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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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BA SCORE
83
good

651 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 24
Gots: 29 | 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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off with the classic Sam Adams two-finger head with some staying power. Leaves streaky lace on the glass. The color is deep ruby brown and appears to be clear.

Mild smell of chocolate ice cream. None of the typical elements of a Wee Heavy is present. Some cocoa, that's it.

The flavor is much improved. Good chocolate notes with a heavy alcohol influence. There's some bitterness that is likely from hop rather than black patent malt as there is no coffee flavors. The alcohol is very present, perhaps on the high side. Rich bodied but not quite syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:47:27 | More by smcolw
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kojevergas

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice tan colour, good cream, good thickness, and decent retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black. It's quite appealing indeed.

Sm: Nice light milk notes, caramel, chocolate, and malt. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Some alcohol comes through, but it's an excusable amount. A problem I have is that the notes are vague and indistinct: chocolate, caramel, and a sweet milky light cream finish are all present, but they feel scattered and tentative. In any case it's well balanced; I just wish the build were more bold and confident.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also very thick. I don't think it should be this thick when the flavours are so light. The smoothness is right on the money, though.

Dr: It's drinkable for the ABV, but the flavours just aren't present with enough temerity to justify another purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:52:16 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2012 02:18:27 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2012 04:50:20 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with a light tan head. Overall I thought the beer was tasty and technically on point, but not as deep and complex as the great wee heavys. The aroma was a bit hot, but otherwise the flavor was a tight mix of bready fruit (like jam on dark toast) with caramel and fruit. I appreciated that it wasn't too thick or sweet, but was also surprised that the ABV hit double digits.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 04:48:41 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours a rich, dark shade of glowing auburn amber, frothy medium khaki head, stays, then a thicker film, collar, with light sheeting and ample blobs and spots of lace.

Nose of caramel, toffee, smoldering peat.

Maltolicious, flavorful and complex. Waves of caramel, with a dry chocolate layer, and a smoked up/spiced up alcohol infused layer all dancing somehow together. Boozyness keeps this one from reaching upper registers of enjoyment.

Quality sipper/night capper.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:06:24 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love me some Sam Adams, had to give this one a try. One of my favorite styles to boot so here it goes.

Pours a dark, almost blood-like color, nice little head to it. Aroma is of figs or dark fruit. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel. This beer is 10% ABV and the alcohol can definitely be detected. The dark fruit really comes through, doesn't really strike me as a 'wee heavy' though. There isn't the usual smokiness in it, I would relate it to more of a Belgian or strong ale almost. A little bit of a rough finish, but for the most part a nice beer to sip and savor. Not my favorite Sam Adams by any means and they missed the style a little bit, but glad I gave it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:48:50 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2013 15:29:57 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Clear dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit nose, flavor is dark fruit and hints of caramel, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.35 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:00:38 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear deeply brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown head.

Sweet and malty scent with a good smoke note. Smells a little like Rauchbier with a strong band-aid medicine scent. Fairly strong molasses scent. Glutamate scent, it smells a little like meat.

Starts out malty and smokey with a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mildly sweet this is nicely malty and thick in texture. Alcohol can't be tasted at all but you can feel it in your chest. Not a lot of subtle flavors here it is quite straightforward, this is a Wee Heavy and nothing else. This is an excellent example of the beer type Wee Heavy.

Mouthfeel is thick, chocolate milk thick.

Drinkability is outstanding for such a big beer. I have been mostly disappointed by most of the Sam Adams "Imperial Series" beers but this one didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:56:41 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with good clarity but little head. Smells sweet and richly malty with a note of smoke. The taste is even more pronouncedly smokey with lots more sweet, dark malt on the back end. A bit slick in the mouth, and a bit brooding, really, without really delivering the goods. Just decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:51:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Harpoon LE tulip, formed a 1/2" orangey tan head over the cloudy burgundy brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, with thick, slow-falling lace. Aroma is fruity and boozy.

Taste is creamy sweetness upfront, a peek of chocolate int he middle, and closes with the alcohol power and cherry notes. Almost acrid alcohol aftertaste coupled with numbing lingering sensation. Mouthfeel is smooth, but the close just isn't nice, and drinkability is okay. Too harsh for me overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:49:33 | More by ppoitras
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a layer of beige head. Color is a dark caramel copper brown.

Aroma: peat, caramel, chocolate, and lots of malt. Some smoky flavors.

Taste: Huge peat and smoked flavors. Very roasted. Chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla. Lots of malts.

Mouthfeel: Smoky and roasted. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean, but really malty.

Overall, the smoke and peat overpowered this one. Not so drinkable. I wasn’t a big fan and dumped this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:54:04 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-04-2013 00:13:10 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thus, it began with a 12oz bottle. Poured into a pint, the color a deep amber brown, the head, off white, the lace left rings. Retention was solid, and as a Wee Heavy, this appears to fit the bill.

Aroma of nutty malts. Toast, some caramel and peat smoke as well. The light smokey note plays well with the sweetness of the malt. Faint hops make a floral impression. The alcohol is not apparent in the nose.

In the flavor, malty, with a flash of citrus and bitterness before a smack of booze. Well balanced between sweet and bitter, it allows the finish to be smokey and strong. Fans of scotch would find refuge in this beer, it has that peat smoke flavor and alcohol bite. Brown sugar, chocolate, tobacco and molasses flavors arise as it warms. This beer is growing on me.

Medium bodied feel with a light medium carbonation. A bit thin for the style but makes for an easier drinking 10% abv beer. In the finish is some caramel, toast, toffee and alcohol.

Overall, a pretty decent beer that got better as it warmed. The peat flavor was a welcome strong suit, as it is in any ale of this sort. Not shy with the alcohol content, but works well within the style. An enjoyable drinking experience, big peat smoke in a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 21:35:39 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-29-2013 04:39:35 | More by BillRoth
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:44:01 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

11-25-2011 04:38:19 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black in the glass shows deep ruby highlights when backlighted. A bready medium-dark khaki colored head retains nicely ontop but is minimal in terms of lace coverage. Visible carbonation was medium and moderately paced on the rise.

S: Boozy nose, peat, but mostly booze, dark fruit (dates, prunes) and a caramelized dark roast of medium strength.

T: The flavor is boozy dark fruit and dark crystal malt providing signs of dried raisins and a burnt sweetness. Malty with smoky peat and a dry caramelized roastiness. There is a bit of dry earthy hops that move in, a bit more so then usual. Sweet black licorice with roasted barley come on the close. Overall a wee-heavy that is a bit wee-heavy on alcohol (10%) with a healthy helping of black malt roast and a kettle caramelized body.

M: Surprising this was a fairly light affair on the tongue considering style and the heavy flavor and alcohol. Boozy with a medium body and a warming of alcohol, dark fruit and roast left behind.

D/O: At 10% you probably wont be enjoying to many of these at one time. Smoky roast that is a bit wee-heavy on the alcohol (10%) even per style but thankfully is wee-heavy on flavor making this an enjoyable treat in limited fashion and overall a experience worthy of its imperial standard labeling.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:29:09 | More by beerthulhu
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:14:23 | More by mdaschaf
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-23-2013 06:15:39 | More by Kelp
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown amber with a soft, thin lacing of off white head

S - earthy, vanilla, candy sugar, alcohol

T - alcohol, diacetyl, sugar, caramel, peaty

M - smooth, warm, medium to full bodied

This was a very nice scotch ale. If I were to have one complaint it would be that it was slightly too sweet. Beyond that this was a really solid beer. It had great malt character and for the ABV it had great drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:37:35 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-14-2012 05:49:58 | More by sendbeer
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Brad007

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with a two-finger head into my glass. Beautiful color that couldn't get any better for the style.

Sweet, smoky malt with a hint of raisin upfront. Menacing and full of alcohol heat.

Packs a wallop as it lays down the law with thick, chewy malt. At first, you think you're getting another BBC beer but towards the middle? All-out assault on the taste buds.

So strong, it makes me cough. Lingering warmth fills the stomach, leaving a good amount of raisin in its' wake. Fierce and yet, loyal to the order.

Enough of the semantics here. This is a strong, highly drinkable example of the style. Some people will poo-poo it due to the fact that it came from the hands of Jim Koch. Let them do so, for they cannot appreciate a decent attempt at this style.

You may want to stash it away for 3 months or so and try it again. It will only reveal the true character within.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 02:55:18 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9%

11-29-2011 19:25:29 | More by THECPJ
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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