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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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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 120
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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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -14.8%

t0rin0, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap in February 2010.

Pours a fairly dark brown color. Off white head with a bit of lacing. The nose is pretty nice with caramel, brown sugar, and some dark fruits. Trace amounts of the latter. The taste is mostly just some bready caramelized malt. Feel is pretty good, slightly heavy with good carbonation. Good drinkability and a nice winter brew.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of sweet roasted malts in the nose.
T: There is a lot of malty sweetness in the overall taste as well as caramel flavors. There is some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable considering its strength.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery orange that looks almost nut brown in low light conditions. Radiant tangerine accents are still visible, though. An attractive chunk of wheat bread colored foam sits atop the liquid. It has a firmly creamy texture and is beginning to decorate the glass with some wonderful looking lace.

The aroma is pretty classic for the style, other than the absence of peat or smoke. Maybe one or the other will make an appearance on the palate. Munich malt (or something similar) dominates, providing a toasted, earthy, faintly steely caramel vibe. Not bad at all.

Once North Carolina 'popped the cap', FBBC was able to kick Wee-Heavy-er up from 6.0% to 7.0%. I find myself wanting it to be even bigger and bolder, but I suppose that's what Wee-Heavy-est is for. As currently constructed, this brew is a tweener. It's either a big Scottish ale or a small Scotch ale.

The flavor never really grabs ahold of my taste buds and makes them respect it. Beer of this style isn't the most complex in the world, but a few more flavor facets wouldn't hurt. Let's go with toasted whole grain bread, steely caramel, roasted peanuts and a subtle fruitiness from the ale yeast. Still no peat and still no smoke. Good enough, just nothing exciting or special.

The mouthfeel has no major positives and no major negatives. Despite the name, it's on the light-er side for the ABV and the carbonation is on the light-er side as well. Average isn't far off.

Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale might be French Broad's biggest seller, but it isn't their best beer. Of those that I've had, Rye Hopper is clearly numero uno. Maybe Wee-Heavy-est will deliver what my big beer lover's palate craves.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Only in Scotland will a 7.2% beer qualify as an imperial-type beer. But in taste and strength, its not just a wee heavy, but a Wee Heavier!

Upon its appearance, the ale is obviously dark- medium brown with shadows of chestnut. As the ale slowly releases a creamy khaki head, it begins to lace immediately. With every sip, a new ring of foam attaches to the glass with impressive consistency.

Firm malt aromatics fill the nose with toast, chocolate, light coffee, scorched earth, and dark wood. Despite its toffee-ish upstart, an aura of floral hops waft above the sweeter and heartier scent.

But to taste, its the malty base that commands attention- toast, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee come to mind as the sweeter grain flavors attach to the tongue. As the sweetness slowly recedes, more earthen tones of chocolate, coffee grounds and chicory play out on the middle palate. A late development of broad spice, peated earth, and mild campfire sets the taste apart from brown ale.

Medium-full in body, the beer seems to beg for richer textures because of its malty weight. But the beer is malty-dry from middle palate on toward finish, keeping a starchy texture of pasta water and malted milk ball candies. Only mild warmth and slight numbing signals the ales slow closure.

Loving this beer- it offers the slimmest of "earth" intangibles without going overboard. It's an American Ale at heart but it certainly has garnered inspirations from the peat-heavy Scottish Whiskeys. Silly Scots- they get so drunk that they find a benefit in burnt dirt.

BEERchitect, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown with a huge tan colored head. A great amount of lace was left down the glass, and the settling of the beer was a fantastic site, grat pour, looked perfect. Smell was sweet right away. Lots of sugar and caramel smells, hints of grains and breads and even a light hop presence rounded this put nicely. The taste followed right away, but was alot more hoppy then I had envisioned. Lots of caramel and sugar flavors

mikesgroove, Nov 27, 2011
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, fizzy-looking off-white head.

Smell: The aroma holds some fruit, some peat, and some nuttiness. All of it quite faint, though.

Taste: It's a parade of hints! Mild pale maltiness. Faint, almost imperceptible sweetness. Soft peatiness. One drop of sorghum syrup. Just a bit of fruit. Finishes dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly mild and thin for supposedly being so much more heavy-er.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 05, 2007
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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

zeff80, Aug 28, 2013
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.

nickfl, Dec 06, 2012
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 jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the mood for a nice malty scotch ale, in this cold chilly night while I was out sitting by a campfire for a while. This came thanks to kwakwhore. The bottle also states abv of 9%, not the 7% that BA lists.

Pours a huge 3 finger head that is bigger than the beer itself. IT fades slowly, with a creamy look, over a hazy dark maroon molasses reddish dark brown color. As the head fades it leaves an almost complete lacing around the glass and fades with lots of big towers of head like a good Belgian beer would.

The nose brings some dark malts, lots of crystal malt, and some reddish malts, some fruit aromas like a slight sour berry and hints of a bourbon like fruit aroma. The sour fruits give it just a touch of a contamination or wild yeast like touch to it, which I think actually comes from the funky Belgian yeast, adding a nice Belgian fruit aroma and some light tangy funk. Some light sweetness, hints of smoke and roast.

Taste is fairly sweet but not too much, bringing more malts, a touch of smoke and some roast, creamy, and lots of caramel and red malts. More of the tangy and slight sour berry fruit and some wild yeast flavors. Again not sure if this is from intentional Belgian yeast strain, or a contamination. Some dry light barnyard funk is also coming through, it really is beginning to get some Brett qualities, so I'm wondering if that is a contamination with Brett accidentally. Aside from that it adds some nice malty flavors, but not nearly what I thought it would have. As it fades and finishes it dries a bit, or quite a bit actually, more dry flavors of a typical wild fashion, with some light bitterness and hints of earthy hops, some light sticky feel, and lingering funk. A slight metallic flavor as well.

The mouth is medium bodied with ridiculous carbonation, in fact way too much for the style.

Drinkability is decent, drinking pretty well for 9% abv, but leaves a slight sticky taste, and lingering wild yeast funk and light metallic flavor. However, the light manageable sweet taste to start and dry finish adds a nice touch.

jlindros, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, dark ale with aromatic flavors.

Carbonation is very creamy in the mouth. Attractive head and dark amber color in the balloon glass. Surprisingly dry. Very fragrant in nose as well as flavor. Yeasty dinner rolls. Caramel flavor but not much sweetness. Lots of roasted malt smoothly melting together with a touch of hops. Some bitter aftertaste and a little back of the mouth dark chocolate. Clean and refreshing.

$4.25 for 22 oz-- can't beat it. Very drinkable while delivering a lot of interesting flavors.

mactrail, Apr 25, 2011
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 DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: caramel, biscuit, and a bit of soft earthiness is easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: follow the nose as caramel, biscuit, soft peat tones, ripe plums, and a moderate bitterness is wrapped in a earthy flavor. Alcohol is barely noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: a decent flavored wee heavy that is easy to quaff.

Gavage, Apr 22, 2011
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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.

woodychandler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

stakem, Saturday at 09:54 PM
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice to have this brewery's products available in Atlanta these days. This one was poured from a 22 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a faint head that settles to a thin ring. Smells malty, even a bit treacly, as well as quite yeasty. The aromas are on the lighter side, though. Tastes pretty satisfying. Malty, but fairly dry for the style with some citrusy bitterness as well, and a dash of anise or fennel in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and on the crisp rather than the rich side of the style. Pleasant and easy-drinking.

Georgiabeer, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

akorsak, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Maltzilla for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice brownish color, very nice carbonation, huge three-finger thick/creamy light tan head, with some awesome thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, dark fruits, caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, dark fruits, slight spice, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, but reminds me more of a BSDA.

Wasatch, Nov 28, 2009
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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.