AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ego:
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
it may not count in my rating but alesmith has a great look to their line of brews and the simplicity of their logo.
anyhoo, small sizzle with soapy craggy foam, the cap is off white and after the sizzle session it fades pretty quick but does not disappear completely, there is a nice meniscus but not much in the lacing department, legs are apparent from the ABV... but not long legs, about as deep ruby as deep ruby can get, when held up to the light a torrent of bubbles is revealed, a good
sharp grapes mixed with malty sweetness, almost vinegar bite, spicy like bits of cinnamon floating on a gentle breeze, slight waft of the booze, pretty standard for the style
smooth like silk on the mouth feel side of things, really subtle carbonation that just is perfect, the use of hops here is great, it adds just enough bitterness to make this very american-ized but not so much so (ie over-hopped), the malts are real nice, they have an almost maple syrup
like quality to them except with that wee heavy bite, the ABV is well in place and not a distraction at all (dangerously so I might add), the malt flavor really pops - I think it has to do with the hops that really play well off each other, great use of the right hops here.
addictive, at first I was not blown away but damn this grows on you like VD, except good VD. Really consistent flavor, fantastic mouth feel and a kicked up ABV - what's not to love?
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2013 05:18:02 | More by Ego
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4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750mL bottle poured into a snifter. 04/04/2013 bottled date.
(A)- Pours a pretty dark burnt sienna brown with ruby red highlights. Some good tan colored froth.
(S)- Sweet but grainy with a nice raisin malty aroma.
(T)- Ever so slight roast meets nutty raisin and molasses. Ever so slightly grainy and bready on the finish. Tiny bits of cocoa.
(M)- A nice carbonation level meets a really nice balance of grainy malts and raisin.
(O)- An excellently balanced Wee Heavy with great depth and complexity without being too sweet or cloying.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 00:14:29 | More by sweemzander
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but has a store price tag dated 11/2/2012. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Scotch ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:02:55 | More by superspak
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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