Tusk & Grain Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy W/ Hazelnuts & Cacao Nibs
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Tusk & Grain Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy W/ Hazelnuts & Cacao NibsTusk & Grain Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy W/ Hazelnuts & Cacao Nibs
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
4.24 | pDev: 6.84%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Tusk & Grain Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy W/ Hazelnuts & Cacao NibsTusk & Grain Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy W/ Hazelnuts & Cacao Nibs
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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark two finger head that retained reasonably. The coloring is dark auburn, reminding me of wood stain. Hazelnuts on the nose and milk chocolate. The taste is more cocoa nibs than nutty, raisin and tiny char notes. Simply Splendid! The mouthfeel needs work it is thinner like the others of this series, but for taste this is the best one I've had.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, May 09, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer across the board that falls on the sweet end of the spectrum for my taste. That being said, the bourbon barrel and scotch ale sing in total harmony, and the cacao nibs and hazelnuts bring their unique blend of earthy sweetness to the mix. Real standout beer that’s expertly executed.

Pours an golden bronze hue with a moderate cap of soapy white foam.

Aroma is outstanding - roasted malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon and hint of brown sugar. Intoxicating.

Taste, as I mentioned before, hits on the sweeter side with the hazelnuts bringing an earthy, nutty sweetness to the mix complemented by the slightly bitter-but-sweet chocolate. That's on the back end, and what precedes it is toasted grain, caramel, toffee and oak.

Nice smooth mouthfeel - feels substantial with very little alcohol heat. Lingering malt-sweetness sticks on the palate.

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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts, Jan 25, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tusk & Grain continue to churn out likable barrel-aged offerings, which will never get the fanfare of other, more exclusive releases, but which you're not sorry at all to find regularly available on shelves. They balanced the adjuncts nicely here, the hazelnuts present but low key, chocolate undertones for sure, as well as a refreshing bit of smoke, which contrasts nicely with the emergent sweetness. Feel is slick, maybe not quite capturing the balance of weight/thickness you want, but that's a minor concern. Overall, this is a tasty BA beer that will satisfy the sweet-toothers without giving you an insta-case of diabetes.

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breadwinner from California, Sep 25, 2017
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass and thin khaki head that dissipates to patches and a ring around th glass with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, figs and dates, rather boozy. Flavor is dry caramel and biscuit malt, bourbon, light cocoa and hazelnuts, figs, raisins and dates. Big malty bourbon finish with lingering nuts and dark fruit. Full bodied with nice lightly creamy mouth feel. There is a bit of old ale biscuit in the body, but overall it is clearly a big wee heavy (is that a conflict of terms?). Lots of good dark dried fruit flavors, lighter notes of the cocoa and hazelnut and bourbon overall. I'm a big fan of bourbon in beer, but I think maybe the robust flavor of bourbon masks a little of the nuance of the hazelnuts and definitely the cocoa. But then again, there is nice woody bourbon here and that redeems a lot. This is big enough that it merges into strong ale territory, but there is still enough of the dark fruit notes to recognize the wee heavy origins. A very nice strong, barreled wee heavy with good bourbon. Warming, but the ABV well covered. I haven't has a Saint Archer beer for a long time, but I will be watching for the Tusk and Grain series, this is very nice.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Aug 28, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A wallop of a wee heavy. I actually get less prominent hazelnut than the two reviews from May, so it might be fading quickly (though it was still definitely there and a nice contributor to the flavor profile). The base beer is full of caramel and raisin, sweet and malty. The hazelnuts stand out most on the nose, while the cacao nibs emerge later on the palate, adding a welcome layer of complexity and a bit of bitterness to what otherwise could be an unbalanced sugar bomb. The bourbon barrel is very evident, with a lot of oak and boozy heat that gives the impression of a higher ABV. However, the actual, strangely precise 11.32% is more consistent with the underwhelming and thin mouthfeel, which along with the boozy sting from the bourbon and moderate carbonation, gives a bit of a soda-like impression.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tend to have a particular soft spot for almost all BA wee heavies, but the adjuncts made me a little circumspect about this one, as I wasn't sure how they'd combine together into something pleasing and harmonious. False alarm: it was artfully done. Neither the cacao nor the hazelnuts (most worrisome of all) overwhelmed the beer, or the wonderful barrel character that Saint Archer was able to bring to it. This was my first beer from them, but now I know it won't be my last.

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EdwardAbbey from Washington, Jun 22, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at near room temperature into a 16 oz Magnify Snulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a deep mahogany with a massive two inch dark tan head that leaves behind a massive amount of lace, patches all over the place.

Smell is hazelnut, dark fruit, cocoa, oaked vanilla, toffee, and some warming alcohol and a little Smoky bourbon comes out.

Taste follows hazelnut, cocoa nibs, dates, toffee, caramel, vanilla, and some warming bourbon tickles the palate and leaves you begging for another sip.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, a good amount of carbonation for the style, slightly dry as you would expect, and a sipper that goes down pretty easy, because of its complexity.

Overall this is the best BA Wee Heavy I have ever had, Backwoods Bastard and Wulver have nothing on this. Really a pleasure to drink, thx @Lingenbrau for this incredible beer.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, May 27, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A lot of hazelnut in the aroma and flavor. The oak also comes through in the taste nicely along with some dark fig like fruits and vanilla. The body is a little bit too watery. Alcohol is very well integrated though. The only other beer that I have got this much hazelnut flavor from is Grey Monday from The Bruery, so theres that.

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Tusk & Grain Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy W/ Hazelnuts & Cacao Nibs from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 26 ratings