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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

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wcudwight on 01-16-2006

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 281
Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby-esque amber color that is clean with about a half finget of bubbly foam.

Smell is rather sweet, some smoky toast aromas, bread dough and brown sugar.

Taste is a bit thin in the mouth. Lots of biscuity sweetness up front with some caramel and coffee tastes. A bit of smoky dryness and quite a bit of that brown sugary sweetness as well.

Not bad, a bit dry and sweet. Glad I got a chance to try this one. Thanks to my friend Mike down in NC.

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Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass after warming for 10-15 minutes on the counter.

A: Rusty auburn with a fine haze of dusty sediment. Head climbs to nearly two-fingers, an ivory-creamy of mostly tiny bubbles with a smattering of larger soapsuds. Very nice lace, drooping cobwebs in wide bands. Lazily-rising carbonation, random.

S: Good, strong aroma of cocoa powder and a light nutty-sweet maltiness, toasted grain & light sugars.

T: A bittersweet chocolate, earthy (almost dirt-like). Roasted nuts, shells included. Spicy hops, mineral drying in the finish. With warming comes sweeter 'baked bread crust' maltiness and zesty spice. For whatever reason, this 24 IBU ale came off as more 'bitter' than others of the style I've tried...hence a little lower score.

M: Slick and somewhat thin. Good balance and low carbonation.

D: I'm a fan of the sweet and malty richness the scotch ale/wee heavy' style typically presents. This was not that type of ale, showcasing a surprisingly dry bittering. Not a bad beer, but probably one I'd pass on, since it's not matching what my tastebuds want...

Regardless, a big "Cheers" to Metalmonk for this one: a Scottish Ale ("Tapadh leat") from French Broad ("Merci beaucoup") brewed in North Carolina ("Thanks y'all").

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Photo of chaz410
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very little head forms on this beer. It's very dark brown and has less smoky nose then I thought it would have. It has almost a soury malt nose. Virtually no hops on the taste but it has a slightly sweet, slightly more smokey malt taste. Very little after taste. There's a small bit of tartness. A decent beer but not one my favorite scotch ales. Very easy drinking for the considerable abv as well.

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Photo of auburngrad82
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head which doesn't stick around long. Some lacing is evident.

S- Very mild aroma of malt.

T- A malty sweetness is the first thing that I notice. Caramel and peat are prevalent. The taste is very much in line with the style.

M- Pretty good mouthfeel, not overly carbonated. Nice balance between malt and hops.

D- This is a nice offering from French Broad. While it's not my favorite scotch ale I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ncvbc for sending this one my way via ??? BIF.
This tawny brew had a bit of haze and reddish highlights. It poured with a fluffy two finger cap that settled extremely slowly with just a few clumps sticking to the sides of the glass. Malty grain aroma, a little bready and yeasty, biscuit and a hint of caramel, and a little sharpness from the carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness with just a hint of hop flavour in the finish. Other than that, the flavour was mostly malt (as in the nose) with a clean yeast profile, perhaps a bit of butterscotch. The carbonation was sort of coarse and definitely too high, creating a texture that was pretty far from smooth. Body was on the lighter side. Mild dryness too, which I wasn't expecting for the style. Not bad, but fixing the carbonation and mouthfeel would go a long way for this beer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogany/brown in color with a nice light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Faint aromas of dark malts, plums, toasted bread, and some weak spiciness. The nose was good, it was just very weak.

T - Very earthy maltiness up front. Not overly sweet though. Some caramel and bready notes. Hops are present, but not overwhelming, with spicy notes being the dominant tastes.

M/D - A little thin on the feel which is disapointing for a big Wee Heavy. Very drinkable though with the 7% being very well masked.

Not a bad beer, just nothing spectacular about it.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

French Broad brews have been available only on tap in the Triangle, and only a few have ever made it at all. I've enjoyed every one I've tried. Now, at least three bombers have entered our area (13 Rebels, Dunkel Witte, and Wee-Heavy-er), and I couldn't be happier.

The Wee-Heavy-er pours a dark, nutty brown, with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly and provides only a lean surface covering. Tea dominates the nose, while roasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar linger in the background. The flavor is heavy on the malts, with a dramatic hop bitterness at the finish. It's well-balanced, with a mild sweetness up front and a combination of malt/bitter in the aftertaste. The alcohol is certainly noticeable.

Carbonation is just right, and it's medium bodied.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a Guinness pint glass.

Out pours a mahogany brew tinted with ruby red and amber highlights. A light khaki head builds to a half inch before receding quickly to a thin dollop of foam. A decent carbonation level fuels a few rogue, isolated patches of bubbles. The aroma is quite earthy, and a husky maltiness is evident amidst grains of light chocolate and caramel. Some brown sugars and soil pull through as well.

The flavor hits the spot, with a peppery, bitter chocolate note that transitions to a bit of musky earth and tannin. Mouthfeel is even better, with a spritzy, yet smooth, medium body and a lingering finish of peaty scotch and powdered chocolate. A slight chalkiness is all that keeps the mouthfeel from a "5.0" in my book. Overall, Wee-Heavy-Er is a tasty scotch ale that reps the style well and will likely be purchased again.

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Photo of rodrot
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy reddish hue with a smallish 1/4 inch head. Aroma was malty with a very slight whiff of hops. Taste was malty as well, along with some peaty and smoky flavors to complement the malt. Body was quite light for the style and thus made it very drinkable and quaffable. Alcohol was not at all evident. Not a bad example of the style, but a liitle bit too tame for my liking.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Medium to slightly light brown body under a decent sized off white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Malty. Mostly a toasted malt with a mix of light chocolate and caramel. Nice smell but could use some bolstering.

T: Taste encompasses most of the what was in the aroma, but a little bit bigger (which equals better here). Malty throughout, slightly sweet, toasted, caramel and slightly chocolate.

M/D: Mouthfeel is a little off. Carbonation is little too much for me, though it tended to ease up after a while, and at times I get a bit of chalky feeling. Drinkability is decent, not a bad beer at all but not a standout for the style.

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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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Peace St Market, I've always enjoyed these guy's beers on trips to Asheville and am Psyched to see an increased presence 240 miles away here in Raleigh! Pours a crisp dark brown with ruby hightlights when held to light, the beer sports a thin lasting head. Aroma is dominated by caramel malts, not much else there, but still fragrant. The taste is also a nice showcase of caramel malts, as expected for the style. The beer is on the light side of medium with low carbonation and well hidden alcohol. As a hophead, I'll admit I have to be in the mood for a Scotch ale, but this is one that certainly does not disappoint.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Durham;

Pint glass arrives with a maple syrup-colored body with bright amber highlights and finger of loose white foam that leaves thin lacing.

Smells a little peaty and brown sugar-sweet.

Tastes much the same, with a little earthy/peaty character. There's a nice smoky woodiness, too that becomes more pronounced and pleasant as the drink warms.

Smooth and sweet; plenty drinkable.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: The beer is a rich, deep brown in color. Good retention of the high off-white head.

s: Earthy, nice toasted malt presence with some notes of peat. Sweet. Nice, just comes across a little weak.

m: Very smooth medium level of carbonation, with a medium-full body.

t: Moderately sweet, with good flavors of peat and toasted malts. Earthy hop flavors with a light bitterness. Quite tasty.

d: easy, ABV well hidden

on-tap at the Bier Garden

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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.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At Tyler's Tap Room in Durham, NC I enjoyed this dark brown ale which presented a fair tan head and good lacing. The aroma was a pleasant brown sugar and molasses. The flavor jumped out as a malty charcoal with a bit of bitterness. It was a little bit thin for this style I thought but it makes for an easier drinking brew. I certainly expected this to be heavier and stronger but it was pleasant and ultimately likeable enough to want to drink it again. Definitely worth a try once you understand that this will not be too beefy despite the impressions from the name.

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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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, red color. Glows maroon around the edges. Nose has some whiffs of sulphur and peated malts. Really had to dig my nose into the glass but did find some aromas.

Flavor was heavy in cinders and sulphur--almost so much that it was biting and bitter. And I liked that flavor. The earths were not so much erathy and peaty I associate with the style but very smokey. Medium body and filling. However, I can see the smokey bitters being too much after a few pints.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent a few days in Asheville with the girlfriend enjoying their very healthy craft beer scene and picked up a growler of this stuff before we headed back east. Pours a thick, cloudy brown color with a thin, tan head and lots of carbonation visible. Nose is heavily malty with notes of caramel and smoke.

Tte is well balanced with a woody, smoky subtext to the malt and backing hops. Mouthfeel is measured but plenty thick and savory, like fine gravy. Not an earth-shattering wee Heavy and not as coarse or flavorful as most Scottish versions I've tried but still a nice effort.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid brown color with a low beige head and nice active slow carbonation. Sugary sweet malt aroma with some walnut-like nuttiness in the back. A bit too much on the sweet side with some spicy malt in the finish. Medium bodied with a toasty oaky malt finish and a bit of sweetness and spice on the side.

Definitiely on the light side for a Wee Heavy -- more of a traditional Scottish Heavy (70) or Export (80) in flavor... maybe my growler was just missing the "-er" ;-)

A decent Scottish Ale though.

Tasted: 09/11/06

($10.99 / Growler)

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes dramatically different between the first crack at the growler and the second one a day later. So, if you have a growler, plan to drink a few pints and invite some friends. This review is regarding a fresh growler, purchased before it even made it to the shelf.

The ale is a reddish brown with a khaki head. Smoky sweet aromas abound. There is also a clean yeast smell in there. The first taste that hits you is a carmelly sweet malt, immediately followed by a toasty malt with a touch of smoke. Both have an organic graininess that lets you know this is the good stuff. I feel like I am in with the brewer smelling the beer as it is being made. The flavors are that clear. I am sure this is a pale malt beer with just a touch of chocolate or roasted barley to add a unique dimention of flavor. The result is absolutely unique. Also unique is the yeast. The yeast comes through at the end tying things up with a clean, dry finish. It is amazing how the yeast, being so clean, still comes through. This is perhaps the easiest drinker I've found at over 7%.

It is a tried and true favorite in and around the Asheville area and has now become one of my own tried and true favorites.

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

The beer arrived across the kegorator clear brown with and off-white froth and persistent head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a toasty character coupled with chocolate and a moderately fruity aspect. Caramel malt was present and the caramel character was notable.

The flavor was chocolate was a fruity malty presence which contained a sizeable caramel which was biscuity and toasty. The caramelization was strong and well done.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel malt presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium wth a creamy mouthfeel due to the carbonation. A good beer with a finish that was just a bit dry and with a body that could be just a bit more viscous.

Pint at French Broad Pubhouse.

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.