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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jrenihan on 12-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
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7
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20
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Rapido in Gatineau.

A - Pours a murky amber colour with one finger of off white head that goes fast. Decent carbonation. Spatterings of thick lace, minimal retention.

S - Big bourbon and dark fruit, boozy, sugary. Seemed less interesting to start, but came through with dark cherry and some darker malt character.

T - Less boozy than aroma leads on. Bourbon still definitely there with sugary sweetness and dark fruit. Booze is there but certainly not offensive.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, sweet and slightly bourbony but also very dry.

O/D - This definitely doesn't break any new ground on the barrel aging front, but it is a tasty beer. However, I have to admit this grew on me a lot. It became complex, stayed sweet, less boozy, and stayed interesting. Not a bad shot at the game.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle to a snifter.
Bottle cellared since spring 2013.

This beer pours a chestnut brown with no head appearing, but a thin ring of foam. The smell is very Bourbon forward and there are also notes of vanilla, malts and some spices. The taste is sweet, Bourbon and oak with a leathery and very warm finish. The carbonation is very low and the feel is medium.

This is the second time I have tried this beer, and it has improved with age, in my opinion, but it still seems too boozy and Bourbon forward. Perhaps it is just my palate, but I did not find much more to this than the Bourbon profile.

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Wee Heavy Bourbon from Microbrasserie Le Castor
3.93 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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