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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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904 Ratings

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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 66
Gots: 38 | 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 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.

worldsbeer, Apr 15, 2003
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...

ZAP, Apr 14, 2003
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 !

StevieW, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
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.

tavernjef, Mar 31, 2003
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.

fattyre, Mar 31, 2003
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.

LarryKemp, Mar 23, 2003
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.

goz, Mar 19, 2003
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...

MJR, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of rastaman
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).

rastaman, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
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.

JISurfer, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
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)

Bunnyhop, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
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.


kunzbrew, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
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…

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
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.

BeerManDan, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Belhaven should be in class all of it's own. This poured dark, with little head. It had that classic Scottish Ale taste down to perfection. I could taste the hint of scotch (the drink) in it, along with that geat cream taste. The ABV was barely noticeable. Just like Scotch, this is a very distintive beer, and a pleasure to drink.

bewareOFpenguin, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a huge creamy and rocky off-white colored head that seems to last forever. Nose is sweet roasted malts and caramel with a hint of smoky wood. Taste is sweet dark fruits at first followed by notes of buttery toffee, caramel, and an earthy smoky peat flavor. Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Highly addictive from the first sip. An excellent Scotch ale!

Morris729, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

This my first stab at a scottish ale so i have nothing to compare it too. I will do my best and perhaps, rerate it once i have earned my kilt.

This bottle poured a deep, beautiful, dark ruby color but with no head at all. I have seen in other reviews of this beer that i should expect a head, so i will chalk it up to soap in the glass or something else. The color more than makes up for the lack of head, though.

There are some very interesting aromas beverage: Sweet, fruity, malty and carmelly. Very interesting.

The taste is also complex. When sipped, the flavor attacks all the senses of the tounge at once, making for a good taste and overall mouthfeel.


elmocoso, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a deep dark garnet color with a large tan 2-1/2 finger head. The smell reveals a brandy-like aroma with a light fruit sweetness and alcohol as well. It has a bold flavor consisting of fermented fruits with a light smokiness that is characteristic of Belhaven’s brews, and mild hops. It is a light bodied brew that finishes with a thin astringent hop/carb bite and is slightly warming at the end. Not bad. Slainte!

BeerAngel, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Color is a dark garnet, head is full, frothy, cream-colored. Aroma: a potent blend of fruits and spices. And is that a hint of juniper I detect? I'm getting cherries, grapes, an explosion of flavor floods the palate. Full carbonation, moderate hoppiness, with a dissappointingly thin texture. Reminds me of a milder version of an old favorite, Young's Old Nick.
Mellow, mild, and flavorful. And extra points for the cool lion on the label.

feloniousmonk, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of yen157
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

This beer was one of the ones chosen to help be teach my girlfriend about beer and what is possible on the malt end of the spectrum. She was very happy we picked this one up.

Very dark reddish amber in color and topped with fluffy, pockmarked, off-white head. Smelled quite roasty and toasty, very nice! I was also able to pick up on some dark, ripe fruit and alcohol. When tasting the first thing noticed was smoke. I wasn't prepared to taste something this smokey that wasn't considered a smoke beer. The smoke was big and rich, but not overpowering. Behind the smoke was an almost syrupy tasting malt and astringency from burnt grains. The mouthfeel was perfect and creamy.

Very, very good beer. This may have been the best of this style that I've had.

yen157, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Mark
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Heavy it isn't. A soothing very very smooth Scottish ale that really went well with dinner tonight. Deep mahogany color, light tan head that lasted. Lacing was most prominent from mid glass on down. I will for sure buy this again, I enjoyed it's eminent drinkabilty, some of our domestic micros make darn good ales in this style but they are usually packing about 8% abv. This Scottish homebred checks in at a very civilized 6.5% abv. Very nice brew indeed!

Mark, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of DerKaiser
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Solid scotch ale from Belhaven. Deep mahogany color under a thick, tan head that disapates fairly quickly. Nice smokey malt aroma.

The taste starts sweet, with a peaty roasted malt flavor coming on in the middle. A thick mouthfeel, but not cloying. A slight tangy bitterness in the finish, but this is nicely balanced by the overall sweetness. The 6.5% abv doesn't appear in the taste, but is a nice warmer. I think this scotch runs neck and neck with McEwan's version. Perhaps the this beer's cool name provides the tie-breaker!

DerKaiser, Nov 23, 2002
Photo of Suds
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

I always thought of this beer as something of a benchmark for the style. Sweet and strongly malty. Beautiful, rich head that leaves stringly lace down the inside of the glass. It's a little oily, and has somthing of an slick, soft mouthfeel. Deep, no-nonsense malt smell. The beer is a pleasure to drink.

Suds, Sep 27, 2002
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

A lot of things were going through my mind while drinking this fine complex ale. Here are some of them... deep, rich, malty, dark fruits(raisins, dried plums), treacly, warming alcohol, tad spicy and smokey, smooth, yummy, and drinkable.

pbrian, Jun 19, 2002
Photo of John
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

16.9oz. bottle. Pours a deep ruby color with a huge off white head that lasts. Big biscuity aroma with sweetish malt and fruity notes (grapes, over-ripe plums). Taste is delightfully sweet, as it should be for the style. Big malt backbone with sweet bread, caramel and toffee flavors. Didn't detect any smokiness or peat flavors (typically found in a Scotch Ale anyway). IMHO this beer is everything it should be for the style. Hell, if these guys don't know how to brew a Scottish wee heavy, then who does?

John, Apr 19, 2002
Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.