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

Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)

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644 Ratings

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%

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 warnerry


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep garnet/brown with just over a finger of tan head. Head has good retention before fading to a collar. No real lacing.

S - Big caramel malt sweetness with some smoke and dark fruits.

T - Similar to smell. Very sweet up front, mostly caramel malt. Some smoke and dark fruit in the middle. Starts to dry out on the finish, with a nice earthy spiciness, but the drying is no match for the overall sweetness. Not bad tasting, but way to syrupy sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is unpleasantly syrupy. Detracts from the overall enjoyment significantly.

O - Some good things here, but the intense syrupy taste is just too much. Many better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:25:07 | More by warnerry
Photo of brewskifan55


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

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a tan, half finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Some lacing.

S: Malts, smoky peat, leather

T: Intense! Heavy duty malts with a smoky overture. Caramel. Sweet. A dry, chocolate finish. Alcohol slowly invades, dulling the senses.

M: Heavy, creamy. Good carbonation; lots of bubbles playing bagpipes on my tongue.

O: Sip it and be wowed! Would go well with a cigar. Decent with cheddar. A memorable drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 16:36:40 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of BeerCon5


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with less than one finger of tan head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet caramel malt with some notes of alcohol.

The taste is of toasty caramel malt, pretty sweet, very noticeable peppery alcohol presence.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy feel, low to moderate carbonation.

I thought this beer was very enjoyable, the alcohol may have been a little overbearing but it was tasty all the same.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 14:20:39 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Wee Heavy has a very thick, pillowy, beige head and a dark brown appearance, with lighter brown around the edges and tiny streaming bubbles. There is a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of dark-roasted, sweet malt, dark cherries, licorice, dark fruits, coffee, and fudge. The flavor is similar, with a rich smokiness and bitterness at the middle to end of the sip. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, and Samuel Adams Wee Heavy finishes surprisingly easy going and pleasant. Certainly, this is a sipper and not a gulper. It’s an outstanding beer!


Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 20:44:04 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Krakistophales


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours really dark brown with a bit of a cream colored head

S: Lots of dark fruit, berries, toffee, caramel, and a sherry sort of booziness.

T: Super malty, caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate, and a bit of woody smoke.

O: Pretty nice for a wee heavy. Quite tasty, would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 00:58:56 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" pretty mocha brownish head with decent life. The body is dark raw umber brown, almost coffee. The smell is far milder than I was expecting but it does hint at rich malt to follow. The taste is where this really shines - a complex rich smooth malt. My only complaint is it's a little yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 10:12:14 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of rfbenavi80


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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very deep reddish brown with minimal dark tan head that didn't hang around very long and left some mild lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts. Some of the sweet dried fruits like raisins, apricots, and figs. Caramel, and some mild smokiness.

T- Sweet, roasted malt flavor up front. Kind of Chocolaty. A hint of dark roasted coffee taste.

M- Thick. Kind of boozy but enjoyable, the warming feeling is pleasant.

O- A good selection. Picked it up to try something new. Was not disappointed. A very nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 09:54:20 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of soju6


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep burgundy color with reddish highlights around the edges. Has a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, some roasted malt and a bit of caramel.

T: Taste of dark fruit with some roasted malt, trace of caramel and hint of spice. Has a nice subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly full body, smooth with a creamy texture. Very little trace of the 10% ABV.

O: Excellent sipper and a very good take on the style. Well worth a try

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 20:11:58 | More by soju6
Photo of CornholeBeer

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: really dark, almost black. Reminded me of Guinness.

S: Aooo .. it's a .... brick ... house.

T: sweet, roasty, smoky, toasty, chocolaty, nutty, caramelly, biscuity, with hints of licorice, coffee, sugar, anise, and banana. Very alcoholic.

M: I chewed on the biscuit for a while.

Loved the peat moss flavoring they added. I highly recommend this whilst eating pork loin or brussel sprouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:18:52 | More by CornholeBeer
Photo of steev420

5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dear Jim, please offer Wee Heavy in kegs. Today is my Birthday and Heavy is one of my favorite beers. Wee Heavy is strong, tasty, and heavy as f*@#. Grab a spoon and drink as much of this beer as you can get your hands on.
This wonderful brew not only is delicious but will lay your ass out. Throw caution to the wind and drink a four pack today. and then tomorrow. and then tomorrow. repeat and be in beer heaven.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 04:36:01 | More by steev420
Photo of Lionheart


4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok,I disagree with many of the other reviewers who admidaly have little or no experiece with scotch ales and do not know what a Scotch ale or a Wee heavy should really taste like.
This pours a dark brown with huge smoked peat malt and nice alcohol warming with a balanced plum/fig sweetness.
I have drank many american and european versions of Wee heavy, This is by far one of the best wee heavy's I have ever drank.
I would enjoy this beer with beef or lamb with asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:49:40 | More by Lionheart
Photo of DM1293


2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice brown color...but thats where my enjoyment of this beer stopped. The smell is so...light. Just faint smoky peet and malt. The taste is pretty rowdy, with up-front smoky peet and malt doing nothing about it but letting it work. Nothing really after though, it sort of comes and goes on a bland note. For a 10%, its not as bitter as you think, but its definitely got an alcoholic tinge you can notice.

These beers are meant to be had semi-warm aren't they? I'm fairly sure I had near the right temperature for these (not too cold but not room-temperature warm), and it just wasn't...much of anything great. I was expecting something malty and strong, with smoky and earthy tones. What I got was just earthy tones with a watered down malt.

I'll admit this is my first Scotch Ale, but even so, I was expecting much more from this.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:15:37 | More by DM1293
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

A. Very dark opaque brown with reddish highlights, receding foam collar and minimal lacing.

S. Dark fruit, raisins, peaty smoke, soy sauce, toasted whole grain bread, earthy hops in the background.

T. Salty smoked figs and sweet rich plum preserves. Not quite enjoying the saltiness levels on this one. Sweetness can also get overwhelming if you sip this one too fast. As it warms I can taste something quasi-horehound flavored in the mid palate.

M. Hefty swampy thick body with a medium level boozey blast in the finish, can get phlegm-y if you don't take the time to rinse with water from time to time.

Holy hell this is a big beer, but for some reason it doesn't feel quite balanced or assembled quite right. It's probably the salty-sweet overload on this one that holds it back and makes me feel like I need to drink loads of water between each sip. But if you are in the mood for an intensely flavorful sipper to savor slowly across an evening, this could be the one for you and your fine smoking jacket / fez combo to enjoy together by the hearth with the bear skin rug.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 21:32:08 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of nimrod979


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from who knows when. I bought this beer back in 2011 when it first came out. Just now getting to the review..

Pours a deep mahogany with a big two finger tan head. Pretty good head retention and some lacing to go along with it.

Aroma is mostly dark fruit and a bit of smokey burnt caramel malt.

Taste follows straight along that. Dark dried fruity flavors, think raisins and dates. Good roasty caramel malt base. You get a bit of the peat smoke but honestly this beer was a bit sweeter than I expected... And I kinda like it. You wouldn't think this was 10%. That much is hidden pretty well... until it starts getting a bit warm.

Full bodied, thick, with good carbonation. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Great depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 00:06:07 | More by nimrod979
Photo of samie85


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with red edges and a medium brown head.

Smells of rich dark fruits including fig and plum with some herbal notes.

Follows the nose with big rich dark fruit notes, a slight smoky quality, and a light bitterness at the finish.

Rich and almost syrupy, mouth-coating feel with low carbonation with a full body.

The one is pretty easy drinking for 10%; it's a solid beer, but I'm on the fence as to whether I'd but it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:18:31 | More by samie85
Photo of Blueribbon666


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black into dimpled mug with very little head. Smells of raisins, plums, bread and malt. Wow, another BIG flavored, full bodied beer in their Imperial Series, Wee Heavy indeed, velvety thick that coats the tongue with the aforementioned sweet raisin and plums with the alcohol fully evident that warms deep with a smokey peat like finish. Another BIG beer sipper that I liked more than the Dopplebock in the series as I thought it was a little heavy in the mouthfeel for that style it seemed closer to this Wee Heavy, which is a thick, sweet sipper. The Imperial Series is a good 4-pack series for $9.99 that finds its way into more mainstream outlets like grocery stores.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 15:20:43 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of stegmakk

New York

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque dark dark DARK brown wtith light tan head that stayed longer than I thought.
It was so dark, even holding it to a light source, only the edges I could see through.

Smell was sweet raisin some peatiness. Really more raisiny than expected.

Taste: Just a little too sweet to be right. The raisin/sweet fruity taste overpowers most of the other flavors that are so faint, I can't tell if I really tasted them, or if I imagined them. I may or may not have tasted some caramel and peatiness in there. I love smoked porters, rauchbiers, and smokey food. After reading all other reviews I was expecting to get some smokiness. I got 0...none....zilch

Mouthfeel was good. Medium/heavy.

Overall: OK...Based on reviews and style I thought it would taste different. Not a bad beer. But too one dimensional for me. I would NOT get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:49:05 | More by stegmakk
Photo of Docer


3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: (3.5)
- Super dark filtered rootbeer brown brew.. subtle finger of light tan head which has quickly fizzed down to a medium ring, and a thin island over the brew.

Smell: (3.0)
- Nice roasty caramel, earthy, woody and chocolatey grainy malt.. bit of strong alcohol aromas, a little like rubbing alcohol. Overall smells like a Wee Heavy blended with a little stout or porter.

Taste: (3.5)
- Smokey caramel, smokey chocolate, and overall quite smokey in the flavor. The smoked malt doesn't quite show like this in the aroma. Sweet esters, little fig, and some alcohol. Not too bad but seems to be outside of what I feel the style is.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Medium bodied, bit syrupy, slightly dry, regular ale yeast-like carbonation. Bit cloying as well.. not too bad.

Overall: (3.0)
- Can't say this is really that great of a beer, but it is a nice strengthy offering from Samuel Adams. I was hoping it would turn out better than my opinion of their other beers.. but it really hasn't. It seems to be unique for sure, but doesn't touch what I think the style should be. Wouldn't really buy this again I think.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:38:22 | More by Docer
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. SA pint.

A: Dark brown but lets light in. Thick and creamy head.

S: Dark chocolate, smoky peat, and some burnt coffee.

T: Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, a little spice, and more smoke.

M: Medium thick body that is somehow oily and creamy at the same time.

O: Very nice; it's like a Scotch Ale-Stout combo.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 14:24:40 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of gustogasmic


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

Classic Scotch-ale features. Very good.

Appearance is quintessential scotch ale- very dark, not cloudy. Head disappears quickly. The smell is full molasses and suggests a sweetness. Tastes just the same- molasses overload, and a little sweetness that leads to a good roasty malt taste. The balance is awesome and the booze is all-but-invisible. The mouthfeel is awesome- fat and sticky. Nice warmer @ 10%. It's just what I expected. If you're looking for a readily-vailable Scotch ale with an especially big kick, this is a solid one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:50:35 | More by gustogasmic
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 16:31:54 | More by Dave1999
Photo of bigdeuce


2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer is a dark amber color with high carbonation. The soapy head dissipated rapidly. Scents were all true except very "rusty" scents came through, making it somewhat unappealing. Some nice peat on the nose. Taste is decent but way too syrupy. The sweetness is not balanced by good hop flavor. It is too cloying and not something I will go back to. The Boston Beer company has always defended by me, but in the past 3 years, they a) have gotten rid of most of their more enjoyable styles b) change the recipes of styles that were great 5 to 7 years ago and c) are way off on their new attempts.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:45:51 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- really really dark brown with thin white head that has pretty long retention, no carbonation to be seen,

Smell- slight peat, loads of malt, raisins, brown sugar and molasses, chocolate, very malty nose

Taste- a lot of the sweet malts up front with a bit of a spicy drying finish, not quite as much peat on the flavor as i remember a few years ago, kind of drowned out a bit, its not super complex but has nice balance

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy in body, very drying in texture on the finish, some warmth from alcohol

Drinkability/overall- I have to say this beer feel short a bit from the last time that I had tried it where i felt the peat and scotch characteristics were far more pronounced, it has decent balance and though pretty drinkable you can definitely notice the alcohol, while this beer wasnt bad it fell way short of my last tasting and on this tasting just simply an okay beer

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:03:36 | More by Stunner97
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was black. Probably about ¾ inches of head. White lacing on the top with bubbles in the middle. Cobweb film on the sides.

Smelled smoky dark malts. Roasty malts, too. Somewhere between dark chocolate and coffee. Smells like a smooth beer.

Pretty similar to the nose. Tasted smoky dark malts, but not too smoky, which I was fearing after having their Bonfire Rauchbier awhile back. As far as comparing dark chocolate and coffee, where it was 50-50 on the smell, I’d say dark chocolate leads, 60-40. Alcohol kick at the end, but very smooth.

Medium body. Slick texture. Lively (above average)-to-average carbonation. Smooth long finish.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. It’s strong taste doesn’t overwhelm you. It’s so smooth and I actually feel it going over my body. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:43:44 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of TuffNut87


2.15/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass with very little head. Very dark brown with a constant light stream of bubbles. It seems more mellow than stout at first. Smell is very unique-coffee, vanilla and chocolate mixed. Smooth on your tongue, sweet with a coffee-like aftertaste that become syrupy. After a couple gulps, the sweetness and the increased alcohol content are not pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 23:41:06 | More by TuffNut87
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.