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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

873 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 60
Gots: 31 | 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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SRS2Photo

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-03-2014 02:24:30 | More by SRS2Photo
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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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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: February 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Victory Nonick... OCCASION: a beer much sought after... APPEARANCE: dark brown body that displays HUGE chunks of sediment--been sitting too long? thick, chunky off-white head offers formidable lacing... AROMA: brilliant buttery, big malt aroma with dampened caramel and candy sugars; somewhat earthy, grainy but difficult to lay a nostril to...PALATE: smooth, thin and mellow--the mouth is refreshed as much as it's engaged; slightly warming as the glass drains...TASTE: sweet and malty; a brown ale's subtlety with fleeting fervor--a bit of barleywine funk at the end; low to no hop impression... OVERALL: the initial shock of floating substance (something I had not dealt with since the "claw" incident in Heavy Seas' Saison art the shore a decade ago) still makes this review tainted; I have little doubt this rates better than I afforded it, but to rate authentically, I cannot be betray the experience itself...I may have to find another distributor to ascertain the true quality of this beer...

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 16:12:23 | More by dacrza1
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2014 15:56:47 | More by dpgoblejr
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BryantForestry

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-17-2014 02:05:55 | More by BryantForestry
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Phishagonia

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2014 02:39:34 | More by Phishagonia
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Chemister

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-09-2014 19:14:38 | More by Chemister
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber pour with a deep dark ruby hue. Nice frothy head and lacing that lasts. Nose is of biscuit malt, a slight sweetness and a touch of dark malt. Also present is a touch of what strikes me as EKG hops. Heavy medium bodied with a rich creamy mouthfeel against a slightly below normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with a dark malt sweetness that hints of raisins and plums, progresses to molasses and ends with a biscuit sweetness that floods the palate. The finish is very smooth and ends with a residual sweetness against a slight hop and alcohol tingle with just a hint of smoke. This is the standard against which other Scottish ales much be judged, and it is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:07:10 | More by tillmac62
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gstucker

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-04-2014 20:32:17 | More by gstucker
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lou50rp

Maine

4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Color is deep amber, almost brown with good carbonation
Sweet malty smell, very inviting
Sweet malty, with a hint of molasses and a wee bit of bitterness at the end
Mouthfeel is bit heavy with great carbonation
Overall a great brew for a long Scottish winter night

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:39:41 | More by lou50rp
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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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TheSixthRing

California

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a rustic red copper with an off-white half finger head. Sub-par retention results in a near barren surface, scant a few isolated patches of suds. Virtually no lacing to speak on.

Smell - Caramel, earth and faint smokiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate notes of caramel and earth to start before a peaty smokiness makes up the bulk of the flavor in the finish. Hops are basically nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low, near lifeless carbonation.

Overall - With no best by or bottled on date in sight, it's hard to say how old my test subject is, but based on the weak head, complete lack of hop presence and others' reviews, I'd say this one is well past it's prime. A shame; I was looking forward to it. As it is, a fair brew, though I strongly suspect a fresher bottle would result in a much higher rating. Problem is, how do I know if it's fresh without a bottling date?

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:09:17 | More by TheSixthRing
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GarthT

Hong Kong

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-23-2014 14:24:08 | More by GarthT
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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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Amalak

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-14-2014 00:39:42 | More by Amalak
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark copper with a tan head that leaves some lace
S-metallic, malt and sweet caramel with a hint of dark fruit
T-sweet caramel, toffee with a raisin fruit with a slight warming in the aftertaste and some bitterness coming into make the balance great
M-creamy medium carbonation and full body
O-outstanding scottish ale I love the balance of this beer

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:22:59 | More by a0lbudman
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QuakeAttack

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-11-2014 06:17:24 | More by QuakeAttack
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Tommers207

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-10-2014 10:14:31 | More by Tommers207
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ChestSplitter

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-06-2014 23:52:17 | More by ChestSplitter
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MiWolfman

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-05-2014 03:22:31 | More by MiWolfman
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OgreSanchez

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-02-2014 23:57:30 | More by OgreSanchez
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Kerie

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-02-2014 02:29:40 | More by Kerie
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vdub191

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-26-2013 02:53:57 | More by vdub191
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SWY

Hong Kong

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-24-2013 16:23:10 | More by SWY
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-24-2013 02:11:23 | More by Sspeer1
Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.