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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

678 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | 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

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Beer added by: Duhast500 on 02-24-2010

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Photo of Monkey962
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost inky black, and light that passes through appears cherry red. Produces a tan, bubbly head about two fingers tall, which leaves thick lacing and rings down the glass.

Smell: I don't get any bitterness off this, just the malts that smell like roasted coffee and sweet maraschino cherry.

Taste: One of the most complex beer taste experiences I've had to date. The sweetness of the malts is experienced first, and is represented as a sweet cherry flavor. The smoked aspect peeks in only for a moment before subsiding into a balanced, bitter flavor that I could describe as both bready and earthy. The aftertaste is peppery and bitter.

Feel: Very silky. When the head subsides, it becomes a thick, creamy film that assists the smoothness of the feel.

Overall: Very well balanced with lots of big bold yet complex flavors. I like to think of it as an alternative for an imperial stout.

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 CaptDavyJones
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brownish red color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Once in the glass, the beer was almost pitch black with hints of light penetration along the surface of the beer.
One finger off-white to khaki color head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma has a lot of malt notes, with hints of smoke coming through upfront. Lots of malt variations in the nose. Hints of dried fruits; like dates and raisins with hints of sweetness. Some molasses and licorice notes were also coming through intermittently.
Taste is oh so malty. Layers upon layers of malty goodness. Sweet caramel notes upfront coating the palate very nicely. In the middle the sweet caramel notes turn to a slightly roasted/burnt caramel. The mouthfeel is almost of burnt brown sugar mixed with smoke residue from a bonfire. The finish is almost dry, which is a stark contrast to the full-bodied mouthfeel. This is a hugely complex, yet delicious brew from Sam Adams. One of the best takes on a Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale. Perfect sipper on a freezing cold evening. However, I must admit, the alcohol is hidden so well, that it is hard to tell it has 10% ABV and I found it really hard to actually sip it considering how tasty this brew is.
I would definitely recommend this beer, especially if you enjoy a good scotch ale which has a lot of malt complexities.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Dave1999
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came out the bottle very dark almost black with a reddish tint. Nice white head with quickly dissipates.

Smells peaty and malty almost like a fine scottish whiskey, toffee, caramel.

Powerfull stuff, you can taste the malts, smokiness, peatyness. Slight taste of alcohol a very interesting taste.

Feels pretty smooth, a very slight carbination. Feels thick and creamy.

Overall a heavy and interesting beer, I've never had a beer like this before. I'd probably buy this again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.