Tenacious Wee - Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel Aged | Voodoo Brewery

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Tenacious Wee - Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel AgedTenacious Wee - Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 110
Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy darker brown with off-white head. Whiskey, caramel, nuts, dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a raisin and whiskey sweetness.

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Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that's nearly opaque with dark mocha/mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Mediocre retention, disappearing mid way through the pour with minimal spotty lacing left behind. Carbonation looks low but this beer has nice color.

Sweet boozy aroma with a really nice barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base. Slightly charred oak with sweet, boozy bourbon, toasted coconut and silky vanilla bean. Underneath, there is faint roast with coffee bean and burnt malt countered by luscious, dessert-like sweetness. Hints of bakers chocolate, fudge and licorice. Smells pretty nice with pleasant barrel notes but could use heavier roast.

Medium body, slightly viscous with soft carbonation and prominent barrel notes. Charred oak, spicy bourbon and vanilla stand out without obliterating the other flavors. Underneath, there's a nice balance of dark roast and lighter malt sweetness. Malt bill is more robust than nose hinted out but still less than expected. Charred toast, burnt sugar, coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate countered by caramel, toffee and dessert-like sweetness. Well balanced, complex and deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA.

Pours a rich dark brown, with a small fizzy head, and not much lacing.

Smells really f'in awesome- some caramel, smoke, chocolate, roasted malt, leather, tobacco, and toffee.

This is a really unique wee heavy and I love it. There's a lot more chocolate and roastiness here. It seems of this character comes from the barrels themselves- I get a dark, bitter charred character, but the chocolate flavors are unexpected and really nice. It feels a bit more like a barleywine, or even a stout, than a wee heavy, but it also sort of just defies conventions, which is just fine. There's some leather, tobacco, toffee, and caramel too, with some oak and vanilla. The alcohol is not present, at all. It's either really well-crafted in that way, or the aging has mellowed this out.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a rich, slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable.

Another winner- might be the best scotch ale/wee heavy I've ever had.

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Photo of timc100
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

Side-by-side with the buffalo trace version.

Pours very dark for the style - black with ruby tinge. More like a black barleywine.

Fantastic, very rich. Much more of a sweet whiskey overall than the BT. Bright caramel, sweet toffee, bourbon soaked oaky vanilla, raw oak, some spice. Dark fruits, chocolate and barrel char. Has some tobacco pipe smoke as well. Taste's very rich with a long finish. Full mouthfeel.

Both variants are great, I do prefer this one with a richer bourbon character, but I also prefer ER to BT in general. Fantastic beer - more like a barleywine than a wee heavy.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%

Bomber poured into a matching Voodoo barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears a very dark brown to black color with a rich mocha head that is quick to fade and just hangs with a line of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The smell of this is very similar to the buffalo trace version. I cannot ignore this rancid aspect that smells like decay...reminescent of something like catfish stinkbait right upfront. As it breaths and a bit of that stank fades, it presents an oakiness with vanilla and caramel. Plenty of alcohol and barrel presence here.

The taste luckily does not showcase any of the off-notes that are found in the nose. Instead, a lot of molasses and caramel/vanilla flavors extracted by the barrel aging. There is also a raw oak presence, some hebal hop incorporation and raisony alcohol notes before fading off to plenty of boozy boubon. The alcohol inclusion in this is much more prevalent than the buffalo trace version and does not seem as neutral/solvent. It really shows how different a beer can be simply by aging in 2 different types of spirit barrels.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light hint of carbonation. Quite a bold sipper with plenty of alcohol nuance to take in. I still dont understand how a brew can smell this terrible but taste great. Something really smells off and wrong in both these tenacious brews but luckily their flavor is great. Strange.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark chocolate with caramel hue. No head to speak of. Gums up the glass a bit.

S- Deep caramel, boozy, malty. Lots of toffee, graham cracker in the background.

T- Very deep and rich with a great barrel presence for the style. This is the creamiest, and probably best of the style that I have had. Nice boozy notes that blend very well with the deep caramel and toffee notes. The scottish ale wee heavy is very huge and punches you in the mouth. Well done

M- Creamy, very little carb that works with this style. Thin layer of caramel booze is left from each sip with a sting.

O- This is the best that I have had from the style, but still not a style that I seek out.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Perch Pub, Philly, PA.

Had this side by side with K13 and AB Grand Negro. It was definitely better than K13, and pretty close to tying with AB GN.

Deep dark brown color, with a few stray bubbles forming a collar at the top of the liquid, but otherwise no head or lacing to speak of. Not unusual. In the nose, rich dark sugars, oak and vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate. Taste was heavy and sweet, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, bourbon-soaked oak, notes of vanilla and butterscotch. Wet wood in the finish with a slight herbal presence (peat? hop?). Full body, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, lower carbonation, some alcohol heat.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of a better beer than this for the style. Er...scratch that, BB Big Sound was better IMO...but regardless, this was a great brew, and I'm definitely not a big fan of Scotch ales.

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Photo of Brenden
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very dark brown, not massively thick but too dark to show through, with a small tan head that holds up reasonably well and drops mostly spotting on the glass below a ring at top.
This beer has massive depth, character and complexity all over the place, masterfully blended without losing anything. All over this beer is lots of wood, even some soft bark in there, plenty of smoked caramel and vanilla. Creamy dark chocolate and milk chocolate mingle in there as well, a bit of cocoa powder dryness evening the sweetness out. Alcohol adds a warmth and a little kick without going too astringent with overbearing ethanol punch. Brown sugar sweetness comes in and mingles with the lightly smoky notes. This beer seems to move in phases and develop layers, almost dancing on the tongue.
Dryness and sweetness mingle for an overall semi-dry effect on the palate, mixing creamy with powdery without clashing. It's full-bodied without exactly being thick, and it has lots of richness, keeping both crisp and smooth from start to finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep brown. Thin collar. Pond watery. No real head.

Smell - Great bourbon barrel character. Lots of oak and vanilla. Caramel malt. Brown sugar. Nice.

Taste - Doesn't really live up to the smell, but it's good. Rich caramel. Bourbon. Oak. Some buttery flavors. Brown sugar. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation. Boozy.

Overall - Very tasty, even if it doesn't live up to the smell.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one.

Bottle # 283.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that smells nice but the bourbon presence is slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

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Tenacious Wee - Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel Aged from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 110 ratings