Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 75
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998)
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Photo of mrcraft
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SnifterLifter
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Not as creamy as other wee heavies in texture, nor as well retaining, it makes up slightly by having a certain consistency. Not much lacing is left behind. (3.25)

Smell: Wow, it has an intensely jammy nose right from the get-go. After opening up, the massive dark fruits and caramel will give way to some slight smoke (peat?) and tea leaves. While it's fairly standard by scotch ale standards on the nose, it's also very well executed, with well-defined notes. (3.75)

Taste: It follows the nose rather well, opening up with a strong caramel sweetness. The smokiness (more ham-like than woodsy) quickly follows suit on the mid-taste, but remains subtle throughout. I even get gentle notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla on the back end. While it's a sweet beer, it's also very well balanced - somewhat complex, too. (4)

Mouthfeel: In one aspect, it's creamy and full-bodied. And yet, in another aspect, it slides down the palate rather effortlessly, even dryly. It doesn't even rely on hefty carbonation, either - it's just naturally dry. As a result, this is a luxurious beer that's also very easy to drink. (4.5)

Overall: I am a total sucker for a good example of this style, which is exactly what this is. No wait, it's a GREAT example of the style. It doesn't rewrite the book by any means, but its execution is spectacular. The feel is particularly wonderful. Yes, I'll definitely seek this out in the future... (4)

3.96/5: It's a dessert beer you can chug! How can you not love that? Wait, don't answer...

Photo of JMUduke
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLSIV
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz tavern glass, had to pour aggressive to get a two finger head of medium bubbles which dissipated to a frothy layer. Lots of foam clinging to glass. Color is a beautiful reddish copper when held up to the light.

Aroma is mostly sweet and malty, with some toffee and brown sugar. By attribute, this is the least strongest trait of this particular ale.

Taste is toasty malt, with a little caramel, noticeably sweeter than I expected. I enjoy brown ales, so this one hit the spot for me personally.

Mouthfeel is medium, very slightly syrupy. Light carbonation was surprising, but seems to be correct for the style.

Overall, I enjoyed this ale very much, I would like to try it again on tap, and may try my hand at brewing one using a kit. Glad that I tried this style. The name really doesn't make sense from an AMerican point of view.

Photo of philbe311
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Less than a finger's worth of fairly textbook khaki colored audibly fizzy froth that quickly recedes... The lacing that is left is slightly splotchy and carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a warm inviting caramel brown... Some carbonation bubbles cling to the glass, the remainder powers through at a rapid pace... The nose is rather subdued, but all the usual suspects are present... Caramel... Toffee... Peat... Toasted malts... Light brown sugar... On the palate, the peat is dialed up in intensity and much of the expected malty goodness is buried deep in the background... There is a very subtle booziness which lingers on the finish... There is a greater than expected hop bite even though it is still relatively minor... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Limited carbonation... A bit chalky throughout.. Some syrupy characteristics as well... Overall, this one is a rather pedestrian Scotch Ale... As a lover of the style I can't help but be a bit let down by this offering which has proved somewhat elusive for me...

Photo of nicole309
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.06/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.76/5  rDev -32%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the clear bottle into a medium sized snifter glass.

A deep caramel red, almost ruby colored in appearance with some good clarity. Head is barely one finger and fleeting tan in color, leaving a whispy swirling top and creamy collar.

Straight forward aroma. Hints of toffee and thick caramel, but with a good amount of herbal and spice notes to match. Clove, sweet brown sugar and a bit of honey as well round out nicely, almost tea aromatic to an extent. More importantly we have dodged the skunk monster.

Palate hits nicely, and takes it down perfectly without sacrificing flavor. Thick liquid toffee in the glass, creamy but light bodied caramel coating everywhere in the palate. Washing light almost crisp bitter like quality, but with real coating feel.

Overall a great benchmark easy drinking wee heavy that doesn't go for the throat. Could drink lots of this

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dabarton
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

The best wee-heavy I have had.

Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

The clear bottle had me a bit nervous, so I took one from the way-back of the shelf. Poured a deep brown with some coppery red hints. Tall, dissipating head of khaki. The aroma was certainly of butterscotch and caramel, not much in the way of hops to describe. The flavor was a direct hit from the aroma, really what you smelled was what you tasted. Really smooth butterscotch and caramel maltiness, balanced by a good bubbly carbonation and hops so subtle I can't describe a profile - but enough to cut the sweetness and make it a very enjoyable brew. No real alcohol on the finish, even at the early cold sips.Solid offering, will definitely put this in the stable for when in the mood for malty brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.