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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale - French Broad Brewing Co.

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style AleWee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 264
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wcudwight on 01-16-2006

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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 264
Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of caramel with hints of toffee.

Light full bodied with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks the intensity and complexity to be outstanding. Balance is world class. Basically, you get a blended one dimensional flavor - weak caramel / subtle toffee. The middle brings a subtle bitterness. The finish has a subtle sour undertone. Get Founder's Dirty Bastard instead. (576 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Asheville-brewed poured into my tulip glass purchased from Trophy Brewing (Raleigh, NC) with a quick head that soon subsided into a ruby body. There is little lacing with a sparse and flimsy head. There is a subtle malty nose; the palate detects a sweet plum flavor with a malt base. The balance is superb and the mouthfeel is silky and smooth.
Highly drinkable. (367 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is caramelly, with a touch of fruity specialty malt. Fairly nutty, as well.

Flavor is fruity, wIth a nutty caramel malt backbone, and a bitter finish. (158 characters)

Photo of ordybill
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a very sweet malt and vanilla aroma.
Appearance- This beer is a light brown color with a small tan colored head.
Taste- Has a mellow malt flavor with a mix of vanilla, i did not care for the aftertaste.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation and an oily texture.
Overall- I have not jumped on the "Scotch Ale" bandwagon yet. I have tried several and none of them have blown me away yet. I will try this beer again once I have sampled more of this style. (520 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium caramel brown with a pillowy off white head and has notes of sweet toasted malts, caramel and a light herbal hop. It has a lightly malty sweet carmel taste with a small dark fruit presence at first, then a decent bitterness slips in to balances it out... https://www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews (312 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

French Broad Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Style Ale has a thin, beige head, a red-brown, somewhat bubbly appearance, some ascending bubbles, and minor lacing left behind. The aroma is of an odd sweet-sour, some peat, a touch of smoke, caramel candy, and brown bread crust. Taste is of the same strange sweet & sour sauce, moderate bitterness, lemon, lime, and bread. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and French Broad Wee-Heavy-Er finishes mostly dry and not unlike Bud Light Lime, in some respects.

RJT (494 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with almost a hint of dark brown to it, moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet toffee malts with light to moderate aromas of light fruit/green apple and just a touch of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet toffee and toasted malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. The sweetness fades into a light to moderate flavor of light fruit/green apple and apple cider. Just a hint of earthy hops in the finish which lend just a touch of bitterness which fades quickly. Hints of booziness but not much.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy drinking considering the strength of the beer and it has a nice complexity to the flavor with enough but not too much sweetness. Enjoyable. (1,130 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Total Wine & More in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.49
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 15, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany semi-opaque color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-tan frothy lacing. Healthy dose of bubbles coming up from the bottom at lots of different locations. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled dark apple, caramel, toffee, red apple, Scotch whiskey, dark sour fruit and apple juice. Apple I tell you. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose. Got dark apple, red apple, apple juice, caramel, toffee, light butterscotch, Scotch whiskey, honey and more dark sour fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol was well hidden. (Feel - 3.88)

This was a better than average scotch beer, although I feel like I slightly overrated it (without looking at the eventual ratings). (Overall - 3.75)

3.65 | 83 | B (1,042 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -14.8%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.
From the CAN: “Wee Heavy-er Scotch Ale is a rich, malty session beer designed for food, friends and fun.”
The thing about these French Broads is that they often show up in (at least) pairs! I like that this one is a Wee Heavy. Er.
The Crack! revealed a well-filled French Broad who was a Wee Heavy. I picked her up and gave her an inverted Glug to kick off our time together. There was a nice pseudo-cascade which settled into three fingers of dense, light-brown head with good retention. Color was Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = 14.5) and the preciseness is due to the brewery including it on the CAN. Thanks! The nose had an earthy sweetness, sort of medicinal, like Geritol or along those lines. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. Taste was quite vegetal, mostly earthy and not at all pleasant. The BJCP app tells me that this is allowable due to the use of peaty malt, but I was not digging it. We used to be admonished NOT to review based on style due to brewers’ interpretations, but if I rated this just on its merits, it would do very poorly. By taking style into account, it at least gets a fighting chance. Finish was semi-sweet but that vegetal taste was going to linger with me for a while. Ugh. (1,498 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter. the body was a dark dull brown with purple edges.
s - dark fruits and toasted malts.
t - raisins, chocolate, toasted bread.
m - medium and slick.
o - good beer, not up there with some of the other scotch styles i've had but good nonetheless. (323 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, Finger of beige head fades fast, semi-opaque but filtered, slight red tinge when held to the light.

S: Coffee, dark toasted malt, slight scotch scent, rye- pumpernickel bread, cigarette breath.

T: Coffee, rye-pumpernickle bread, cigarette, sweetness on the end. I think of dark lagers like the one from Portugaul, but more sweetness and other elements. Biscuity and bready.

M: Medium body with some syrup quality as well as medium high carbonation.

O: Not like Old Chub which is my fav so far in this style, but fair. Fine by itself or with some Haggis or turnips. (583 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is a beautiful reddish-brown, quite dark and clear, and sports a nice thick foamy head with some really good retention and lacing. Somewhat mild nose with light notes of toasted malt, hazelnuts, and toffee.

Medium body, firm feel, and a malt-forward flavor. Not as rich as some Scotch ales, but still a fair amount of toasty goodness. Some bread and biscuit notes up front are quickly accented by raisins, toffee, and then by just enough of a hop kiss to provide some spice on the finish. Very drinkable and food-friendly beer. (585 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Mild roasted malt brings notes of cocoa and vanilla plus the usual Scotch ale mustiness.

T- The malt is even more mild in the flavor, dropping to more of a toasty level. Slightly sweet with more notes of cocoa and vanilla. Alcohol is well-hidden and everything is smooth but there's not a whole lot of character in the taste overall.

M- A tad dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- It's important to note that there are very few Scotch ales I've met and liked. That being said, this one isn't bad IMO since it's drinkable and unoffensive, but I would be reaching for something else if it wasn't for the fact I got this for free and have nothing else to drink. (984 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bomber into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: really deep caramel color. looks opaque brown at first, but it is not. great clarity. off-white head with good retention. thick lacing.

S: a mild chocolate and even more roast. virtually no hop aroma. smells dry as more and more roast comes into play.

T: chocolate and dry roast similar to the nose, however I am getting the faintest acrid smoke flavor as it warms. undetectable at first, but opens up a little with warmth. I would say chocolate is the biggest presence here. maybe a little vanilla? slightly sweet finish, but mostly dry.

M: moderate to low carb. medium body.

D: not a bad brew, but not a wee heavy to me at all. too roasty, chocolately, and not enough malt complexity to be to style for the wee heavy. they have a great base going here, just need to add some more unfermentables and build more caramel/body. imo of course. (888 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has a lot of manly body as it poured a frothy, foamy head that had real retention. The mahogany coloring was deep and rich.

The nose was high in barley and bran with a grainy backbone. The interesting thing was the soft roasted coffee tones I detected.

If the coffee aroma was interesting the taste was truly surprising. There's a lot of roasted grains barley malt and some dry maple sweetness. The flavors are not immense but it has good diversity.

There's a higher than moderate carbonation but it's not abrasive, I just think it should have more thickness as a wee-heavy. (582 characters)

Photo of csparace
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So from the start the smell seems a little off. Its like a wetish peat smell. The taste is super super mild. Overwhelmingly mild. I have to look for the scotch for sure and it doesn't have that warming quality that I like in better scotch ales. Carbonation levels are appropriately low, but since the taste is, well watery, it doesn't really satisfy me. You can get a bit of an earthy woody feel with this beer, which is kind of attractive, but should be much stronger.

I picked this up at a gas station for $4 bucks so I'm still content. Definitely not a bold beer by any measure, but probably a good beer for anyone starting out with the genre or with micro brews in general. (679 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new brewery for me. One of my favorite unheralded styles, and one that helped get me into craft beer.

Pours deep coffee brown, a hint of red, and dark enough that it's opaque but for the edges. Two fingers of big creamy light tan head, foamy, dense, delicious-looking. Relaxes slowly to a thick ring around the surface, creeping up to meet the abundant lacing. I don't know if that description paints the picture, but it's pretty.

Smell is malty and earthy with a bit of smoke. Dank, dark mud, a little musty, with figs backing it. Nice, if a litte on the soft side.

Taste is a bit flat. I don't have anything bad to say about it, but there's just not enough there. Very earthy malts, peaty, but they drift away too quickly, leaving only a lingering mild bitterness. Could be better; mostly I'd like to have more varied flavors from it.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-heavy body, carbonation that rises up in the middle stages, right when it's needed, and a smooth finish that slides gracefully away.

A decent wee heavy. Definitely earthy and peaty. Main complaint is that I just want more flavors, more variety/depth/complexity, out of it. (1,142 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of a clear, dark amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark toffee with just a touch of roast.

T - Soft caramel and dark sugar up front. Smoky caramel in the middle with a finish of dark, smooth malt and a touch of red apple.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Well done, the balance is excellent and the beer hides its strength quite well. (486 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: half finger rapidly dissipating head on an excellent clear deep amber body. A very attractive beer.

S: roasted and toasted malts, burnt toast and caramel.

T: flavor follows nicely with more toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, nuts, nutmeg and brown sugar. hints of smokey notes

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very clean taste.

Overall: This beer is very attractive, incredibly easy to drink and very flavorful. The ABV is well hidden, a very nice beer and one of my favorite for this style. Its simple but that almost makes this one better. (559 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - When held to the light it reveals a dark rust color with amber highlights. It was topped with an inch of beige head.

S - I get some toffee and caramel malt. I get a little smokiness and some alcohol.

T - The taste is caramel malt with some roasted and smokey notes. I also get a little alcohol.

M - Medium

O - It's not a bad beer, but nothing great. I would probably drink it again. I guess it's above average. (455 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber bottle from the brewery in AVL. Notes.

A: A caramel color, still translucent but definitely richer and darler on the amber spectrum. A white head - no lacing.

S: The nose is a combination of caramel and nuts - malty no two ways about it. Decadent with chocolatey notes following the caramel and nuttiness.

T: The nose is a big set up that the body struggles to keep up with. The ale is plenty malty - the caramel and nuts still there - but the sweetly bitter tinge of the chocolate isn't. Over time, as the ale warms up, a distinct peaty aroma manages to peep through - that is the richest part of the ale. Enjoyable but I liked the Heavy-est more.

M: A resounding malty body, well-carbonated with just a bit of hoppiness to balance. The nose is a winner, followed by the finish of a warmer glass. (810 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rusty brown with a enormous fluffy tan head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving only minor lacing artifacts behind.

S: Caramel is prominent, not much else. Maybe a hint of toffee. Touch of toasted malt and I swear I get orange marmalade.

T: Toffee and caramel up front. Turns toasty with a hint of brown sugar and maybe even some maple. Simple and malty but smooth at least. Ends a touch drying with some earthiness.

M: Carbonation way too high, making this one annoyingly airy.

O: Meh, it would be a pretty simple but tasty scotch ale that would probably garner a 4, but the carbonation is way too high, bringing this one down. (642 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: This one pours a dark, clear caramel brown color. There was just a wisp of an off white head on it. Nice big malty nose to it. Mainly toffee, toasted malts and caramel. Just a hint of some earthy hops. Medium bodied. Toasted toffee malt taste, just a hint of bitterness coming through. Nice. (304 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jack of the Wood in Asheville

A - deep amber bordering on dark brown with a reddish hue; thin lacing of off white head

S - creamy, butterscotch, caramel, toast

T - caramel, butterscotch, creamy, mild hop bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a good example of the style. It has a nice flavor profile and good drinkability. It's worth cehcking out. (400 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ours nicely with a bigger head than most Scotch Ales, and that familiar deep amber color. Toasted malt and toffee are coming through in the aroma. Rather inviting. Surprising amount of chocolate in the flavor. Toffee and smoked malt are rather noticeable, as well. Hops provide just a bit of a bitter and dry finish, but don't overpower anything, just as it should be with Scotch Ales.The 7% ABV give a bit of heat in the flavor and warmth in the finish.

I like this Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale. Perhaps not quite in the top tier of the style, but the chocolate gives it a nice twist. (581 characters)

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.