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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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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wcudwight on 01-16-2006)
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Reviews by drperm:
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drperm

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Support your local brewers" is such an easy admonition to follow when one lives in the Asheville vicinity, and French Broad is by no means among the least of those we have to choose from.

Now that they are bottling a few of their brews, it's even easier to give them patronage.

The Wee-Heavy-er is perhaps not their greatest creation, but it's a solid strong Scottish ale (any Scotsman will tell you, "Scotch" is a pejorative term best left to describe adhesive tape, whisky notwithstanding) that is definitely worth seeking out --- and returning to.

In the glass (right now, a wide-bowled red wine goblet), it has the semblance of a well-carbonated old ale. It's a shimmering dark brown, the tone of strong tea and yet quite translucent.

On the nose, it's a bit funky. Not Belgian farmhouse funky, but more like strange maltiness with lots of sugars funky. Not so much to be off-putting, but enough to say, "Our 7% ABV means business." Lots of caramel muscle here, with just enough hint of bitterness to lure me in...

The taste is solid. Not spectacular, but soundly solid and firm. As one would expect, malt is front and center here, with just enough hop-bittering snap to make it well-rounded. Not too sweet, and a wee bit of a near tartness that leaves me craving more. It is sweet enough to pair well with dark desserts, or something with plums...or how 'bout a nice cavendish pipe? Almost too thin, but it wins me over with its Gaelic charm.

Palate is smooth and silky and perhaps my favorite aspect of this one. Goes down easy, much easier than you might expect from a Wee Heavy. No viscosity here.

Overall, this is one to seek out and try. For me, I'll gladly have another, especially since it's available at my local small-town otherwise-stuck-in-the-1980s IGA market.

Best pairing yet: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream with a Butterfinger bar crumbled over top. Yowza.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 01:35:02 | More by drperm
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S: Coffee, dark toasted malt, slight scotch scent, rye- pumpernickel bread, cigarette breath.

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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.

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.