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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

677 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Duhast500 on 02-24-2010)
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dear Jim, please offer Wee Heavy in kegs. Today is my Birthday and Heavy is one of my favorite beers. Wee Heavy is strong, tasty, and heavy as f*@#. Grab a spoon and drink as much of this beer as you can get your hands on.
This wonderful brew not only is delicious but will lay your ass out. Throw caution to the wind and drink a four pack today. and then tomorrow. and then tomorrow. repeat and be in beer heaven.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.93/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

black as night. opaque. thin, barely-there brown head, yet good lacing. there are ruby high lights.

rich malt aroma. rich caramel aromas. there seem to be some ester aromas present, some prune/raison. no hop aroma. no peat. no smoke.

flavor is immediately deeply malty, rich caramel and sweet. peat flavor is pronounced in the finish. finishes sweet. no discernible hop flavor. very subtle hop bitterness in the finish. cant really taste the alcohol, its much too sweet for that.

viscous. smooth. medium carbonation. medium bit in the finish.

very, very good. its reassuring that sam adams can make a solid beer when they want to and arent complete sell outs.

Photo of irongator
4.9/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

THis is my favorite scotch ale and it is a heavy hitter! Brown-red color. No Head to speak of. Let it get warm, and the alcohol really comes out. Very sweet and malty with warm alcohol on your tongue. Nice dessert beer. Have 2 and you will be really buzzing. A bit pricey at 10 bucks a 4 pack, but well worth it when you get out of college and start making the big bucks!

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams' Imperial Series, scotch ale inspired, Wee Heavy is one intriguing brew. I was lucky to stumble across a 4 pack recently and sampled a couple and put the others away to age them to try again later. The beer poured a very dark/amber brown with a modest creamy head with retention and some lacing as well. I found the taste from the dark roasted malts to be smokey and smooth with a very adequate mouthfeel and enjoyed the peat smoked malts as well. I found the high ABV to be hidden very well within this sweet tasting beer. Overall I found the brew to be very intense and complex; one I would recommend and purchase again. Well done Samuel Adams!

Photo of Lionheart
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok,I disagree with many of the other reviewers who admidaly have little or no experiece with scotch ales and do not know what a Scotch ale or a Wee heavy should really taste like.
This pours a dark brown with huge smoked peat malt and nice alcohol warming with a balanced plum/fig sweetness.
I have drank many american and european versions of Wee heavy, This is by far one of the best wee heavy's I have ever drank.
I would enjoy this beer with beef or lamb with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes.

Photo of SQUIDMANXXX
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark Brown with a great creamy foam head if you want one, or as I prefer none so I pour slowly.
Taste: Strong but not over powering, complex and almost perfect for me Regardless if you don't like Scotch Ales, which until now never had any that I really like that much. This is my number one beer, not style. American beer has come a long way and this is a shining example but not the only one in the Imperial series that is not only head and shoulders above any American beer but any foreign made beer also. Also a great example of a beer that is well worth the it's price!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Wee Heavy has a very thick, pillowy, beige head and a dark brown appearance, with lighter brown around the edges and tiny streaming bubbles. There is a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of dark-roasted, sweet malt, dark cherries, licorice, dark fruits, coffee, and fudge. The flavor is similar, with a rich smokiness and bitterness at the middle to end of the sip. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, and Samuel Adams Wee Heavy finishes surprisingly easy going and pleasant. Certainly, this is a sipper and not a gulper. It’s an outstanding beer!

RJT

Photo of Snow81
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black as night yet the little light that passes makes it a super dark amber

Head: Rich malty brown head

Smell: Little coco with a bit of heat, roosted sweet malts, caramel and nut on the back

Taste: Rich dark toasted malts with a flavors of a nut shell, very mild, smoke comes out very nice and a small amount of a tin note is there in their back

Weight: Medium to light body with a low carbonation

Finish: Heat pulls up front on the back then lingers to a roosted malt with a little stickiness on the back

Photo of WesWes
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is epic! This is what a Scotch ale should smell like. It has a wonderful burnt toffee scent along with a HUGE peated malt aroma. The smokey character is really nice. The taste is also quite good. It has a solid malt flavor of burnt toffee and crystal malts as well as a big smoked malt taste. I'm really diggin' the bold smokey character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of best beers Sam Adams has ever put out. Why go mainstream? Hit me with the smoke and keep it coming. What a delicious beer!

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4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Caramel 60, Roasted malt, and Peated malt. Hopped with Zeus.
OG=24.5° Plato, 10.0% ABV – 7.7%, Calories/12 oz.: 348. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks.

Pours out to a very dark mahogany, forming a thin head which quickly recedes to a scummy little ring around the glass. No retention, no lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is of prune juice, smoke, caramel and burnt marshmallows. The mouthfeel is oily and syrupy with a huge dense body. The taste is very nice...a great balance between the smoke, marshmallow and prunes, with a very light herbal bitterness. Sweet, but not overly so. Much smokier than any traditional scottish ale, but I like this. No perceptable off flavors or aroma.

I really liked this brew. I would buy it again and recommend it.

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.