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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%


Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

AleSmith Wee Heavy | 750 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Glass: snifter

Appearance:
Sludge brown with a rumbling khaki head. Every swish encourages hundreds of tiny bubbles to appear. Delightful.

Aroma:
Deeply roasted malts and thoroughly good chocolate. There's no question that a bit of scotch is hanging in the background.

Taste:
It's hard to describe the taste as separate from the mouthfeel. Thick, viscous even, is the first thing I think. Then the deep, chocolatey malts kick in. Roasted, lactose-infused, dark, whole-wheat malts. It's a great sipping beer, though the 10% ABV is not that noticeably, besides a nice scotch tinge in the background.

Mouthfeel:
Refer to taste. IT IS THICK. Very nice though. Carbonation could use a slight boost.

Harmony:
Very, very nice collection of flavors. The deep roasted malts are predominant, almost to a fault. Although with a beer this tasty, balance is overrated.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: July 12, 2011

Price = $13.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:22:36 | More by BeerNemesis
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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.