Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +9%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with a two inch light tan head that hangs around awhile, leaving some attractive lacing. Smell is carmel, tobacco, dark fruits, smoke, and some booze. Taste is very smoky threw out, carmel, bread, and hints of chocolate in the middle, and a little warming booze in the finish. Body is really nice, thick but silky smooth. Nice carbonation and very drinkable for it's high ABV. I really enjoyed this beer even with the powerful smokyness.
11-16-2011 03:23:26 | More by SawDog505
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
Feels like about 6 years since I've had this style. Maybe not that long, but I was due. And it looks a beaut. Blacker than probably any other beer I've had calling itself a wee heavy, the head is a washed-out tan, or dirtied white, and it doesn't last long but my oh my, the color is promising.
Plum, fig, raisin, cherry pipe tobacco and alcohol mingle in the nose. Probably a smidgen tame, for the bigness of the beer, and then with warming probably a smidgen alcohol-dominant.
Delicious. And I think what makes it delicious is not entirely a taste thing, but a feel thing. So smooth and creamy and round without any heaviness or stickiness. And it's an appropriate textural delivery for the huge fruits here (again, fig, plum and raisin dominant); smoky cherry continues to remind of pipe tobacco; a more general/generic smoke flavor nicely sneaks in with warming; and there's a milky chocolate essence entering into the flavor that I didn't detect in the smell. The only thing that keeps this from an even higher taste rating is the alcohol, which threatens to overwhelm everything else. It never totally does, but teeters a little too close.
Quite the treat, this has a burly attitude and is a definite slow sipper, but it never quite veers out of control. Well-made, well-played. Well worth a try.
11-15-2011 00:15:09 | More by Metalmonk
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks to Shane for this one.
A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black color, with slight ruby colored highlights when held up to the light. Small tan colored head with minimal retention and spotty lacing.
S: The aroma is a combination of dark fruit, slight smoke, alcohol, caramel, and roasted malt.
T: A little bit of alcohol in this one with some dark fruit, roasted malt, and burnt caramel/sugar. The finish has a smoky flavor to it and a slight metallic flavor.
M: Surprisingly light, but a bit heavy on alcohol. Moderate carbonation.
O: Not bad, but not something I would probably reach for again. An interesting take on the style with the smokiness, for which I give it some props.
11-12-2011 03:14:23 | More by mdaschaf
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
12oz bottle from Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Pours a dark brown hue, basically black, with deep ruby edges, a sliver of cream-coloured froth, and several strands of lacing on the snifter. Good appearance for a high gravity brew.
Smell is raisin, peaty smokiness, dark fruit (plum, red grape), fire wood, Scotch whisky, seaweed-like earthiness, yeast esters, and sherry. Intriguing aromas.
Taste is raisin, red grape, and dark plum sweetness upfront, toffee and roasted malt mid-palate, very subtle peaty and earthy smokiness transitions to a mild bitterness with some burnt wood on the cough. Rich, satisfying flavours.
Mouthfeel is full side of medium bodied, higher than average carbonation, moderate bitterness precedes a drying finish with a little heat in the throat.
Overall, Samuel Adams Wee Heavy is a balanced and warming sipper with an enticing smokey character. While the palate is a little thin for the style, it also increases the drinkability (took me an hour to finish vs. ~ two hours for most 10% brews). I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys Highland whiskies and bold, contemplative scotch ales.
11-09-2011 02:09:49 | More by cratez
4/5 rDev +9%
12 oz bottle, purchased from a very reputable bottle shop, date code on bottle, but unknown, however it is 2011 production.
Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter (Signature glass)
Pours a nice ¼” head, which quickly reduces to a thin cap. Nice lace though.
Very, very deep amber, all but black, color.
The aroma is one of rich malt, with that distinct Scotch Ale yeast, then there is some noticeable smoke, but not overdone, IMO good. A somewhat complex aroma.
Very rich, full bodied, malty entry on the palate, followed by smoky malt, a sense of very full body, and medium sweetness, which seems in balance with this ale. Nowhere is the 10% ABV noticeable.
Long finish of rich, faintly smoky malt.
Somewhat of a surprise from this brewery, which certainly is not known for cutting edge brews, and while this is not breaking new ground, I have to appreciate what they are trying to do here. Good job Samuel Adams.
The bottom line is that this is a good example of the style. In particular I like the very balanced and well integrated smoke component of this ale. Very drinkable, and yes I would like another.
11-06-2011 23:44:06 | More by JTSbeerislife
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
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.
11-04-2011 00:51:30 | More by jar2574
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
12oz. bottle: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a small tan head that didn’t linger or leave much lacing. Lots of malts to the nose. Caramel, dark fruits are the most dominant. Some of a smoky peat aroma also. The taste is quite good. Subdued malt sweetness, with a hint of a peaty-smokey taste. Slight hint of chocolate. Full bodied. A bit dry to the finish.
11-01-2011 21:37:01 | More by Boto
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
This was my first exposure to Samual Adams specialty beers and I was very pleasantly surpised. Quite a remarkable beer, all things considered.
Appearance: deep mahogany. Dark but not black with just a small layer of head. Lacing is almost nonexisttent.
Smell: served cold, the beer has very little nose,nut from what I can smell, mild milk chocolate and hops.
Taste: what a surprise! Bold smoke notes, hints of soy and beef jerky. Hops on the back end with deep malt favors.
Mouthfeel: medium body and light carbonation. Just a slight bit of creaminess.
Overall: a surprising beer with a smoky punch. Not bad for this brewer.
11-01-2011 00:14:52 | More by Mscarpen
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
A- Dark brown with ruby highlights, moderate sized tan colored head. Head dissipated to a foam cap.
A- Sweet caramel and dark fruit aroma.
T- Bitter up front, but with a sweet caramel/molasses malt flavor. Slight roastiness may be where the malt bitterness is coming from. I get some fruity esters as well. Alcohol in the finish.
M- Medium to full bodied, quite thick and sticks to the mouth. Moderate carbonation.
D- Quite enjoyable.
10-29-2011 02:59:46 | More by gpogo
4.47/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
10-28-2011 01:19:23 | More by Cyberkedi
3.28/5 rDev -10.6%
A decent attempt at the style. As others have stated a welcome additon to an otherwise overpriced, underwhelming series of beers. Pours a very dark brown with some amber hues. 1/2" head with very little hold or lacing. Smells of malt, smoke and dried fruits. Taste reflects the aroma, with a little mineral background as well. Alcohol is not overpowering, but I felt the mouthfeel to be a bit on the weak side. Not a bad beer, but couldn't help but feel with a little tweeking could be an excellent beer.
10-27-2011 23:50:25 | More by srhoadsy
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
A: Very dark brown with a copperish hue when held to light. Probably the darkest wee heavy I've ever seen and I'm diggin it. Great head and lacing.
S: Roasted malt, burnt toffee and alcohol. Also a little smoke as it warms.
T: Fairly brash upfront, yet not as much as I expected. Booziness is only about a 5 out of 10. Rich brown sugary sweetness dominates right through to the finish. The roasted character kicks in somewhere in the middle but never comes to the forefront. Some notes of dark fruit comes through in the aftertaste.
M: This is where the alcohol is most evident as it tickles the palate.
A welcome addition to an underachieving series by SA.
10-25-2011 22:57:47 | More by BeefyMee
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Smithwick's pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown...almost a root beer color. About a half finger of head. Not the greatest looking thing.
S: Notes of currant and burnt coffee.
T: Hits fairly heavily (not at all betraying the style name) with some chocolate coming through above everything else.
M: The 10% ABV does not hide itself at all with some lingering bitterness (though some of that is likely due to having burned my mouth pretty badly earlier in the day eating soup too fast).
O: Given all the hoopla over RIS's as of late I wanted something dark and strong and though the style is different this hit the spot for that, but it's probably not something I'd have more than once a month.
10-24-2011 23:35:21 | More by philerman
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
12 oz bottle poured in a Pilsner glass
A: Not very impressive tan, finger width head with short retention time. Dark ruby-red color is nice though.
S: Subtle coffee smell, roasted malt. Smells rather nice actually.
T: Chocolaty, bitter malt, lingers on the palate.
M: Nice and thick, not the smoothest, I detect bits of graininess but not badly.
O: Nice job Sam Adams.
10-22-2011 02:12:00 | More by Murrhey
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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