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

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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

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Beer added by: wcudwight on 01-16-2006

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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 127
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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