Wavell Gunn
Olde Hickory Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
4.14 | pDev: 5.8%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Aged in fine Highland Scotch Barrels.

Wavell Gunn is a nod to classic Highland Scotch Whisky. This beer is rich with caramel malt sweetness tamed by a mild earthiness. Subtle peat smoke, salty sea air and whisky heat imparted from aging in Scotch barrels provide Wavell Gunn with its resemblance to a fine Scotch.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottles 2016

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- malty caramel, toffee & chocolate on the nose up front, along with earthy tobacco. The scotch barrel comes through, adding floral notes, as well as a hint of peat and some briny notes. Fig and dark cherry closes it out

T- sweet and malty with equal parts caramel and chocolate as it opens, followed by honey and brown sugar. Mid-palate gives some briny notes, as well as a bit of peat. The finish gives some floral notes and a hint of smoke, closing out with figs and prune

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- the scotch barrel really comes through and matches the base beer well

Nov 09, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a smidge of tan head. Viscious, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Tons of peat, leafy hops, later figs & black cherry shows up, lovely nose, a bit of booze in there once warm

T: Follows, the nose, some noticable booze warth up front,plus figs & black cherry. Peatyness, leafy tobacco, figs & dryness, boozeyness vanishes as this warms, some serious malty dryness as well. Finshes pretty dry with a little toffee & caramel, plus leafy hops & more subdued peat

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, was looking for a bit more body

Solid Wee Heavy, doesn't quite pull together for greatness. Glad I got to try it

Dec 25, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Bottled 05/17/2016

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear deep mahogany in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate ruby red + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger sudsy tan head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel + chocolate + toffee malts with slightly stronger than moderate amounts of caramel + toffee sweetness. Moderate aromas of vanilla + smoked peat + toasted oak as well as light flavors of scotch whiskey and light earthy hops + brininess.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel + chocolate + toffee malts with slightly stronger than moderate amounts of caramel + toffee sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of vanilla + scotch whiskey + toasted oak + smoked peat. Light flavors of brininess and light to moderate flavors of earthy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away leaving lingering scotch whiskey + caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable and wonderfully constructed as I would have expected from any barrel-aged offering from Olde Hickory. Wonderfully mellow flavors of scotch and the aging has definitely not worsened the beer in any way (as good, though subtly different as when I tried it fresh). Excellent and drinks very easy for the strength though it is much more a sipping beer.

Jul 31, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from 5/17/16 poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black, with a thin rim of lace. Aroma is scotch, vanilla, and some chocolate notes. The taste is right in line. The smoke and peat notes come out as it warms. A nice touch. The mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation low. Overall, a pricey but possibly worth it if you can still find it Scotch ale aged in Highland barrels.

Sep 23, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While the taste of Scottish ale is certainly not shy on flavor, complexity or malt-centric balance, an extended stay in Highland scotch whisky barrels brings out more of the beer's rustic, peaty and indigenous charm.

Wavell Gunn comes with a near bright bronze color and tawny goldenrod highlights. Short on foam stature, the ale swirls with bold caramel, toffee and a lighter molasses and mesquite perfume. Its taste is sweet on the early palate with honey, caramel, toast and pecan.

As the sweetness slowly relaxes, the beer's earthen properties of honey and molasses take on nutty and toasty proportions, all ahead of a peat heavy bogishness that comes with the barrel complexities. Stone and pitted fruits show a mild tar lining like grape and prune with those oaken, peaten, soft smoky notes that only scotch whisky can deliver.

Full in body, but the beer has a relaxed demeanor. Gentlemanly yet elegant, the flavors balance its lingering sweetness with toasty, peppery and oak spices to aid in dryness. A simmering warmth of booze resonates on the deep finish while hints of tobacco and mesquite sound a sweet and earthy echo

Mar 16, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful toffee brown with small bubble islands. Smell is full of caramel, peat smoke, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet notes first, then smoky earth elements, finished off with the barrel character, both wood and scotch ale aspects. Perfectly balanced body and luxuriously smooth.

Jan 01, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/17/16.Pours into a goblet a ruddy brown with a thin tannish colored head atop.Caramel and peat stand out most in the nose wich is a good contrast,there is some earth detected as well wich was a bit surprising.A smooth mellow feel is just right for this beer.Mellow is a good term for the flavor profile as well,peaty with light whiskey notes,caramel sweetness lingers in the finish along with some spice likely from the whiskey barrel.It's really good but not great...in my opinion.

Jul 20, 2016
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WesHowl from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a dark tan / caramel color, quarter inch head which faded quickly.

Smell: Caramel, peat, whiskey.

Taste: Strong caramel up front, followed by smokey, smooth Highland Scotch. Not overpowering on the peat or smokiness, very approachable for occasional (or non) scotch drinkers. The scotch becomes slightly more pronounced as it warms.

Feel: A bit lighter than other Wee Heavys.

Overall: An excellent base Scotch ale which is taken over the top in outstanding Highland Scotch barrels. I highly recommend for fans of the wee heavy and barrel aged beers in general.

Jul 08, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives the color of iced tea, with a frothy head that retains decently; shards of lacing linger

Smell: Caramel, earthy tones and hints of peat and Scotch barrel

Taste: Caramel forward, with the earthy tones building, perhaps some peat through the middle; warm Scotch barrel flavors arrive, after the swallow; the alcohol is well hidden

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though the mouthfeel was a a bit lighter than I expected for a Wee Heavy, I enjoyed the flavors here as everything has come together very nicely

Jun 18, 2016
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 31 ratings