AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by MountainBeagle:
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Overall: Outstanding beer that would do Scotland proud!
This was a 750mL bottle from 2009 - 10% ABV
It wasn't in the cellar at all, can't wait that long.
Color is as it should, dark and can't see through it. 2 finger head that immediately disappeared.
The smell was almost non existent for me but that's what I expect from the style.
Taste is very good, tons of malt and alcohol. A lot of other things are present here that I don't have the palate to put my finger on but it is delicious what ever it is.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth
Drinkability will be harsh for some, its a 10% scottish ale. This is the kind of beer I live for, so i gave it a high rating.
Side Notes: I really like this beer and the style so it works for me. I highly recommend letting this cellar for at least 6 months, however I don't practice what I preach. It's gone right away for me.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2009 00:04:27 | More by MountainBeagle
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4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Year old bottle.
Look: Dark, golden pour with huge, thick (small bubbles at start), creamy, light mocha head. Has medium speed retention (small bubbles breaking down into bigger ones and then collapsing), goes down with some sticky lacing, leaves creamy, puffy top layer. The layer leaves some fine lacing when you drink it. It's clear, deep, dark amber, can barley see through.
Smell: Rich yet smooth and fresh. First association are raisins in sugary scotch. The fruity part is mostly dark fruits, white grapes, plums and some dry fruits like raisins. It creates most of the fresh part. Malt character is also very well developed - burned and brown sugar, honey, molasses, light smoke, milk chocolate and roast. Nothing spikes out, it's smooth and pleasant. Also some oak and earthy notes to play with the present alcohol, scotch notes. Alcohol/fusel is noticeable, but suits the overall complexity and is not distracting.
Taste: Medium heavy molasses, honey, caramel, chocolate start, continues the same path to full-on molasses with smoke (ash; stronger than in smell) and roast sweetness. Dark, dry fruits, raisins with scotch/rum stick around. Ends with light alcohol/stronger scotch and medium sweetness - that creates medium bitterness with light sour. Also some oak comes out in the after-taste. Lots of caramel and molasses sweetness stays on your lips when time goes on.
Mouthfeel: Full medium heavy, melting carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Light warming of the alcohol at the end, but goes with the overall concept and it should be there.
Overall: Probably one of the best examples of this style, the alcohol notes are present but get a bit annoying only in the taste (that last spike of bitterness). Smell is rich and smooth, could smell it all day, the taste is smooth enough and makes me appreciate the scotch ale style a bit more (not my favourite). The appearance and mouthfeel are superb. A bit of ageing could probably make it even smoother.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2014 10:03:24 | More by tmzl
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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