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MacPelican's Wee Heavy - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

Travisnin, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

joefc, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of loren01
4/5  rDev +7%

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.

loren01, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

billab914, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

GregSVT, May 26, 2011
Photo of hamilton23
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

hamilton23, May 22, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

vkv822, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

robwestcott, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of oregone
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

oregone, Sep 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

msubulldog25, Jul 06, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

gford217, Nov 14, 2009
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2.73/5  rDev -27%

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.

DiabolikDUB, May 15, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

cswhitehorse, Feb 26, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Bookseeb, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

ccrida, Jan 02, 2008
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MacPelican's Wee Heavy from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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