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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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843 Ratings

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 174
Gots: 182 | FT: 15
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-28-2013 12:53:25 | More by Odysseyalien
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance – The head came up big then went down quickly, which is typical of the style. The body is a thick, pond-like dark brown.

Smell – This ale is rich in malts and whisky notes. The malts are huge and very complex, consisting mostly of sugared toast and some dark, roasty, stout-like smells. There is a light peaty smoke here along with some dark, juicy fruits. The prune and tobacco are overpowering.

Taste – Man, does this sweeten up at the taste. The chewing tobacco dominates, and is mixed with some juicy prunes and raisins. This is just raunchy. It is so sweet and full of tobacco it’s amazing. There’s a light hint of the big alcohol but mostly this is like sucking on a leaf of chewing tobacco.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied with some straightforward, rather harsh sweetness throughout.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this take on the style, although BJCP might disagree.

11-16-2005 03:24:10 | More by RoyalT
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 00:01:57 | More by DanGeo
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Dark ruby-colored with a small off-white head that leaves lacings that stays around to the end which is quite impressive for a beer of this size.

S: Sweet malts, lots of caramel, fruity notes and a gentle touch of alcohol.

T: Delicious malts all around. Very complex malt profile. Some bready notes, but most of all lots of caramel. With a complementary fruitiness, that has a very gentle tart character (perhaps caused by cellaring), I get a sensation similar to hard fruit candy. The finish as mildly bitter with more notes of malts, a gentle roasted note and some alcohol. The alcohol is nicely hidden and well integrated.

M: Medium body with a slick texture.

D: A well crafted beer. Very impressive malty profile and surprisingly easy to drink.

09-02-2009 22:38:50 | More by ricke
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-11-2013 21:16:40 | More by pengs68
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Dark brown with some reddish hues and a tan head.

S - Dark fruits like prunes and raisins and dried apricots. There is also some coffee in the nose as well.

T - Mellow roast flavors with a hint of sweetness. The dark fruits in the nose also comes through. In addition, there is a slightly woody flavor. The finish is toffee with subtle dark chocolate.

M - For the abv, it is rather light bodied. The carbonation is low, which makes this easy to drink.

O - This is a great brew. The flavor is really great and the drinkability is nice, especially for the abv. I could drink this everyday without a problem.

08-22-2011 05:15:08 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet smokey peat malts.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with a little dark fruit and some smokey peat in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, nice scotch ale - a little too sweet.

10-07-2013 04:53:36 | More by Beaver13
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-29-2013 23:35:38 | More by JakerLou
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-18-2013 04:23:40 | More by megamass
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Presentation: 750 ml capped dark green champagne magnum, blurb about the beer on the back as well as how to cellar and serve. No freshness date though there is a vintage date of 2001 on the front.

Appearance: Charred chestnut colour with a well received clarity due to the sediment staying compact on the bottom of the bottle. Not a huge head but the lace really knows how to stick to the glass.

Smell: Mild flowing alcohol cradles some caramel and faint ripe fruity aromas. Spiciness from the alcohol warps around a ripe cherry and fig fruitiness.

Taste: Creamy and smooth with a slick back to it, faint undertones of roasted grain and a slight smokiness make themselves known first. Rich malty palate of caramel and mild ripe fruit runs across the taste buds. Alcohol is a well perceived presence but not in any over the top way, just with a mellow warmth and trace fusel alcoholic flavours. Bit of bready malt upfront is mostly lost in the end, the end seems more of a mix of the alcoholic strength and the ripeness it has transformed the byproducts into. Trace roasted grain and a ghost like smokiness appears in the finish.

Notes: This could be a perfect pairing with a cigar or as a night cap or even pair it up with a rich chocolaty & caramel dessert. Strong armed with alcohol and tiny complex flavours bursting throughout. This one has to get better with more age, the alcohol still seems a bit too brash but again not over the top.

04-19-2002 20:45:52 | More by Jason
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

750ml bottle was $12.99 at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Pours a clear, dark mahogany body topped with a skimpy beige head that quickly falls into spotty patch lacing. Aroma has a surprising chocolate essence, followed by toffee, dark fruits, and fresh white grapes. A mild note of smoky Scotch whiskey completes the bouquet. Mouthfeel is thick and full, with subdued carbonation. A bit fusel with alcohol as it warms. Taste is more chocolate than any other malty taste. Some scorched coffee notes mix with the bitter chocolate as a wave of dark fruits enters the picture. Becomes vinous and fusel as it warms to room temperature. Lots of rum soaked dark fruits toward the finish. The roasty chocolate and coffee seem out of place here. A bit of a struggle to finish as the big alcohol is anything but subtle. A slight disappointment, given the exceptional character of other Alesmith offerings I've been fortunate to sample.

06-19-2006 22:53:39 | More by merlin48
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Woo hoo, another Ale Smith selection available in on the east coast/Massachusetts! Heavy glass bottle, silver foil and resplendent . Pours rich mahogany, dark dark amber, under a long lasting creamy mocha head, leaves plenty of well developed lacing. Emits a lovely sweet malt nose. Speaking of sweet malt, this beer oozes over the top, luscious and enjoyable malts. Whole wheat toast, maple, milk chocolate, smoke, peat, layer after layer of malty yummyness. Makes you want to slather it on some pancakes and all is good. Go get some, enjoy it today or lay it down for a year or two.

04-15-2008 01:33:46 | More by Billolick
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: cloudy, orange/brown in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, earth, alcohol--a very malty smell

Taste: caramel, earth, bread, alcohol, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet borderline very sweet with some bittering alcohol tones, medium/heavy body

Drinkability: My first beer from them and wow is this a winner. This is a nice and super complex malt bomb. This is a great beer regardless of style. I like this a lot.

03-15-2010 13:09:57 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the peat smoke, with some toffee and caramel malt thrown in. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get some nice toffee and dark fruit notes, along with a hint of peat smoke and some light alcohol notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Scotch ale, glad I got to try this one.

06-16-2012 15:38:00 | More by Mora2000
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-20-2014 14:48:14 | More by Mugenlude
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

750ml green bottle with foil-topped cap.

Color is a ruby-chestnut with hints of deeper red...almost purple at the edges when held to the light. Sticky, long-lasting, 1"-thick head that is off-white in color. Appreciable lacing of the glass. Aromas run rampant with smoky malt mixed with dark fruity esters. More of the same for the flavor. Beefy flavor comprised of the raisins, plums, molasses. Warming ABV shows up mid-taste and lasts almost to the end. Caramel sweetness with a twinge of char end this one. Quite tasty. Chewy-big mouthfeel. Thick. Drinkable, to say the least. The only downside is the price ($12.99 per bottle). Other than that, another quality AleSmith beer.

06-04-2006 20:42:23 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-19-2013 19:49:27 | More by SudsSurfer
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-28-2013 04:27:25 | More by Altenor
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours dark mahogany with a thick tan head. Nutty, smoky aroma with smoe caramel. The taste is phenomenal. Toasty malts and buttescotch with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finish is creamy and sweet. One of the first Scotch Ales Iv'e had and easily one of the best. Just an awesome beer.

12-04-2008 19:20:07 | More by magictrokini
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-01-2013 02:12:54 | More by jaminjohnson
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-05-2013 03:25:58 | More by bpfrush
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

02-13-2014 04:12:57 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 04/04/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty malt driven aroma with big hints of caramel and dark fruits. Toasted malts with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, nuts, smoke, and some peat. Some roasty hints of chocolate as well. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Big dark fruit presence with hints of raisin, fig, prune, dark cherry, dates, and lots of juicy grapes. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very good malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big malty taste of sweet caramel, toasty bread, and lots of juicy dark fruits. Toasted malts with a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, smoke, peat, nuts, and yeast along with a slight roasted chocolate note. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Lots of dark fruit taste with notes of grapes, raisin, fig, prune, dates, and dark cherry. Subtle undertones of earthy hops in the background. Slight booze taste. A very good malt driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very juicy. Smooth with minimal alcohol heat felt.

Overall: A very good take on a Scotch Ale. Good toasty malt and smoke flavors. Great presence of dark fruits that almost make it seem like a Dubbel.

11-02-2013 06:56:40 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-01-2013 00:04:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-27-2012 22:54:00 | More by KyleMA
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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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