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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: 216
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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 gford217


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear copper with a large creamy off-white head that sticks to the glass well on the way down to a small cap.

The aroma seems a little odd for a scotch ale, and is dominated a fairly nondescript smoky aroma, not really the peat I was expecting, just some smoked grains.

The taste follows the aroma unfortunately and has some smoked grains and hints of caramel, though very faint. Maybe some fruit, though it's tough to get much out of the taste. There's also an unappetizing bitterness in the finish.

The mouithfeel is fairly thin and almost watery.

I'm fairly unimpressed with this one. There just isn't enough flavor or body to make this much more than average...if that.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:04:00 | More by gford217
Photo of aubuc1


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a shaker pint glass.

Pours a dark clear brown with a thick off white head.

Malty and slightly piney smell with a twinge of metallic.

Taste is very smokey, roasty. Finish is dry and a little sweet.

Good mouthfeel and nothing to keep it from being very drinkable.

About what I expected. Not great, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 00:57:06 | More by aubuc1
Photo of dhd1491


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

Pours dark, clear copper-brown with a thin lacy head of tan suds that ladder down the sides of the glass. Not much aroma to speak of. Taste is Guinnessesque: smoky, flinty, roasted malts predominate. Some butter, some dark chocolate notes. Low carbonation. A bit of a watered down mouthfeel, with some oiliness...not unpleasant, and the subtle complexity of flavors make up for it.

All-in-all, a somewhat interesting brew with no off tastes. Better than a Guinness, but with similar taste characteristics. It's all good, just a bit on the weak side and a bit oily.

There's peat in there, too. I didn't pick up on it myself, but I read some other reviews, and tasted again, and it's in there.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 20:58:45 | More by dhd1491
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

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

22oz bomber from Gail's in Hickory

Pours a deep amber with 1/2 finger head. No retention. Minimal carbonation and lacing.

Nose is buttery, but not in a bad way. Some breadiness as well. Good peat, though - a trait I'm looking for in a scotch ale.

A little thin on the hit. Malt body creeps in slowly and finishes slightly sweet. Some of the smokiness is there from the peat, but not quite enough. A little alcohol in the finish as well.

Still looking for a great NC scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:49:41 | More by beer2day
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter. It's been a while but I think I picked this up at Bruisin' Ales while visiting Ashville.

A - A deep brown with a reddish tinge and some light coming through. A small beige head.

S - A mild aroma of sweet malt, peat, bread and biscuits.

T - Somewhat mild for a wee-heavier but pleasant and well balanced. Semi-sweet with some brown sugar. Ends with a nice bitterness.

M - Silky and a bit oily with a nice low carbonation.

D - Drinks more like a session beer than a wee-heavier but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 21:35:29 | More by GJ40
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours slightly hazy Sugar Daddy color with a large, sufficient white head. Not sure if it is due to infection, but this one was almost a gusher. Loads of lacing.

Aroma is somewhat fruity; green apple and caramel malts.

Good flavor. Fruity and malty. Some slight berries and red delicious apples. Slight bit of chocolate and other roasted malts. Hints of smoke. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel kind of ruined this for me. Way too carbonated and pretty thin for the style. Aside from the carbonation, pretty drinkable, but I feel bloated after only 10oz or so :(

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 20:39:50 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

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

Pours out a nice clear brown color with a big fluffy yellow/off-white head. The head kind of fades back and stays around, leaving minimal lacing. Looks about average. The smell is very nice. Upfront, without a question, is the smell of scotch. I wonder if this ever touched wood, or scotch for that matter. There are lots of caramelized sugars and a bit of smoky, roasted smells. A bit of esters in the nose as well. The taste is very nice too. I expected booziness after the smell, but there isn't any. The smell has a great smoky flavor, but it isn't to the beef jerkey level. There's an odd roastedness, and its a little less sweet than I would've expected though there's plenty in this, it finishes a little dry with the smokiness coming back in. There isn't a whole lot of depth, but I'm fascinated by what's here. Definitely could be improved upon, with a bit more chewiness and roasted flavors (not smoked malts), maybe junt a hint more sweetness or some hops to cut through the smokiness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, though there's enough body to satisfy, and nothing really off-putting (unless you don't like smoke), with good carbonation levels. It finishes nice and clean, and is easy to drink, since the alcohol isn't apparent and the beer isn't too intense. I think I'm a bit of a fan, and would recommend it at least once. The scotch smell is really what's so fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 23:30:33 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of jgalbjr

North Carolina

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

Drink this on tap at City Beverage in Durham. I like the color and mouthfeel, though a bit thin for a heavy beer

Aroma is slightly sweet and complex spices

Taste is toasted barley, spices, and slight caramel with little head. Drinks easy for a heavy beer

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 15:35:44 | More by jgalbjr
Photo of bboven


2.15/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Murky brown body with a crescent moon of extremely thin head. Looks like a dunkle!

Very sweet grape-like malt character in the aroma, not much else.

Very noticeable oxidized right off the bat (wet cardboard) Hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel id moderate/high carbonation.

This is the first thing I've tried from this brewery; and it's not good. Overwhelmingly oxidized to the point of being undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 23:22:21 | More by bboven
Photo of hopdog


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in trade with enacgee (thanks!).

This one poured all head, and I really mean all head. Settled into a deeper amber color. Aromas of earthiness, wood, roasted and toasted caramel, and some chocolate. Tastes of caramel, roasty, lighter earhy, and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:39:51 | More by hopdog
Photo of hellbilly


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber from ucusty...

pours a hazy dark shade of amber topped with a soft sandy white/light tan head. moderate random rings and spots of lace.

initial aroma is of freshly cut strawberries... followed by red apples, earth/soil, faint pine-like hoppiness, mown grass and a touch of maple.

there is a slight metallic maltiness up front which disappears only to stick around as a distinct CO2 flavor. it definitely has a woody peaty touch in there along with orange, grass mown about four hours ago and a dry spice filled finish. a slight smokiness is noted in the aftertaste.

the body is light to medium since it is not sticky. the mouth feel is prickly from spice and carbonation. 7/3/6/3/14/3.3

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:15:06 | More by hellbilly
Photo of Traquairlover


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kwakwhore for this extra.

22-oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A = Very large foamy light sand colored head reminiscent of a Belgian strong dark ale, liquid is copper tinted maple syrup brown, leaves light lacing on glass.

S = Light phenols from the yeast and also some small amount of spices such as cinnamon, bittersweet cocoa powder, enjoyable but I wonder about the yeast used as this strikes me more as a Belgian style dark than a wee heavy. Regardless, it is good.

T = Okay the smell was leading me down the path of this actually being a Belgian style beer, but the taste brings me back to a Scotch Ale style. Strong malts with slight overtone of smoke, some of the light cocoa flavors picked up in the nose also come through on the tongue. Not really much peat but there are some Earthy notes.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, carbonation is maybe a little too much, especially for the style and stings just a little bit.

D = Fair drinkability, I definitely enjoyed this beer, but given some of the great beers available in similar style good is probably about square on.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:41:10 | More by Traquairlover
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:39:09 | More by indiapaleale
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 18:56:48 | More by merlin48
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").

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 02:52:48 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:05:33 | More by chaz410
Photo of auburngrad82

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 14:47:35 | More by auburngrad82
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 21:42:00 | More by Metalmonk
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 02:54:09 | More by DrJay
Photo of ckeegan04


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2008 14:16:58 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 00:41:49 | More by CWiggins
Photo of wagenvolks


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 04:18:44 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 19:33:21 | More by rodrot
Photo of NCSUdo


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 00:07:58 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 16:09:17 | More by ewright
Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
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