AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by philbe311:
4.6/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I've longed to pop this one and have decided that tonight is finally the night...
A - A fingers worthy of uber-rich uber-creamy medium to dark khaki colored head that has a good share of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Slight retention gives way to an uneven but inviting lace... The color is a deep warming brown mahogany... Just a little shy of opaque... A subtle murkiness... Some microscopic carbonation bubble can be seen at the top clinging to the sides of the glass and moving at moderate pace...
S - Malt heaven... Dates... Raisins... Brown sugar... Caramel... Toffee... Brownie batter... Slightly buttery... Perfect potency... Warm and inviting... Anything more would be teetering on cloying given the overall sweetness...
T - The palette is not as sweet as nose would lead one to believe... This isn't a bad thing as the additions of peat and smoke that arrive on the palette add a wonderful complexity to this offering... The peat and smoke are first and foremost on the palette... Some subtle chocolate nuance appears as well... The malty sweetness alluded to be the nose is secondary and adds a world of complexity...
M - On the heavier side of medium bodied... A touch of lushness... A tongue full of slightly fizzy but light and enjoyable carbonation...
D - Quite quaffable especially given the 10% ABV... A world class Scotch Ale in ever facet... Stellar balance and complexity... Even and consistent... Slightly sticky...
Can't wait to try the Barrel Aged version...
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2010 02:32:05 | More by philbe311
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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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