Chronology:6 - Wee Heavy
The Bruery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Chronology:6 - Wee HeavyChronology:6 - Wee Heavy
Notes: We’re at it again with Old Father Time for a new Chronology Series - a Scotchology, if you will, with a base resembling a Scotch-style ale. In this installment, we brewed a wee heavy - known for rich, malt-forward flavors - and set it to age in bourbon barrels. Every six months, we’ll take a quarter of the barrels, blend them and bottle them. This first bottling represents the nuances imparted to the base beer after six months of barrel aging.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 21st, 2016 - Another festival sample today, and just a couple centimeters of this Chrinology sets off a huge aroma, filled with sweet vanilla and oak, with some sharp bourbon notes. The flavor is wonderful, smooth and creamy, with a booze hidden by a well structured body. The long aftertaste extends this tasty flavor note, and yet when it settles it feels lighter than expected. Good, bold and leaves an impression in today's crowded field.

Oct 04, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from April 11, 2017. Not a big wee heavy/scotch ale guy, but I also liked this one, so take from that what you will.

Pours a dark brown. 1/4" tan head on the top. Aroma has all the malty, earthy aspects of a scotch ale, but with slightly more bourbon influence than the base beer. Hints of vanilla on the bourbon and oak.

Good amount of brown malt taste, still behind the bourbon that brings lesser amounts of oak and vanilla still. Ain't no doubt this is a smooth mouth feel, similar carbonation to their anniversary series. Also similar way of making a beer taste less strong than it actually is. I thought six months did pretty well at hitting a good sweet spot (the beer is not sweet) for bourbon influence. Obligatory toffee and caramel reference here. They even managed to smooth out dark fruit and tobacco note without it being bitter or hot.

I'll still take Central Waters bourbon barrel scotch ale at a better format and way better price. But this beer was good and exceeded expectations.

Jul 07, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud
Big creamy tan head, good retention and lacing, darker hazy brown color

Nose sweet brown sugar, big caramel toffee candy like, sweet bourbon barrel, dark fruits candied fig, light vanilla

Taste big sweet candy malt, coffee, little butterscotch, caramel, toffee, mild sweet bourbon, vanilla barrel, mild dark fruits again candied fig date, nougat, light alcohol, drier finish

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy smooth caramel, medium carb, light alcohol

Overall very nice, super smooth drinkable, nice barrel, great base

Jul 27, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin mocha head and a foamy halo.

S - Big aromas of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Light vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of caramel and toffee. Loads of creamy vanilla, candy caramel cream. Lovely malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden incredibly well. Practically luscious.

O -Overall this was a very solid scotch ale. Excellent caramel and vanilla. Super easy to drink.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 27, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep ruddy brown topped by a fndinger of dense and rocky cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of huge caramel and toffee notes with some dark fruits. Nice barrel in there as well with some oak and vanilla. It smells like really good bread pudding.
T: Taste is caramel and toffee with some toasted malts, nice oak, a little dark fruit with a hint of raisins along with a slight touch of vanilla. On the swallow there's more oak, some more caramel and vanilla, along with a little more toffee and lingering dark fruits.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly creamy texture. Carbonation is effervescent and a little heavier than necessary but it isn't distracting. The beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors and complexity which make it an interesting drink. Similar to the Old Ale this one doesn't have a whole lot of barrel going on but I expect that to change as we add some age. It's definitely a well made BA Wee Heavy and worth a try if you can find it.

May 26, 2019
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a sniftet appears a hazy brown color with a khaki head.

It smells woody with caramel and molasses sweetness before getting a but boozy.

It tastes like cedar planks, solvent alcohol yet quite tannic and woody with mild vanilla and caramel.

This is medium to fuller in body with modest carbonation. Overall not bad considering but not my favorite in the lineup either.

Feb 12, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, bottled on 12/21/15 (label says 2016 Edition). Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is decent enough, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like toffee, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread and some woodiness. Taste is similar to the aroma with bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, dark bread, nutty, dark fruit and woody flavors. Aroma is sweeter compared to how the brew tastes, but with that being said it's still a sweeter tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and smooth with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. It's a little boozy but not too bad at all. Overall I thought this was good, I certainly enjoyed it!

Dec 30, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark burnt copper-red with a thick, light tan foam blanket that dies to nothing at all, leaving a shiny brandy-looking beer.

Smell is soggy toast, toffee, graham, bourbon, and scotchy caramel.

Taste is caramel, bourbon, dried leafs, bourbon, toffee, bourbon, and dry wood! Needless to say--hot! With a dry, chewy finish.

Aug 27, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Beer looks muddy. Nose is bourbon, oak, tobacco, molasses, brown sugar and a touch of pine. Very sweet and syrupy. Opens brown sugar, molasses and syrup. A touch of hazelnut and a boatload of booze that wafts over the complexities of this beer. Sweet with more maple and molasses at the end. A little one dimensional and coarse. Beer is full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down hot and accented. Really tickles and caresses the throat at the same time.

This is ok, but it needs more time for the booziness to wane a little.

Nov 23, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale blue wax cappped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 12/21/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a brilliant, clear burgundy with about two and a half fingers of beige head. The foam crackles away quickly, leaving a few wisps across the surface and a full collar that fails to impart any lacing whatsoever.

Aromas of bourbon, caramel, toffee and some faint peat, all accompanied by a slight tingle of alcohol in my nasal passages. Enticing and distinct.

Taste is a fairly booze-forward combination of burnt caramel, bourbon, cereal grain, lightly smoked malt, toffee and a hint of wet wood. Despite the constant subtle reminder of the boozey heft this goes down pretty easily.

Full body with mildly sparkling carbonation. Toffee, mildly peaty grains and a kiss of bourbon-soaked oak linger in the finish.

Here we go again. The Bruery has decided to treat us to another case study in bourbon barrel aging in their Chronology series. The base Scotch ale is solid, if a bit boozey, and I'm confident that it will hold up well to its two year sentence in barrels. This is a fine beer that serves to build my excitement for the continuation of the Chronology series.

Jun 11, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark murky brown color with mahogany hues. The head is off white, and fair retention.

A rich ripe aroma of vanilla, peat, earth, toffee, caramel, and toffee. The malt is roasty toasty. A slight floral note.

A very bold peat, toffee, vanilla, toffee, caramel and alcohol. Biscuit, toasted malt, roasted malt, and subtle floral note in the background.

The mouthfeel is coating, and finishes long.

This is the first beer I have had from The Bruery, and it is very good. I am so surprised that the beer is not heavy but it is chewy. Very good flavors. I am looking forward to many beers from here.

Jun 05, 2016
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Tele from California

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 12.21.15)
Consumed: 3.19.16

A: 4.5 Pours a slightly hazy, amber-brown with a small, light tan head.

S: 4.5 Really nice aromas with big bourbon, raisin, fig, toffee, and caramel. Some mild, earthy malt mixes into the background with some herbs and light char and vanilla from the oak.

T: 4.25 Flavors start with moderate sweetness and some more earthy malt. It’s less bourbon and vanilla forward than the nose suggested, but still present and enough to balance out the malt and herby quality. Slight bitterness lingers on the finish.

M: 4.5 Good, substantial body with nice carbonation. Feels satisfying but is still easy-drinking.

O: 4.5 Pretty solid scotch ale from The Bruery. I probably like this more than Backwoods Bastard as it’s a bit more balanced and has more bourbon qualities, but it’s still not quite there. Can’t wait to try the 12-month version.

Mar 20, 2016
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IKR from California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (2016)

Appearance: Cloudy medium-brown in color. Fairly large medium-beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bourbon , brown sugar, and faint toffee notes. No real alcohol alcohol presence in the nose though it's 13.7% ABV.

Taste: Bourbon, mild toffee, mild brown sugar, and mild oak tannic notes. The Bourbon feature strongly but not overwhelming in the taste profile. The alcohol presence is very restrained for the listed ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: The wee heavy base while not prominent still features underneath the bal-aging. It'll be interesting to see if it can hold up to increased bal-aging in the upcoming beers in the series..

Mar 19, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 750-ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Feb. 22, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 26, 2016
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 21, 2015 at 12:25 p.m. PT; Blue waxed cap on neck

Thanks, Chris!

To say I was excited about this would be the understatement of the century. Ever since I tried AleSmith’s Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy, I’ve been kind of obsessed with the style. Once Chris showed me that this was coming up from The Bruery in increments of six, 12 and 18 months, I instantly wanted to try all three. Can’t wait to get this underway.

Poured an auburn, dark amber, murky color with two fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Above average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled sticky caramel, toffee, boozy bourbon up front, but mellowed out, light tobacco, faint dates, some butterscotch (wishful?) and brown sugar. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose. This definitely needs some more time, coming in a tad hot. Getting caramel, toffee, somewhat boozy bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla (didn’t recognize this on the nose), hints of dried tobacco, some oaky wood and muted butterscotch. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.00)

God I wanted this one to be better. I think it will be with time, but not quite there yet. Looking forward to comparing with the 12 and 18-month versions. (Overall - 4.00)

3.90 | 88 | B+

Mar 03, 2016
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Beersnake1 from California

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp to a snifter. Look is great - little lacing and nice carbonation. Light brown. Smell is deep caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Not getting much else on the nose. Taste follows the nose, although there is a bitterness that wasn't apparent on the nose. Lot's of caramel and vanilla, and some bourbon. Very excited to see how the aging works. Mild body - a bit thin. I really love this, and I will definitely seek out more.

Feb 27, 2016
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Mantis from California

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taster at the taproom. Thin off white head. Very boozy on the nose with a heavy malt undertone and very sweet. Gives off an alcoholic heat. Could definitely benefit from more aging. The barrel doesn't hide much with this one. Taste is a very sweet light malt and slightly woody tang on the finish, hints of vanilla. I expected a bit more from this, but it's very hot. Looks great, but doesn't satisfy me as much as the others.

Feb 19, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely brown with a short tan head that's fast fading. Light roasted grain and mild Scotch nose the flavor profile and balance is excellent. Super well balanced with a light elegant carbonation makes for a full and creamy mouthfeel that really highlights the barrel character and the Scotch. Moreover, it improves as it warms and is just a delicious quintessential barrel aged Scotch assertive beer. Really well done.

Feb 14, 2016
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Furlinator from California

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours rusty brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that quickly disappears completely. The smell is of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is of caramel malt, brown sugar, subtle vanilla and bourbon. Sweet but, not cloying.

Jan 16, 2016
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