Sympathy Weight

Sympathy Weight, Monday Night Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Sympathy Weight is a classic wee heavy scotch ale aged in maple bourbon barrels. With aromas of chocolate and raspberry on the nose, this 12% ABV ale has a smooth mouthfeel. The sweetness of the maple syrup balances the smokiness of the malts, resulting in a sultry, layered ale.

Profile

ABV: 
12.0%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
45º - 50º F
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Sympathy Weight by Monday Night Brewing is a bourbon-barrel aged Wee Heavy and is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (category 33B from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The Wee Heavy style is noted as being a rich, full, malty Scottish ale with strong, rich caramel malt flavors and occasionally a faint peat smoke. The best Specialty Wood-Aged Beers have a "harmonious blend" between the base beer and the wood/spirits resulting in a flavorful, complex blend. This Wee heavy was aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels.

This Wee Heavy pours deep amber with ruby highlights, clear, with a small, finely-beaded, tan head. The aroma is strong caramel malt with lighter peat smoke and bourbon. The body is full with a moderate-light carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth; but, moderate woody astringency detracts. Rich, caramel malt dominates the flavor with a complement of bourbon and a hint of toasted oak, peat smoke, and maple. The finish displays strong caramel malt, bourbon, and a lingering alcohol, warmth with woody astringency. This beer is a pleasant Wee Heavy but the barrel aging leaves this beer finishing a little harsh.

Brewery Introduction

Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based craft brewery. We brew beers for the weeknights – balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food.

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