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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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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 28
Gots: 33 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Duhast500 on 02-24-2010)
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Photo of sentomaster
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Immediately turned off by the dark brown, almost black poor. as I feared from the description on the bottle of 'loads of roasted malts', it maybe too much.

Nose- big hit of sherry alcohol- and an intriguing bit of something mistook for a light earthy fruitiness, I realize it is instead a light earthy peat aroma. I was really hoping for some light fruits so it's a bit of a bummer, but the a peat is very nice in the nose. Slight agitation really brings out the smoky, earthy, peat.

T/M/D - sweetly roasted mall hit your tongue first. They provide a nice backbone for the peat you can feel waiting underneath. the two flavors really dance on the front of your tongue as it warms. the peaty flavors really grab the spotlight as it moves to the back of the palate. Alcohol briefly warms and it finishes with tons of peat smoke; like peat hung over charred campfire wood. There is a nice touch of herbal tea like hops. The roastiness pretty much subside by the end and the herbal quality lingers.

Medium body with a light, fine carbonation that packs tiny little bubbles. Very drinkable for 10 percent, but I think I'm fine with one considering all that smoke and peat. The peat is interesting and well done, but a bit much at the same time.

A nice brew. I find myself almost utterly lost now when grading American wee heavy. I'm not much for 'grading to style' - if a beer is good its good - but when American breweries say wee heavy and scotch ale I expect Traquair, Bellhaven, Orkney; yet they never come too close to those brews which I love. I think I've given up on finding an American equivalent...

sentomaster, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of chiccabeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into a glass. A decent amount of foam was formed. The beer has a dark amber look to it. The smell is malty and sweet. This beer has many layers of flavor. The first to hit the tongue is malt, with a rich almost chocolate flavor. The finish leaves with a lasting enjoyable flavor. Would be good as an after dinner drink. Cheers.

chiccabeer, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of bgjohnston
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am always on the lookout for a good Scotch ale.

Pours very dark with a medium tan head. Not too foamy, but settles about right. Clear dark coffee color, with reasonable carbonation.

Smell hints at dark candied fruits and promises a robust malty base. Taste delivers, and then midway through savoring the first sip, there is a very pronounced smoky peat flavor that just shows up out of nowhere (at least for me, didn't smell it coming). Very nice. This stuff is not nearly clean enough to make good Scotch whiskey out of, but it definitely gives a nod in that direction.

Mouth feel is not particularly thick or heavy, also a surprise, given the strength and color of this brew, and I have to bump it upward for the ease with which it went down.

Good stuff, and should be readily obtainable if it remains a regular part of the series.

bgjohnston, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of OldRaysputin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a head that settles after only about 15 seconds.

S: Getting the smokiness from the peat and roasted malts. Dark fruits. Dark Chocolate and coffee.

T: getting that nice smokiness you would expect from a scotch yet its very subtle at the same time. Not too strong on the alcohol. Sweet and rich.

M/D: Soft, even creamy, on the palate. Nice mouthfeel. minimal carbonation. Overall a good brew. I would be interested to try this side by side Sam Adams Scotch Ale.

OldRaysputin, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty close to black, but on second glance with some light behind it it's not quite black. Head is nice but doesn't stick around; some nice lacing does though.

Smells like toffee, figs and all sorts of dark fruit and dark malts.

Tastes like the nose, with alcohol surprisingly not present, and lots of robust malt flavors that draw to mind toffee, coffee, and other malt flavors.

A bit creamy on the mouth but none to thick at all to keep this from being crazily drinkable for a 10 percent ABV beer.

musicforairports, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost bronze around the edges. No head whatsoever, very very partial lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, caramel, oak and wood, mild fruity sweetness. Hints of dry hops and bourbon as well.

T: Big nice malt character right off the bat. Roasted coffee and espresso beans, dry hopped malts, and a mild scotch bite. Hop character and alcohol is well balanced. Caramel sweetness is just a little tiny bit on the strong side, though it creates a great balance with the rest of the body. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate and candied fruits follow.

M: Sticky and milky on the palate, full body with moderate carbonation. Oaked scotch and fruity sweet aftertaste.

D: Easy as hell for a 10%abv. A great addition to the Imperial Series.

YouSkeete, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, reddish/amber color with a medium white head, light lacing. The aroma has sweet malts, hints of smoke. The flavor is sweet toffee, hints of smoke, no alchohol. The body is full, decent carbonation. A very nice beer, dangerously drinkable for a 10% brew.

bonkers, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark black, about half a finger of head, some lacing is left behind.

S-Smoked and roasted malts, peat.

T-Starts with the smoky and roasted malts, ends with some bitterness. Well balanced the peat is a wonderful.

M-Heavy, smooth not much carbonation.

D-Extremely drinkable, leaves behind a great after taste. Possibly the best beer Sam Adams brews, haven't had the rest of their Imperial Series but this could be there best offering.

rlee1390, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of carl
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer in a four-pack from the refrigerated section at a local liquor store. Overall, this is quite a good beer, but I don't think it really exemplifies the style well.

Appearance: Nice but nothing special. Dark beer with a low-to moderate head. The foam is lacy and clings to the glass reasonably well.

Aroma: Here we find the beer's strong suit. The odor is complex with a strong alcohol overtone - reminiscent of whiskey. There is a faint sweet, cheese smell and an overall inviting mix of subtle scents

Taste: Again, there is a faint sweetness, but the overall flavor is roasted-ness and the hop bitterness. The hops are not overpowering, but seem slightly out of place for a style that typically is low hopped and malty. The malt load is apparent but not strong - the beer is balanced toward the hops. There are hints of chocolate and a smokey note.

Mouthfeel: The beer has moderate body, smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy going beer - you don't notice the alcohol and it goes down easily.

I wouldn't put this beer in any other category, but for a wee heavy I found it too tilted toward the hops. A very nice beer once you know what to expect.

carl, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a beer fest (I know I know, I shouldn't review beers at a beer fest, but I took steps to make sure I concentrated and kept my palate fresh) in 3oz size.

Look - dark, but clear. About one and a half finger's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - malty, somewhat chocolaty.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Very strong..you can taste the alcohol. Good but strong mix of malts and hops. Syrupy in taste, but the texture is a good balance, but mostly creamy.

Drinkability - it's a bit strong for repeated drinking, and not very complex, but not bad tasting either.

Nerudamann, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not bad beer....i've tasted better scotch ales!

appearance is dark reddish brown color...with a fading head....and not much lacing to speak of...

smells like a stronger version a sam's regular scotch ale....the smoked peat malt comes out better in this one...

the taste is a little sweet....and has an underlying smoky flavor....not bad...

the feel is a good balance with the not going on the dry side....not too much carbonation...

the drink ability is there surprisingly....has much more drink ability than the other imperial beer by sam....

nickthegun12, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice beer!
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a dark reddish/brown color with a tan head. A bit of thin lace.
Caramel/roasted malt aroma. Sweet, smoky. Lots going on here.
Toffee taste. Smoky/peaty. Warming. Don't taste the alcohol.
This was a full-bodied beer with real depth. The flavors worked well together.
Gotta have more.

lordofthewiens, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one on the singles shelf today at the Whole Foods, and figured it was cheaper than the four pack so...anyways, it pours a very, very dark brown (nearly black) color, with a big 2 fingers of light brown foam. Aromas of plums, raisins and burnt sugar. On the palate, fairly full bodied and phenolic, with plums, raisins, brown sugar and peat smoke.

emmasdad, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep mahogany brown with faint ruby highlights. Nearly opaque but appears relatively clear. Moderate light tan head with some lacing and moderate retention.

Aroma-Rich molasses and brown sugar aromas, with a nice spectrum of dark/dried fruits (raisin, plum, prune), burnt caramel, and some background alcohol notes.

Flavor-Caramelly sugar notes, with some burnt sugar alcohol flavors. Light dark fruit and molasses. Substantial alcohol dries out the finish.

Mouthfeel-Full mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Medium low carbonation. Substantial alcohol warmth. Extremely smooth.

The flavor is a little bit one dimensional, and a bit disappointing after the complex aroma, but this is still a pretty solid beer, and a nice sipper for a cold winter night.

plfahey, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing the wares today at Ayottes and saw "Imperial Series Wee Heavy"... Hmmmm... It was a classic WTF moment... Just had to grab a 4-pack ($9.99). Bottle has a completely different label design as compared to past Sammy offerings. A short blurb on the back gives some history of the style, while the pastel green front has the new "Imperial Series" logo hovering over a middle-ages era castle. I like the new direction; hell, I've seen enough of "Sam" over the years on the label...

Drained a bottle into my nonic... 'Twas a clear, deep, vibrant chestnut, with a creamy, albeit thin, tan head. The liquid was a bit too opaque to espy any carbo within, and the lacing was decent. The aroma, though not in-your-face, was solid, plenty of caramel malts and a hint of peat hitting the olfactories. Body is solidly medium, and the Heavy is quite smooth as it descends, making for a nice mouthfeel.

Lots of malts hit the palate, with caramel and toffee abounding, plus a light hit of some caramelized brown sugar. Sweetness reaches a good level but never approaches the cloying sector. Intimations of dark fruit lurk in the background, while the peat-factor is present in a subtle smokiness. Hops are not neglected here, with a touch of florality at the finish lending a smidge of balance to the mostly malty flavor profile. The 10% ABV is rather well contained, as only a touch of warming is currently felt in the belly. I quite like this new Wee Heavy from Sammy, but will have to watch over it, as Alewife has always had a big-time hankerin' for this style.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


Bierman9, Feb 19, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish khaki head dissipates like the bubbles atop a diet soda. Smell is very malty and sweet. Hints of burnt sugar, melanoids, and peat smoke dominate my nostrils. Taste is sweet with all of the aromas accounted for in the taste. Starts off sweet hits with the peat and smoke, then leaves a long lingering alcohol burn at the end. Seems typical of the Sam Adams imperial series to be a bit hot with alcohol. Very little hop presence to be found. I fear that if one were to wait for the alcohol to die down you would be left with a sweet cloying mess of a beer. Sweet syrupy mouthfeel, full body, light level of carbonation. This one is only ok, I could take it or leave it.

johnnnniee, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is epic! This is what a Scotch ale should smell like. It has a wonderful burnt toffee scent along with a HUGE peated malt aroma. The smokey character is really nice. The taste is also quite good. It has a solid malt flavor of burnt toffee and crystal malts as well as a big smoked malt taste. I'm really diggin' the bold smokey character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of best beers Sam Adams has ever put out. Why go mainstream? Hit me with the smoke and keep it coming. What a delicious beer!

WesWes, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass

The smell was some nice toffee and some dried dark fruits. A little green grape and some raisin flavor. Nice chocolate as well.

The taste is some nice chocolate flavor with some nice sweet malty flavor. There was a bit of a bitterness as well but it lead into a toffee flavor that completed the whole sip till it went down.

The feel was not too heavy, it did have a bit of a bit but went down well and had little aftertaste. A good beer for an experimental beer.

Duhast500, Feb 24, 2010
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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.