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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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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of John1985
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale was poured from a 22oz bomber into a large glass mug.

A - Chestnut brown with a small quarter inch head.

S - Small amount of cocoa and malt

T - Slightly roasted malt with bitter sweet chocolate. A little alcohol burn at the end. Not much hop presence but I'm sure it was in there to balance the malt.

M - Fairly full bodied but not cloying. I put the bomber down easily.

O - This would have been great when I was in college 30 years ago but it is rather ordinary by today's standards. With all the great brews available, I have no plans for a repeat purchase.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
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)

Photo of Avagadro
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: French Broad Wee Heavy-er shares the same color as coffee, is free of haze, and is topped off by a thin off-white froth.

S: The nose is well presented, but consists solely of coffee. I was hoping for a few more notes, especially some caramel and bread ones.

T: As promised by the nose, this brew is one noted with roasted barley being overly accented. Wee Heavies should have considerable caramel notes to them, and be somewhat sweet. This one, however, is thin and overly roasted. It's not off-putting, but it's not to style.

M: Thin, light carbonation, and little in the way of texture.

O: I think this brew would fare better as an American Porter, but it is still too simple to make any headway; there simply isn't any depth. That said, as simple as it is, it is tasty. And at $4 a bomber, I really can't be too disappointed.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks johnqvegas for the bottle.
Bomber into nonic pint.

Looks like a cream soda... With ginger ale clarity. Reddish brown body-- foamy 1 finger head.
Smells of toasted caramel and just a touch of earthy peat.
The taste is pretty bland too. Really hoping this would be a really amped up version of a scotch ale... But alas, it was not to be.
Some sweet bread notes and peat with and caramel.

Body is light and watery. Low carbonation... Almost too low.

Overall. Meh. This beer isn't terrible, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Photo of fsvan
2.11/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Brown, with only tinges of red. Doesn't look like a wee heavy at all really, thus the 3. Minimal white head.

S- After the first smell I checked the bottle to make sure it is what I thought it was. Lots of roasted malts, but smells like a porter or a stout with a good dose of coffee. None of the peatiness that I expected. To me that peaty smell is a must for the style and it just isn't there. The smell isn't bad, but judging by style, it is not what it should be, and I rated it accordingly.

T- Again not much peat to it. Taste is of light roasted malts, again like a coffee stout. Taste is subdued vs. the nose. No real hop presence, but a slight coffee like bitterness. No alcohol to note, which is the best part of it, and that isn't good.

M- Medium, but light for the style

O- If I was given this beer blindly and asked what style it was by BA listed styles, it'd take at very least double digits to guess wee heavy. It tastes like an average stout. It just isn't what it claims to be (and isn't very good otherwise) and I judged it accordingly.

Photo of swooshjtb
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this French Broad offering from a bottle poured into a glass. This beer is a dark brown color, very similar to a traditional porter. There is little to no head after the initial pour.

This beer smells more like a porter than a Scotch ale. It's not very smoky or earthy.

The initial taste is well-balanced between maltiness and hoppiness, but doesn't taste much like most other Scotch ales. The aftertaste is sort of earthy. The mouthfeel is pretty good with good balance of carbonation. It's refreshingly crisp for a dark ale.

Overall, I could drink this beer with no qualms (maybe as a porter rather than a Scotch ale), but it's not much to write home about. French Broad Brewing Co. has better offerings.

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

been sitting on this bottle for a while, thanks to my sis and bro-in-law for always supplying the NC love.

a - opened the bottle and filled my unibroue tulip. really nice deep brown with a white head that hung out for a while, but didn't leave any lacing. looked a lot like a brown ale.

s - again, brown ale ish. brown sugar, nice malt presence. a bit of booze. molasses.

t - really tasty. brown sugar, malts, molasses. caramel.

m - medium bodied, good carbonation.

o - overall, very impressed with this beer. a bit on the brown ale side of the spectrum, but delicious to enjoy.

Photo of Spider889
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ryan011235 at the second Central Ohio Tasting.

Dark caramel color with good clarity and nice carbonation.

Smells sweet, with caramel/toffee type fresh leather notes. Nice roasted malt backbone, with some mild smoke as well.

Good roast flavors, chewy malt, warming and drinkable.

I normally find Wee Heavy beers to be rather lackluster, but this one gets the job done.

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.

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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a copper color with a fairly small tannish colored head. Head has pretty much no retention and lacing.

S- Bready, buttery, caramel and very Earthy. A touch of peat and smoke.

T- Bready, grainy, touch of smoke, peat, chocolate and butter. A very light touch of floral hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed a touch higher than normal for the style.

O- Nothing terrible, but nothing awesome either. I enjoy this style so I guess I was a little disappointed in this one.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a cream head that leaves some lacing.
Nose is malty and sweet.
Taste is caramel, toffee, rich toasted malts, a touch of alcohol with a sweet finish.
For a wee heavy this is on the light side, very easy drinking, quite sessionable.

Photo of raszputini
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of bamadog
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up on a recent trip to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 3/26/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark cola brown with a touch of mahogany and ruby to it when held up to the light; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan head that fades to a thicker frothy ring and a large, but thin skim rest on the surface; body is dark, but I can see through it and it shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up

Smell: Upon cracking the bottle, plenty of mulchy peat scents pour out of the bottle and there's just a touch of smokiness to it; some warm caramel/butterscotch maltiness hides out behind the blast of mulch; smell is pretty strong overall.

Taste: Definitely a bit of a letdown after the robust smell -- the mulchiness is there, as well as the a bit of the sweeter caramel or even cola-like malt; touch of warming alcohol to it all and a bit of a toasty graininess -- however, overall there is a definite watered down sensibility about it all and while the flavors are good, they don't seem as robust as they should.

Mouthfeel: Not as good as I would hope -- it comes across as watery and a little loose; carbonation is soft, and it even comes across a little flat; a moist and thin stickiness left on the roof of the mouth. Nothing really special about it.

Overall: Meh. I could take it or leave it. There are definitely better offerings of the style. Glad to say I got to try it though as I've never had anything from this brewery, unfortunately, I likely won't be as excited to see anything from them in the future based upon this one.

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.

Photo of prototypic
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/1/11

Thanks to CruisaC & PDXHops for the bottles; split with MbpBugeye

Rusty brown in color with copper & ruby hues. It looked murky while being poured but once in the glass, not so much. One finger cap of foam thinned quickly. Lots of tiny specs of lace that converge into large swaths.

The nose is fairly straightforward; notes of caramel, bread & some earthy overtones. As it opens up dark fruit tones emerge. It's a fairly clean aroma. The taste leans a bit toward the hoppy side; earthy with a bit of bite but not too bitter. Caramel & toasted bread in the mid-section, carrying on to the finish. Subtle overtones of juicy, dark fruit on the peripheries. As it warms it begins to exhibit roasted notions; a welcomed addition. Maybe a hint of cocoa. Medium-full body. Carbonation is moderately prickly; a tad too much, I think, in this instance. Finishes with caramel, fruit & residual bitterness.

Warmth finds this beer gelling better & offering more depth of flavor. Seems more like a Scottish ale than a wee heavy to me. Pretty decent overall.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer from a brewery that I've never heard of, brought over by ryan011235.

A- This is a pretty heady looking beer, at least when I first got my glass. It faded down while I wasn't looking but it left a big trail of lacing in it's wake.

S- Eh, the smell is moderately weak with a sustained grainy quality. Caramel and perhaps chocolate make a concerted effort in the background.

T- Lightly floral hops share equal ground with a toasty and carmelly malting. The middle houses a brief sweetness that is pretty nice. Some butterscotch is there but nothing that goes beyond this style. The finish is florally hoppy

M- The carbonation falls into place soon enough. This beer tries to be dry but a dollop of butteriness gets in the way.

D- In all I can't bash this beer but I can't praise it.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber, with a thin foamy head.

Has a grainy, grassy aroma with faint yeast, caramel and barley notes.

Sweet with caramel and burnt sugar notes, with biscuit and yeasty notes. Pleasantly sweet, though it does not taste much like a scotch ale. Slight spice and pepper at the end.

Medium bodied, with mild astringency.

Nicely drinkable, I'd like to have another!

Photo of Spica66
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in trade from thagr81us. Thanks, Calton.

Poured into tulip and shared with gwuilliums.

A: Dark amber color with good head formation and decent retention. Lacing as you drink.

S: Not much aroma, even when it was warm. What there was showed sweet maltiness and some dark fruit.

T: Mostly earthy/caramel malt. Not really any hops. It is good, but it doesn't have the sweetness that I expect from this style.

M: Medium body, no stickiness. Good level of carbonation.

D: There is nothing extreme about this beer and it is easy to drink.

Photo of norcar
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber/brown with a 3 finger, slightly off white head that lingers for a minute before fading. Good lacing all the way through the beer.

S: Smells of sweet malts with a hint of caramel or prunes.

T: Dry almost earthly taste . Not much in the hops catagory. Balanced malt character. Not complex but good.

M: Carbonation bite up front. Not too much though. semi-Smooth and almost on the light side.

D: I like it. It does not jump out with anything overwhelming and is lacking in some complexities but in this case that is what makes it so good and drinkable. It defintely stands out and is unique without being extreme in any direction. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quick dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A low key smell of malt, caramel, and some other sugary elements.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, and toffee. Not an overly complex flavor. Decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable, but not overly inspired beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber courtesy of Bucketboy. Served in a standard pint. Pours a chestnut brown with a semi-hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Head eventually dissipates into a skim and a band. Only two random strands of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses earthy/peaty malt and a slightly vinous quality. Taste follows nose with the addition of a buttery character. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a lively, almost prickly carbonation; the overall consistency is also a bit on the watery side. A decent wee heavy, but nothing to write home about.

Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.