Chronology:18 - Wee Heavy
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Nov 01, 2020
Dec 06, 2016
Chronology:18 - Wee HeavyChronology:18 - Wee Heavy
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer which is topped by a finger of off white head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a ton of toffee and caramel with a solid oak backbone. Hints of vanilla and dark fruits as well.
T: Taste is toffee and caramel with some banana bread like notes. Vanilla and oak come in as well along with some dark stewed fruits with a hint of coconut. On the swallow there's more oak, caramel, sticky toffee, vanilla, dark fruits and slight coconut
M: This beer has a body which is on the heavier side of things. Texture is slightly chewy while the beer has an adequate amount of carbonation. Due to the ABV this on has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. It has good flavors and a nice amount of complexity. Everything is well balanced and well integrated. This beer holds up to 18 months in oak better than the first version they did.
Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Mar 30, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Split with rudzud
Decent foamy bubbly head, light lacing dark brown color semi clear decent legs

Nose similar to the others little more bourbon, more sweet brown sugar caramel, nice barrel

Taste big bourbon and sweet, smooth alcohol, big candy, light alcohol, very nice

Mouth is similar but a little hot

Overall almost as good as the 6 month, much better than the 12 month, little hot
Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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. Flashes of buttery oak.

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

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
Rated: 4.81 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle into a snifter appears mahogany in color with a khaki head.

It smells fruity, tangy and musty.

The taste is tart cherry, oak and vanilla. Clearly something has gone awry here because it tastes nothing like the others in this series.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its infected enough that it is drastically different from the rest of the series but not infected enough yet that it is putrid. Just, ummm different than advertised/expected.
Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 4.46 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Aug 10, 2017
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep aqua blue wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 11/17/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep burnt amber with a finger and a half cap of quickly dissolving ecrue head. A meager island of retention lingers, along with a thin rail but no lacing remains.

Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and a little bread. It all comes together malty and sweet. Quite nice.

Taste follows the nose. Big, bold bourbon, dark fruit skin, vanilla, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, wet oak, leather and plenty of booze. Despite the alcohol heft the welcoming flavor makes this dangerously easy to drink.

Full, slick feel with fluffy but gentle carbonation. The finish holds notes of toffee, burnt caramel and apple skins drowning in strongly vanilla-noted bourbon.

The Bruery continues showing me the magic of extended barrel aging. As I noticed in their initial four releases of the old ale these Chronology brews turn a corner at 12 and, at least for my tastes, really take off after an 18+ month sentence in oak. The base beer is solid and the barrel character really takes it to the next level.
Jul 06, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jul 01, 2017
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: The Bruery
Price: $28.00
Purchased: N/A; Received Feb. 20, 2017
Consumed: May 27, 2017
Reviewed as: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Misc.: Bottled on Nov. 17, 2016; Waxed neck

Thanks for picking this one up for me, Chris!

Excited to try this one after really liking the 12 (4.13) more than the 6 (3.90). Huge fan of the style and by style I mean the Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy style. Comparing the 12 and 18 versions tonight. Hopefully can taste a difference.

Poured a reddish brown-to-chestnut brown semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan frothy head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smell was overall just more pronounced than the 12. Got smooth bourbon, oaky leather, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, dark fruits, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Man, this smelled great. Much better than the 12 and obviously the 6. Very sweet. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste was pretty damn good as well, I don’t know if as big a jump as the smell from the 12 to the 18, but still good. Got smooth bourbon, toffee, sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, hints of butterscotch, maple syrup, leather, oak and hints of molasses. Just lovely. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Man those six months in between do wonders. This was clearly the best of the three I got to try. Awesome. (Overall - 4.25)

4.26 | 95 | A
Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by tbone1384 from Wyoming

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by Lucnifter from California

Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Jan 01, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Furlinator from California

Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by shoegueuze from California

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by jeff1973 from California

Dec 06, 2016
Chronology:18 - Wee Heavy from The Bruery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 17 ratings