Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale - French Broad Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a can into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is a beautiful reddish-brown, quite dark and clear, and sports a nice thick foamy head with some really good retention and lacing. Somewhat mild nose with light notes of toasted malt, hazelnuts, and toffee.
Medium body, firm feel, and a malt-forward flavor. Not as rich as some Scotch ales, but still a fair amount of toasty goodness. Some bread and biscuit notes up front are quickly accented by raisins, toffee, and then by just enough of a hop kiss to provide some spice on the finish. Very drinkable and food-friendly beer.
03-20-2014 22:16:15 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.
A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.
S- Mild roasted malt brings notes of cocoa and vanilla plus the usual Scotch ale mustiness.
T- The malt is even more mild in the flavor, dropping to more of a toasty level. Slightly sweet with more notes of cocoa and vanilla. Alcohol is well-hidden and everything is smooth but there's not a whole lot of character in the taste overall.
M- A tad dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.
O- It's important to note that there are very few Scotch ales I've met and liked. That being said, this one isn't bad IMO since it's drinkable and unoffensive, but I would be reaching for something else if it wasn't for the fact I got this for free and have nothing else to drink.
03-05-2014 04:02:22 | More by Immortale25
3.26/5 rDev -7.6%
bomber into tulip. no bottled on date.
A: really deep caramel color. looks opaque brown at first, but it is not. great clarity. off-white head with good retention. thick lacing.
S: a mild chocolate and even more roast. virtually no hop aroma. smells dry as more and more roast comes into play.
T: chocolate and dry roast similar to the nose, however I am getting the faintest acrid smoke flavor as it warms. undetectable at first, but opens up a little with warmth. I would say chocolate is the biggest presence here. maybe a little vanilla? slightly sweet finish, but mostly dry.
M: moderate to low carb. medium body.
D: not a bad brew, but not a wee heavy to me at all. too roasty, chocolately, and not enough malt complexity to be to style for the wee heavy. they have a great base going here, just need to add some more unfermentables and build more caramel/body. imo of course.
01-05-2014 23:52:39 | More by Jimmys
3.74/5 rDev +5.9%
This has a lot of manly body as it poured a frothy, foamy head that had real retention. The mahogany coloring was deep and rich.
The nose was high in barley and bran with a grainy backbone. The interesting thing was the soft roasted coffee tones I detected.
If the coffee aroma was interesting the taste was truly surprising. There's a lot of roasted grains barley malt and some dry maple sweetness. The flavors are not immense but it has good diversity.
There's a higher than moderate carbonation but it's not abrasive, I just think it should have more thickness as a wee-heavy.
12-04-2013 22:19:18 | More by KYGunner
Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.