Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.
A - Pours a deep red mahogany into the glass. A one-finger head of dense khaki foam disappears at a moderate rate, leaving a thin film of very tight bubbles across the top. Beer is quite opaque, but shows a clear, deep ruby red when held to a full-spectrum light.
S - Well-toasted malts, rich caramels, brown sugar, and scorched caramels from a creme brulee. Hints of smoke and bacon along with subtle dark dried fruit. As it warms in the glass, the nose really opens up toward a peaty Scotch poured over a warm cube of caramel with almost burnt bacon on a plate somewhere in the room. This went from intriguing to distracting. I like to find myself drawn to spending time with my nose in the glass enjoying how a beer smells, almost having to force myself to drink it, and I liked doing this less the more time I spent with it.
T - Dark caramels, molasses, and hints of chocolate on toasted, almost roasted malts. Really dark, dried cherries and raisins with a touch of vanilla and prunes. The alcohol is well-hidden. Floral and pine hops in the background are just enough to balance the sweetness. If tasting blind, I might find myself settling on a wee-heavy by process of elimination, but there's a bit too much fruit/sugar and not quite enough toasted/smoked malts for the style it claims.
M - Smooth, but not creamy. Just enough carbonation to define the body. Rich, almost velvety without being dense. Moderately short finish, where eventually some chocolate and alcohol linger. Nice construction.
O - I'm very surprised this clocks in at 10% ABV - there's no pop or heat at all that pushes through. Interesting take on the style, as the chocolate notes suggest more of a rich cocoa porter and the fruits suggest more of a Belgium strong ale than the wee-heavy Scotch ale that it is. In the end, the deep, rich caramels and dried, smokey fruits define the glass. This would make a good alternative for an after-dinner drink. It also reminds me of a deep, rich, dark chutney. It made a tasty nitecap, but it's definitely a small-quantity, sipping libation. Recommended to experience, especially if one thinks the best Samuel Adams can do is the Boston Lager the corner tavern recently added beside the Bud taps because everyone's asking for a craft beer these days.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2012 03:26:01 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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