Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged) | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged)Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged)
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Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged)Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We reserved a small amount of our winter ale for this extra special treatment. Aged in used oak bourbon barrels for six months, the beer has flavors that bring to mind currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy!

Added by harrymel on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of woody notes with some grilled corn notes with light bourbon and vanilla notes. Taste is a weird mix of grilled corn, vanilla, bourbon with a bitter and astringent finish which is not the most pleasant. Body is light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Unbalanced with too much corn notes coming through with also too much astringency for the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber infused walnut brown with thick off white head that didnt last to long.Vanilla tinged oak and mild fruitiness in the nose,the vanilla is the main component I picked up.Flavors have almost a Canadian whiskey profile to them with their vanilla spice and sweetness,I liked it.Some brown sugar and fruity notes rounded out the flavors.A nice beer to have to celebrate the Lions...yeah the frickin Lions in the the playoffs!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red brown amber. One finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dominated by whisky with oak and vanilla. Flavor is nice, pleasant whisky, dark and caramel malt, dark fruit. Finishes with sweet fruit, malt and whisky and a perfect amount of oak. Flavors are well integrated. Moderate to heavy, creamy body. Overall a very pleasant oaked scotch ale, I'm impressed. This is an very nice ale from Hale's line up and surprisingly flavorful for its ABV. I waited a while to try this and now hope I can find another bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue with lots of haze to the body. Heady cascaded creamily into three fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: sweet malt with lots of luscious vanilla and oak character. The alcohol and oak add a bit of fruitiness to it; I like it a great deal. Wood aging works well with a wee heavy.

Taste: big and mean, but nowhere as pleasant as the aroma. Malt is rich and sweet with more of that oak and vanilla, but it then fades into an overly alcoholic, astringent and unpleasantly bitter end with a finish of vegetal hops. Starts great, ends less-so. Perhaps the lesson is to just keep drinking it.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good carbonation and good resulting creaminess. I like it.

Overall: not a bad beer, but the aftertaste is not working for me. The aroma is wonderful, but the rest of the flavor could use some work.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown with a bugundy hue with a nice dirty white cap

S:Wood, Earthy, caramel, vanilla and bourbon

T: Caramelized sugar, toffee, vanilla and oak, bourbon is just right on this beer. Very mellow and balanced for the most part but with a dying finish on the end
which also renders some dark fruits.
M: Medium to big body

O: A good beer

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy caramel-amber with a thin, amber tinted head.

Smell. Caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon and some old dank wood.

Taste. Light caramel and woody bourbon, vanilla and a bit of grainy malt with a little hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer that drinks easy right now. Enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sharpski
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle:

Brewed 06.12.11
Bottled Nov. 2011
OG 1.070
Wee Heavy Aged in Kentucky Oak Barrels

"This special edition of our winter ale was actually brewed in the summer! Aged in Kentucky Oak barrels for six months, the beer has flavors reminiscent of currants, caramel, and bourbon. Enjoy."

A: pours a hazy, toasted date color with a transient finger of light peanut foam. The foam is fine in nature and sticks around as a centrally dissipating dome and a confluent ring. Spotty lace.
S: The barrel is strong in this one. Bourbon up front, but not alcoholic, sweet and appreciable. Some nice creamy malts, caramel, brown sugar and hints of dates.
T: Mmm. This is good. Wow. Bourbon is well balanced in this brew. What a find! Some nice sweet malts are bready and young. Theres a note of yeast in this as well. Vanilla and the slightest hint of bitterness. Underlying pekoe tea as well.
M: Medium bodied with some light, smooth carbonation. Theres a wet and solid feel to the finish and the alcohol then warms the throat ever so slightly (like the third or fourth exhale after a shot of strait whiskey).
O: I'm really impressed with this beer. I saw it sitting on the shelf at the grocer, and nabbed one. Really dug the flavor on this one. Really nice. Might be grabbing a few more of these.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 11/30/2012) into a snifter. Pours a murky amber mahogany w/ a 1-finger off-white head that leaves behind some patchy film.

Aroma is fruity, bourbony, sweet. Rum-soaked raisins, sugary figs, w/ a hint of toffee.

Taste likewise is bourbon-forward and fruity sweet. Oodles of caramel malt, soft vanilla. Lots of residual sugars here and plenty of boozy heat. Not subtle.

Mouthfeel is light and a little thin. I don't like syrupy beers but this one goes a tad too far the other way. Oaky dry finish.

Overall I'm enjoying this more than my individual scores indicate. It's a tasty sipper of a beer, just not in the same league with some of the great barrel-aged brews out there.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gtg642
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sukwonee
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear reddish dark brown body with 1 finger head.

S: Orange zest, brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits - while this sounds good, it's not very interesting, imo.

T: Starts off ok. Bourbon note, hops, dark fruits... and it finishes off like... I am drinking sparkling water or club soda.... flavours disappear fast...

M: Very very thin body and sharp carbonation. Very very dry (not in a good way). It feels like you're drinking sparkling water.

O: For $8.99 a bottle, it was just cheap enough for me to try this... I DO NOT LIKE beers Hale's makes... bourbon aged or not. This is the most flavor-less bourbon barrel aged beer I have ever tasted.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bookseeb
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Whiskey Bar in Seattle.
Appearance has an extra dark color supporting a heavy creamy head leaving a curtain of lace. Smell of dominant heavy caramel malt having a mild whiskey aroma. Taste of the heavy sweet caramel malt backbone, mild oak and vanilla with a strong bourbon background. Mouthfeel is medium/smooth with a good balance of carbonatation. A great beer for a whiskey lover to sip and enjoy.

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Wee Heavy (Barrel Aged) from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 81.1% out of 100 with 37 ratings
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