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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

895 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 67
Gots: 36 | 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 Voonder:
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours dark clear brown color with nice size off-white head. Smell - somewhat sweet, malty, a bit of honey, some spices. Taste - huge caramel hits upfront, malty, nutty, somewhat raisiny, very bready. Great balanced taste, good carbonation, alcohol hidden well. Very drinkable! What a great beer!

05-10-2009 03:46:53 | More by Voonder
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured a nice auburn/brown color with creamy head,malty,sweet,alcohol smell to it.Taste was sweet and caramelly with some earthiness coming in at the end.Something to have before goin to bed on a chilly early spring night.The alcohol content will help turn the lights out for bed.

04-19-2003 12:47:32 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Appearance – Very dark brown body with a foaming head that I controlled at the pour.

Smell – Nice, smoked scotch aroma similar to Bowmore if you’ve ever had it. There’s also a deeply complex malt nose to this one.

Taste – This is like a strong/old ale with a hint of smoky scotch. The malt flavors are very complex. I can pick up the standard toasted-malt flavors, then there’s another more sweetened style. Lastly, there’s a slight hint of bread.

The sweet flavors are oriented towards maple, although there’s some table sugar in there as well. Overall, a very complex and enjoyable flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is a real heavy hitter. Full in the mouth and decently carbonated, this one is all about the malt. No hoppy dryness to speak of.

Drinkability – I don’t think that this style is for everyone, and in fact it’s the first that I’ve tasted. But, if you’re into big, heavy ales and are looking for something a little different than the standard grocery store fare, give this one a try. It’s inexpensive, not too alcoholic (6.5 ABV), and if you like scotch it’s fun to drink.

Update – I first rated this in 2003 so thought I’d do a re-review with an ’04 bottle. It just looks magnificent on an easy pour. It’s definitely “wee heavy” with a big belt of scotch flavor.

11-03-2003 03:48:20 | More by RoyalT
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mveatch

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-09-2013 00:57:22 | More by mveatch
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Shakerman

Florida

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-11-2012 01:05:32 | More by Shakerman
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Presentation: Impressive wide 500ml brown bottle with raised lettering, "Belhaven est. 1719." Old Scottish Lion on the label, with a big dull gold "Wee Heavy."

Appearance: Dark crimson with an off-white chunky head that retains.

Smell: Earthy dark malt aroma, with wood in the back.

Taste: Rich fruit flavours, like spirit soaked raisins. A note of spicy bitterness is overtaken by a true smoked flavour that permeates the mouth entirely.

Notes: A delicious Scottish Ale with depths of flavour. Indulge and spend the $3+.

03-24-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Great milkshakey, frothy eggshell of a head. Nice cola color with carbination rising up. Very vineous and grapey scents. Taste is dry, but yet it leaves your mouth moist. Nice and malty, bit of chocolate and coffee flavors, -nice flavoring. Carbination is medium, just right. Medium bodied. Slight chardonnay tastes. Maybe a bit more towards apple juice? Tiny bit of molasses, some darkness. Everything is so nicely blended in this one. Good drinkability here too.

09-04-2004 16:08:38 | More by shapudding
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

500ml bottle pours a clear, garnet mahogany body with a one finger, beige head that quickly drops into some nicely woven lace.

Aroma is malty, in the Scotch tradition, with toffee and molasses up front. A fascinating note of whiskey soaked, wooden barrels is easily picked up in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is awash with prickles of many of the flavors that soon arrive, in full bloom, in the taste.

Taste: Malty caramel and toffee are prominent here. A cloud of smokiness(peat?) envelopes the strong malt essence. Herbal hop bitterness is present, but in a minor role. This is a friendly, easy sipping, Scottish ale that is worthy of sitting down with for a good spell. Consider it that old, Scottish uncle that you always wanted to sit down and chat with for an evening.

Drinkability is sublime. This is a thinking man(or woman's) beer. Sip this while dressed comfortbly, curled up with a book of Robert Burns poetry, and be sure to listen to some old Gaelic music.

05-27-2004 22:40:10 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

500 Ml. broad shouldered bottle. Pours darker almond amber, darker khaki head, bits of lace. Nice malty, nutty, caramel infused nose. Rich, malty brew. Notes of plenty of caramel, sweet malts and a subtle smokyness. Sultry and delicious stuff. A solid and quite worthy example of this old school style

10-03-2009 01:04:26 | More by Billolick
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kaneel

France

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-06-2012 13:49:17 | More by kaneel
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esanchlsu

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-28-2014 13:00:03 | More by esanchlsu
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westcott

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-28-2013 14:00:18 | More by westcott
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brainiacd1spam

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

08-02-2012 00:09:08 | More by brainiacd1spam
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btmo

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.88/5  rDev -29.2%

I was a little dissapointed by this beer.

The flavour was ok but it was nothing special. I like the high alcohol content, as I think this helps bring out the flavour, but really, I just didn't think it was warranted in this case.

Colour was good, but the head vanished very quickly.

Worth a try if you are a fan of the style, I suppose, but it just didn't do anything for me. It is certainly drinkable, and is certainly pleasant enough - it just doesn't ring my bells.

10-23-2006 09:11:06 | More by btmo
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gingersnaps725

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

01-15-2014 02:35:51 | More by gingersnaps725
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dwvarner77

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a deep brown with highlights of ruby and bronze with a solid frothy tan head that maintains itself for a while then falls to keep a nice eigth-inch lacing.
Nose is thick, sweet and malty, with caramel and spice.
Taste is also thick, sweet, tons of malt, some dark fruit. Slight hop finish to give balance.
Mouthfeel is full and sweet, with a hint of carbonation at the mid-back of the tongue. Very nice, a solid session brew.

10-05-2005 06:24:28 | More by dwvarner77
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Aug 2011. Appears to have been destined for the North American market.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep ruby colour with low carbonation. Yields a good head of light-brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with notes of caramel, toffee, dried fruit and alcohol accompanied by an underlying vinous quality.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt. Notes of brown sugar, dried fruit, caramel/toffee and faint stewed leaves in the background. A subtle wine-like flavour is discernible. No bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly. The carbonation gives it the perfect sensation on the palate. Sweet aftertaste of malt and fruit.

Very nice - one to be enjoyed slowly. The sweetness resembles a fortified wine but with a distinct grainy character. Complex yet subtle; well worth sampling at your leisure.

07-19-2011 00:03:09 | More by jazzyjeff13
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-21-2011 05:11:04 | More by chickenm
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far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Dark copper color with a beige frothy head that lingers long. Very low aroma of light malt and hop. Flavor is rich, thick sweet malt with hints of fig and raisin, also some cocoa and caramel. A bit of an alcoholic finish. No hop flavor to speak of. Lovely thick lace and rings of foam encircle the inside of the glass. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, perhaps a bit low carbonation. Very enjoyable.

07-06-2003 18:07:23 | More by far333
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kpantz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

Executive Summary: I'm not wowed, but I did enjoy it. I have those "malty" nights, and this is a good one to have on hand on these occasions.

500ml bottle. No Discernable bottling/freshness date.

Appearance: Pours into my snifter a clear reddish copper. Khaki colored head that quickly reduces to a film. No lacing.

Smell: Nutty, toasted malts with a bit of hop aroma skimming across the top. Real chewy aroma.

Taste: Definitely malty, and I even detect a slight fruitiness to it, but it's fleeting. No hop flavor to report, though there is a bit of bitterness that lingers at the end, though even that is overtaken by another flavor coming from the malts near the end of the sip, though I'm having a hard time identifying it. Almost an aftertaste that arrives too soon.

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy, though not as much so as the aroma hinted. Not too sticky - pretty good for a beer of this flavor profile.

Drinkability: Very easygoing and quite interesting on the palate. Moderate ABV enables you to go back to the well a couple times.

01-06-2007 03:14:59 | More by kpantz
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mjh0527

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-24-2013 23:29:34 | More by mjh0527
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-26-2014 17:53:55 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a deep amber brown with a healthy sized tan head forming a collar of lace and with each sip leaves uneven rings of lacing very full. Slightly musty or smokey fruit tones which include pear and plum in there loads of malt sweetness nothing too much great session balance is here. Taste cream covered ripened fruit palate leaving only faint trails of bitterness hops are almost unnoticeable here. Roasted malt very nice not overbearing at all works well with all of the flavors. Mouthfeel slightly sharp carbonation leaves a coating on the tongue medium body almost milky texture. Drinkability not exactly a summer sipper more towards a winter warmer, but I could find myself enjoying this one in a big comfy chair in front of the fireplace.

07-22-2003 03:44:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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valkyre65

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-08-2011 17:09:12 | More by valkyre65
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OStrungT

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

This beer pours a clear ruby red color. The head is tan. It fades fast, leaving very few laces.

This beer has a good malty aroma. I detect a nutty aroma. Caramel is present also. It has a slight woody scent to it. The aroma is a little hard to sort out.

This beer tastes sweet. It is malty. Slightly nutty. Caramel flavor is slightly present. There is not much hop flavor.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a malty sweet aftertaste. This beer is slightly thin. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would be a good session beer. It is not high in alcohol, so that wouldnt be a problem. Also, the flavor is not overly aggressive. I dont know how much I care for this beer. The flavor is sort of boring. It is worth a try though.

02-01-2006 00:01:09 | More by OStrungT
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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.