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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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Reviews: 127
Hads: 272
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 272
Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ours nicely with a bigger head than most Scotch Ales, and that familiar deep amber color. Toasted malt and toffee are coming through in the aroma. Rather inviting. Surprising amount of chocolate in the flavor. Toffee and smoked malt are rather noticeable, as well. Hops provide just a bit of a bitter and dry finish, but don't overpower anything, just as it should be with Scotch Ales.The 7% ABV give a bit of heat in the flavor and warmth in the finish.

I like this Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale. Perhaps not quite in the top tier of the style, but the chocolate gives it a nice twist.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. As expected, the aroma is full of malt, with heavy amounts of toffee and caramel, as well as a hint of chocolate. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, as well as some peat malt notes, a hint of smoke and some light amounts of dark fruit. The alcohol is also present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at jack of the wood.

A - dark brown, slightly cloudy, no head, sticky thin lace.

S - slight smoke, bread

T - chewy malts, bread, and smoke, but not overpowering or distracting. Some fruit hits at the back of the tongue.

M - sits well. Slightly below average carbonation. Sticky finish.

O - good scotch ale, worthy a try. Would drink it again.

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

appearance: dark brown, some reddish highlights. Wispy tan head.
smell: Nose on the light side of a wee heavy. Subtle caramel bready.
taste: Much like the nose. Pleasant though more subtle than I prefer.
overall: Nice and tasty. My first French Broad. Should be Wee-er Heavy.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beverage in Durham. Oh and pint night. Lets go

Pours murky brown with a thin white head. No real carbonation.

Smells like a German Dunkel. Toasted corn, sweet caramel, and toffee come to mind. No bitterness. Honestly, I swore it was a Dunkel and still do.

At first, I get a mild bitterness. Then the sweetness sets in. Smooth feeling. The caramel and corn syrup really take the forefront here. Toffee comes in later.

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Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear chestnut brown. It was served to me with a small creamy cap.

s: Earthy toffee and brown sugar with hints of chocolate and muted fruits.

t: Mildly sweet up front with restrained flavors of peaty toffee, brown sugar, and hints of raisin. The finish adds a touch of warmth with a little cocoa and some dry, leafy bitterenss.

m: Medium bodied and kind of creamy.

o: Just a spot-on medium sized Scotch ale imo. I enjoyed my $4 dollar bomber just as much and I'm kicking myself for not getting more to bring home. I love the subtlety and restraint shown with this beer.

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Photo of busterwhite
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with little to no head. No lacing.

Smells of malt, some raisins and spice.

Sweet malt flavor with a little bitterness. Not a very strong flavor, almost watered down.

Mouthfeel is too thin and watery.

A little dissapointed, the taste that comes through is good but there was not much of it. This was too weak and thin.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown with a huge tan colored head. A great amount of lace was left down the glass, and the settling of the beer was a fantastic site, grat pour, looked perfect. Smell was sweet right away. Lots of sugar and caramel smells, hints of grains and breads and even a light hop presence rounded this put nicely. The taste followed right away, but was alot more hoppy then I had envisioned. Lots of caramel and sugar flavors

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Photo of dc55110
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12oz snifter.

Pours a deep amber, almost crimson. A flurry of head quickly rises, but dissipates just as fast. A decent amount of lacing rings the glass.
The smell is some what bright and fruity. There is a bit of the normal caramel maltyness in the background. Sweet is what I smell...
The taste is very similar to the nose, bright tangy sweetness with an underlying amount of the caramel malt I am looking for.

Rather thin, carbonation while looking full, is not very present.

Overall this is OK at best. I think this bottle may have been well past its prime.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.