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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

875 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 61
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.

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byrd

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is the first this that is noticeable upon the pour. Very little - almost no - head. What little head there is dissipates quickly to a very small lace. The color is a deep clear ruby-copper. Lots of malt on the nose with some slight alcohol. Quite smooth and slick in the mouthfeel with only a small amount of carbonation. Malt is of caramel with some slight dark fruit notes. Small amount of hop bite on the finish that lingers into the aftertaste with some remaining maltiness. There’s also a hint of roasted bitterness in the aftertaste. Rich flavor, but not very full bodied. I thought that the alcohol would be noticeable, but it was very well hidden. This was a good brew, but I’d probably only want to drink one (or two at the very most) of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 16:30:42 | More by byrd
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent ruby red with a tan head. The head diminished rather quickly, but nice layer remained as well as a patchy, slippery lace. The aroma was primarily of malt, (not strong) with some roasted background. The flavor is malty, smokey, of roasted malt with a very slight bite at the finish.. The mouth feel is? somewhat creamy, but not very full, almost watery, and a slightly dry.
IMHO: I was really excited about trying this beer, and a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 02:33:45 | More by SeanChouffe
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beautiful ale. It pours a ruby-tinged teak. A solid beige head sits on top and takes its sweet time fading. Lots of webs of lace mark your progress as you drink. The sweet malty aroma is fairly potent. A mild hop aroma enters after some coaxing, but disappears. The doughy malt is full, rich and creamy. Flavors of honey and toffee stay throughout. Tea-like and mild citrus bitterness advance forward and a light metallic edge keep things sharp, despite the rounded, and almost oily malt body. As with most Scottish ales, the word peaty, smoky and Scotch-like needs to be mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 23:04:51 | More by BeerResearcher
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vitesse

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served in a big-ass brown bottle. cool red label, too, btw.
a true malt-lover's ale. whoa. maybe the perfect, rich, strong, malty, scottish ale. i love this one. very carmelly malt flavor dominates. slight yeastiness doesn't get in the way. nice carbonation with big head and lots of lace on the glass. an awesome beer. a damn chuggable big beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 02:25:31 | More by vitesse
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep, clear ruby red color with some burgandy accents. A nice looking cream colored head sits on top. It's duration is admirable. The lacing, not so admirable. Aroma of figs, rum soaked raisins, deep malt, alcohol and prunes. Very nice. The flavors are deep and hearty. Big malt, smoke, a little peat, raisins, dates, bread and yeast, alcohol...oh yeah. Nice combo. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated. Moreso than I was expecting, but it's effective nonetheless. Body is damn near full. Overall, a very enjoyabe Wee Heavy.

A big and hearty thanks to marc77 for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 03:29:06 | More by Bighuge
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Darkale

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tremendous head, root beer colored body. Nutty aroma with a hint of chocolate.

Slightly chewy, tastes of peat and earth, faint pale ale sweetness, and a layer of malt.

Taste is thick and sweet with some hops in the background. Slick and chewy, a little bit of charcoal taste in there, too. Aftertaste is slick, fruity and bitter.

A wonderful sipping beer. May be my favorite Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 19:37:53 | More by Darkale
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16.9 oz. bottle. The color was a dark brown, with a good head. The smell was heavily roasted malt. The taste was a very roasted malt, almost like a stout; there wasn't really the Scotch whiskey taste to it like most of the Scotch ales. Mouthfeel was fairly creamy and somewhat heavy. As for drinkability, could definitely have more of these.

Although the regular Belhaven Ale is probably a bit mild for my tastes, the Wee Heavy is a great brew. Thank you much to WVbeergeek for the suggestion, as well as the company!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 02:52:28 | More by beergeek279
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half a liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown color with two fingers of head. There is good head retention and fair lacing. The smell is sweet and pleasant. Lots of caramel, toffee, and spice to the aroma. The taste is very malty, with molasses and caramel coming through. There is just a tiny bit of hops at the end. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, a lot smoother than I thought it would be. At 6.5%, the drinkability is fairly good. Very nice for my first Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 05:25:25 | More by SheepNutz
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a plum red with a thin creamy head, about a finger's worth. Reduces to a solid collar, lots of suspended particles.

Aroma is of sweet raisins, plums, and molasses. Very full nose, smells wonderful. If I didn't know better, I'd think this has a lot more kick to it than 6.5% based on smell.

Taste is raisiny, molasses and licorice at first. Turns very grassy, sweet and clovy after a few seconds. Fig flavors, too. Aftertaste turns slightly sour, but no hop bitterness, I think. Some alcohol vapors coming through as well, more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, a good coating which is impressive given its high carbonation in the mouth.

This is definitely more 'session-able' than Orkney Skullsplitter. Lower abv, yet the taste is every bit as developed and complex as Orkney, in fact it may surpass (I'll have to try the Orkney again to compare and review). A very nice Scottish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 13:38:21 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely ale. Body and appearance are close to perfect. Deliciously creamy medium-full mouthfeel. Pours a gorgeous amber reminiscent of a nice tawny port. A good two inches of head that mellow out into soft peaks above and down the sides of the glass.

Lovely malts dominate this ale -- subdued caramel and, most notably, cassis (currant/raisin). Open up a couple bottles for you and your friends and watch your guests start sniffing like dogs at the air as the aroma begins to overtake the room.

I must object to those who claim there is no hop element to this beer. The "alcoholic" taste that some note are the hops. But I do agree with the spirit of the "no hop" description; that is, this beer is so wonderfully balanced, one can't necessarily note a particular sweetness or dryness.

If you have a chance to try this, you must. A high-class every day beer.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 03:52:15 | More by ngandhi
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 03:44:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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Loki

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 1pt 9 oz. bottle

Poured a deep reddish brown with a thick, bubbly head that left peaks, ranges, and monoliths of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of malt, toasted barley, with hints of earth and peat.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, and roasted grains with hints of alcohol. Great mouthfeel, thick and smooth. It feels like it is highly carbonated, but it is not. This Wee Heavy effervesces on your tongue making it tingle while gliding smoothly down your throat. It makes your entire mouth feel alive. It finishes very mooth with a bit of an alcohol finish.

Wonderful beer the best Belhaven I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 14:50:47 | More by Loki
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far333

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 18:07:23 | More by far333
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beerguy101

California

3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, with a medium head. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Very malty, slightly smoky. Nicely hopped. Good balance. Full flavor, complex taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. All that and it still a fairly average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 17:10:33 | More by beerguy101
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BierReise

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with thick foamy head that clings well. First smell was alcohol as I opened the bottle then malt. This Ale is super malty and full bodied. Flavor is sweet and malty, I hardly notice any hops and is only slightly bitter if at all. Nice Scottish Ale with every classic attribute of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 15:28:53 | More by BierReise
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Pegasus

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Garnet-colored and crystal clear with a large cloud top tan head, which retains superbly. Well carbonated with streams of fine bubbles and thick, glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Aroma consists of dark fruits, particularly raisins, molasses, coffee, earthy notes, and a sweet alcohol character reminiscent of brandy.

Taste: Begins with a rich and earthy roasted malt note, followed by dark fruits, caramel, then coffee, strong and very warming alcohol, bitter chocolate and woody notes. Ends dry with a flourish of peppery notes and a lingering mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, creamy and very rich, superb.

Drinkability/notes: A spectacular beer, both potent and full of character. I would certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 21:06:14 | More by Pegasus
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How about "wee malty"? Nice Scottish ale, better than McEwans IMO. Nice carmel-malt flavor, sweet but not overly so. Seems to be ideally balanced for the style, with enough complexity to keep it interesting. As nice of a malt profile as I've tasted. reminds me in a way of a good doppelbock (like Salvator or Moretti). Fans of either of those beers (or McEwans) should try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 19:51:24 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

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

Ruby red in color with a creamy tan head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is toasty, nutty, and it has a sweet fruitiness. The flavor is again toasty and nutty, almost a smoky flavor to it. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the flavor. It is medium-full in body with an oily texture; it finishes dry. This is a very good brew I will definitely sample again. This was actually my second time with this beer. The first was at the MN BA gathering. It was my last beer in the daylong session that ended at feloniousmonk’s Blue Nile.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 08:13:03 | More by BeerBuilder
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jreitman

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma had a nice alcohol spiciness and some fruit sweetness. Dark fruit really starts to come through as the beer warms up. Ruby almost cherry wood in color. Head was a nice light brown color with some nice laciness. Raisins, plums, and other dark fruits were really noticeable in the front of the mouth. Alcohol zestiness came across on the back of the tongue in the finish. Earthy graininess comes out as it warms. Medium bodied and well carbonated with a slight oily sensation in the finish. Very nice malt character.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 19:27:05 | More by jreitman
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2003 12:47:32 | More by oberon
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nomad

Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a splendent very deep red color, with an almost mocha colored head that stayed well. Had phenomenal lace, stolid and coating, with nice supporting carbonation and a widespread stain. Altogether, very inviting appearance

Nose was malty malt scented, a very earthy scent like mud and grass on a wet day, and also some other notes that were reminiscent of corn and wheat. Sweetness was the background scent. Tasted of a great malt medium roasted. Twas sweet, chewable, and a slight bitter came through as it opened; a very earthy kind of bitter – quite different and tasty. Loved how it slid from sweet and wet to bitter and dry. The longer it sat the stronger and better tasting the hops finish became: imagine a typical Kent Goldings or Fuggles taste, but roasted. All supported so well by the calm and steady malt body.

Very soft on the tongue, this beer wraps you up, as it was lightly dry on my mouthroof, and had a moderate length finish. Simple but very effective, it felt rustic, especially the nose. A very attractive beer for the style, and a perfect example of an underappreciated style. But, its so potent in scent and flavor that it needs to be drunk only one or two at a time. Great in a Duvel glass!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 08:01:28 | More by nomad
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worldsbeer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep amber reddish brown color with a nice initial head that fades a bit quick. Nice malt carmel smell w/ notes of brandy. Has a very nice maltly flavor w/ min. hop notes typical for the Scots. Hits of Peat Malt in the Mash. Lingering brandy malt flavor and raisen like esters...all in all a great Wee Heavy Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 19:02:21 | More by worldsbeer
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany in color with a tan head...smells sweet dark fruits...bourbon...oak....body is a little thinner than I expected....very drinkable...almost too much so for this style...great tasting beer...flavors of sweet dark fruits dominate..but also some underlying caramel like maltiness....finishes with a hint of woodiness or earthy texture....

Overall, I really like this Wee Heavy...I think McEwens is thicker and richer but this is definitely a tasty treat...wish it had a bit more malt and thickness...still a very good beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 21:33:33 | More by ZAP
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StevieW

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big brown 16 oz bottle. Cool label, Maroon background with gold letters and a the Scottish Lion. Est. 1719, they were making this 57 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. I got a feeling they know what they're doing.
Another deep burgundy to brown color. Ruby reddish hues. Creamy biege head, bubbly and full. Clings to the glass and covers the body.
Aromas mostly of wood, earthy, and hints of scotch whisky. Taste is what they style is suppossed to be, IMO. Spot on with toasted malt, rich earthy smoked wood flavors. Rum soaked plums and raisans, then roasted over a campfire. Subtle hot peppery peat finish, with just a hint of belly warming alcohol. Subtle flavors are perfectly balanced and refined. Surprisingly rich flavors.
Creamy supersmooth feel to it. Eases over the tongue, then disappears, not a touch watery, nor is it slick or syrupy. Just perfect. Medium to full bodied, and easy going down. I could savor this one all the time.
When I fulfill one of my dreams of playing the Old Course at St. Andrew's, this will be my after round beer.
How do they ship it so far, sell it so cheap and make it taste so good ? I will never know. This one earns my highest compliment.....
Magic---in a glass !

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 16:53:31 | More by StevieW
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one amazing beer. Boy, was I surprised, when I first saw and tasted this masterful brew.
Color is dark ruby red with a slight brown tone to it, some frothy head appeared but faded very fast.
Smells of caramel and toffee, slightly sweet, very candy-like. It reminded me of a lightly flavored soy sauce. Very intreging aroma.
The taste is the best part, its super silky smooth with a nice toffee tint and caramel malt backing with just the right amount of hop hinted in the dry finish. The only thing that through me about this wee heavy was that isn't very heavy at all. It's bold, medium bodied, and has a silky smooth, light creamy feel. It tasted alot like Victory's Old Horizontal, but just a tad on the lighter side. Very drinkable, incredibly smooth and nicely flavored.
Recommendation on this Belhaven treat is very high.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 18:28:16 | More by tavernjef
Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.