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 billab914
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a minimal head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a big malty profile to it. I get caramel and toffee coming through along with an almost candy like sweetness. A little bit of a dark fruit presence is there as well.

The taste starts out with the malty, caramel and toffee flavors along with a little bit of an herbal hop bitterness. Midway it starts to turn into a sweeter, booze soaked dark fruit flavor. The alcohol and dark fruits last through the finish and leave a very nice flavor lingering for a while.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it's a pretty nice version of the style. It had some big malty, sweet flavors to it but managed to be pretty drinkable at the same time. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red amber, active carbonation. Nice two finger off-white head; dissipates quickly, leaving lacing. Active carbonation gives a nice presentation. Subdued aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar. Nice scotch ale flavor; sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and a bit of dark fruit. Would like a bit more smoky malt, but this is a tasty and very pleasant wee heavy. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel from carbonation.

Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malts in the form of toffee and bread with a very slight smokey aroma.

T: The taste is sweet bread and caramel malts with a bit of toffee on the finish. It's also got that smokey flavor I associate with all good scotch ales.

M: The feel is medium bodied and pretty creamy. Very nice.

O: This was pretty tasty although the nose was a bit muted. I would love to see them barrel age this one.

Photo of OddNotion
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of loren01
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear red color, not very much head no lacing down the glass
S: Sweet fruity/candylike malts. Also slight toffee scents
T: Same fruity sweetness as in the smell but finished with a slight smoked peat flavor
M: Medium to heavy bodied, thick and sticky going down.
O: Great tasing beer, would buy this one again for sure.

Photo of kdahnke123
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. Bottled 12.31.12
A - Pours a deep amber color with a negligible amount of head. Clings well to the glass.
S - Bright malty smell with a middle of carmel and a hint of apple.
T - Tart at the beginning with a malty middle and a hint of booze on the finish.
M - Moderately full mouth feel with a nice coating quality and an above average amount of carbonation.
O - A pretty good rendition of a wee heavy.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Wee Heavy poured an amber color with a very small head that took off quickly. It seemed to have a massive number of bubbles rising to the surface not only in the center but pretty much everywhere.

The smell was soft to the nose with a sweet maltiness to them as well caramel coming through. It was pretty soft and sweet on the palate and then left with a tiny burn.

Abv didn't really make it presence known as it was an extremely smooth beer. It was jumpy as far a carbonation goes and on the tongue you were left with that scotch like flavor.

Overall I thought it to be a very good example of the style.

Photo of hamilton23
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle from BastionShaw.

A: Pours dark brown/chestnut in color.

S: Nose was smoked malts, some peat and lots of caramel/toffee.
T: Flavor followed the nose. Sweet, malt bomb with just the right amount of smoked peat flavor in there. I really enjoyed this one.

M: Nice carbonation.

Smoked peats, sweetness and malts...this is a great Scotch Ale.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/31/2012. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, herbal, light smoke, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, herbal, light pepper, light smoke, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Dame nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was brought back from the Pelican Brewery by a friend on vaca. Appearance is a dark ruby amber red with very minimal to no head. Smell has a light sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste of malt, raisins, light caramel with a mild hop bite. Mouthfeel has good body and smooth, but it's not as heavy and rich as I thought it should be.
Be it a little light on the style for me, but it's still a damn good ale from Pelican Brewery.

Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to Kelton or this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint a deep dark, yet translucent mahogany with ruby highlights when held up to natural light. head was a super thin, short lasting tan. minimal lace.

big aroma that hits as soon as the beer slips from the bottle. sourdough bread way up front followed by toffees sweet brown sugars in melted butter.

great big taste sensation - caramel, sweet toffees, yeasty bread.

big bodied, minimal carbonation, near syrupy - but not tongue point of annoyance. super sweet - big malts.

drinkable - hmmm, one bomber's probably good here.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Wee Heavy glass. Bottled 102212 (Oct-22-2012?).

A gorgeous cherry red, almost ruby amber body hits with edges of dark orange copper. Clear. A light tan head that billows nicely and settles to a good puck, with some faint ring lacing. Great looking beer.

For a wee heavy, there is a lot of toasty aroma on this. Dried bread. Lots of ripping grain. Not much toffee/caramel sensing sweetness though, but this grain angle is extremely pleasant.

Palate though surprises. Light and toast aromas bring a good lingering toffee sweetness in the mid palate. Body is full and rich, without much syrup sticky qualities which is nice. Hints a little bit of wet, but it's a great light coating feeling. Light bodied finish lingers with lots of husky toasty bread. Easy drinking. Great balance of toffee and malt grain almost biscuity surprisingly.

Overall this is a real solid wee heavy to be consuming. I like the fact this feels very light bodied, but has lots of big character to it also. A big sweet or large oak or big malt toffee bomb this is not, it's subtle and controlled, really beautiful.

Photo of oregone
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured from a 22 oz Bomber.
Almost no head lifting from the thick mahogany body with hints of crimson. Dark, nearly opaque and beautifully colored with a veeery thin skin of creamy mousse (almost whipped cream) peacefully laying on the surface.
Smells of what it is; a smokey and massive malt bomb. A very true Northwest interpretation of the style. I would kill to see some of this with extended aging in scotch barrels. The massive aromas beg for it.
Tastes as it smells. Sweet, smokey malts and an red apple-y and raisin inflected back palate. Exactly what I expect, to the Nth degree. Carries for a long time on the finish as the flavors evolve and end with a burnt caramel note. Delicious.
Mouthcoating. Thick, viscous, without being cloying. I find a lot more body to it than a 'true' Wee Heavy, but it's a northwest interpretation, and I find that it balances the stronger flavors.
Just can't drink more than a bomber, so less than perfect drinkability, but really, who needs to or craves more than 22oz of this in a sitting? You're not going for Wee Heavies to session, right? Right?
Exceptional.

Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of joefc
5/5  rDev +34%

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