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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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890 Ratings

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 66
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998)
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Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -17%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

05-09-2003 21:06:14 | More by Pegasus
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

04-25-2003 08:13:03 | More by BeerBuilder
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

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!

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


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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...

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


4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

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 !

04-02-2003 16:53:31 | More by StevieW
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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

03-31-2003 18:28:16 | More by tavernjef
Photo of fattyre


4.15/5  rDev +2%

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a large slightly creamy light tan head. The mouthfeel is firm to oily. The smell is butterscotch with faint hops. The taste is smoky malt(peat perhaps?)with a mild hoppy finish. A very good smoky tasting full bodied strong Scottish ale.

03-31-2003 17:11:49 | More by fattyre
Photo of LarryKemp


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

This beer poured a very dark amber. When held next to the light bulb, I could see that it was indeed clear. The head was a a fairly dark tan which lasted a long time and clung to the glass leaving a nice lace. The aroma is very subtle primarily malt. The taste is of malt and whatever hops is there to offset the malty sweetness. It finishes a caramel, chocolate. It is creamy and has a medium mouthfeel. It is a very nice beer that I always look forward to drinking. I would recommend it highly for someone trying to learn the style.

03-23-2003 18:47:49 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of goz


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

Pour is a deep mahogany, thick tan head, good lacing. Aroma is malty, bready, some caramel, chocolate and smokiness in there, too. Flavor is quite sweet, caramel, chocolate, a little spicey,and a hint of the smokiness comes through. Medium body, fairly low carbonation.

03-19-2003 16:01:33 | More by goz
Photo of MJR


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Poured into my 'oh-so-cool' Scottish thistle-shaped glass, this one has a perfectly clear, mahogany-colored body with a generous tan head that laces the glass really well. Head retention is quite good, with a persistant 3/8" cap.

Smell: The aroma is rich and warming with lots of fruit and malt. I detect a bit of a woody smell underneath all the malt. Staying dead-on for style, there is no discernable hop aroma.

Taste: Slighty sharp with tons of sweet fruit and hearty malt. Suggestion of tropical fruit? Lots of plum, raison, and other dark fruit flavors along with an earthy peat smokiness. There's a nice dose of caramel in there as well. Finishes with a faint lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Has a slighty oily mouthfeel with a medium thickness. Thickens a touch as it warms, but gets a touch thinner at the last second before I swallow.

Drinkability: Good. I could put down a few of these easily.

Having passed this one countless times at my local beer haunts, for some reason that escapes me, I didn't expect much out of this beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, a good example of the style...I'll come back to this one again and again...

03-06-2003 21:57:53 | More by MJR
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United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -17%

Quite OK. Slight caramelly aroma, slight hint of smokiness. Palate is quite sweet, but a balanced sweetness. Malty, raisiny, peaty, caramelly, a bit peppery towards the finish. Probably one of the better Scottish ales i've had (behind Traquair House Ale).

03-05-2003 04:32:16 | More by rastaman
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

This is probably one of my top Scotch Ales. I really like McEwans, but i think this edged it out. It had a very nice dark color with a nice thick head that lasted a little while. The taste was a nice bold taste, with some roasted maltiness to it. It had a semi-sweet after taste, but not too sweet. It coated my mouth and had a little bit of a dry finish. It also had a bit of a bitterness tinge to it. It was kind of like the regular Belhaven, but heavier.

02-15-2003 22:50:13 | More by JISurfer
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

A slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown Scottish Ale with a large, slightly creamy, light tan head. There is a sweetness to the smell, malt and butterscotch. The taste is roasted, smokey, and malty, with a very mild bitter undertone as it finishes. The body is firm to oily in my mouth. Overall, a full and tasty Strong Scottish Ale.

"A beer to be sipped, savoured and fully respected."

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

02-13-2003 15:49:36 | More by Bunnyhop
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

This brew pours a dark copper color with ruby red hightlights, and nice big head that last a little while and leaves a sexy lace behind. The smell of caramel malt is strong along with a strong fruit smell. A smoked caramel flavor which is very nice fills the palate. A earthy hop flavor is alos present. The high alcohol is not noticed at first then at the end there is a little bite.


02-10-2003 17:50:46 | More by kunzbrew
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

( 500ml bottle ) – Pours a nice deep garnet color, with a solid tan, creamy head with very good retention. On the nose the aroma of dark malts, cut wood, and caramel. Mouthfeel is very smooth. On the palate the flavor consisted of caramel, raisins, biscuity, a butter toffee / sweet flavor as it warms, and light fruity esters. The slightly high abv is hardly even noticed, overall a very tasty brew…

02-08-2003 13:03:38 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

It poured a deep garnet with very little foam on the head. The smell was of fruits and spices with a hint of malts. The taste was pleasant, but, I expected more. I could taste a complex of fruits and spices, but they was lacking the flavor I was expecting. A smooth and refreshing beer considering the high alcohol content.

02-06-2003 16:59:19 | More by BeerManDan
Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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