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

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Gude Greg's Wee Heavy Private ReserveGude Greg's Wee Heavy Private Reserve

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Chico1985 on 10-16-2010

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Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Glass. Comes out as a mahogany chestnut color. An off-white/tan colored head with many different size bubbles reveal themselves during the pour. It sticks around for several minutes. Not much lacing from the head, however each sip, the liquid clings onto the glass the way back down to the pool of the rest of it. Pretty good looking, slightly better than the average of the style.

The smell was pretty good, but for a Wee Heavy (especially a Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer) it was a little underwhelming; not to say there's not a lot going on. Certainly starts off a little boozy. Bourbon whiskey starts it off, a little woody, oak I guess. A little sweetness added with slight hints of vanilla. So overall the smell is good, but it lacks strength.

Where the smell lacks, it makes up for in the taste. Again it starts off very strong with the boozy aspects. Bourbon comes right out at you. Vanilla oak comes out at you again. Hints of maple and brown sugar for a little extra sweetness. Has some slight liquor taste of dehydrated dark fruits like glazed dates and figs, also ends with a slight coconut flavor. Malts are pretty standard, caramelized; the only thing it really lacks are peat malts. I love scotch ales/wee heavy's to have a smokey flavor (and smell). If it had that I'd probably give it a perfect score. It's very good with slight room for improvement.

Mouthfeel is good, not sure of the ABV, but it bites at you slightly. It has a good carbonation level overall too. There's a slight buttery feel to it as well. It's pretty drinkable, but more of a slow sipper in my opinion. I think this would appease to the liquor fans who are trying to get into beer. Overall I like the beer quite a bit. I'm a fan of the style and this is a unique version of it that I wouldn't hate seeing more of in the future.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is smoke, leather and tobacco. I get a little bit of caramel malt, but it is fairly faint. The aroma is not bad, but it is not too great either. The flavor is a little bit better. I get a lot of smoke and peat malt, as well as some caramel and toffee malts. I also get a little bit of oak from the barrel aging, as well as some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but a bit of a disappointment overall.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ShogoKawada for this generous extra - not at all on my radar, though I very much enjoy the style.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Gordon Highland thistle.

Pale, clear redwood body with a soft dense creamy half finger of Isabelline. Good retention, lacing, and legs.

Light tobacco, vanilla, and coconut in the nose suggested from the contributions of a bourbon barrel. Somewhat fusel if you inhale fully. Deep caramelized maltiness undergirds these aromas.

Candy apple, toffee, and light cream on the palate...this followed quickly by potent bourbon flavors and a moderate amount of heat. I'm not detecting any hop flavor, and whatever bitterness is in the profile is extremely mild, though the finish isn't cloying.

Creamy, quite warming, with sufficient carbonation.

This style is substantial enough that you'd think it wouldn't be overwhelmed by a little time in a barrel, but all but the faintest peat-like subtlety has been stamped out by the bourbon here. This knocks the score down a little bit for me, but this is a very tasty beer none the less. Curious how it compares to Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale...

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger coarse, off-white head with moderate retention that dissipates into a wisp of white surrounded by big bubbles. Beer is a semi-clear washed-out mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick.

S: Nose is fantastically aromatic and sweet. Notes of liquified cherry, strawberry, and other red fruit. Woody. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet booziness.

T: Very sweet right off the bat. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some tropical fruit. Brown sugar and booze creep around in the background. Vanilla and woodiness at the end with a spicy, sweet, hot finish. Aftertaste is caramel, brown sugar, and toffee.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Hot. Prickly carbonation on the tongue. Oily and slick on the palate. Silky going down with an accented finish and a lingering aftertaste.

D: This one's definitely for those with a sweet tooth. A bit of heat makes me wonder what the ABV is here. Tropical fruit, vanilla, and subtle oakiness make this one a finely barrel-aged beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of telecomz
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown. Light foam.

S - Bourbon dominates everything about this beer. Little malt or wood.

T - Nice bourbon flavor but it overpowers any chance for the oak or malt to come thru. This beer is OK, but might be better with aging.

M - Medium bodied.

D - A little hot. Again, this would be better with aging.

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Photo of GuruDel
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz split with a friend. Big thanks to Jagger as this was an extra in a recent trade.

A: Pours a nice deep reddish color. Minimal head but pour was soft.

S: nice bourbon right off the bat, I am a Jack drinker so I love this smell. Sweetness follows right after in the form of caramel and toffee.

T: exactly that of the nose, bourbon, whiskey flavor upfront followed with a sweet caramel and toffee notes.

M: decently thick and perfectly carbonated for my likes

D: I would love to drink this again, really enjoyable.

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Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Heavy bourbon notes, rich maltiness, some smoke, some dark fruit.

L: Murky orangish brown, nice bright egg-shell white head that dissipates.

T: Kiss of bouron followed by rich sweetness. Medium low bitterness with more bourbon sweetness. Very clean with a finish of slight bourbon oak and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation.

A solid beer, one of the better ones i've had from BBC. Not sure how differnet this is to the regular BA scotch, but i really enjoyed this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick. Not sure how this differs from Berkshire's regular BBSA, they seem very similar to me.

Dark cola brown appearance with a small lingering head. Lots of toffee sweetness on the nose, overt bourbon, mild booziness, vanilla. Smells inviting. Tastes quite good, plenty of caramel sweetness from both the barrel and malt. There's a bit of astringency on the back end, light booziness, hints of vanilla and fruit. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not offensively so. Pretty enjoyable stuff, though the bourbon barrel threatens to overwhelm the base beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claspada
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of montrose79 at a recent bottle share.

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a inch or so worth of off-white head. Nothing to crazy here.

Aromas begin with a ton of booze right away along with some sweet fruit notes and dark caramels. There is some oak and vanilla in there, too, along with a bit of ethanol and peaty scotch. Really spirit forward, the only beer quality is the light dark caramel maltiness.

The taste is basically straight scotch barrel. Tons of vanilla with a more moderate/dominant oak flavor. Dark caramel, raisins, light nuts and even some toasted coconut (especially on the back end).

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, thank goodness or this would be like drinking straight scotch whiskey. Barrel flavors linger/burn on the palate long after consumption.

Overall, this beer is only for fans of straight scotch. The whiskey really dominates the beer, but if you're into that, then it works. While it's drinkable, this is not beer in my opinion. I personally feel that you cannot 100% BA a scotch ale or any beer with such a low ABV because it will just totally dominate the flavor profile. Let leave the barrel aging to the imperial stouts and barleywine going forward.

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