AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by dln646:
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Mahogany brown with a stunning looking tan head, heightens three inches and subsequently cascades fairly promptly. Presently at the gazing outset the beer is very nice-looking.
Tidy and medium odorous, however malty nose, brings my thoughts to slightly burned and roasted malts – chocolate malt, caramel malt and various teeny bits of yeast. It is a grand complexity that amuses my nostrils with chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, extremely nuanced smoke aroma and to some extent stony graphite. The depth is remarkable and as with other AleSmith beers I've tasted, this doesn’t make me the least bit dissatisfied.
On the palate the beer is sweet soft with a tight concentration. There's this particular attractive balance between chocolate malt and caramel malt. Very appetizing, it's much more subtle and delicate then over-the-top, even though the body is great. The beer is passing from beginning to end with an parallel flavor intensity and brings very chewy fruit characters alongside a middling carbonation. The finish is well thought-out and marked with bittering hops and that delicate lingering mineral-like tang.
What electrifies me with this beer is the great malt complexity together with the overall well-focused structure, flavor intensity and well thought hopping. It isn't awe-inspiring, but it’s pretty darn good – so far the best I've quaffed in it style (Scotch Ale). Unique and well-made with high drinkability even though it’s overall weight. Merry Christmas! http://quaffable.org/?p=138
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 16:56:06 | More by dln646
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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
93 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.