Wee Heavy Bourbon | Microbrasserie Le Castor

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
microlecastor.ca

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jrenihan on 12-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TBonez477
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have no idea why this beer isn't rated much higher overall. This is extremely comparable to Backwoods Bastard. Aroma is oak, leather, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste follows with a great warmth from the alcohol to carry the sweetness as well as complexity from the barrel aging. Body is smooth and velvety, lower carbonation allows the flavor to carry itself. I thought this was overall an excellent beer and would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Depanneur AS in Montreal for $12.49 for a 660ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip letting it warm as required

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/4" white head that is gone in seconds. Very dark brown colour and unfiltered.

S- Fruity with little bourbon barrel scent. Sweet

T- Bourbon shines though along with sweetness and malt. Very little scotch here as it's been taken over by bourbon. Nice malt and almost no hops to be seen. Very nice well rounded brew.

M- Sticky and syrup like. Very nice

O- Very good brew. I like this one a lot. Has great balance and super sweet which I typically do not like but this one is very good. Wonder why this one is not rated higher. Price is a bit of consideration but this is a fine brew so I did not rate it down in the overall department because of price like I do for other over priced brews.

Food Pairing

This wonderful full brew went well with....... Osso Bucco. The shank with thyme, rosemary, bay leaf on a salt and peppered beef shank and stock just opens up the brew..... and the beef!

Enjoy

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Malenkimol
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, premierr gorgé raide mais tres bonnr par la suite

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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Le Castor Wee Heavy looks none the worse for wear despite spending time in charred bourbon barrels. You won't see your finger on the other side but transparency is different from translucency; the deep Morello cherry complexion may be a bit shadowy but still shows glowing amber highlights. Even its soapy white head made it out intact, lacing and all.

The aroma is a little reserved at first but both the sticky-sweet malt and effects of the bourbon barrels gradually show more and more with warmth. There's a great deal of dried fruit flavour, enough to remind me of a health food bar (though I doubt there's any on the market with this kind of alcohol presence). By and large, caramel and peat still steer the ship.

Le Castor Grande Réserve satisfies both your sweet tooth as well as that part of you that had a long day at work and just wants to unwind. It is strong and satiating but not out of proportion; the creamy caramel, nutty honeycomb and fig/raisin paste flavours of the malt not only stand up to the vanilla, butterscotch and baking spices of the barrel but flatter them.

Despite the use of bourbon, the similarities to Port are irrefutable: there's nuances of fig, apricot, blackberry and raspberry doused in caramel, cinnamon spice, milk chocolate and roasted hazelnut shavings. Of course there's also singed oak splinters and mineral-y, mossy, vegetal peat flavours related to the base beer. It's a real neat - and very chewy - combination.

Le Castor is undoubtedly one of Quebec's finest microbreweries and offerings like the Grande Réserve Wee Heavy Bourbon really underline that point. Bourbon barrels are dangerous when in the wrong hands, but in this case they were used responsibly and ingeniously - scotch meets bourbon and the result is a smooth, drinkable 'thunder and lightning' tandem.

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Photo of mademers
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of korguy123
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a BIF box from a super generous Quebec BA.
Skipped my medication to enjoy it tonight.

Bottle into tulip.

Murky, dark brown pour. Thin ring around glass with no lacing.

Caramel, toffee, strawberries, some maple syrup and a touch of bourbon. It's very subtle smelling.

Caramel, toffee, dark stone fruits, some peanuts with a slight metallic taste. Bourbon is sweet and smooth with a little lightness. Not overly 'bourbony' or 'hot' very simple yet effective.

Light to medium body, low carbonation, sticky on the lips.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-brown amber color with a smallish light tan head and a little lacing

S-caramel, malt, bourbon, nutty, vanilla

T-butterscotch, caramel, malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and maybe a little hot

O-a nice sipping wee heavy, really benefits from the bourbon but a little hot now, would probably benefit from some aging

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Rutager out in BC. Fitting that a brew from QE would end up in BC before landing in ON only to be drunk in The Netherlands.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy and crackly off-white head with okay retention. Head fades to a full cap and hugs the sides of the glass. A clear dark maroon brown body with lower levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some foamy lacing down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Oak, bourbon, vanilla and coconut on the nose. Lots of other malty and barrel notes with caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of red fruits as well. Bold and candy-like. Enticing for sure.

TASTE: Oak, caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some bourbon and vanilla flavors through the middle into the swallow. A big and bold finish of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, toffee and butterscotch is sweet and flavorful. Lots of nice flavor but could use a bit of bitterness to balance it just a touch more. Still, that is a minor issue, as all the sweetness is actually really well done and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No burn at all.

OVERALL: This was really nice. The feel could be a touch creamier, but that’s a minor complaint. This is really good all around, and while I might like a touch more bitterness as balance, all the sweet flavors work really well and never become difficult or challenging. A good malt bomb that I would very much enjoy drinking again. Thanks again Rutager! Good stuff.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ruby color with a small head that disappear quickly , almost no carbonation. Nice whiskey smell, there's also vanilla aromas, caramel, dark fruits and black licorice. In the mouth you really taste the dark fruits and black licorice. There's a subtle whiskey taste and it definitely doesn't feel like an 11% beer. I expected more of a bourbon taste from it, but otherwise it's not bad at all.

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Wee Heavy Bourbon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
3.93 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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