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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 77
Gots: 56 | 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 dwvarner77
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with highlights of ruby and bronze with a solid frothy tan head that maintains itself for a while then falls to keep a nice eigth-inch lacing.
Nose is thick, sweet and malty, with caramel and spice.
Taste is also thick, sweet, tons of malt, some dark fruit. Slight hop finish to give balance.
Mouthfeel is full and sweet, with a hint of carbonation at the mid-back of the tongue. Very nice, a solid session brew.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper red, little bit of brown as well, big off white head forms and laces well on the glass. Smell is sweet, rich and malty, caramel, some bread. Taste is rich and malty as well, some spices and caramel, some chocolate is in the finish. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is a little bit too aggressive I think, but a nice malty ale.

Photo of jayc333
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola brown, with ruby edges, and a two-finger frothy off-white head that lasts about two minutes before reducing to a nice lace.

Smells like a sweet coffee, but just a little smoky to give it a kick.

Coffee present in taste, but not as sweet as expected. It tastes more roasted. 6.5 ABV is noticable, but oly when you are expecting it.

Thick yet smooth feel on the palate, with the right amount of carbonation.

Impressive. This being only my second beer of the Scotch Ale style, has made me want to branch out to all others of its kind. I'll definatly have another.

Photo of EPseja
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice 500 ml bottle into a becker glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a clear, ruby-mahogany color with a fluffy, light tan head that immediately sticks to the sides of the glass and leaves its trail all the way down without ever revealing even a glimpse of the beer beneath it.

S - Rich, toasted caramel malts with notes of peat and distant autumn smoke. Some dark breads and dark fruits in the background, but no real hoppiness to speak of.

T - Awesome smoked peat and righteous malty sweetness up front, carrying well into the middle of the sip. In the middle, some of the dark fruitiness comes through, rounding the taste into a wonderfully enitcing mouthful that you don't want to swallow! The finish brings a subtle alcohol warmth as the embers of smouldering peat and malt linger. Absolutely delicious.

M - Creamy, chewy and satisfying with just enough carbonation to tickle to tongue, but not enough to make your stomach feel full of suds.

D - This is one seriously delicious beer that fits the bill for any cool (to freezing) cold evening. Well crafted, well rounded, complex, interesting, and just plain tasty.

Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-brown, nice head, but poor retention & lacing.

S: Very malty, with a hint of peat-smoke. Not even a hint of hops.

T: Raisin-bread, caramel, spice, nut and peat-smoked flavours. The smokeyness comes forward with some cellaring.

M: Moderate body (well-attenuated for its weight), low-to-moderate carbonation.

D: Smooth, approachable, but flavourful.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a serious wee heavy, one many others are based off of, and for good reason!

Pours a silky dark brown in color with a fair bit of haziness with a light tan head that left a slight crown throughout the pint. Smell is a little smoky with a great maltiness, it even smells a wee bit heavy. Taste is velvety, thick rich malts with an undercurrent of peat and smoke. Very satisfying and warming. Mouthfeel is a little thin honestly, but with everything else going on, it doesn't really become an issue. Very creamy and biscuity overall. Carbonation is spot on.


Photo of GnomeKing
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Tho only 6.5% ABV, the alcohol comes through strongly in the smell and taste. This is a hearty brew, one that I can imagine craving in the depth of winter. It's not an easy-going or well-balanced beer--it hits you hard, even sucker-punches you. Still, it's good and has its place. Rich tasting, with a full, slightly creamy mouthfeel, Belhaven Wee Heavy is, indeed, heavy, at least a wee bit. Rock 'em Sock 'em robots, brother. This is a serious beer for serious drinkers. Give it a shot, especially if you're reading this when the outside thermometer is dipping low.

Photo of hyuga
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful mahogany brew with a perfect-sized tannish head that has excellent staying power.

Big fruity aroma, lots of dried fruit; plum, raisin, and muscat grapes. Big molasses character too. Tiny bit smoky.

Smokier on the palate and not as sweet. A few dark fruits here and there. Some bitterness shows up in the middle, a bit leafy. The aroma suggested a bigger body than this... This is rather light for a Scotch ale. The flavors are very good though. I like the bitterness, but it needs to be chewy.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Needs more body to round it out though.

This is a bit lacking in body for a Scotch ale. Maybe this could be a session Scotch ale? It's very tasty though. I could enjoy a few more. I think it would be better fresher though. I'll get another bottle at a different store to see if I notice any difference, and I'll re-review it then.

Photo of charlottebeerguy
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a 500ml brown bottle into a chalice

This beer pours a beautiful ruby color deep, deep ruby. A 1/2 inch off white head forms and settles.

Smells of sweet malts and caramel, fruits stick out a little.

Taste is semi sweet bitter and fresh a great mouth feel and a very smooth finish. This is a beer I can see myself drinking again for sure. Great lacing on this beer. I can see a line from every sip. A great balance of everything involved.

Photo of Noxious26
1.49/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

500m bottle served in a pint glass at Bushwakker's.

Dark red ruby colour and clear. Thin off-white head.

Aroma is malty and smoky, but has an off scent. Smells like old stinky army socks.

Extremely smoky flavour. A little malt at the start, then campfire smoke just invades the senses. Even the aftertaste is smoky. Where the hell is the sweetness???

Medium bodied, mildly fizzy and dry.

Ack! This is terrible! Try drinking liquid smoke like you would make sausage with... that's this beer. Overwhelming smoke flavour. I might as well be smoking. One of the worst beers I've ever tried.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good brew. I expect more out of a Scottish Ale. The off-from-clear rust colored pour gives me hope. The aromas of dark fruit, caramel, bread, and yeast jump out at me. Taste the obvious caramels, barley malt, and maple syrup; provides a very sweet base that is never rounded out with English hops. Other flavors of over-ripened fruit: prunes, figs, raisons, dates, nuts, and cherries swirl around in my mouth. Body is full and round. Alcohol (rum-like) is revealed in the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste is also sweet and cloying; no spices or hops to balance out. Slight smokiness helps, but not enough. Sticks to your teeth a little. A quality beer, but the flavors don't meld together or balance out properly. Has a lot of flavors, but not a lot of complexity.

Photo of karst
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy garnet with quick falling head and lace. Rich sweet toffee caramel malt aroma. Mouthfeel medium light and smooth with carbonation low. Body is a bit thin. The rich malt profile is comprised of caramel malt sweetness, but a bit of dry and bitter roasted barley Hop bitterness is minimal with no hop flavor and it finishes slightly sweet with only roasted unmalted barley for bitterness. Faint peatiness becomes a little more apparent with warming, sweetness is 'just enough' to show off the complex malts.

Scotch Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. Compared to Scottish Ales, they are sweeter and fuller-bodied, and of course higher in alcohol, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor.

Belhaven Wee Heavy is brewed very close to Scotch ale style. Tasty with alcohol well hidden but a little wanting in body and mouthfeel.

Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really Really enjoyed this fine brew from scotland.

500ml bottle or 16.9oz

has some stout characteristics, a coffe taste comes through albeit faint but enough to let you know there is some serious roasted/toasted malt. I think this beer hides the alcohol nicely. Pretty easy drinking beer. Tasted some prune/raisin/grape. Couldn't figure out which one or it could be a mix. This was a nice end of the day brew. Walk in the door crack one of these babies and let it roll.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out very dark brown with a nice head. Good retention and lacing as well. Great aroma. Roasted malts jump out at you first followed by sweet caramel overtones. When tasted, the roasted malts come across as almost coffee-like. Some slight bitterness from the hops can be detected during the finish. Medium to full bodied, this beer was a tough drinker, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had a hard time finding this bottle, but luckily a new store here in Bloomington, Sahara Mart, has vastly increased their beer selection. I think they're the only store in town that carries it. Lucky me.

A nice looking beer. A very deep ruby, garnet red when held to the light. Throws off some beautiful burnt orange colors and just barley translucent when sitting on the table out of direct light. A perfectly bright beer with what looks like the appropriate amount of carbonation. A very thin but persistant cap of tan foam hangs on to the top of the beer.

Definately a very nice nose on this beer. Rich and full malt dominates. It's a fairly complex nose that I'm having trouble teasing apart. Maybe a touch of smoke in there?

A very nice tasting beer, but I'm looking for a little something more full flavored from a Wee Heavy. Very nice up front malt flavors, very rich and robust with just a little less sweetness than I'd prefer, but it's still there for sure, definately sweet up front. Unfortunately, this beer finishes just a little dry for my tastes, and maybe a touch smokey. I suppose that's right for the style, don't know if it's from smoked malts or from the yeast, I think it's probably from the yeast because it's not very strong at all, but I would like a bit more sweet malty goodness to hang out under that hint of smoke. Instead, this beer is just a touch too dry and clean in the finish.

Again, apparently a very nice mouth feel in the front end, but by the finish it really seems to have thinned out. Definately just my perception though, I mean, it's the same body through and through!

A very drinkable beer for 6.5% abv. I could have several more half liters!

Photo of Vancer
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good little ‘eavy, here. Nice start, deep and clear amber chestnut brown brew with foamy tan head – good lacing. Aroma of caramel and malts. Chocolate malt balanced well with the hops, not to sweet, not to sour. Rich and chewy, felt a little alcohol presence, thought it would be around 9%, but see it’s only 6.5% A satisflying brew, although a tad harsh as it warms - but this is only nitpicking.

Photo of DrSend
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first wee heavy. Pours a nice clear, dark amber with a quickly dissipating head. Smells strongly of roasted malt, and tastes similarly burnt, slightly ashy with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant full, soft mouthfeel that's slightly tangy at the end. Not bad.

Photo of beertastegood
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice looking dark amber color with a large tan meringue-like head; very rocky and solid. Smells of dark raisins, plums and brown sugar. Aromas indicate a very malty brew. Has a slight smoke flavor, nice and spicy, which permeates throughout the entire sip. Fruity tones, sweet caramel malt and a tangy, bready finish make this a very complex beer. My first heavy scotch ale, and this was a treat indeed. Love the creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of dungaree
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as a dark brown, nice color. Presents a thin head. Smells of roasted malts, hint of caramel. Doesn't seem to give off as much smell as other similar brews.

Tastes of roasted malt flavor, slight hops, and notes of caramel. Finishes with more hoppiness, dryness, and astringency. Very drinkable brew.

Photo of mschofield
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich mahogany with red at the edges, topped with a two finger tan head, did not lace well.
Fruity, herb, alcohol aroma, floral, smoky.
Malty taste, toast, bready aftertaste, dark bread, smoky.
Medium bodied, seems very close to a doppelbock to me.

Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: exceptionally clear, very deep and rich copper color. A small light-tan color head forms even with a heavy pour. Low-moderate retention and low lacing.

Smell: Smell is something different. A light roasty malt aroma. Odd smokey peat flavor with some caramel. Alcohol can be picked out fairly easily.

Taste: Has the consistancy much like an old ale. Very low carbonation, sweet malty and peaty smokiness are in good balance. Lots of complex malt going on here, alcohol lightly detected. Not much perceivable hop flavor or bitterness, but does has a slightly acrid and astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and full bodied. Slightly thins, but that is because of the alcohol.

Notes: Its a good strong scotch ale. I wish the astringency wasn't there. Has a lot of sweetness and maltiness.

Photo of Litterbean
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers, fo' shizzle!

It appears nearly brown with red highlights. A nice marshmallow-esque head forms and sticks around a while.

Bready bakery smell. Nothing but malts here.

The taste is more malty than I even remember. It's like toasted bread, with hints of smoky sweetness. Very little bitterness, but some can be detected towards the end of your sip. Goes down smooth and you can taste the smoky flavors for a while afterwards.

I love this beer. It is easy for me to put down 3 pints like they were nothing. Highly recommended.

Photo of steinlifter
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a deep reddish brown and clear, nice head that had some retention, and left lacing all the way through, aroma of toffee, was fairly complex with slick toffee flavor, well balanced hops and toasty malt,tilting more toward the malty, mouthfeel was creamy with a slight chewiness, then smooth on the finish, drinkability is exceptional, very good ale that I will have again.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber color with a slight trace of head. Low aroma-almost a "damp" smell to it. Nice full malty flavor. Very noticeable caramel and buttery toffee flavor. Low hop bitterness to it. A slight smokiness. Theres an undefineable flavor to this brew that I have seem to find in almost all the Scottish beers I have. Its almost a combination earthy/bread-like flavor. Either a yeast byproduct or something-really takes me back to when I lived there. Nice full body to it. A very drinkable brew-quite enjoyable.

Photo of kegerator
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a deep, deep brown almost mahogany/black when held to the light with a nice 1/2 inch creamy white head. beautiful to look at.
Smell was of malt, caramel, and alcohol was noteable but all of the aromas were very background, nothing major up front so it seemed very mild.
Taste was sweet and caramel up front then a warm plum flavor comes through. The sweetness was there but not overly sweet and the plum flavor came through perfectly and a lsight warming of alcohol as you swallow. Very nice indeed. The alcohol became a little more apparent as this one warmed but still maintained itsefl very well.
Mouthfell was very smooth and delicate, nothing chewy or thick. A little on the thinner side but still very nice. Very drinkable beer.
I thouroughly enjoyed this one and would definitely buy it again. For only 2.99 you can't really beat it.

Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.