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Wee Heavy - Steel Toe Brewing

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89
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Steel Toe Brewing visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: yamar68 on 11-22-2012

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 12
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Fruit hints of apple, cherry, fig, raisin, and dates. Decent hints of leather, tobacco, and peat. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a nicely toasty and sweet malt driven taste with good notes of caramel, biscuit, and fruit. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar and molasses. Fruit undertones of fig, apple, raisin, cherry, and dates. Also some Scotch notes of peat, leather, and tobacco. Light notes of earthy hops in the background. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and drying on the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall: A very good take on a Wee Heavy/Scotch ale. Good biscuit malt flavor with solid fruit tones and a smooth body.

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3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks!). No discernable bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep crimson hued chestnut with a two finger cap of manilla froth. The head fades completely, leaving no retention and no lace whatsoever.

Smells of caramel, fruit skins, mildly earthy grains and hints of oxidation. Neither smoke nor alcohol play into the nose, a bit of a surprise for the style.

Flavor has considerably more going on than the nose. Caramel, vague fruit- more like apple or pear but slightly dark fruity, toasted grains, nutty, slightly bitter dark tea, a mild earthy grit, burned sugars, English malts, faint metallic notes, a little buttery and some booze. Sweet malts all day long.

Medium full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Caramel, butter and vague fruits play of the palate in the aftertaste.

Steel Toe's Wee Heavy is a respectable take on the style. I appreciate that they didn't go the over used smokey route. Still not enough to make this a style I crave.

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At the tap room, into a snifter

A: deep dark amber, with some tints of red around the edges; thin crown of foam
S: somewhat faint, but some sweet caramel, toffee, a little earthy sweetness
T: lots of toasted barley, and fairly sweet due to the caramel, toffee, and some vanilla notes. There's a very faint hoppy edge on the back end, and I get a little mint too. A little more sweet than is ideal for me, and not as much earthiness as I thought it might have, based on the nose.
M: creamy and a little syrupy; fairly chewy. The alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn't get in the way of the tastes.

Overall: solidly constructed and tasty; not one of my favorites for the style, but still a quality choice.

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The nose is not big. There is some caramel, dark kettle sugars, and light grain. There is no smoke, no big fruit aromas, no diacetyl, and no big alcohol aromas. It pours brilliant ruby tinted chestnut under a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Big malt flavors supported with kettle sugar caramelization, English malt spiciness bordering on anise, and a gentle nuttiness. The upfront sweetness dries out somewhat on the finish. Hops are fairly low. The overall palate is clean and smooth. The body is chewy supported by medium to a little less on the carbonation.

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Had a snifter of this & was moved to pick up a 750ML bottle at the brewery: good stuff at first blush. Now it must face my basement judgment, computer in lap. Split with my wife.

Carefully poured by my twelve year old, the beer is low-carb-ruby, gleaming clear around the edges. Nose is like a caramel nose spray infused with booze, with a low-line of dark fruits. I know some USPS employees who’d like that kind of thing.

Steel Toe Wee Heavy is one of those beers where my first swig turns into two, three, then a long pull. Ahhhh. This is a caramel dream. Deep, bottomless caramel floats across the tongue & beckons the lips to stay on the glass. After that who cares? But I suppose I should at least try: lovely molasses on the back of the tongue, rich rusty sweetness, mildly acidity, toffee. Hint of alcohol. I am drinking this faster than a drowning man sips river water.

So rich, so decadent, so easy to drink, this is turning my crank with both hands. Steel Toe is a hidden gem of the Twin Cities; despite that, this still took me by surprise. Top-notch, this is an excellent wee heavy, & if I ever get to try the barrel-aged version, I’m there. Wow.

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Wee Heavy from Steel Toe Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.