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

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 274
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States | website

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: 128 | Hads: 274
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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the mood for a nice malty scotch ale, in this cold chilly night while I was out sitting by a campfire for a while. This came thanks to kwakwhore. The bottle also states abv of 9%, not the 7% that BA lists.

Pours a huge 3 finger head that is bigger than the beer itself. IT fades slowly, with a creamy look, over a hazy dark maroon molasses reddish dark brown color. As the head fades it leaves an almost complete lacing around the glass and fades with lots of big towers of head like a good Belgian beer would.

The nose brings some dark malts, lots of crystal malt, and some reddish malts, some fruit aromas like a slight sour berry and hints of a bourbon like fruit aroma. The sour fruits give it just a touch of a contamination or wild yeast like touch to it, which I think actually comes from the funky Belgian yeast, adding a nice Belgian fruit aroma and some light tangy funk. Some light sweetness, hints of smoke and roast.

Taste is fairly sweet but not too much, bringing more malts, a touch of smoke and some roast, creamy, and lots of caramel and red malts. More of the tangy and slight sour berry fruit and some wild yeast flavors. Again not sure if this is from intentional Belgian yeast strain, or a contamination. Some dry light barnyard funk is also coming through, it really is beginning to get some Brett qualities, so I'm wondering if that is a contamination with Brett accidentally. Aside from that it adds some nice malty flavors, but not nearly what I thought it would have. As it fades and finishes it dries a bit, or quite a bit actually, more dry flavors of a typical wild fashion, with some light bitterness and hints of earthy hops, some light sticky feel, and lingering funk. A slight metallic flavor as well.

The mouth is medium bodied with ridiculous carbonation, in fact way too much for the style.

Drinkability is decent, drinking pretty well for 9% abv, but leaves a slight sticky taste, and lingering wild yeast funk and light metallic flavor. However, the light manageable sweet taste to start and dry finish adds a nice touch.

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Photo of evilkalla
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving: Bomber into a tall glass.

A: Poured a clear caramel brown with about half an inch of thick head. A fairly good amount of carbonation is visible.

S: This beer has sort of a sour smell to it in addition to the maltiness. I'm not really a fan of the smell.

T: An immediate, sharp sour note gives way to an earthy, bready flavor. I like the secondary flavors but I do not like the sourness at all. Definitely not what I was expecting.

M: Feels ok in the mouth but the sour gives rise to a pucker factor.

D: I do not like this beer at all and I will not finish or buy it again.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

This beer pours up a big beige head and has a very dark bronze color when held to the light. It is very clear before pouring the sediment into the glass and still beautiful once the sediment is stirred up. The aroma has plenty of caramelized malt, a nice toasted aroma and a wonderful earthiness.

The flavor completely threw me for a loop. There is only a hint of the expected caramel flavor and plenty of sour flavor. Not quite puckering but definitely along the lines of many sour Belgian beers I've tried in the past. Nothing at all like a wee heavy and honestly almost undrinkable. The mouthfeel is also off. It's too thin for a big Scottish beer. I think I'll be able to finish this glass but there is no way I'm pouring another. Hopefully this is just a bad batch and all will be well when I try this again in a few months.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just found these notes from Asheville...about 3 weeks old, maybe.

This brew pours from the bottle a very dark, coppery bronze color. A white head pours out at just over one finger, taking some time to dissipate and leaving some patchy lacing as it goes.
This one's an earthy brew, fairly heavy on the malts with a light alcohol whiff. The smell's a bit nutty with a toasty note and a bit of dark fruits in there as well. It's not as fragrant as it was on tap, though, and the malt seems a bit milder.
The same goes for the flavor; the semi-dry malts base just isn't as strong, making for less of a balance when the other flavors are vying for position. There's just a touch of caramel along with a gently spicy note, toasty with a light wood touch. It finishes out with a balancing light bitterness and leafy hops flavor, the flavor of dark fruits never fading through each sip all the way to the end.
The mouthfeel blends smooth and crisp nicely in a medium body with moderate carbonation and a lingering finish.
This was a very nice beer and one I could have had again, though it was superior on tap.

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Photo of joepais
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, Early/Mid May 2010 bottling
Yup I think we have problem Huston. The bottle split two ways into Sam Addams glasses the brew had a good two finger tan colored head. The brew had a clear brown colored body.

Now things go down hill the brew defiantly had a sour smell to it as well as a taste it did come of as a sour Brune to me. So I will say it was drinkable but, not as a wee heavy. I will revisit this one if fortune allows .

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottled May 11, 2010.

Pours clear dark copper, brown & ruby in the glass with a one finger light tan head that leaves a few drippy spots of lacing and reduces to a foamy cap and ring.

Aroma is...odd and overall unpleasant. Rubber, smoke, leather, wood...quite yeasty, grassy, herbal, maybe some caramel and fruit underneath but the funk generally covers most of that up. As it warms up the dark fruits, cherries and grapes come out a little better.

Flavor is some caramel and dark fruit, smoke, somewhat metallic, spice, toffee, better than the aroma but still not that great.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, sticky, medium to high carbonation.

I can't quite put my finger on it but there is something in the aroma that really turns me off on this one, the flavor and mouthfeel don't do much to save it. Glad it was only a bomber and I didn't get stuck with a 6-pack.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Murky, medium to darker brown with amber-reddish highlights. An off-white, one-finger head receded quickly to a ring. Fairly substantial lacing.

Smell is somewhat non-descript. Sweet caramel, maybe butterscotch. Some nuts and a little smokiness.

Taste is somewhat better than the nose. The caramel/butterscotch comes out a little more, but I also get a little acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK. Not a ton of carbonation. Not great, but not horrible either.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this is not a bad beer, I would drink it again, especially if there was nothing better available.

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Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bier Garden in Asheville on 5/28/10

A - Pours a clear, brownish-red color with a thin creamy head.

S - Bit of malt, bit of roasted nuts. Nothing impressive.

T - Roasted malt and nuts, caramel finish with a touch of smokiness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Hidden ABV.

D - Easy to drink, had no problem finishing my single glass. Overall a good, if boring, example of a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of argock
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $4.29.

A: Flat-appearing copper with scant chemical head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Diacetyl is super strong to make a buttery and weak caramel aroma with none of the earthiness you expect from a Scotch Ale. Smokiness is barely present with swirling the brew, but the butterscotch aroma is far too strong.

T: The flavor is predominantly butterscotch as well, which makes me wonder if something is wrong, as the French Broad ESB I had recently also was too much butterscotch as well. There is a tinge of smoky peat and caramel malts, but everything is pretty well blanketed by the diacetyl flavor. Too bad.

M: Medium-bodied with low, low carbonation. Upping the CO2 would help to increase the creaminess I think.

D: Both French Broad beers were diacetyl-laden and characterless otherwise. I would try them again, but will probably wait until I can get to their pub to sample again.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear, deep mahogany/brown color with lots of visible carbination leading to a very respectable rocky tan head, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

Nice sweet (almost cherry like) malty aromas, with a fair amount of smoked peat dominate the nose. Like many of their other beers the aromas are quite light and subdued, although pleasant, just a little light for the style.

Fairly sweet with a good amount of smoked peat as well. Some nice fruity hints as well. Medium bodied and well carbinated. I really enjoyed this beer, although it seems just a little small for the style. I would love to see it be just a little bolder. But all in all it is very tasty

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Photo of stapleton87
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice dark brown/ruby color. Nice looking off white head dissipates much too quickly.

S: Nothing particularly striking about the nose, there is a slight sweetness and an edge of alcohol.

T: Very tasty brew. Caramel and brown sugar balanced by a roasted, smokey bitterness. Slightly sour aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very prickly carbonation. Not as thick as one might expect but this is a pleasant beer.

D: Quite drinkable, and this could be a little dangerous considering its 7% abv.

This is a very tasty brew, it doesn't go above and beyond, but it is a very enjoyable beer to sip on or have with a meal.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a deep burgundy-maroon with what at first looked like an epic 1 inch tan head faded so quickly it was as though it was never there leaving ust a light covering on top and a few wisps on the side of the glass

s: nice nuttiness; sweet malts; light saltiness; some coffe and toffee; light smokiness

t: has a much more potent taste than the scent; strong smokes nuts and malt; a very strange sweet taste on the finish that is kind of raisiny

m: smooth and at times even silky with light carb

d: a decent beer but i feel that i'm partial to wee heavies so for the style it's only ok

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Photo of runningjoke
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a brown-red, almost jewel tone. The head was reminiscent of a cappuccino foam, lightest of browns, almost off white.
It smelled of roasted malts, faint smell of fruit and spice.
The flavor was the same, but not bold as i would expect, somewhat smokey and dusty.
Low carbonation begged for a more complex flavor, but i wanted more from this beer.
This is easy to drink and could be mindlessly drained one after another.
Not one to sit and ponder its complexities, but still better than Bud.

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Photo of Deuane
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep reddish brown with a medium light tan head. Head hangs on nicely and leaves attractive, ringing lace.

S-Sweet roasted malts, a touch of spiciness and some dark fruit notes. All of this pleasant and present but quite faint.

T-Spicy, earthy, sweet caramel malt up front with subtle dark fruit and candi sugar notes in the background. Good but....becomes rather dull and one dimensional the more you drink.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied and a touch on the thin side. Certainly smooth and easy going but needs a touch of body.

D-Good but overall a bit dull and lackluster. A non-offensive and interesting brew that is the type good for introducing non-craft drinkers into the fold.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Smells roasty, stout like. Tastes similar. I don't really get the caramel, burnt-sweetness that I find in these beers typically. It's more of a big brown ale or a stout or something similar. The alcohol is hidden completely though, dangerously. A fair amount of bitterness. I like it, but I dunno if it has all I want in a Scotch ale.

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Photo of MrStark
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a deep opaque brown with a foamy off white head that settles into a small cap leaving little bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is quite heavy in sweet and roasted malts and has some fruit in there as well. A tiny hint of hops in there and a earthiness as well.

Taste is very much like the nose with lots of malt right up front with a bit of caramel. There is a slight smokey and roasted flavor in there as well with very little bitterness to the finish if any. Its tasty but not quite as complex as others I've had from the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is not bad. It goes down pretty easy for the style and would be sessionable. As I said before, not quite as complex as I like but still a pretty good brew. I'd say its worth a try if you see it.

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.