Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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87
very good
104 Ratings
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Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private ReserveGude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshirebrewingcompany.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Chico1985 on 10-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
15.01%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
21
For Trade:
1
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Photo of runeatdrink
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts and a faint touch off hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle released in Oct 2016. Sampled on January 29, 2017.

It has a handsome looking mahogany pour with ruby red hues and a modest, tan head with a little alcohol legs.

The aroma is pleasantly malt forward with an emphasis on toffee, caramel, and butterscotch. I also get the wood and grape characteristics of a Bourbon. No alcohol on the nose that I could ascertain.

Full, smooth body. Just warming and lovely.

Big caramel and toffee malt sweetness in the taste with no alcohol burn and a mild sweet finish. This is malt-forward in every respect and it is a fabulous beer.

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Photo of botolphus
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted this on shelf at Blanchards in Marshfield MA. Had been looking for a wee heavy/ scotch ale for a little while (seems to be a dearth of scotch ales this holiday season in 2016-2017, at least in SE Mass) so was happy to stumble on this.

Look: color is consistent with a scotch. Dark brown, mild hints of red. Some decent midrange foam head, subsided a little within minutes

Smell: mostly bourbon/ alcohol. I was expecting malty notes (consistent with a typical wee/scotch), but they were not very evident. This, and Taste, is a big reason for my "low" score - a (tasty, very) nice beer, but way too much deviation from what I thought I was buying (i.e., a scotch ale)

Taste: vanilla, a hint of cherry cola, and full-on whiskey were predominant. Malt and, to a lesser extent, smoke were hiding in the background, wished they had made it more to the front. As previously mentioned, was expecting a beer more aligned with a typical Scotch ale. This one, not so much.

Feel: thinner than what a wee heavy is known for.

Overall: a tasty beer, but a fair way outside the range for what one would consider a wee heavy scotch ale. I would drink it again, but not when I was looking for a true scotch ale.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany in color. Can't see through it. Ummmm. Pretty good. Total vanilla bomb. Some cola. Oak. Although, might be getting some butter. Lower in carb. Smooth sipping. Eh.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

BERKSHIRE GUDE GREG'S BBA SCOTCH ALE 11/24/16

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Hazy copper with a three inch offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Alcohol and mild dark fruit.

t; Follows the nose. Slightly sweet and sour finish.

m; Medium, good body and some carbonation tingle.

o; Right on for style, aroma and taste, although the fruit notes sometimes get a little too strong and border on sour. Good sipping and not overly powerful ABV makes this easier drinking than some, although Founders' Backwoods Bastard may still have it beat for overall pleasing flavor, not to mention price.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into the test glass.
A - Caramel colored, nice clarity, thin cap and french lingerie lacing the glass.
S - Warm vanilla notes, hint of toffee, peat, and toasted oak.
T - Follows the nose nicely. some earthy elements added.
M - Slick start, wonderful body, lightly carbonated, linger is sweet and lasting.
O - A real treat from BBC, an homage in proper fashion. A fine scotch ale, with added barrel time turns this to a aclassic.
Cheers Greg

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

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Mikro's charity sale. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear deep brown body under an inch of frothy off-white head that recedes fairly rapidly and leaves spotty lace. Decent.

S: Rich, smooth bourbon barrel blissfully dominates, with vanilla, toffee, and charred oak. Simple and delightful.

T: Follows the nose up front, with the dark fruits and caramel malts of the base beer accenting the still-dominant barrel presence. Long, smooth, sugared finish. A little cloying, but delicious.

M: Fully carbonated medium body. A bit thicker and this could pass for a BBBW.

O: This bottle was aged at the brewery, and it shows: the barrel comes through as if it were fresh, but it's impeccably smooth in every way. Terrific beer, one that I'm glad I got to try.

Cheers!

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