Captain Of The Coast
Pelican Pub & Brewery

Captain Of The CoastCaptain Of The Coast
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Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #25
Ranked #8,298
4.09 | pDev: 13.2%
May 19, 2023
Oct 18, 2016
For this commanding version of MacPelican’s Wee Heavy we took our award winning Wee Heavy and laid it down in Washington Wheat Whiskey barrels from Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane. What emerged was recognizably Wee Heavy, but with added notes of chocolate covered cherries, toasted oak, spice and vanilla in the aroma. The first sip produces flavors reminiscent of malted milk balls and crème brûlée with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Continue on your bottle voyage and you’ll find dried apricots, sherry-like flavors, and dark marmalade. The Captain welcomes you aboard.

25 IBU
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This is the 2022 edition. Very dark but clear amber brown with plenty of foam in the snifter. Interesting sourish note-- what is this, a wild yeast Scotch Ale? Pleasant complex aroma that does have that wild yeast note. Woody taste with a boozy finish. Some sweetness and fruity flavors but damped by the sourness. This doesn't taste Belgian but it's reminiscent of the blended lambic brews, but with the sugar and smoke of the Scotch Ale. All quite interesting. From the bottle downsized to 500 ml. Purchased in northwest Washington.
May 19, 2023
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Tawny, dirty brown body, opaque in the glass; thin, patchy, light khaki colored head. Faint aroma; light roasted grains; a smidgen of whiskey. Strange taste; raisins and red wine; no significant malt or whiskey flavors. Medium-heavy body; fairly smooth; slightly tart; rather astringent as the beer opens up.

A little sour tasting overall and nothing like a wee heavy let alone with wheated whiskey barrel connotations. The bottle label notes of chocolate covered cherries in the aroma (!?) but not in the taste. For taste, they trumpet malted milk balls and crème brûlée with the mouthfeel being silky. Sorry, there is none of this in the beer I'm drinking. I don't know what happened, but this beer doesn't strike me as any kind of wee heavy. It has more of a thin, watery aspect with strong notes of red wine or sherry barrel aging.

Pouring temperature: 46 °F; bottling info: 2022
Source: Tavour
Apr 22, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
rich maty ale in the scotch style - first beer from this brewery hope to get more fropm then great malt taste thru the whole drink
Apr 09, 2023
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown, quickly dissipating head. Smell and taste are both sweet on the forefront with notes of fig, chocolate, cherry, toffee, then some coffee and slight whiskey on the undercurrent. Medium bodied, slight mouth watering finish, subtle booze presence.
Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 1.57 by mig100 from Texas

Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Lighter brown somewhat murky pour with a tan thin cap. Fig is the clear star in both the smell and taste. In the nose it is joined by toffee, big boozy whiskey, toasted oak and slight smoke. Taste starts with fig, raisin, dark cherry, oak and toffee, then pleasant peated earth before a tsunami of destruction made of hot booze and smokes ruins it all, leaving the aftermath to be hyper sweet boozy malt. Too thin and unbalanced to last on the palate, malt and booze are the lasting impressions here too
Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a light brown, but quite murky. Some off-white head. The nose is toffee, rye, wheat, oak, tobacco, bourbon. Reminds me a lot of Wulver!

The taste is interesting. Definitely quite different from Wulver and other Scotch ales when it comes to the taste. Hops come through here. Almost a red wine taste. Toffee, plums, figs, whiskey. Maybe this is just a bit off on the flavor. I wonder if this batch turned south?
Jan 27, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Purple brown, nice soapy head.
S: Sweet. Raisin, brown sugar, apple, spice, vanilla, and a bit of whisky.
T: Upfront, brown sugar and raisin mostly. Honey in the body, with a big kick of whisky and figs, then hints of spice and hops.
F: Warm and smooth.
O: Yet again, pelican knocks it out of the park with one of their specialty brews. The balance of honey and whisky is phenomenal.
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2017 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours brown in color with a ruby hue and a one-finger light khaki colored head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- Dark fruits up front with aromas of raisin & fig, along with cherries, tobacco and leather. Just a hint of oaky undertones

T- the barrel note is noticed immediately and surprisingly has a wheated bourbon distinction. Notes if cherry compliment the oak and is reminiscent of a Manhattan cocktail. Undertones of fig & raisin, as well as caramel. The finish gives more barrel character, as well as caramel and cherry

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- I believe this is my first wheated bourbon barrel aged beer and it’s definitely a noticeable difference.
Sep 30, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by Birdlegs from Washington

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Albertsons. Pours out a nice mahogany with ruby tinges. Airy head fades fast. Whiskey, brown sugar and earthy notes. Taste is even more robust, more booze, alcohol warmth, sweet and syrupy. Scottish ale on steroids.
Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Dec 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Hop_God from California

Sep 05, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Mar 25, 2019
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
My only other experience with Pelican is their Mother of All Storms barleywine, which I adore and hold in very high regard. Captain of the Coast indicates to me that they are not a one-trick pony with their barrel-ageing program. The Captain is, however, a much brighter, fruitier experience, with cherry cordials and malty sweetness coming forward over a slight tartness. Good whiskey and barrel notes. I'd be happy to revisit another bottle of this with some age on it to see how it evolves.
Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Scott_Nickell from California

Oct 31, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 38 ratings