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Wee Heavy - Steel Toe Brewing

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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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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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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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Appearance - Deep amber. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Toffee. A hint of oxidation. Caramel with that distinct scotch ale aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Toffee. Buttery. Nutty. Slightly bitter in the back with just a hint of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Tastes good, not very interesting, though.

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Not the strongest of aromas. Get the caramel, toffee, and bready malt with floral and earthy notes. No sign of alcohol.

Flavor is smooth, rich, and clean. Wonderful caramel and toffee flavor. Minor earthy notes. Alcohol is well hidden with barely any warmth. I wonder if the brewer used an American yeast? Do not get much for fruity esters or buttery byproducts.

Big body with excellent carbonation that gives the body a creamy mouthfeel. Well done.

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Loads of toasted grain and hard water / brown ale notes, sweet soft caramel qualities, extremely soft and approachable for an 11% beer - zero booze on the nose, maple syrup, earthy faint hops, nice.

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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.

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