Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by Voonder:
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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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
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 youve ever had it. Theres 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 theres another more sweetened style. Lastly, theres a slight hint of bread.
The sweet flavors are oriented towards maple, although theres 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 dont think that this style is for everyone, and in fact its the first that Ive tasted. But, if youre into big, heavy ales and are looking for something a little different than the standard grocery store fare, give this one a try. Its inexpensive, not too alcoholic (6.5 ABV), and if you like scotch its fun to drink.
Update I first rated this in 2003 so thought Id do a re-review with an 04 bottle. It just looks magnificent on an easy pour. Its definitely wee heavy with a big belt of scotch flavor.
11-03-2003 03:48:20 | More by RoyalT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.