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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

945 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 72
Gots: 48 | 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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L: Pours a deep dark brown with hints of red. It was topped by a very thin creamy head with the thickness of about a quarter. Tons of lace and the head tends to hang on the glass quite heavily.

S: Sweet. Right up front. Very sweet with a malty caramel scent. Tiny bit of booze scent to it as well.

T: The taste is in the smell. The sweetness of caramel hits right up front with a bit of malty butteriness afterwards. It also had a bit of a dry, metallic finish to it which is commonly seen with a heavier carbonation. Very solid flavors right up front though, and it's that simplistic scotch ale taste that makes the style great.

F: Considering how sweet the beer is, it has a surprisingly dry finish to it. Dry, sharp, and thin.


O: Exceptional. A great testament to the style. It's not a complex drink by any stretch of the imagination, but it does all it needs to do and does it well. It maintains that sweet, but light sharpness, without becoming watery, over-carbonated, or too syrupy sweet. It's an easy style to mess up, but Belhaven have come through on this one. Easily drinkability to boot.

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Sight- Deep, deep brown body. Red highlights. Pours a beige head that reduces to a small floating island the size of a poker chip. Lacing hangs dainty on one side, thick and bandy on the other side of the glass. Is my glass not “beer clean?”

Smell- Subtle toasted caramel, sugar, roasted malt. Hops are not noticeable.

Taste- Mimics the initial aroma quite closely. Great caramel-ly malt, a bit of… butter? Again, hops are Spartan. It has that stereotypical Scotch Ale taste, one I enjoy. At 6.5%, no feeling of alcohol- much appreciated, though I have sought out boozier brews.

Mouthfeel- Gently coats my tongue, a bit oily. Maybe a Medium-minus? Tiny bubbles ceaselessly rise to the surface.

Overall- A nice offering by Belhaven, one I like as much as their regular Scottish Ale.

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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.