Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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Reviews by thrash420:
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smell - I pop the cap and sniff the "smoke" that comes out. a deep roasted malt smell overtakes my nostrils as the carbonation singes them a bit. Light spices and deep malts are powering the smell and aroma of this brew; I applaud Belhaven on the aroma this beer produced when popping the cap!
Appearance - I pour it into "dads mug" and it pours a deep amber color. Deep reds and oranges come out under the light, it looks beautiful. Not as thick as I was invisioning from the products packaging, and nearly no head with very light lacing. Within the first 3 sips, the head was gone and the lacing dissappears quickly.
Taste - It's easy to drink. Tastes like an amber ale, not too heavy on hops. This is packed full of malty barley with mild spices, and just a bit of hops. With the 6.5%ABV the alcohol was hidden very nicely. I tend to prefer hoppy ales and IPA's, but this is a nice change. A much smoother deeper flavor than most ales. I would love to get this on tap and taste the difference.
Mouthfeel - The carbonation stayed until the whole beer was gone, that's a great feat being as I was sipping and took a long time to finish. It felt like a medium bodied beer in my mouth, but after finishing the bottle I was quite full and not ready for another. I was expecting a heavy beer, and it didn't give my the full mouthfeel I was looking for; but in the end I was more than satisfied.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2011 07:18:34 | More by thrash420
More User Reviews:
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
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/25/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Low-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 03:48:27 | More by superspak
Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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