Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 1,010
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 83
Gots: 72 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington beer glass.

Appearance: A very dark brownish amber light light bubbles but still apparent, has an off white head rises to maybe a 1/4".

Smell: Maple scent, smells lightly sweet if that makes sense to you.

Taste:: Complex, has caramel taste that has a black tea feel. So much going on here. I am really liking it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, stick y feel

Overall: Very good beer, something slightly different than the norm. Not every day you get to have wee heavy's and this one just hit the nail in the coffin. Salud! (548 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, deep garnet-hued color with a frothy, full-sized layering of light beige suds that leaves filmy lacing as it recedes.

Aromas begin with a decidedly sweet scent of caramelized sugars, toasted and bready-scented malts. As it warms you get some stone fruit juices dosed with a bit of earthy English hops.

The tastes begin with caramelized sugars with notes of toffee and toasted bread/biscuits. As it warms you get a little grape or under-ripe plum and maraschino cherry. Very light, low herbal effect before a trace of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium high in body with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet, sticky and fruity.

Overall it is a good, not perfect, but easily approachable scotch ale. Much less brash and much more traditional than many American interpretations which causes me to prefer this over overly boozy/higher ABV offerings. (888 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice dark red amber. Slight off-white head with slight lacing. Caramel malt with a touch of roasted malt aroma. Nice, strong caramel malt and dark fruit, malty middle, a bit of molasses in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nice wee heavy. (328 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light, clear garnet color. Medium sized, foamy, airy, sticky, white head. Average retention leaving very little lace.

S - Sweet, sugary aroma with a bready and toasted caramel aroma. Somewhat fruity with dark fruit, cherry, and a touch of orchard fruit. Not much spice.

T - Plenty of toasted caramel and toffee. A bit of a sweet bready flavor as well. Plenty of sweet marchino cherry and apple. Touches of raisin and date. Hints of spice and peat but it's mostly a sweet, malty beer.

M - Medium to light body. Low carbonation level and pretty slick and oily.

D - Nice beer to sip on for a dessert. Sweet and malty but not cloying. Goes down easy and enough there to have me going back for more.

Notes: Nice Scotch Ale. Not as spiced or peaty as some. Wonderful caramel/toffee flavors though. Coats the mouth and leaves a nice sweet residue. Well done although nothing outstanding or unexpected. (903 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark ruby colour, under a finger of soapy eggshell head with sticky lacing.

S - Very aromatic for a Brit, sweet caramel and honey, touch of raspberry, and just a hint of grass and smoke.

T - Slightly roasty, slightly sweet, caramelised fruit, tea with sugar, strawberries, maple syrup and peat.

M - Medium bodied ale with medium carbonation, lacking in some texture I feel.

O - Probably a really good example of the style, not that I've had too many, but it feels excellent to me. Pity about the clear bottle. (530 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a rich clear dark garnet color with a massive off white head that sticks all around the glass.

The aroma is sweet and smokey. Toasted malts, and sweet and sour fruits.

The taste is full of sweet, sour, and smokey flavors. Hints of raisin, caramel, smokey toasted malt. There is a good amount of diacetyl , giving a nice butterscotch flavor. Hop bitterness is kept to a minimal.

The body is medium and slick on the palate. Finishes with lingering toasted and smokey malt. Just easy sipping beer.

I have nothing more to say than it is a pleasure to drink an ale from my Scottish heritage. And Belhaven has never disappointed. (641 characters)

Photo of msromberg
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet and malty, but not at all heavy.

Nice dark color.

Minimal head.

A very, very enjoyable beer.

Light body, clean after taste.

Just the right amount of bitterness.

The color would lead you to hink that it would be much heavier than it actually is. (256 characters)

Photo of Smoulton
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I hadn't tried Belhavens Ales before..saw this Ale and had to try it as I have Scottish heritage and have had other Scottish spirits before and The Scots really know how to make Their spirits.I was truly impressed with this ale.It was smooth and has a great aroma and taste.Truly a Great ale.Will definately imbibe in it again,as well as try their other ales. (359 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unexpected surprise finding this at the package store on the base I'm stationed at here in Germany. Beautiful mahogany pour with two finger off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose has an initial subtle skunkiness that dies off quickly and yields to a wonderful toasty and malty aroma with hints of caramel, dark fruit, and maple syrup. The taste follows suit with earthy and nutty, yet slightly sweet hints of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple, and just a wee bit of peat, pardon the pun. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy but extremely smooth. And everything about this beer improves as it warms. Haven't had much exposure to the style, but this is one damn fine beer! (693 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a deep, iced tea-colored brew. It holds a one finger head of huge, milky off-white bubbles. This dissipates at a faster pace, but leaves a nice aggregation and sheet across the top of the glass. Lacing is patterned and spotty. Carbonation appears active, and no sediment is noted. The nose predominates with bright barley and a dash of skunky adjuncts. There is apple wine vinegar and lactic sourness at the top. This softens up with buttered bread malts, faint ginger, earthy figs, and soft caramel. With warmth the malts become deeper and have a chocolatey vibe, but this is not nearly as robust as the steely barley throughout. As we sip, chalky, dry malts hit first, with an instant wash of caramel and toffee sugars. There is also a tannin-like quality, bringing up thoughts of herbal tea. A steel and rust bring us to the middle, where a buttery boldness and white sugar sweetness smooth things over. The mouth is wet, and becomes somewhat salty and watery. This supports the malts, making them fuller and more complex at the base. The finish shows a revival of the sweetness, with white sugars, toffee, and a borderline chocolate flavoring. There is a lemony twang as the final hints of browned, roasty malts leave the palate. With warmth the alcohol finally comes through, giving its own warming quality. The aftertaste breathes of sugary tea, chalky chocolate, charcoal smoke, must, and moss. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is average. The mouth is left exquisitely dried with a tannin quality, but remains full and satiated, without too much puckering. There is nice slurp and froth, with a clean bubbly pop to each sip. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fantastically.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was how flavorful it was. After the nose, which was relatively mild and adjuncty, the flavoring came forward with boldness. The first sips are sweet, intensely drying, and malty. With time, however, what develops is a deeply complex flavoring, which ultimately encompasses the spirit of the style expertly. Everything else seems to fall into place, and this beer keeps you wanting more with every sip. (2,158 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Wee Heavy poured a crystal clear orange-amber to near mahogany color depending on the light, topped by a 2 1/2 finger light tan head that left a bit of lacing.

At first it seemed skunked and had a metallic aroma, but the off aromas soon dissipated and some nice toasted malt and grassy-citric hops appeared. The aroma enriched even more with light coffee and aome faint smokey, woodsy notes.

The flavor of richly sweet dried dark fruits and a certain smokiness taste of alcohol, reminded me of more expensive bourbon barrel aged beers. The malt flavors are complemented by some tart citrus.

Medium-thick, and a rich, but not overly sticky mouthfeel with nice alcohol burn in the throat, and some pepper on the tongue.

A very elegant beer, rich in flavor, feel, and even aroma, once you get past the initial skunkiness. (826 characters)

Photo of Mumps
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice type glass.

This beer poured a very dark copper color (although the light of the pub might have been a factor). Had a very nice two finger head, with a fair disappation. Smelled was a balance of malt and hops, and instantly grabbed my attenion.

Taste was best described as an experience. A definite taste of dark malty goodness, with fruity backing. My instant impression was of a good port. Nice thick mouth feel. Definitely lets you know its there. By the end of the bottle, I declared this my new favorite brew, and thats saying something.

Excellent beer, everything I expect from the boys at Belhaven. (654 characters)

Photo of SoonerNY
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a chalice.

A: This pours like a refreshing iced tea with a two finger head and good lacing.

S: As expected, it smells of delicious carmelly malts.

T: Taste is in line with the smell... malty, sweet and buttery with just enough hops to lighten the malt strength.

M: The texture is pleasantly viscous with adequate carbonation.

O: It all adds up,with this brew. It's a great example of the style and will be one that I add to my inventory since it will fit many different occasions. (518 characters)

Photo of TheTrevor
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured copper with a fluffy two-finger tan head. The smell is some sweet bready malt. The taste starts off with some dark fruit that gives way to toffee and caramel and then a bit of hops on the end to provide a very good balance. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with average carbonation. A great example of a great style. (332 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1.9 pint bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Ruby red color. Decent carbonation. Looks quite wonderful.

S- Roast malts, but the over-encompassing smell is definitely skunky. Smells like some potent weed, unfortunately. Maybe I just got a bad bottle?

T- Blew my mind how differently it tasted in comparison to the smell. Lighter malts and fruits. Buttery flavor as well. Complex flavor that totally surpasses the lacking smell.

M- Medium bodied with a chewy sort of carbonation. Lingers.

O- The smell is off-putting, but the taste is lovely and it looks phenomenal. (642 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich, copper red body with a lively effervescence that creates a thick, creamy off-white head.

Rich malt notes with toffee and caramel greet your nose. The taste reinforces the toffee and caramel and introduces burnt sugar flavors. Malt sweetness dominates with little hop bitterness noted. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and velvety.

This is an outstanding beverage. If warm, rich and inviting malt flavors are what you're looking for, this should be somewhere on the top of your list. (485 characters)

Photo of LebronJeremy
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't let the average rating fool you; this is a great beer. I've had 3 bottles of this, and every one smells completely skunked, though. I was so disappointed when I opened the first one, fearing that I wasted my money.

The pour was pretty decent--2 inches of head in a pint, but it reduced itself about half way through the brew.

The taste was frankly amazing. Perfectly malty with just enough bitterness to keep it from being too rich. Slightly watery overall, but good water. Almost like fresh spring water.

Overall, it was among the most well-balanced brews I've ever had. Not quite as flavorful as some other wee heavys, but then again, it's not as rich as them either.

Definitely worth getting again. (711 characters)

Photo of mustang70
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A. pours a 1medium finger head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. has a deep reddish brown color.

S. smells of sweet malts, some caramel.

T. is very sweet right up front; very malty.

M. it is not too heavy, medium carbonation. it is pretty easy to drink.

O. I enjoyed drinking this beer. it was a little to sweet for my liking. I like Scottish ales and this one was good just a little to sweet. (444 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose and flavor is a bready caramel. Clean finish. ABV is on the low side but this is a good SA. $4.99 for a clear 500ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH. (303 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Deep copper color, clear. Some carbonation. Small frothy head.

Aroma:
Malty, caramel, toasted, touch of fruit.

Taste:
Lots of malt character up front. Rich caramel, toasted, just a touch of nutty and wood. Slight hint of hop bitterness towards end. Full bodied, yet very soft and smooth. (301 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on nitro

Arrived a clear dark red with a one finger creamy head typical of a nitro beer.

Smell was full of caramel and toffee.

The taste was much like the smell. Loads of caramel and toffee with some bready malt detectable. There is also a slight alcohol note.

Overall this beer was decent but not one of my favorites. Just a bit too sweet. (349 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass, clear bottle, I'm not sure why they do this. This pours a reddish dark brown with a large off white head. The smell is a little of latex, some caramel malts and toffee. Feel is medium, the taste is okay, plenty of caramel along with a tad bit of skunk, not bad though. (315 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Been meaning to try some o' Belhaven's stuff, so I figured this night at the Firkin would be as good a night as any to do just that. This stuff pours a deep sunset tawn topped by a short-ish finger of dark cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, caramel, light walnut, dank cocoa, and a touch of maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of cola-esque sweetness thrown in for good measure. Still, things keep their Scottish identities (if you catch my drift), particularly with a light, vague woodiness pervading the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a nice nitrogenation and a subsequently silky feel. Overall, a very solid wee heavy, one I wouldn't mind having several of at some random pub on the outskirts of Edinburgh (or any other Scottish town, really). (836 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be a pretty run-of-the-mill wee heavy. The appearance was OK, but not great. Not that much head. Dark brown beer. Average lacing.

The smell was of sweet malts, and not that much of a roasted malt scent. The smell wasn't as strong as other wee heavies I've had.

Sweet, pleasant, uncomplicated taste. Caramel and a tiny touch of smokiness and of roasted flavors. The feel is less thick and the flavors are less complex than the other wee heavies I've had.

It's probably a better session beer than other wee heavies because of the lower ABV and the smooth watery mouthfeel. But if I'm having just one, I'd pick a different beer from this style. (661 characters)

Photo of greenborn
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended to me by a brewer friend of mine. Overall this was a great beer. The smell from the bottle was a bit skunky but that left once the beer was poured into a pint glass. As with most English and Scottish ales there was a nice roasted barley and hoppy flavor yet still smooth and very nice. I noted a hint of scotch as an after taste that was also very pleasing. Great beer. (395 characters)

Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.