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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

845 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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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Reviews by TeeCee:
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TeeCee

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quick review - medium thick in the mouth, mildly hoppy tasting and smelling, smoothing to a richer malt taste, bitter for about half of the beer.

I poured it in a standard American pint glass as that's the type I keep in rotation. The color was red/dark brown like a Salvator with a thick head that dissipated quickly with some lacing.

Prior to this Wee Heavy, the only Wee Heavy I had was Real Ale's Real Heavy (very good beer by the way, but unfortunately a seemingly a one-off).

It smelled slightly hoppy with some rich maltiness underneeth. It almost smelled like a doppel bock.

The taste was slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, with a nice fullness. As the beer warmed, it developed a fuller, maltier character.

The mouthfeel was medium thick with no fizzy feel to it, thickening as it warms.

I love doppel bocks and the Real Ale Real Heavy reminded me of a doppel bock, which is why I was interested in this beer. I could have a few during an evening, drinking slowly, and enjoy them. I could not sit down and kill a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 21:42:05 | More by TeeCee
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-16-2014 22:15:13 | More by Burt
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RandyPuckett

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

04-16-2014 00:21:29 | More by RandyPuckett
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:08:42 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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endovelico

Portugal

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 22:53:03 | More by endovelico
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.14/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear, dark red/ruby color and is topped with a relatively small tan colored head.
The aroma is mild - just some malt and perhaps a little fruit and wine aroma.
The taste was a kick in the head - strong and bittery all the way through with the wine-feel to go with (not what I like).
I don't really like this one, too bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 18:48:54 | More by MarkoNm
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-11-2014 16:56:47 | More by Dave_Treat
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-11-2014 05:47:27 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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Romania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-09-2014 19:24:13 | More by jschitt
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-01-2014 21:32:34 | More by Bstrickler
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Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-30-2014 19:43:56 | More by ESimmons
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Hong Kong

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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ZCW

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-23-2014 17:28:30 | More by ZCW
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Fabiand

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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Zekenyce

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-19-2014 03:03:34 | More by Zekenyce
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CDAtkinson

Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a coppery amber color with a creamy two finger head, which diminished leaving behind significant amount of lacing from the hop oils.
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:25:38 | More by CDAtkinson
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VTBrewHound

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-18-2014 01:40:47 | More by VTBrewHound
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Troy_P

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this with a really burger. This is a full bodied, very satisfying beer. Currently, one of my favorites.

Appearance is just what you are looking for in a Scottish Ale. Really nice head. Good lacing with a chilled glass.

This is a solid, filling beer. Taste is complex and nuanced. Really nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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New York

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crzepilot

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:50:58 | More by crzepilot
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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.