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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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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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 raszputini:
Photo of raszputini
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite "every-day" French Broad products. This was poured from a 22 into a pint glass - it pours a moderate brown with a two finger tan head with decent lacing. Smells of toffee and malt. Taste is very well balanced with a malt spike, notes of toffee and/pr caramel, with a sweet hop character. The slightly elevated ABV is well hidden and makes me happy. Finish is clean. Just a nice, well rounded Scotch Ale.

raszputini, Mar 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer you can find at alot of restaurants and bars around Asheville,poured a deep burgundy with nice light brown colored head.Heavy on the roasted malt aromas with almost burnt quality along with some French roast coffee and brown sugar,to be expected malt driven brown sugar and dark roast coffee flavors finish with just a touch dry earthiness.A decent wee heavy to be had here not earth shattering but its always good to find a good Scottish ale out there.

oberon, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

tbryan5, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Guden
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%

Guden, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a mostly clear copper body with a small beige head that quickly dissipates. Patchy lacing is left behind. Aroma is not very distinct, just some toffee and pine hops. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is nicely balanced between a toffee malt sweetness and a spicy and pine hop bitterness. There is a suggestion of smoky peated malt underneath which adds a nice aura of authenticity. Very drinkable even if a bit mundane.

merlin48, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. As expected, the aroma is full of malt, with heavy amounts of toffee and caramel, as well as a hint of chocolate. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, as well as some peat malt notes, a hint of smoke and some light amounts of dark fruit. The alcohol is also present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 13, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Cynic-ale, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of stapleton87
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice dark brown/ruby color. Nice looking off white head dissipates much too quickly.

S: Nothing particularly striking about the nose, there is a slight sweetness and an edge of alcohol.

T: Very tasty brew. Caramel and brown sugar balanced by a roasted, smokey bitterness. Slightly sour aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very prickly carbonation. Not as thick as one might expect but this is a pleasant beer.

D: Quite drinkable, and this could be a little dangerous considering its 7% abv.

This is a very tasty brew, it doesn't go above and beyond, but it is a very enjoyable beer to sip on or have with a meal.

stapleton87, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

undated 22 oz. bottle; recently purchased near brewery in Asheville, so no reason to doubt it is fresh. Served in a large Austrian Ottakringer mug.

A - deep mahogany with a huge creamy white head that lasted and left a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Mainly medium malts, but a bit of floral booziness, about typical for 7% ABV.

T - Very well-hidden alcohol! This drinks like a 4% brew excepting some subtle and pleasant alcohol esters. Plenty of sweet-side components in here -- brown sugar, malts, molasses, caramel, toffee -- but enough hops have been added to make this rather neutral on the bitter/sweet spectrum, and to add a bit of spiciness. A light smokinesss and slight dryness in the finish. 4.25

M - medium-thin bodied, good carbonation. A bit thinner than optimal but exceptionally soft and creamy for style.

O - a VERY drinkable beer; this bottle went down fast. More like a brown ale than usual for style, but has sufficient maltiness and light peaty smokiness to fit the Scotch ale category.
One of the best beers I've had in this category. [4.25]

{rating confirmed with 22oz bottle in May 2012)

chinchill, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Beer21
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Beer21, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of dc55110
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12oz snifter.

Pours a deep amber, almost crimson. A flurry of head quickly rises, but dissipates just as fast. A decent amount of lacing rings the glass.
The smell is some what bright and fruity. There is a bit of the normal caramel maltyness in the background. Sweet is what I smell...
The taste is very similar to the nose, bright tangy sweetness with an underlying amount of the caramel malt I am looking for.

Rather thin, carbonation while looking full, is not very present.

Overall this is OK at best. I think this bottle may have been well past its prime.

dc55110, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just found these notes from Asheville...about 3 weeks old, maybe.

This brew pours from the bottle a very dark, coppery bronze color. A white head pours out at just over one finger, taking some time to dissipate and leaving some patchy lacing as it goes.
This one's an earthy brew, fairly heavy on the malts with a light alcohol whiff. The smell's a bit nutty with a toasty note and a bit of dark fruits in there as well. It's not as fragrant as it was on tap, though, and the malt seems a bit milder.
The same goes for the flavor; the semi-dry malts base just isn't as strong, making for less of a balance when the other flavors are vying for position. There's just a touch of caramel along with a gently spicy note, toasty with a light wood touch. It finishes out with a balancing light bitterness and leafy hops flavor, the flavor of dark fruits never fading through each sip all the way to the end.
The mouthfeel blends smooth and crisp nicely in a medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering finish.
This was a very nice beer and one I could have had again, though it was superior on tap.

Brenden, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tea color with minimal head (from a growler).

Aroma is rich with roasted malts and smokey peat.

Taste is sweet roasted dark malt and lots of smokey peat to compliment it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but aftertaste remains clean with just the memory of the smoke.

This is an excellent example of a Wee Heavy.
Beautiful!

IntriqKen, Apr 05, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Jonmoore89
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Jonmoore89, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is rusty garnet with a half-inch soapy head that thins quickly to a crown, leaving jet-trails of lace here and there.

Aroma is disappointing. It's very faint, and what's there is mostly mineral, steely and lightly roasted. Smells like a not-very-exciting ho-hum brown ale, more so than a wee heavy.

More mineral in the flavor, like sucking on a penny, along with faint traces of peat and smoke, with a gentle roasted flavor coating the mouth. Weird, overripe, unattractive berry flavor mingles with light smoke in the finish. Ultimately a pretty bland scotch ale. Where's the beef?

Decent mouthfeel. Somehow I dig it despite being a tad more carbonated than I like this style to be. It balances a soft smoothness at the same time, so at least in this category it exhibits some depth.

An unfocused scotch ale with very little to recommend it. I'd heard good things about French Broad, and since they're somewhat local, I'd pick their stuff up again in hopes that they usually do better. Jury's out.

Metalmonk, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

tdm168, May 29, 2012
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.

McNealc31, May 20, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Many, many thanks to the legendary kkipple for the bottle.

Wee Heavy-er is a nice looking, dark copper color. It looks slightly hazy, and penetrating light reveals really nice garnet highlights. The head is cream colored and rises to nearly two fingers in height. It takes its time receding, leaving a moderate lacing behind.

The nose is a little below average. It's woefully short on aromatics. There are some malty notes. It's mostly caramel, but there's also a bread-like or cracker scent, as well. Roasted malts seem to be present, but they're very subtle. That's honestly about it. For what it's worth, alcohol isn't noticeable. Needs some work here.

The flavor is easily a notch or two above the nose. It kicks off with a rich, malty flavor. Caramel seems to be the centerpiece, but roasted malts are definitely there. They have a stronger presence here. It's a little cracker-y and yeasty. About mid-way through, a strong acidic flavor emerges. It's not very endearing, and seems out of place. It doesn't completely ruin it, but it does have a negative effect on the flavor. Alcohol is never much of a factor. Finishes malty and acidic.

The body is on the light side of medium. Carbonation seems a little high, but doesn't hurt things too much. It doesn't feel smooth at all, but isn't bad. Drinkability is rather average. The flavor isn't very good, and doesn't leave you pining for more. It definitely grows tiresome quick.

Well, my second experience with French Broad Brewing Co. wasn't anywhere close to the first. Wee Heavy-er pales in comparison to Rye Hopper. This one needs work. The biggest problems are the weak nose and the weird acidic flavor. Remedy those two things and this one might be headed in the right direction. I'd take a pass on this one for the moment. Nonetheless, thanks for the opportunity, Dan!

prototypic, Jan 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

burnzgtm, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/ebony with a sliver of mocha colored head. Zero head head retention & lacing

S: Some smokeyness, cakeyness & biscuitty malt

T: Rich cakeyness, dryness, slight smokeyness & caramel. Dryness & cakeyness as this warms, Finshes sweet with flinty dryness & a hint f leafy hops & toffee

MF: Semi-chewy with minimal carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, this had a lot of nice attributes, but didn't quite pull together...

russpowell, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new buddy Pete at the Hickory Hops festival said I had to try this one yesterday . . . and tell them Pete sent you. These guys were great, they gave me a nice pint glass and a Girls of the French Broad calendar signed by Miss June (and made it out to my wife as the most beautiful girl in the world.) The friendly demeaner will make me stop there regardless of the beer next time in Asheville.

Anyway, enjoyed this Wee Heavy very much. Nice malt character, dark mahogony and very easy to finish. Need to try an entire pint next time, especially with my new glass.

Backer2004, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of ewright
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber into a Douglas Scotch Ale glass, more than a finger of head forms and slowly recedes with some clumpy lacing. The beer is a clear medium brown color with light effervescence.

S: Rich peaty smell mingling with dark fruit and toasted malts.

T: Mmm...Big malty flavors up front with hints of smoke flavor in the background. Hops show up late and give a nice balancing bite in the back of the mouth. A little more bitter than some scotch ales, but I like!

M: Medium body, light and fine carbonation. Good crispness late from the hops and a slightly dry finish.

D: Fairly complex scotch ale that is a pleasure to sip.

ewright, Aug 02, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

SFNC, Apr 11, 2014
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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.