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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

951 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 200 | FT: 14
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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of spoonhawk
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I use a strict full score system as to allow for something more closely resembling a curved distribution of scores -- hence 5's across the board. Given I am now required to give a review in conjunction with a rounded score of 5, here it goes.

The body is lighter than might otherwise be expected thanks to ample soft carbonation. Regardless, the body has a fullness to it and the mouthfeel is slick.

A powerful mixture of dates, figs, and other dark fruits lay a solid foundation. A light mix of alcohol and spice peak through mid sip, making the flavor multidimensional. The underlying fruit flavors continue to clear, thanks to subtle alcohol, near the close revealing a strong brown sugar flavor that carries through to the finish.

The lingering flavor mixes sticky dark fruit, brown sugar and earthier grain flavors.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of drgonzo3705
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very deep rust color with a small head but still manages to leave some nice lacing.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits figs or raisins perhaps.

T: Still decently hoppy (Im pretty sure this is a bottle from the '07-'08 season). A nice wave of caramel and malt wash over your tongue, very appealing.

M: Medium to full bodied with a very nice creaminess to go along with it.

D: Originally I was only going to give this a 4 but after getting farther into the bottle I definitely could put away 2 of these bad boys in a night, even 3 if the mood is right!

Overall I think this is a great example of the style. Yet another great brew from Alesmith! This really makes me want to seek out the Barrel Aged version.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a capped bomber into an Alesmith tulip (picked these up at the brewery when I was there three months ago)- pours a dark brown/charcoal color with 1.5 fingers of beige head, modest retention, and nice even rings of lacing.

Nose is lovely- rich malts, dark, dried fruit notes, some smokiness. The smoke reminds me slightly of peat smoke, not the usual campfire stuff.

Taste is consistent with the nose but more fleshed out. I get some coffee and bitterness up front, followed by a plum/pomegranate flavor, then some floral hop notes and the smokiness to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, but not too heavy. Medium full bodied with moderate to full carbonation. I'm no expert with Scotch ales, but I can't really imagine it getting any better than this. I had it on tap at the brewery, but I like it better aged three months out of a bottle. Definitely get more of the smokiness. Paired this with some sheep's cheese and they go very well together- also have a mini bread pudding as well.

Update: I got Basque Sheep's cheese but I think that a stronger sheep's cheese would go better with this.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Silver Foil adorns the green 750ml capped green bottle. Poured at just above room temperature into a thistle the beer was a dark mohoganny brown with a creamy tan head that retained very well and left considerable lacing. No other outright signs of carbonation, very still.

The nose is very "heavy" loaded with sweet malt aroma and alcohol. Lots of a sweet caramel molasses coming through with brown sugar and slightly smoked woodchip smell.

The taste has a robust malt backbone with no hop character or bitterness (as expected). Pronounced carmel and brown sugar flavors with a sticky, slightly syrupy rum & molasses type flavors. Alcohol flavors are also dominant and very apparent the warmer the beer gets. The taste get a little smokey as the beer warms and this seems to compliment the malt character nicely. The beer almost assumes a slight whiskey flavor as the sample progresses.

A huge dense chewy mouthfeel with rather little carbonation. A very smooth almost creamy beer that molds nicely with the sweetness of the malt.

A very enjoyable winter/cold weather beer. So incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Heavy on the palate but not overly so. Subtle warming character and a nice bready malt base make this one excellent scotch ale.

Photo of BillRoth
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking Alesmith Wee Heavy over quite a few years, and had forgotten it as I tried so many beers... from so many places.
Earlier this year I was at the Alesmith brewery and was looking to enjoy Speedway and some other seasonal/special release beers. All were very good (very good!) as I would have hoped.
But I was surprised how awesome the Wee Heavy was. It rrally stood apart from the other tastings. So I picked up a bottle and let it cellar for 9 months...probably should have waited longer.
It was an exceptionally good beer. Poured into my old Flanders Street imperial pint glass. It poured deep and dark; rich with malt. The head was rich and creamy and settled at a level finger like a well rounded cask poured pint. The aroma was welcoming...rich in roasted malt sugars, rich fruit, light kelp and peat. Flavor mirrored nose but sparkled with hints of dried fruit, caramel and a touch of plums...??whisky too.
Mouth was rich and well rounded, full bodied and yet light on the tongue. Wonderful!
This is a special beer. I love Wee Heavys, but this is like a luxury sedan compared to very nice standard vehicles.Seek it out. Be patient, wait a year...and enjoy. You'll probably wish you could open a second immediately.

Photo of Goban
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A sweet roasted malty nose with a slight nutty undertone. It pours a dark brown with a wee khaki head that quickly dissipates into a fine ring.

A full and sweet foretaste is finished with a slight hoppy ester driven taste that you would hate to lose. Drinkability is astounding and I wish I would have bought more.

Yet again AleSmith has impressed me with a fine crafted brew. B-Z!

Photo of BrewMaster
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 750 ml bottle opened 10/6/04. The beer was capped with an unlabeled gold colored cap, no cork. The back of the bottle has good instructions on cellaring, storage, and serving the beer. The beer pours a rich and dark brownish red color. It looks like a darkly stained piece of antique furniture. A light head develops on pouring and a nice covering of tan lacy bubbles swirls atop the dark brew once the head settles down in 30 seconds or so.

The aroma is roasty with caramel and what seems like a sour scent, though I'm didn't know I could smell sourness. The aroma balances out a bit once the beer has a few minutes to breath fresh air. At first is was a bit off-putting, but once it came together is was a nice smelling brew.

The flavor is exceptional. Lots of caramel, grape molasses, and malt flavors lingers in the mouth. A tangy roastiness is also present. There doesn't seem to be any noticable contribution from hops. A light note of earthiness finishes the flavor. A nice wheat bread and oat flavor coats the mouthfor the aftertaste.

This beer is nothing less than fantastic. I am enjoying an entire bottle myself and loving every sip of it.

Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and foiled.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a wee 1/4" tan head over the dark reddish mahogany brew. Head fades rather quickly to a layer of bubbles, but there wasn't much to begin with, and for the style, that's not particularly shocking, and lacing was good. Aroma is sweet dark malts, with bits of dark fruits and alcohol popping up here and there. Taste is exquisite dark grain sweetness, with a tinge of fruit, and a long warming down the gullet. Mouthfeel and drinkability are stunners for the style. This is one to search out and enjoy, especially after a long day of cleaning up snow.

Photo of Fremont897
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage. Alesmith knows how to make a good first impression. The bottle is *substantial* looking, with an elegant design and foil wrapped top. The beer itself is attractive, too -- deep ruby in color with a mdoerately sized, light tan head. Great lace down the glass. Aroma is smoky, with lots of deep prune-like fruit on a malty sweet base. Quite lovely. The taste is hearty, with a light smokiness, dark fruit (prune, fig) flavors mid-palate, and a moderately bitter hop finish. Formidable in body, and nicely warming. Definitely a terrific beer for winter drinking!

Photo of 4thmedbn
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at cellar temp in a tulip courtesy of Andrewinski1.

A - Just shy of black. The only indication that it's not black comes in the form of the deepest, most rich, dark ruby where the light manages to pierce the void.

S - Really nice notes of chocolate, and dark fruits. Think cherry and vinous character. The nose isn't as big as you might expect form a beer of this ABV, but I always respect when a brewer can be subtle .

T - Again, it's a delicate flavor profile, considering the style. Most examples of the Wee Heavy that I've come across are cloying, and crazily malt dominant. And while I do like some big malt character, again, I respect the restraint. Toffee, caramel, slight bit of vanilla, and definitely some chocolate. A little warming, but it's not hot by any means. This bottle has a year on it, so I can't speak for fresh examples, but it's nice and mellow. Finishes with a lot of toffee, raisins, and figs. It's delicate, but still boozy and rich.

M - Full mouthfeel, very smooth. Very low carbonation level. Once again, a big beer that shows a lot of artistry in its execution. This beer isn't chewy, seems fairly well attenuated, without seeming lean.

O - Really impressed with this beer. Love a beer that can be subtle and big at the same time. Reminds me of Kate the Great from Portsmouth Brewery in that way. Lots of delicate, fruity, malty notes. Boozy, without being cloying or requiring a fork and knife to aid in ingesting it. Really top notch stuff.

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.