Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.45/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
11-29-2011 23:09:27 | More by BBP
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
A - Poured out a dark, burgundy color with golden highlights. It had a two-finger, tan head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of sweet maltiness, slightly fruity with some smoke. There was a touch of booziness, too.
T - It tasted of dark fruits and rich bready malt. Some mild smokiness and peat with a boozy sweet taste.
M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a nice wee heavy. Another solid entry in Sam Adams Imperial Series.
11-23-2011 17:39:38 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
12 oz bottle in my Opa-Opa Pint Glass
A-deep brown, cola colored. Head is very dense. Small bubbles
S- Malt and alcohol
T- maltiness comes through first, some hop bitterness eventually. nutty, sweet flavor - pecan pie. hints of a burnt taste. Porterish
M- sticky, not a lot of fizz
O- I want to like this, but it is a bit disappointing. Don't think I need to buy this again.
11-19-2011 20:11:06 | More by greenengineer
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.