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

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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 28
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

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Beer added by: Duhast500 on 02-24-2010

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Photo of deebo
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in 2011-no date on bottle

A-Color is dark brown/black with red tints, is clear with heavy tan head with some staying power that leaves some lacing as you drink.
S-Toasted/smoked malts, some burnt sugar. Ethanol is detectable.
T-Toasted/smoked malt flavor, with a little bit of hops, alcohol is detectable, but nothing more than would be expected for a 10% brew
M-Medium carbonation and body, some alcohol vapor burn, with a bit of a bitter linger after a few drinks.
D-Good for 10% ABV, could get you in a little trouble, but best for 1 or 2 given the heavy flavor.
O-Nice balance of ingredients-meets the style to a tee, goes good with the venison chop I had along with this one.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice, rich dark scottish ale full of character.

Pours a dark, almost black color with a frosty two finger head.

Smell is toasted nuts, some cocoa and slightly sweet.

Taste is strong, yet smooth. Some subtle hops mixed with chocolate undertones. Very complex ale.

Overall, a nice surprise.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big smoky beer!

Pours deep mahogany color with light tan head that is thick at first, then settles to a thin rim layer. Nose is rich with roasty malt, smoky malt, and baked desserts. On the palate the smoked malt is quite a whollop on the palate, dark caramels & toffee, and leads to a roasty dry finish. Aftertaste of toffee & smoky flavors just lingers and lingers. What a savory beer!!

Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  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.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my snifter a deep, very dark ruby black color, clear, with ample dark tan head. Some lacing, the head dissipated slowly and remained relatively strong throughout. Initial smell was malty, biscuity, with some smoke noticable. The aroma that stood out to me was a slight floral note after the other aromas faded. Some alcohol smell as well. Taste is malty, with smoke and some alcohol present. Feels good very smooth, almost creamy, and full bodied. Warming sensation from alcohol present. Oiliness present as well. Overall while I enjoyed the beer it was a less aggressive Wee Heavy than I have had in the past.

Photo of Zorro
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Took me long enough, but I finally found a single bottle o' this 'round here (I'm always wary of the new stuff, no matter how tempting they may appear). It pours a solid ruby-highlighted brown topped by a lovely finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, light smoke, candi sugar, light roasted malts, honey, and light cocoa. The taste is a bolder expression of these elements, with the smoke really coming forward, edging the toffee with a nice toasted character. Some mild notes of plum, figs, brown sugar, molasses, and black grapes add some variety to the proceedings. It all works nicely, if borderline cacophonous. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that borders on the lightly chewy. Overall, a very nice brew, possibly the best of SA's Imperial Series.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazel brown with a nice one inch head that slowly faded lacing up the sides. Much visible carbonation and a noticeable hissing sound. Smell was very nutty, and I mean that literally. Smell was of nuts and caramel with a hint of hops and just a touch of alcohol, smells like its gonna warm you up. The taste was very very sweet, syrupy and lots of dark fruit flavors. Very sugary sweet, no real taste of alcohol, which at 10%abv is a nice touch.

another great beer in the imperial lineup. i am seriously getting impressed with their releases

Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black as night yet the little light that passes makes it a super dark amber

Head: Rich malty brown head

Smell: Little coco with a bit of heat, roosted sweet malts, caramel and nut on the back

Taste: Rich dark toasted malts with a flavors of a nut shell, very mild, smoke comes out very nice and a small amount of a tin note is there in their back

Weight: Medium to light body with a low carbonation

Finish: Heat pulls up front on the back then lingers to a roosted malt with a little stickiness on the back

Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of bpw28
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two finger caramel head, Ruby/Blood Red (about a 33 SRM), Good Lacing

Nose: Turning Milk (surpisingly not really a bad thing), Barnyard, Smoky, Floral, Some Sweetness

Taste: Earthy, Roasty, Smoky, Whisky like, Honey, Floral, Wonderful strong hop bite, Good Fullness, Alot of Carb

Final Thoughts: Very interseting. I wouldn't say this is a everyday beer but its very much worth a return. In Sam Adams style, they produce a good example of the style, but thats all. It's great, but I'm sure there's better. If your looking for a good base line, Sam Adams has you covered.

Food Pairing: Meat, Potatoes, Ham, Sausages, Biscuits, Lamb, Strong Cheeses

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

I like the Imperial series and what Boston Beer attempts on these brews. The Wee Heavy pours a dark mahogany. Smaller tan head than other Sam offering than again the corbonation is alittle low on thisone but the beer itself is thick. Makes sence to me that lace to world be lite.

Aromas of dark roasty malts, earthy hints and wood smoke.

The taste carries thoughs dark roasted malts with a kick of sweetness. Sugars of brown, raw cane like. Earthy peet and smoke linger in back as a alcohol suttles the taste.

Mouthfeel is hindered by the sweetness.

Overall an ok Scotch ale. I like the style and this brew borders the drinkability with the sweetness while it hides the ten% abv. I'd repeat bye if I need to.

Photo of OliverTweek
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, with a beige head. Even held up to the light, it is nearly impossible to see through, but has a slight mahogany color.

Smell: A surprisingly mild smell. The odor is a little musky, or wood-like, very sweet. Pleasant, but unlike the taste of the beer.

Taste: For an imperial stout, it doesn't have a "heavy" taste, but is still full flavored. It is smokey, with hints of tobacco and chocolate, and a "nutty" overall taste. It is a little bit too sweet for me, but no so much that it ruins the beer. A very pleasant, lingering after taste.

Mouthfeel: A heavy mouthfeel, but altogether smooth. Quite enjoyable, and my personal favorite part of the beer.

Other/Overall: I haven't had many Imperial Stouts, but it this was noticeable lighter than they were in everything except color. Despite having an ABV of 10%, it doesn't taste like that much.

Photo of mothman
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: A very dark pour, but dark ruby through the light. Nice light tan head with a bit of retention and some lacing.

Smell: Good roasted aroma with some noticeable sweetness and smoke coming through. A bit subdued from a rauchbier, though.

Taste: Again, roast malts and sweetness. Still, it maintains a sort of dank earthiness. The smokey flavors come in towards the finish, and linger, along with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy-bodied for this style, but still smooth. Very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: ABV is a lot stronger than I imagined while drinking it, so I suppose the alcohol is hidden pretty well. The sweetness can get to be a tad much, though.

For a beer, this is pretty decent, although perhaps a bit too sweet. But, I believe it is a pretty poor interpretation of the style. If I was given this with no introduction, I'd have to say it was trying to be a rauchbier. Honestly, a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of BelgiumBill
2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12oz bottle at Total Wine for $2.99.

I poured it into a tulip glass. It was a dark mahogany brown with a thick light brown bubbly head.

The smell was not strong - it had smoke and malts typical to the style.

I was very surprised upon my first sip. It had a dominant medicinal taste with smokey notes below. It was medium bodied and not as thick as I would have expected. There was an alcohol warmth on the back half of the finish and had a very boozy quality.

I don't know if I had a bad bottle, but it really had an unpleasant medicinal taste. I hoped it would improve as it warmed a bit but just the opposite. I ended up pouring almost half down the drain.

I am really surprised at this. Probably my favorite Sam Adams offering is the Scotch Ale so I don't know how this sibling could have been so off.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle for $2.65 at Beertopia.

When I opened the bottle I saw the ultra-dark red I welcome of scotch ales along with the tan cap. The aroma by itself was almost enough to knock me back into my chair, thick with whiskey and caramel. The taste is similarly robust, with the whiskey being the main characteristic blending in caramel and maybe some pine and melon. The body is overly thick for the style. There's an alcohol sting that lingers mid-tongue that I find distracting. In summation, this brew is over-engineered, having more ingredients and complexity than necessary. It was good to try but I don't see myself going out of my way to get another one.

Photo of mgoblue5743
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smelled/tasted like malts and scotch. On the one hand, I suppose that is what should be expected of this style, on the other, it was a bit over the top and wasn't overly drinkable. If I am going back to this category, for the same money, I'll go for Founders Dirty Bastard each and every time. I was disappointed here because I really like most of Sam Adam's lineup... maybe with some age this would improve.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cousin SirBenton for this one!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

When piured, the honey brown liquid settles a deep dark brown with reddish hues when held to the light. Two fingers of cream colored head sits for a shot while before dissipating. Bubbly and oily lacing clinging.

The nose is very sweet and malty. Some vanilla and caramel notes are noticed. A bit of chocolate is also observed in the nose.

The taste is sweet and caramel like with a bit of booze and smome on the end. The backyard bbq ready smokiness would be great with a burger or some ribs. However, to get to the smoke you must survive a very sweet palate blanket.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn thick. It sticks to my lips and palate, holding a long aftertaste.

Overall, Sam Adams might be the biggest craft brewery but they are still putting some consistant great flavors into their beers (well this one at least). Pretty solild scotch ale. Thanks Benny

Photo of beerbully
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A-An aggresive pour yields a two inch slightly off colored head that last for a while giving way to thick lacing Beer is the color of coca-cola Looks like an ice cream soda

S-not very aromatic faint malty smell

T-Malty, scotch, caramel, sweet, syrupy, mild alcohol for the ABV, brown sugar, molasses

M-mild carbonation, fills the mouth up with the beer flavor. after taste lasts for awhile

O-not a very attractive beer nor is it very aromatic. The tsate is fine but a bit on the sweet side. Not bad. This is not a style that I drink often so I have few scotch ales to compare

Photo of JayS2629
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, robust, rude, and aggressive beer. Black with red hints, thin tan head with little lace.

The aroma is full of dark fruit, raisins and plum with hints of caramel and notes of chocolate. Subtle vanilla notes with a smoke tinge. Whiffs of spiced rum.

The taste is upfront on the black raisins and ripe plums, rum like tones. Sweet toffee dominates. The taste is a malt bomb up front with tons of toffee and caramel, dark fruits, raisins and plum, hints of chocolate and hints of roasted malt. Smoke on the back end with a definite aggressive rum burn. Earthy hops with some herbal notes of black pepper reflecting off a harsh alcohol burn in the back of the throat that makes itself known. Complex.

The body is creamy and full bodied, thick, cloying and syrupy. Woody tones in the finish. Heavy indeed. Quite cloying. A tssty overboard sweet malt bomb burning sipper. If you can ride this bull keep your tounge in check for the burn. Probably more enjoyable before drinking too many others. It can easily put you on your ass.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich and powerful smoky ale.

Very dark with some red color around the edges of my tall Aventinus glass. Beautiful head to go with it. Nice lacing as you sip. Long malty sweetness but completely balanced by a full and complex hoppiness. Bitterness underlays the malt and takes over for a long aftertase of hops and caramel.

As a highly flavored barley wine, I think it's great. My second time tasting a bottle. It may not be on the style button but it's exremely drink-- I mean sippable.

Photo of allengarvin
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a squat snifter, this is a very dark, almost black beer, with a substantial, dense head atop it. The nose has features a nice peatiness. However, there's not much malt complexity in the aroma, and it's a tad "hot" as well. The flavor is a bit better. Alcohol is present, but not as as warm as I had feared. However, it lacks the malty complexity of a good wee heavy. It's drinkable, but rather one-dimensional.

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