MacPelican's Wee Heavy - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
21.9 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 8.9% by volume
Bitterness: 20 IBU

(Beer added by: ccrida on 01-02-2008)
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Photo of ldobehardcore
2.1/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Served in a chilled bottle 38° Fahrenheit

- Appearance: Leaves some lace in the bottle, not much.
- Slightly smoky scent, notes of caramel and toast/bread. Somewhat yeasty.
- Tastes of fusel alcohols and apple juice, with modest hops. Most scents are overwhelmed by either alcohol or yeast.
- Mouthfeel is very heavy, sticky, with an irritating aftertaste.

Overall I'd say this smells wonderful, and looks good, but the taste is almost exactly the same as Earthquake "High Gravity Lager". It leaves a sticky apple/yeast taste in the mouth and instantly upsets the stomach, which is uncommon for most beers that I come across.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On Tap @ Bailey's Taproom on 5/11/09

Fairly Murkey Brown with a slight ruby glow towards the bottom of the glass with a off-white to slightly beige head. The aroma is very malt forward, lots of sweet aromas, caramel, maybe some brown sugar although faint. The flavor is full of strong smokey, sweet malts and thats really all I get. It seems to be full-bodied and syrupy with a slight semi-dry finish. This isn't my kind of beer but I'm definitely trying to warm up to more of this style.

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from Belmont Station. Split with my wife.

A: Solid brown color with a red tint. A thin line of foams. Sticks to the glass with some decency.

N: Malt,, red grape, caramel sweetness. Cordial cherries and brown sugar. Smells very much like brandy and grappa.

T: Loads of malt and more of the sugar soaked grapes. Lots of candi sugar and some hints of prune. There is a little smoke. This is some fairly sweet stuff.

M: Really light. I don't remember it being this watery at the pub.

O: This was one of my favorite Pelican beers, but maybe it's just the setting in Pacific City that gave it its charm. Ah well.

Photo of drpimento
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, tan, fizzy head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a clear deep mahogany. Aroma is heavy malt and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's a lot like nose, lots of tang, bittersweet, hint of brandy. Body is huge, carbonation a bit sharp, and is very warming. Finish is like flavor, alcohol warmth lasts a long time. Not my fav wee heavy.

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DaveRinn
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TessBrianna
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a beautiful, deep cherry red with quickly rising carbonation and a foamy light-toffee colored head that dissipates to leave a thin layer of foam across the top.

The nose is of wonderful caramel malts and brown sugar. Also very pleasant bread notes from the malts as well. There is a faint, almost dusty characteristic I am picking up in the finish of the nose.

I am getting sweet caramel, brown sugar and toffee notes upfront, backed by fresh bread and also some faint fruit notes as well.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slightly light carbonation.

This is one of the more approachable examples I have tried of this style, as it has all of the great, bold flavors of a wee heavy, but doesn't become over-whelming. Though with that said, I would have liked perhaps a bit more complexity and just a tad bit more heft to the flavors.

Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A few friends and I shared a bottle of this, poured into a snifter.

This scotch ale from Pelican has a brown-auburn tone with a thin, sandy head. Its` nose has brown sugar, malts and caramel. A rich aroma to it. Sipping on this wee heavy and I taste caramel, peat, cherry and fig. It is a particularly sweet beer. Mouthfeel is towards a full body with is smooth and drinks easily. A great example of this style of beer from this small Northwestern brewer.

Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark mahogany that shows a deep, clear copper when held up to light. There's a small creamy beige head that recedes fairly quickly and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

The aroma is light and sweet with lots of caramel malts and brown sugar. There's also some fruity sweetness that I can't quite identify though I could swear it smells almost like a cherry lollipop. Crazy, I know.

The taste is just as sweet and I can definitely taste the cherry/grape lollipop flavors again. The underlying caramel malts are present with hints of smoky peat, but the overwhelming flavor is the sugar sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky sweet on the palate.

This is one of the sweetest wee heavies I've ever tasted but with a sugary character that seems almost artificial. It's a decent beer but certainly not the same caliber as the other Pelican beers I tried.

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draught in a snifter at the brewery, the Wee Heavy is dark ruby with a real nice glow to is, but only a thin, off-white collar.

Smell is very soft, semi-sweet, dusty malt.

Taste is very smooth and balanced, on the reserved side for sure, not to sweet or thick malt wise, although it's the dominant taste, with hints of caramel, toffee, nuts and raisins. I'd prefer a more robust flavor, although this is very well made.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is just above average. Very refined and easy drinking, but a bit on the bland side for my taste in wee heavy's, which favors a more barleywine like richness.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich but not too rich, sweet but not too sweet, robust but not too robust- Pelican seems to capture all the taste, complexity, and roundness of the strong Scotch ale even though it is a wee heavy- Just the way we like'em.

Incredible density ensues upon the pour as the beer is deep mohogany and brown in color. it's frothy weight reluctantly allows for its ivory-white head to separate from the malty liquid beneath. Firmly headed with a thick blanket of foam, the beer recedes and leaves well-defined rings of lace behind. It's a handsome looking ale.

Toffee and caramel are moderate as stronger aromas of toast, damp soil, light campfire woods, nuts, and charred dark fruit. A background of malted milk supports all of the wafting aromas and pulls them together.

Malt balanced in its flavor profile, the beer builds a complex malt taste that's not solely reliant on sweetness. Kettle caramelized flavors are deep and toffee-like but not sugary. Lighter tastes of smoky chocolate, charred wood, toasted nuts, burnt toast, and light coffee grounds all swirl in the background. Mild fruit esters of grapes, licorice and cherries rise as the alcohol taste brings a mild brandy taste. Light on hops, only a tinge of woody bitterness stand in the shadows and provide a ghost-like offset to sweetness.

Medium-full in body, the beer's sheer malty textures wants to resonate as being a fuller beer than actually exists. With its low-lying sugary effects, the beer is quick to shed its sweetness although it retains other creamier malty components until late in the taste when the beer closes with a long and semi-savory finish and mild alcohol warmth.

Pelican captures the taste of Wee Heavy reasonably well as you can check off all of the prerequisite tastes that the style prescribes. However, there's something about the depth of taste, richness, and intangible complexity of those time-honored Scottish brewers that make American brewers difficult to accomplish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly red color, way beyond coppery; it's a cherry amber color. Handsome head in the Brewery Vivant tulip. Fine-grained spritziness in the mouth. Prickly and sharp mouthfeel, and not so thick on the tongue. Very light on aroma, with a little peaty malt.

Sweet taste with a candy quality. Fortunately the hops add some bitterness, and the surprisingly tart edge provides more drinkability. Just a whiff of smoke in the deep malty richness. Even though this is on the sharp side, I have to give it a higher score for drinkability than the typical treacle bomb in this category.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park in San Diego.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Bailey's Taproom on Friday, intended for sharing at a 'Scotch'-themed get-together. Well that didn't happen (too much other good stuff), but cracked it tonight with dinner ~ leftover Shepherd's Pie. Poured to a nonic.

A: Deep ruby-garnet, lighter amber at the fringes. Hazed slightly, decent carbonation. What starts as a 1-finger khaki cream dies in a couple minutes to a thin ring, then vanishes entirely.

S: Sweet nose, spices and caramel. Then something a little floral and vaguely soapy...hmmm.

T: Candied nuts, sweet cereal, cocoa. Underlying dark fruit and a butterscotch/toffee finished amidst some rather zesty spices. What I'm looking for in a wee heavy, strong but non-burdensome flavors.

M: Lip-smacking malt stickiness, luscious feel but lighter than many S/WH versions I've tried. Creamy and smooth, sneaking alcohol warmth.

D: Good taste and aroma, plenty of sweet grain and toast - but ultimately a little boring...it's a solid choice but not quite as good as the best of the style I've tried.

Photo of lighthabit
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

comparison with macpelican scottish style, this has much more going for it. head dies to nothing, clear cherry brown, smell of cherries, plums, leather, tastes mirrors the aromas. mouth feel is a tad thin, but ok. i'd put this in the after dinner category, and would enjoy it. nice work, pelican!

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MacPelican's Wee Heavy from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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