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MacHayden's WeeHeavy Scotch Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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MacHayden's WeeHeavy Scotch Ale
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83
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hchinaski on 02-17-2009)
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Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear brownish amber with a 2 finger light tan head that leaves a touch of attractive lacing. Numerous bubbles rising throughout the glass.

Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits and a slight whiff of coffee. A bit woodsy.

Roast malt and rich dark fruit. Flavor approaches tht of cherry at times. the bitterness of burnt malt combined with the alcohol give it a bit of cloy.

Medium full in body. Somewhat sticky. Prickly carbonation. Very warming.

Decent brew. Great for a cold winter's night.

obywan59, Jan 29, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of heisigec
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this the first time on draft and I thought the word of it. Glad to see it in bottles in my local shops. Wonderfully malty and balanced, possibly a new favorite. The smoothness of this beverage is dangerous giving its abv. It is a nice winter warmer if nothing else.

heisigec, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ChadA83, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AScrambledEgg, Apr 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

hyoung41, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

HuntDaddy540, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

wollefdoogylloj, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of devilben02
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle with a rich, reddish-amber color that is not unlike a brown ale, and it is topped by a fizzy tan head. Light, sweat, bready malts are most pronounced in the aroma, but there is also some earthy, almost metallic character. The bread and light caramel sweetness is likewise prominent in the flavor, but the finish is loaded with the earthy/metallic/spice hop character, which isn't pleasant. The medium body and fine carbonation don't distract from the flavors, which is unfortunate in this case. Overall, the beer is underwhelming. it doesn't showcase the malts well, and the unpleasant finish makes me not want to come back for more.

devilben02, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

stortore, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

bubseymour, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

JamieDuncan, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Drknight, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA

A: Pours a clear rich brown in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall very light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and smoked peat along with some lighter hints of brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of nuts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some moderate brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Then the smokey elements from the peat start to come through with just a hint of nuts (maybe pecan or walnut). There is a bit of earthiness from the hops towards the finish with light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Overall this is a fairly sweet beer just bordering on the edge of being cloying. Not the easiest beer to drink and the smokiness is not as pronounced in the flavor as it was in the aroma - I could have used a little more smokiness to this beer as a whole. Probably not a beer that I would have multiple of at a single session. Overall the alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

dbrauneis, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark reddish black with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain, slight fruity taste, very nice. Tastes of fruit and sweet grain, a great tasty balance. Beer is slightly heavily carbonated, but goes down very smoothly. Overall, a very good beer.

cyclonece09, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

AngusOg, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ZachKelly, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

MidloRapid, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of cdrummer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA.

A: A moderately thick head of beige foam set atop a rich mahogany body of coursely carbonated beer.

S: Bisuity malt is the first followed by a pleasing smokiness, dark fruit, hoppy spice and a slight yeastiness. Overall, it possessed a rather floral quality too.

T&M: Smokey and meaty, this viscous brew exhibits a sticky fruitness, especially in the mid to finish. Velvety carbonation brings out the hop spice and bitterness along with yeast and peat flavors which are all quite well balanced with the caramelized malt.

D: Very approachable and unique, albeit a bit hoppier than I imagined from the advertised 30 IBUS.

cdrummer, Mar 19, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

seanchai, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of hchinaski
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Brewery's tasting room, Feb. 9. Think that was the 1st day, as the Bartender said that it had just replaced the Full Nelson on the draft list.

Appearance is light to amber-ish color with medium head and retention

Smell was not a giveaway for the flavor. Slightly biscuity and toasty

Taste was not much to my liking. A bit hoppy for the style and not nearly balanced with malted goodness.

Mouthfeel left me a bit cotton-mouthed. It was neither rich nor creamy

Drinkability was not much of an issue with me. I took 3 or 4 sips then gave it to the wife--she semmed to like it a good deal better with me.

hchinaski, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of MorganH
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

MorganH, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Rich, brown ale. Only a thin layer of head with moderate retention. The beer retains a thin smattering of head across the surface.

S: Brown sugar, pecans and lots of toasted malts. A good, rich smelling brew.

T: Toasted malts and a LOT of dark fruits. The middle brings a nice earthiness, and there is a touch of bittering woody hops on the finish. It hides the 8% ABV fairly well, except for the esters, which compound the fruitiness. The overall impression is that of sweetness, and it is a little cloying.

M: Fairly heavy body, relatively light on the carbonation and very sticky, which adds to the cloying factor.

O: Not my favorite wee heavy by any means. There is a lot of fruit, a lot of sticky sweetness. I don't know that I could drink more than one of these unless it was with a meal.

DaveBlack, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-cask in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.

A: Auburn with 1-finger beige, fine bubbled head with nice cascading and several scalloped lines of lace.

S: Fruity berry-like aromas mixed with a light peatiness and light herbal, floral hops note. Pretty soft profile overall.

T: Unassuming fruity maltiness with nice toasted character, soft peat and smoke, and floral hops to finish

M: The cask feel is really smooth and creamy with medium body -- this combo could be deadly over a session at 8.6% ABV.

D: Very deceiving ABV in a solid brew. I wish the hops were toned down a little more to let the maltiness come through a bit more. The cask treatment lends a very creamy feel that couples well with this no-nonsense ale.

argock, Dec 14, 2009
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MacHayden's WeeHeavy Scotch Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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