey' touque!). No specification as to how the oak was applied herein.

This beer pours a clear (I think), dark mahogany brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, and mostly just pervasively bubbly beige head, which leaves some exploding cannonball splash lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of roasted, and slightly meaty caramel malt, toasted toffee confectionery, earthy, and sort of medicinal peat, a tame soused barrel woodiness, indistinct black orchard fruit, and a pleasant dash of leafy, weedy, and spicy hop bitters. The taste is bready, somewhat doughy caramel malt, a weirdly isolated wet char thing, more damp and dank peat moss, ethereal vanilla, spirit, and wooden stave barrel notes, fading and muddled bruised apples and pears, and a still subtle earthy, leafy, and faintly spicy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low and unencumbered in its gentile frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee (sorry) attendant creaminess, especially as things warm up a bit. It finishes well off-dry, but not really falling into the morass of an overly sweet situation - smoke, hop, and wood all seeing to that.

Overall, a nicely oak-kissed version of the style, as the woody esters obscure the 14-proof booze as well as anything could. The base beer seems up for anything, and I mean that in a robust drinking experience manner, without the dumb-ass double entendre of recent BMC marketing fail. Good stuff, but too bad I didn't save this until late January - oh well.

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Photo of Leftbob
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Half pint on tap
Dark appearance minimal head minimal lacing as a result

Nice malty aroma a eleny of barrel aging

Taste driven by malt with appealing bitterness. Very few citrus notes. You can taste the barrel aging in the finish with a nice oak appearance.

All in all a good not great scotch ale enhanced with the barrel again

Biggest complaint is the flavor is a bit muddy as opposed to crisp and distinctive

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Photo of Scobu
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of mcloud2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Martyrob
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chesnut brown with a minimal slight off white head atop.Aromas are very fruity almost juicy in nature,a bit of caramel and brown sugar as well,not much oak to be found.A little thin in the feel though not quite watery I think it's lighter for the style.Fruity with a fair amount of brown sugar on the palate with a tough of drying toasted oak in the finish.I was hoping for something more from this beer because I have really liked alot of the Howe Sound stuff I have had to date but it didn't overly impress.Great name pretty average beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One litre bottle
A: deep brown, almost opaque,
S: nice swirling malt, toast, wine, marmite (?), sweet oak,
T: opens quietly, smoky, rich and builds nicely but then finishes thick and sticky without much of anything except alcohol. Not as noticeable with food. Actually it goes really well with my huevos rancheros -- dinner, not breakfast!
M: big, rich, full-bodied.
O: best enjoyed with a big rich meal.

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Wee Beastie Oak Aged Scotch Ale from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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