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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

827 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 170
Gots: 182 | FT: 16
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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest maroon coloring that appears from the darkness only when held directly to light. It holds a two and a half finger head of cakey, creamy light brown bubbles. Retention is great, leaving sheets and cloudy puffs of lacing down the sides of the glass. The foam never really disappears, with a thick ring left for the remainder of the tasting. There is a light haze to it, especially is some of the yeast from the bottle escapes at the end. Carbonation appears moderate. The nose gives strong caramel and lighter coffee malts. These come with brewer’s yeast and a strong metallic bite. Ethanol fumes waft high off the surface for a nice burn. There are also hints of vanilla rawness, syrupy raisins, milky lactics, buttery diacetyls, and warm woodiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice, with big booziness on the back. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sweet caramel malts, heavy roast, and biting metallics. The booze is apparent right from the start, giving both sweetness and fiery pucker. The malts are sugary sweet, roasty, and buttery, with toffee sweetness and molasses bite and stick. The peak comes with enhanced sweetness of white sugar, deeper caramel malts, light smoke, bitterness of alcohol, and more warmth of melted butter smoothness. We finish with fusel booze and black pepper, more of those relentless caramel sugars, syrupy fig, fermented plums, and more warmth of light woodiness. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, yeast, dark cherries, big alcohols, caramel sugars, sea salt, and black pepper. The body is thick and full, while the carbonation is lighter to medium. There is silky smooth sip, with great froth, slurp, cream, and glug. The mouth is coated with a bubbly sheet of foam, leaving it wet and satiated. There is a bit of astringency on the back, with the booze drying you out. The abv is big, warming, and catches up with you, but the beer sips away nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the appearance. Honestly, everything about this beer was strong, but the look was exceptional. The coloring was drop dead gorgeous, and the head retained beautifully, contributing in full to the excellence of the mouthfeel. The aroma and taste were nearly as exciting, with a clean, well-blended style. This is fantastic for the style, and certainly the standard to be compared against.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:05:09 | More by TheBrewo
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sweemzander

Illinois

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
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carolinared

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-20-2014 16:30:48 | More by carolinared
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superspak

Michigan

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
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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.