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

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85
very good

277 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 686
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

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

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Beer added by: Duhast500 on 02-24-2010

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Reviews: 277 | Hads: 686
Photo of steev420
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.92/5  rDev +30.5%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of irongator
4.9/5  rDev +30%
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! (371 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +26%
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! (659 characters)

Photo of Lionheart
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of SQUIDMANXXX
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
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! (586 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +22%
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 (529 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
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! (674 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, malty flavor has notes of caramel, molasses and miso. It pours a barely translucent dark brown with a fairly thick light tan head that doesn’t stick around too long but leaves some lacing. Strong flavor has an overtone that mixes molasses with caramel but is only slightly sweet. There is a touch of hoppy bitterness and a hint of toffee. Thick, full-bodied texture has a little fizz and leaves a malty, molasses, slightly woody finish. (446 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no apparent date, just a batch, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown head with tons of retention and low stick.

Smell - Bread and coffee. Dark fruit. Thankfully no off or sharp scents. Some noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Slight astringent metallic finish. Other than that, it's extraordinarily smooth.

Mouthfeel - Clean. Slightly acidic. Has an understated effervescence like Westy 12.

Overall Drinkability - Absolutely fantastic. No major flaws. Sum is better than the parts. (523 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A- pours a very deep brown, clear body with a gushing white head thy reduces slowly and leaves some medium lacing.

S- quite inviting actually. Heavy vanilla, sugar cookies, caramel, toffee, maybe some bourbon and chocolate.

T- it tasted a lot better as it warmed so I suggest you warm it to at least 55 degrees. Starts off with molasses, toffee,vanilla, caramel, leads into a nice lightly toasted flavor and leaves a subtle roasty flavor on the tongue. Some banana and spice on the finish. Very little alcohol for 10 percent.

M- medium body, low carbonation. Decent drink ability.

I was surprisingly impressed with this beer - it's smooth, tasty, complex, and balanced. On the sweet side, would go good with dessert or for dessert. Underrated. (805 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a rich chestnut with a bit less head than I was expecting. Slight lacing and decent retention.

The aroma is pretty nice. Immediately after opening it I had a decent idea what I was in for. There was an initial peat blast and alcohol sharpness which while not offensive, nudged at the fact that this was a scotch ale.

The taste is very much like a scotch ale but flipped. While many have underlying complexities and simpler surfaces, for lack of a better word, this had most of it's complexity at the surface and a simpler foundation.

It brings perhaps the most peat I've had in a beer yet and tends to deliver what you'd expect, but more of it.

The mouthfeel is Medium full and a bit less than medium weight. The finish is mildly dry and slightly sticky. Tremendously creamy and easy to roll around.

Overall, at first this seemed like a less balanced version of the style, which I somewhat think is true still, but after seeing that, I found that I really enjoyed the intensity of all the scotch goodness. As much as this style seems heavier to start, this seems like an imperial version of the Scotch Ale. (1,127 characters)

Photo of brewcifix
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Wee Heavy pours a beautiful clear brown that lies black-brown in the glass. There's a nice off-white fizzy head that quickly dissapates to a thin film that displays moderate lacing. Lacing (along with flavor) increases as the beer warms. Don't be afraid to let this warm up a bit. This is not a beer to enjoy ice cold.

S- Caramel, toffee, molasses, sugar, fill the nose with a touch chocolate and honey. This is the kind of nose that makes me anxious to get it in my mouth!

T- Sweet caramel, sugar, and candy is immediately overpowered by strong roasted malts. The finish is roasted malts and smoke that leaves a lingering after taste of malts, peat and molasses. This beer is bliss going in, and still manages to leave a wonderful impression on the palate. The 10% ABV is righteously masked, and pretty much not perceptible.

M- There is low-medium carbonation and a medium tongue weight. Although, a little silky, this beer goes down pretty easy.

Overall: this is a "kick ass" brew! Be careful, it combines high alcohol with high drinkability! The look, smell, and taste of this concoction is delightful. This has to be my favorite of the Imperial Series. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Dubbledown
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14.9 nonic. Nice cream colored half-inch head. Color almost black with a ruby hue. Malt and strong peat smell. Big rich, silky mouth feel. Excellent evaporation in the palate, strong aftertaste of peat and caramel. Hints of dried fruits, particularly cherries. Long warm finish. A really superb example of the style and, in my experience, unique at 10 percent alcohol and the peat flavor. Highly recommended. Serving temperature 52 degrees.

Grade A Purchased at Stoney's -- $11.99 per 4-pack (507 characters)

Photo of jar2574
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark brown beer that looks ruby red when held directly up to light. Two finger tan head dissolves into a thin lacing. Good coating on the way down.

Smell is sweet, malty, green (peat?), and some roasted character.

Love the mouthfeel. Thick, creamy. Milky, but even thicker. Literally the consistency of cream.

Taste is unique - at least for me - and quite nice. Some spiciness, some alcohol. Malts, not as roasted as you'd think for being so dark. A hint of smokiness? The most scotch-like beer I've ever had. The other scotch ales I had were watery and tasteless compared to this. (596 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark hazy brown with a brown foamy head. Tons of lacing along the sides of the glass

Smell - Caramel, Chocolate, Toffee, Peated Scotch, Burnt Malts and Yeasts.

Taste - Caramel, Peated Scotch, Whisky, Roasted Malts and Chocolate. Aftertaste is a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and has absolutely no boozy taste. Very robust and rich flavor

Mouthfeel - Very thick like molasses; Very creamy, smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall - For a 10% ABV Beer, this is incredibly easy to drink and there is no alcohol taste what-so-ever. I'm not sure on the availability of this beer, but if you see it I would definitely pick it up (668 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Wee Heavy is an excellent scotch ale and a great sipping beer.

A: Dark brown color... like coke. Small head that fades to crappy lacing. 4

S: The smell is sweet and malty with a little bitterness 4.5

T: The taste is charcoal with smoke and sweet maltiness. Super nice. Aftertaste is Malty with some bitterness. 4.5

M: Frothy. Delicious. 4.5

O: Great for sipping. 4 (380 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: A big malt bomb in the nose. First off the peat malt, light smoke, and wood aromas. Dark fruits, sweet toffee, and chocolate. I love it.
T: Follows the nose with tons of malt. Toasted malts, chocolate, toffee that are great. Plenty of peat, smoke, and wood as well. Dark fruits of cherries and raisins brings everything together. Excellent.
M/D: A full body with lower carbonation. So smooth and velvety. Easy to drink. A great beer to sip on.

I love this. Pretty much everything I want in the style, which is my favorite. Plenty of peat, smoke, malt, and not over the top sweet. Which is a big problem with American version. I don't understand the lower scores here. Something I would highly recommend. (828 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a whiff of smoke and a hint of brown sugar as you raise Samuel Adams' almost-black but still mahogany brown Wee Heavy to your nose. As you swirl it in the glass, the dark khaki-colored and creamy head spins, releasing additional notes of dark bread and dark-skinned fruit. It's a nice looking glass of beer, and although the head doesn't hold particularly well, it does leave behind tiny spots and craggy splashes of lace.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a bit of a dextrinous edge. The carbonation is restrained, as it should be for the style, and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor is all that you'd wish for and everything that your nose has promised you! The peat-based smokiness comes through clearly over the almost-burnt sugary caramel and "dark bread" maltiness. A combination of red and dark berry-like fruitiness from the yeast steps in, and in combination with the dark malts, it gives the suggestion of dark skinned fruits - or perhaps, simply the skins of some dark fruits without the juicy, sugary fruit attached. I find raisin and prune to be sure, although there's a suggestion of fig as well. Grassy hops also appear, more towards the swallow, and together with the fruitiness and the very firm, but mostly background bitterness, it's nicely balanced. It finishes dry with a puff of light smokiness, some residual grassy hops, and a bit of long-lingering dull bitterness.

Overall it's clearly an American take on the style, but that lends even more charm to it. Where the Scottish might downplay the yeasty fruitiness, Samuel Adams has bumped it up, giving it quite a bit of additional character, and more complexity. Charming, to say the least! (1,708 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with less than one finger of tan head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet caramel malt with some notes of alcohol.

The taste is of toasty caramel malt, pretty sweet, very noticeable peppery alcohol presence.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy feel, low to moderate carbonation.

I thought this beer was very enjoyable, the alcohol may have been a little overbearing but it was tasty all the same. (441 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing the wares today at Ayottes and saw "Imperial Series Wee Heavy"... Hmmmm... It was a classic WTF moment... Just had to grab a 4-pack ($9.99). Bottle has a completely different label design as compared to past Sammy offerings. A short blurb on the back gives some history of the style, while the pastel green front has the new "Imperial Series" logo hovering over a middle-ages era castle. I like the new direction; hell, I've seen enough of "Sam" over the years on the label...

Drained a bottle into my nonic... 'Twas a clear, deep, vibrant chestnut, with a creamy, albeit thin, tan head. The liquid was a bit too opaque to espy any carbo within, and the lacing was decent. The aroma, though not in-your-face, was solid, plenty of caramel malts and a hint of peat hitting the olfactories. Body is solidly medium, and the Heavy is quite smooth as it descends, making for a nice mouthfeel.

Lots of malts hit the palate, with caramel and toffee abounding, plus a light hit of some caramelized brown sugar. Sweetness reaches a good level but never approaches the cloying sector. Intimations of dark fruit lurk in the background, while the peat-factor is present in a subtle smokiness. Hops are not neglected here, with a touch of florality at the finish lending a smidge of balance to the mostly malty flavor profile. The 10% ABV is rather well contained, as only a touch of warming is currently felt in the belly. I quite like this new Wee Heavy from Sammy, but will have to watch over it, as Alewife has always had a big-time hankerin' for this style.

Prosit!!

4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of Wamesit
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep red with a light tan head that gives way to mild lacing.

S - Burnt toffee from the crystal malts leads the pack with undertones of both smoke and alcohol.

T - Sweet malts (toffee and caramel) mix with a thick smokiness from peat malts that both mix with a vapor-rich alcohol. The sweetness is kept earthy throughout, which make this Scotch Ale robust and grounded.

M - Medium/full. Lush. Carbonation is enough to keep it from turning into syrup.

O - Delicious. A well-done Scotch Ale. One of Sam Adams' best. (529 characters)

Photo of Monkey962
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost inky black, and light that passes through appears cherry red. Produces a tan, bubbly head about two fingers tall, which leaves thick lacing and rings down the glass.

Smell: I don't get any bitterness off this, just the malts that smell like roasted coffee and sweet maraschino cherry.

Taste: One of the most complex beer taste experiences I've had to date. The sweetness of the malts is experienced first, and is represented as a sweet cherry flavor. The smoked aspect peeks in only for a moment before subsiding into a balanced, bitter flavor that I could describe as both bready and earthy. The aftertaste is peppery and bitter.

Feel: Very silky. When the head subsides, it becomes a thick, creamy film that assists the smoothness of the feel.

Overall: Very well balanced with lots of big bold yet complex flavors. I like to think of it as an alternative for an imperial stout. (909 characters)

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