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

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)

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668 Ratings

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 28
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Duhast500 on 02-24-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

lucasj82, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DavidHume, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BigGold, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

ZCW, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Trent, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

VTBrewHound, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

csfcmitchell, Mar 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Yeti1979
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Yeti1979, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

comfortablynirm, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/25/2012. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, light smoke, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light smoke, herbal, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Scotch ale style! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Bob_Rhoades
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really looked forward to this offering and when I finally found it, I purchased a four-pack. I cracked one open that very night and the look and smell were terrific.

The taste however, wasn't what I was expecting in a wee heavy. It had too much of an alcohol burn in the finish and not enough barley taste. I have had a lot of wee heavy's from other brewers and this, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the rest.

Bob_Rhoades, Mar 01, 2014
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!

dpgoblejr, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

fishguyac, Feb 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Fabiand, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. a faint bottling code, but no clear date.

appears very dark brown, with garnet colored highlights. nice creamy tan colored head of very fine bubbles. great head retention and lacing. very boozy strong aroma, a little smokey. taste is fairly well balanced. even though malt flavors dominate the taste, it's not too sweet, it finishes dry. not as boozy as the smell. nice smooth mouthfeel, coats the mouth.

overall - decent, but the flavor has room for improvement.

jmdrpi, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

WesMantooth, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

shadowofthereaper_666, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mlm5641, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

John1985, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BigFatOgre, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Rhf9120
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this one straight out of the bottle. Smells of smoked malts with hints of sweetness and alcohol. The taste matches with a very smokey flavor with subtle sweetness through out. This was my first of the Sam Adams imperial line of beers and I definitely enjoined it.

Rhf9120, Jan 07, 2014
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.