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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Wee HeavyWee Heavy

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

876 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 61
Gots: 31 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998)
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

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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ToriBug13

California

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: lovely brown with glimmers of amber through my glass. Poured with wonderful, fluffy head which dissapated quickly. Cream colored, tiny bubbled lacing clings to the glass elegantly.

Smell: leaves something to be desired. Very faint hints of caramel are covered by a standard "beer" smell. Not many hints of what is to come.

Taste&Mouthfeel: oh my, does not disappoint! Super luxerious in caramel and roasted malt flavors. They meld beautifully into one spectacular brew. Medium to even full bodied. Creamy, thick. The beer glides over the tongue and lingers, leaving rich coffee tannin and soft sugars in a wild balance. Mild to medium carbonation, but I must say. There are few beers I think don't need carbonation, this is one that struck the right cord.

Overall: very pleased with this purchse. High recomendation, exceptionally well made for the style. Rated highly and deservedly so. Absolute must try!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 18:25:54 | More by ToriBug13
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the name suggests this beer is a wee bit heavy. It is definitely a sipping beer, a great sip of beer regardless. It pours a deep colour and smells lovely. The hops are very slight, which don't over power the ale. It leaves the drinker with a tinge of almond aftertaste. The beer is also surprisingly sweet which is slightly surprising given its initial heavy belt.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 17:52:31 | More by SamKetchum
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: This poured a deep copper brown with some red notes to it, a very inviting appearance.

S: Caramel, butterscotch, some toffee, vanilla, strong malts, and something like a caramel-apple pop.

T: Very similar to the smell, so, in a word--delicious. I could barely believe I was drinking a BEER, not some sort of dessert. The overwhelming flavors are of caramel and butterscotch, then some vanilla, an almost apple-like flavor in there somewhere, with some malts and a tiny sort of alchol presence way in the back, which helps remind you that this great brew is, in fact, a beer, not a milkshake of some sort.

M: Nice and robust, not too thick but not super-light or fizzy or anything like that.

O: This is an absolutely stellar brew. I have had several other scotch ales/wee heavies since, and none of them have reached this mark.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 22:13:23 | More by DanielMB
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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.