Wee Heavy - Dry Dock Brewing Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
Holy highland sheep dip! This is a stumblingly big, sticky sweet "wee" heavy. Just a little of the old sod in the aroma with a hint of iodine. Deep reddish amber in the tulip with a thin mustache of foam. The sprightly mouthfeel is what makes this glowering malty mess drinkable.
Vast depths of sweet malt with that slightly smoky roasted flavor. A little bitterness in the aftertaste. All the varieties of sweetness, let me count the ways-- burnt sugar, Sugar Daddy, Aunt Jemima syrup, wild buckwheat honey, and a touch of pecan caramel roll. My teeth hurt.
From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Aurora brewery in 2012. This seems to have lasted well, like fruit bottled in honey.
11-18-2013 05:59:23 | More by mactrail
3.94/5 rDev -0.3%
Having previously abandoned all other beers to embrace Trippel as the nirvana of all things brewed with grain, I've been converted to Dry Dock's Wee Heavy (no pun intended).
This beer is all about the Malt and yeast, which is yummy from the first quaff til the last slurp. Yummy, malty goodness that satisfies the pallet and leaves the consumer satisfied with high ABV and carmelly yummy sweetness - but with enough hopppines to remind us that this is beer and not caramel ice cream topping.
09-09-2013 05:06:20 | More by staticGenerator
3.49/5 rDev -11.6%
Got this one from SteveO, cheers! Love me some wee heavys (usually)
Pours an effervescent crimson with a sliver of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, no head retention or lacing
S: Plummyness & boozeyness that fades over time
T: Plummyness & jammyness, dryness & woody hops. A little bit of toffee, dryness, leafy hops & a touch of tea tannins, faint peattyness, plus a bit of figgyness. Finishes dry, figgy with woody hop note, brown sugar & a modicum of peattyness
MF: Slight body, even slighter carbonation, nice warming sensation
Enjoyable, not a great wee heavy, but a decent example of the style. Only got better as it warmed, but still fell flat a bit
06-16-2013 07:57:57 | More by russpowell
3.89/5 rDev -1.5%
Thank you JMBSH
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A- A very dark brown with a two finger off-white head.
S- Sweet, caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla.
T- Dark fruits, molasses, caramel, vanilla, toffee, some earth hops in the finish, touch of alcohol.
M- Full body, smooth, low carbonation.
O- A tasty beer. Sweet, good balance. Very happy I got to try. My first beer from Dry Dock and I would like to try more from them.
06-10-2013 23:28:20 | More by larryi86
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
See, if you're the kinda guy or gal who walks around asking, "Can I get some extra malt with this?", then this is your beer. Caught somewhere between the malty taste and texture of both Wee Heavy and Dopplebock- this beer will satisfy the cravings for all of you malt-mouths.
It's about the darkest of browns before hitting black, the beer exhibits an opqgue clarity that only makes sense through its onyx-like sheen. The ale is capped with a sandy-tan blanket of foam that's dense, creamy, and frothy. Firm retention and random spotty lace sing praises to the beer's malty character.
Its sweet nose is lead with molasses, brown sugar, bold toast, light coffee and chocolate. With really no hop notes of mention, the aromas rely on sheer malt complexity to carry its balance. A mild tinge of alcohol, grapey fruit, and peppery spice offers complexities but from alcohol alone. Warming a bit, the earthen character of peat begins to rise but never seems smoky.
Rich malt taste easily mimics that of aroma- molasses, brown sugar, and toast char lead the way while richer tastes of earthen peat allow for mild cigar taste to emit. Spicy flavors of peppercorn, allspice, and cinnamon makes the alcohol flavors seem that of spiced rum. Lightly bog-like in its taste the beer timidly challenges the taste of phenol pepper, smoke, and earth in the way that authentic versions do. But as a sweeter ale- the beer is quite delicious.
Full bodied for sure, the beer retains a ton of malty sweetness that's slow to dissolve on the mouth. It linger indefinitely- making this beer much more of a savory sipper than a drinking ale. Warm, sweet, and malty-sweet in its finish; some could say that the beer cloys and impedes drinkability- I say sure, but it does so wonderfully so.
Dry Dock's Wee Heavy certainly favors the malty sweet character, but its lackluster earth, peat, and smoky phenolic character makes in nearly indistinguishable from Dopplebock (even though the beer exceeded the strength and flavor for either styles). Regardless, the beer is tasty, sweet, and savory. But I'm sorry Dry Dock- despite your claims on the label, I cannot recommend haggis with this ale- or any ale, or any lager, or anything else. It's ok to retire this ugly dish.
04-05-2013 06:03:17 | More by BEERchitect
3.79/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a dark toffee/wood color, very thick and attractive, a pretty thin head but it looks very nice.
Smells of bananas, vanilla, peat, some nuttiness, sweet alcohol, maybe some wood. Smells great.
Taste is also good but a little less complex and a little less good. Vanilla and nuts again, some faint peat and wood, finishes with a yeasty character. You can taste the booze, and overall this is concentrated on the malty flavors and really isn't that smoky which is a plus for me as smokiness is what usually turns me off from scotch ales.
Carbonation is very good, mouthfeel is thick and a little syrupy, booze is noticeable though.
Overall a very good scotch ale/wee heavy, definitely focused on the things I like in the style and downplays the things I don't, making this one of the more enjoyable examples I've had.
02-11-2013 02:46:17 | More by AlexFields
Wee Heavy from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.