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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

Wee HeavyWee Heavy

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845 Ratings

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998)
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a healthy two finger, creamy head over a clear mahogany body. Head slowly recedes leaving bits of foam in its wake. Aromas of malt abound—currants and dark fruit. Flavor is a mixture of roasted barley, mild caramel malt, and a light sweetness. Slight hop bitterness adds balance, but little flavor. Fairly light mouthfeel per style.

Definitely a lighter wee heavy, but considering Belhaven’s antiquity, this is may be truer to style than many of the heftier wee heavies produced stateside. That being said, the malt complexity seems to suffer a bit at the lower gravity in comparison to some of the higher ABV Scottish and American wee heavies. Style issues aside, this is a tasty, and highly drinkable ale. The hop bitterness provides just enough balance to even out the malt and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 22:09:19 | More by Shovelbum
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500 ml bottle poured into Stella chalice.

A - Clear dark ruby / brown with a finger and a half of off white head.

S - The main thing I get from the aroma is skunk. A lot of it. Beneath that I can detect some sweetness and a bit of roastiness.

T - Thankfully, the beer tastes much better than it smells. There's still a bit of skunky character, but the caramel sweetness and bready malt take the forefront. It has a roasty and nutty flavor, and there is also a hint of molasses and syrup sweetness. Slightly bitter.

M - Thin-to-moderate body, slightly sticky, and low-to-moderate carbonation.

O - I'm always wary of clear bottles, and in this case it caused a fair amount of skunking. The aroma was pretty bad, but luckily it didn't taste as skunky as it smelled. A decent wee heavy, but nothing I would get again.

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Taken from notes. Poured into mug. Reviewed on 14-04-2014.

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany colour. Low perceived effervescence. Small head. Little lacing. Slight Haziness. Visible yeast floaties before pour.

Aroma: Medium to medium low strength and muted aroma. Aromatics are reminiscent of pastry, coffee, peat and caramel.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Unsuspectingly complex, following on the nose with an added gorgeous butterscotch like character. No real yeastiness worth a mention. No real hop character.

Palate: Low carbonation. Low bitterness. Finishes dry-ish. Velvety ( even more so as the beer warms up. ) Alcohol well hidden.

Drinkability: Just a great, balanced and inviting brew. Everything you can ask of a 'Wee heavy' without breaking guidelines.

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I don't really like this one, too bad.

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S: Malty and bready with hints of peat.
T: It begins with a sharp sweetness with resolves to a toasty, smoky, bready taste.
M: Quite smooth and creamy while being remarkably light bodied.
O: This will be a go-to as far as Wee Heavys are concerned. An Excellent beer.

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The appearance of this beer is what one would think of when drinking a scottish ale a beautfiul reddish brown hue that was brilliantly clear. One can smell the strength of the malt a slight alcohol smell. Taste of sweet smooth buttery and malty with a hint of sweetness towards the end of the sip. Overall a tasty beverage that one can come back to for enjoyment over again. I really enjoy this one for the strong malt flavor that one would expect to find in a wee Heavy but not overly sweet.

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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.