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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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664 Ratings

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 27
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of irongator
4.9/5  rDev +33.5%

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!

irongator, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

eristicrat, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of saburky
4/5  rDev +9%

saburky, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.78/5  rDev +3%

Had on tap at the Flying Saucer in downtown Houston. Served in the infamous red wine glass.

dark enough that I can't see through it in the dim bar light, even when held up to said light. very little head, very little retention, lacing does stick around a while.

Smell is so light I really have to suck it in. Molasses, caramel malts.

Tastes scotchy, malty, some dark fruit(very light notes) and a surprising hoppiness.

Feels heavy and sticky. Just what one wants to expect from a wee heavy. Chewy without sediment, leaves a feeling of a little something on the tongue.

Overall, Pretty good, might just nab the attention of some Boston Beer critics. I will say I have had much better wee heavy however.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of dweeuu
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

dweeuu, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of rx-beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rx-beer, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +9%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of pentasyllabic
4/5  rDev +9%

pentasyllabic, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of bgramels
4/5  rDev +9%

bgramels, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of FliryVorru
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

FliryVorru, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of JTSbeerislife
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.

JTSbeerislife, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Dark, heavy looking beer with a finger of khaki head in a pint glass. The head looks like espresso crema, very inviting.

The aroma and taste is peaty with a smokey flavor just like the label says. There is also a spice that probably comes from the high alcohol content. This is no "whoosy" brew. I haven't had lunch and I probably need to have a bite to eat with this brew.

(pause to make a sandwich)

Honestly, this beer just doesn't agree with me. I find it's a little "hot and spicy" on my throat as it goes down. This makes it difficult to write too much more about this effort from Sam Adams. I've three left, so I'll come back after I give it another go, as they say.

airheadmtrcycle, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Deep, dark red-brown beer with caramel-colored head. Almost the color of cola, but even darker. Smells earthy and of caramel and florals. Smoky caramel and peat flavor, sweet sassafras and fruit as well. Very thick and creamy, no harshness from the high alcohol content.

keeganfrank, May 11, 2011
Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Gregg_Kawakami, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of XenonX
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

XenonX, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of godlessape
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a thistle glass, this brew is stoutishly dark with a creamy tan head.

The aroma gives up boozy vapors with wisps of brown sugar, raisons, and smoky roasted malt.

The flavor and the mouthfeel is so dense with malty sweetness you could chip a tooth on it if your not careful. This is thick stuff, like black quicksand or chilled molasses. There is, thankfully, a trace of hop sizzle at the very end, that makes this whole thing work out nicely.

Overall a great job by the brew wizards at Samuel Adams. With the high ABV one should not serve this beverage to amateurs, children or any small mammals. Do not attempt to subdue complicated algebraic problems , drive long distances, or preform liver transplants on your drinking buddy while consuming Wee Heavy. Just a suggestion.

godlessape, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AnotherBeerGeek, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle a cola-like dark brown with an off-white one finger head that leaves lacing as it settles into a modest collar. Hard to gauge the carbonation level of a beer to dark to see through. Aroma is of sweet, smoky malt...hints of caramel, toffee, and the smoked peat described on the label. The aroma of alcohol is also present, the way it would be in a single malt scotch. 1st sip brings everything promised on the nose...caramel, toffee, smoky peat, and alcohol. There is a silky smoothness on the tongue, with a solid mouthfeel. Light hints of the smoke & alcohol linger on an otherwise clean finish. Drinkability is quite good for a beer with such a big abv wallop, but these are obviously sippers, not chuggers. Overall, another very good offering from Boston Beer Company, an increasingly underappreciated brewery IMHO, although I can't understand why!

CJfromPhilly, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of kennylopez
4.22/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Has a dark black color with a small about quarter inch head.

Smells: like caramel and sweet sugary toffee. A slight scotch nose.

Tastes: Sweeter than the smell insists. A roasted flavor with touches of hops that come through with a little bitter bite. I taste coffee notes that are faint.

Mouthfeel: has a low carbonation fizz that seems to froth again as it sits in the mouth. little bit of burn from the high alcohol content, but it settles on the taste buds with the layers of flavors.

Overall: a unique ale that is definitely a sipper. worth its weight and well worth the price.

kennylopez, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Thanby
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours super-dark mahogany with only a tinge of light through the edges. A good bit of tan head settles somewhat quickly into a thin cap with a bit of lacing.

The nose is strong on dark caramel malt and molasses, full of body, hints of black cherry and raisin, and the peat smokiness lies over everything.

The first taste is powerful, the peat dominates the experience bringing the smoke up front. There's sort of a mesquite quality to it, which is unusual but interesting. Very earthy, a bit sweet through the body and has a really meaty texture. Finishes a bit astringent and dry.

Thick and rich body, chewy, lots of potent sweetness that finishes dry and has a very boozy taste through the whole thing. It's not bad and definitely worth trying, but honestly I was expecting something more refined and complex. Some of the flavors are so overpowering that it's hard to discern much beyond them.

Thanby, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of imasloth
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%

A- Nice dark beer, with tinge of red against light. A small, cafe-colored head. Just meh ...

S- Nice, smoky, roasted malt. A bit of alcohol astringency.

T- Sweet, then a really strong licorice and smoky flavor ... really strong. I don't like either flavor really so ...

M- Pretty thick with evident carb. Some bitter feel.

O- When I review I judge in the order they appear here and then add in any notes I notice as I finish he beer ... After my first taste I was reluctant to try it again for mouthfeel. That flavor was just way too much much of two things I don't enjoy in a beer. Was a drain pour for me ...

imasloth, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of scmoore81
4/5  rDev +9%

scmoore81, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a deep dark red, copper color when held to the light with a fizzy beige head that dissipates quickly... not what i'd expect form a wee heavy.

As soon as I put the beer to my nose I get a lot of boozy scents, alcohol and such. faint hits of tobacco and grape juice, or maybe a cheap franzia wine...Definitely Blushberry.

Mmm this tastes very good. Very malty with a fruity mix. There is like an oakiness, whiskey taste from the alcohol. it seems a little rough but I think it would really smooth out with some age on it.
Nice and complex, a lot better than the smell which isn't too pleasant to me.

Smooth, silky feel. not thick, but medium. lower carbonation.

Overall I think this beer is a decent Wee Heavy, definitely not my favorite but it has potential. After a year or 2 i think this beer might really surprise some people.

wolfinthemirror, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of TheRicker
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TheRicker, May 31, 2012
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.