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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

656 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 05:10:51 | More by CaptDavyJones
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 13:16:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 23:52:46 | More by YouSkeete
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-06-2012 01:26:33 | More by Milkysunshine
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with hints of amber and ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a four finger light tan head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big and malty. Roasted caramel malts with hints of dark bread, chocolate, and toffee. Big smell of smoke with a good noticeable whiff of peat. Hints of oak, wood, and a good amount of brown sugar. Also some hints of licorice anise and some subtle hints of dark fruits including raisin and fig. Pretty nice.

Taste: Like the smell leads, roasty malts and smoke. Bready and roasted caramel malts with hints of chocolate and toffee. Lots of smoke with a light beef jerky like hint. Good hint of peat. Also some notes of oak chips and wood. Brown sugar and a hint of licorice. Some subtle notes of dark fig and raisins. Good taste.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly heavy and thick feeling body. Carbonation is moderate. Creamy, chewy, and slightly syrupy. A little booze heat is felt but not too much.

Overall: A very solid Wee Heavy. Nice malts and the smoked peat elements are very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 05:09:15 | More by MattyG85
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in the glass, but a dark rootbeer color around the edges where light shows through and while poured. Nice thick foamy khaki head with medium retention and lacing.

Full flavored. Nice smokey oak, scotch notes up front. Deep rich sweetness that transitions well throughout the beer. Really well balance and a nice smooth peaty aftertaste.

Thick viscous mouthfeel, yet not too heavy. Medium carbonation that is really nice creamy/foamy.

Overall this beer is very good. One of the best of the style I've had. Great body and full flavor along with ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 18:19:25 | More by MrVonzipper
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rlee1390

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:03:58 | More by rlee1390
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TerryB

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-17-2012 16:36:20 | More by TerryB
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-26-2012 08:11:27 | More by Braz
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PGVG

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-15-2012 01:47:34 | More by PGVG
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krome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-01-2013 17:19:14 | More by krome
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Brunite

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-11-2013 21:52:15 | More by Brunite
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-20-2013 02:15:13 | More by Mikecap
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jgunther71

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-15-2013 14:39:41 | More by jgunther71
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cougfan2002

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-15-2013 01:15:52 | More by cougfan2002
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Mdodge8837

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-10-2012 03:40:44 | More by Mdodge8837
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CoryR

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-31-2012 18:23:57 | More by CoryR
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Creganation

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-23-2013 03:18:03 | More by Creganation
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tylerrh09


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

08-28-2012 03:20:02 | More by tylerrh09
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-30-2013 01:53:37 | More by lakersfan16
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Wamba

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-03-2013 11:49:00 | More by Wamba
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dweeuu

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-19-2013 06:27:13 | More by dweeuu
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-07-2014 14:09:11 | More by comfortablynirm
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams' Wee Heavy--the fourth beer in their Imperial Series--opens with a rich, malty nose reminiscent of deep earth and sugar cane fields. Scads of brown sugar are tempered in their sweetness by a rich, loamy undercurrent, and together they bring forth hints of vanilla, fig, port, and wet wood.

On the tongue, the beer begins by showing its smoky underbelly, the result of peat smoked malts, which adds a campfire smoke earthiness to the brew (think Rauchbier, but nowhere near the smokiness). This is balanced by an overly-healthy dose of sugars--brown, with darker fruit esters such as fig and raisin--toast, fresh wheat bread, and vanilla. Later in the mouthful hops make a small appearance, adding citrusy bitterness to the smoky textures. The aftertaste is mainly smoky sugars, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a silky medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, and admitting up front that I'm not terribly familiar with the "wee heavy" style, I think this is great beer, and a fantastic addition to what has so far been a stellar Imperial Series from Sam Adams: an immensely flavorful, daring, finely crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:15:45 | More by jondeelee
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into boston lager glass

Pours a dark color, but when the light hits it right, I see deep red. Small head

Smoky caramel smell

Sweet dark fruit (kinda raisiny) with toffee and caramel. A tad smoky but just a tad. Nice hop character to it. I thought I'd sense the alcohol more but its nicely masked within the complexities of this flavor. Smooth malt front, spicy hop middle to a lasting malty flavorful finish. Leaves a layer on my tongue almost. Alcohol presents itself as I finish the glass. I taste the highlands.

Heavy to medium mouthfeel. Alcohol at 10.0 was smooth. Very pleasant.

Overall this is great beer. Sweet, but good. I'm going to enjoy the 4 of em.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:08:22 | More by Sensaray
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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