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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 187
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-19-2002

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle into some Duvel tulips at the compound.

Dirty tree bark brown with some marron highlights and burnt red spots making for a dark drink. A nice inch and a half of semi thick dark bronze foam creating minimal stick.

Wee-Heavy has a nose in it, this one is heavy on the english malts creating a toffee vibe under some caramel. Slight cocco powder and a whiff of alcohol under all of that. More warming brings out small apple.

Alesmith's Wee Heavy brings it where others just glance at the style. English, English, English malt, small toffee, slight roasted malt and some peat in the middle, weak coffee. No bells and whistles here, it's great for the style, but bigger than whart most do making it stand out.

Feel is really smooth, this one just sort of goes down. The alcohol is masked very well and there is a bit of heat on the backend but not much and it adds extra depth to the feel and profile.

This one has been on my radar for a bit and Im glad I plopped down the loot for it. Very overpriced for what you get(as with most Alesmith products) but it's great for the style. I can see a bit of benefit from some short term aging, although I have no idea how old the bottle I had was which is a real shame.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with three fingers worth of head. Copious amounts of lacing is left inside the glass.

Fragrance of cherries, raisins and sticky sweet malt as the ale warms, roasted notes pervade.

Tasting this rich, bready, and chewy ale, there were traces of chocolate, coffee, followed up by the slightest hop backbone.

The ABV is cleverly masked, leaving behind a nice warming effect without the booziness. A very drinkable, pleasant representation of a Scottish strong ale.

Photo of Phigg1102
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark as night. Really nice looking beer.

S: Bit of hop, bit of roast, bit of milkiness. Some caramel chocolate. Faintest whiff of alcohol. Some nice spice and chocolate and ginger. Phlegm and cough syrup. Green apple. Lots of sugar and caramel complexities.

T: Quite roasty and bitter. Residual sweetness initially detectable but in fact the beer is well balanced and drinkable. The taste could easily be that of a stout. Far less sweet than Speedway actually.

M: Good actually. Thick and creamy, like a milkshake.

O: Good beer. Holds up very well, and was actually very well balanced.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml.

Pours a thin tan head over a black body with ruby edges. Little lace and head retention. The aroma is of sweet malt and dark berries with a hint of biscuit. Flavor carries on the work of the aroma with a similar complex and sweet malt character with notes of caramel, plumb, cocoa and roast barley. The alcohol is noticeable and contributes a bit of a burn. There is also a mild hop bitterness that comes through toward the end for balance. Medium to full bodied.

Nice malt complexity in the flavor and aroma with a decent hop bittering charge for balance. The alcohol detracts a bit from the flavor and smoothness of the ale, but for the most part this is a complex and enjoyable wee heavy.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

David and I shared a bottle of this last night at 'Bones. Lovely big green glass bottle, with nice silk screening. Our bottle said the abv was 9.5%. Very deep rich brown, low to non existent head on it. The aroma was my number one rated aspect: rich, peaty style malts. Definite hot alcohol. Actually...the aroma also reminded me of a good German Doppelbock, so again I have to go back and complement the rich maltiness there. Tastewise, this is a sipping brew. It is very hot, not immediately off-putting for me, but there is no denying that one is drinking a high abv brew. The alcohol was not able to be ignored. Balancing that out, there were some tasty notes of chocolate, some toasty malt notes, and low acridity. I did enjoy this one. The bottle recommends storing some away, and I wouldn't mind trying this after the alcohol has mellowed a bit.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, figgy, plummish, a tawny shade of crimson, not much of a head, slips away if it was there at all...
rip dark fruit in the aroma, raisins and dates, more from the fig and plum, grapes, deep and resonant, complex and pungent...
Full feeling on the palate, big flavor, cocoa maltiness, thick mouthfeel, return of the dark fruits in abundance, great tasting...I like it, though it doesn't impress me too much. Nuttin' wrong with that...
...wait how strong is this?...that strong, really?...it does stick out...maybe I'd like it better if the booze were a bit more quiet...nah, that doesn't sound like me...anyway, good beer all y'all...enjoy...

Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big old 750, shared. served in various tulips and snifters

A - pours with about half an inch of creamy off-white foam. as it falls, leaves behind a thick, sticky wall of lacing around the glass. the beer appears black, yet yields some magnificent dark ruby colors when help up to light.

S - rich maltiness all around, picking up some dark fruits: plums and figs, as well as peat, caramel, and toffee. very sweet all around yet alcohol makes its way through with relative ease.

T - begins with a mix of sweet caramel and toffee that just wont die, and hints of plums and figs. halfway through, a more robust sweetness via toffee and caramel chimes through, bringing along a hefty dose of alcohol burn. has that sort of distinct booze/soury sweetness of bourbon.

M - medium bodied with moderate, tight and controlled carbonation. sweet and sticky from sip through the finish. lingering sweetness is cut through easily by a hearty alcohol burn.

D - well-done, all around. a superb example of the style, complex, reasonably drinkable, and plenty dangerous. 8oz of this would be plenty, shame it has to come in such a large format. one of the better Alesmith beers out there.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy (chill haze?) Ruby Red/dark brown color with decent white head that goes fast and doesnt leave any tremendous lace but there is some there. The nose is very much dark fruit and some malt sugar. Taste follows the nose, malty as hell early, but dark fruits and spice come out. Not a ton of scotch ale flavors here, but they are present. I think they are just overshadowed by the abv. As it warms they come out more, but so do the malts. Kind of chocolatey almost malt flavor. maybe roasted. Sugary finish with a little nice hop bite. This is a heavy-ass wee heavy. Mouthfeel is very good. On the thin side, which I like in this particular style, however you can defenitely feel this beer in your mouth. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength, but i have had better, albeit few. A great beer, and defenitely one that will improve with age IMO. Good work alesmith.

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue, almost completely inscrutable. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which subsided, over time, leaving a nice layer of lace on the glass. Nearly perfect.

Smell: big, sweet malt aroma with a big caramel character. Nicely crafted and appropriate to the style.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a little bit of vegetal hops in the mix. Malt character emphasizes the caramel, with little hints of breadiness coming through the sides. Good, and appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a huge carbonation and massive creaminess. Great for this or any other style! Wonderful.

Overall: quite a good beer. If you like gargantuan malt bombs, this beer is for you.

Photo of AwYeh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into tulip.

A: Pours an opaque, dark dark dark brown/black color. One finger of frothy, foamy tan head tops off the glass. Great lacing left behind.

S: Sweet and oaky, a deep, flavorful aroma. Some dark fruits and toasted malts make this one great. Not too much hop flavor, but quite tasty.

T: Damn good; roasted, toasted malts andd nothing ever gets too cloying. I'm a big fan of this beer's flavor after putting it off for quite a while. Caramel, nuts, and even a bit of smoke top this one off. I'm wondering if the oaky flavors are just imagined, since I know this beer isn't barrel aged... but damn, there's something in there that's making it just right.

M: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation; this is a very smooth and creamy beer. Nice sticky, syrupy finish. I'm amazed it carries this kind of stickiness without being too sweet, especially for the style.

O: A very solid selection; though my malt-averse friends didn't want to split this one with me, I think this beer could find favor on almost any beer lover's palate. A great job by AleSmith.

Photo of Bfarr
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown, good tan frothy head and great retention. Peat and light smoke aroma. Smooth chocolate with notes of peat and smoke. Light caramel sweetness with a gentle warming. Velvety smooth feel.

Very subtle but good malt flavor with a good amount of sweetness. There’s a high alcohol content but it is not present in the flavor making this a scary easy drinking beer. There’s a good peat presence in the nose though it is slightly more subdued in the flavor as I would say it should be though I usually like a little bit more.

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep dark chestnut brown color with ruby/mahogany edges and a frothy two finger beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Very smokey roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, hazelnut, burnt toast and roasted espresso bean. There's also a bit of sweet dark fruit but the nose is dominated by the roasted character.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry roasted malt up front that lingers throughout over the sweeter malt and dark fruit notes into a lingering dry finish. Slightly bitter with some earthy hops and acrid burnt toast flavor as well as hints of chocolate, hazelnut, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean. I'm picking up some licorice and dark fruit mid-palate, especially plum and raisin that provide some much needed balance to the heavy roast character. There is some slight heat and warmth in the finish but the ABV is well masked. Dry fnish.

Overall, this beer is pretty complex and flavorful but it's a touch too roasted tasting for my liking. It's still a very good beer but I wish there was a bit more sweetness to balance things out.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Local, SD, CA.

Poured clear amber hue with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy aroma of citrus hops and tart fruit. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Well balanced flavor of malt, hops and fruit with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a solid drinkable brew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml foiled and capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine, light milk tea colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear purple-amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate cling. Decent looking beer but nothing that stands out.

S: Nose is purple grape, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and subtle ethanol heat. Very sweet and dense overall and rather aromatic.

T: Opens sweet brown sugar and grape. Sweet alcohol towards the middle that's smoothed out by notes of caramel, toffee, and more brown sugar. Plums and prunes also. End is brown sugar and a slight nuttiness with an alcoholic spice. Finish is caramel and aftertaste is the same and slightly hot. Very much to style and really tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and dense going down with just the slightest alcoholic prickle. Finish is oily and messy with a lingering aftertaste. One of the nicest I've come across in any style.

O: A solid offering from Alesmith here with an outrageously smooth and silky mouthfeel. This one's like velvet going down. Tops in its style for sure, this one's definitely worth going after if you're a fan of the maltier beers.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with excellent rentention and a nice brown color.

Toffee and brown sugar are the main element of the smell,with raisin strong on the nose as well. Chocolate comes out as well.There are undertones of grapefruit as well. As the beer warms I pick up notes of black licorice and a little vanilla.

Toffee and brown sugar come out on the front with some bittersweet chocolate and black licorice underneath that seems somewhat slight. Raisin comes out as well and a little bit of vanilla seems to linger. The beer becomes better and smooths out as it warms. Beer is slightly astringent, but not too bad.

Beer is a little warming and a little astringent on the palate, but clings fairly well. I believe age will do this beer nicely and it will smooth things out which will make the mouthfeel more creamy.

A nicely complex beer that will benefit from aging. I will visit this beer again.

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my snifter a dark brown with some deep-copper present if held up to light. The head looked like capacino foam. Decent lacing. It looked like a stout pumped through nitro.

Very vinous smell -- wine like aroma. The alcohol, all 9.5% of it, is present. Raisins are present along with a smokey tang.

Sweet! This is a very sweet tasting beer. All malt, all the way.Smokey on the back of the tongue with a dry finish. The dry, roasted finish nicely compliments the sweet initial taste. Never cloying. Alcohol warmth is present as well. Mild bubblegum flavors are also present.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. Quite light, really.

A very drinkable Scotch ale that avoided ever tasting anything like syrup. Finishing all 25 ounces was not a problem.

Notes: Not the best I've had from AleSmith, but I do plan on aquiring another bottle and letting it age. Also, Might be really great with food.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: Light head quickly breaks up and sticks to the edges. Very dark red-brown, and *almost* opaque.

S: Sweet fruits -- figs, raisins, blackcurrant -- soaked in alcohol. Milk chocolate.

T: Rich, strong, and malty as hell. Lots of fruit (the same as in the smell). Vague bittersweet chocolate carries over to the aftertaste which is lightly drying and sort of bitter.

M: Lightly carbonated, round, and malty-sweet. A bit thin.

O: Lots of caramel sweetness, but not the best wee heavy I've had. Good-ish though. Recommended, perhaps, but I wouldn't have another.

Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear auburn appearance. Thin light brown head with decent retention. Lacing is spotty. Nice aroma of bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, peat and thick malt. There's a nice oak/woodiness going on in this one. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. The malts are meaty and just a tad smoky. A littled roasted chocolate malt is noticed. Hops seem to add just a titch of bitterness (and when combined with the alcohol sting leaves a nice lingering dry aftertaste). Body is about medium and the carbonation seems about right. This is definitely a good Wee Heavy, but not Top Tier one IMVHO.

Gotta send out props to the Man, I mean the Dude, I mean the Bum. Thanks guy.

Photo of bmwfan1987
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark, with mahogany hues. Not much lacing, small head sticks around.

S-Dark fruits, Coffee, Milk chocolate and some licorice.

T-Very malty, with very much hidden hops. Its not as appealing as the nose promises.

M-Chewy, full bodied.

D-I would share this with a friend for dessert or with dessert. The 10% abv is hidden well, but the density of the beer makes it super filling.

Photo of Zaplt
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark near black ruby color with a dark tan head to about one inch with little retention.

Aroma - Currants, chocolate, floral notes, alcohol bite,

Taste - Lighter body than expected, dark fruity notes of currant, vanilla, caramel, and roasty malts with a wash of spice, clove and floral hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel - Light body with decent amount of carbonation.

Decent big brewski with nice complexity but a bit too strong of an alcohol bite.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light tan head that possesses excellent retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is a lot of sweet and lightly roasted malt, caramel, cocoa and dark alcohol soaked fruits. The taste is creamy and smooth with some malt up front with a some spiciness and a touch of smoke, along with a warming finish from the high ABV. Overall, AleSmith Wee Heavy is another solid beer from this great brewery that is highly recommended.

Photo of wulfie85
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mrandypandy for this brew!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brown bodied beer with a mahoganey red hue. Massive tan head that settles down into a thick cap. A gentile swirl really brings head back in a big way. Nice looking Wee Heavy!

Smell: This smells really sweet and malty. Dark fruits and some spiciness. It really reminds me of the nose of a Quadruple.

Taste: Just as expected, this beer has a massive malty profile. Mild to moderate sweetness from the malts. The malts seem are more of a dark fruits mixed soaked in rum type of a flavor. Also some earthy, fruity / estery, and woody qualities found in this beer. Prunes and smoke are found mid palate and are subtle. Finish has a mild bitterness with some astringency, and a little booze with no heat to it. You can just taste the booze a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has really nice carbonation that is clean, lively, and smooth.

Overall: This is my second beer by Alesmith. Its an enjoyable good beer. This Alesmith beer impressed me more than Speedway Stout. The downside is it reminds me more of a Quadruple than a Wee Heavy. Thats why i have a lower score on the overall section, not true to style.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This overpriced brew displays a mahogany tone. The pour prompts a tan head of short stature and duration which evolves into sloppy lace streamers. Carbonation is difficult to assess due to the rich intensity of the colour. The nose is heavy on saturated and burnt sugary impressions. Dark fruit esters and cocoa layer underneath the heavy hand of the crystal sugary tones. You could say it smells earthy and of peat if you want to toss cliche about like a ball. I choose such description. The taste is outshined at first by the rich and thick mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is nearly outrageous. Thick and creamy with bubbly palate play to boot. Now for the taste. Very pleasant. Cocoa and bitterness. Fruity darkness and sweetness. Lightly smoky. Wild fermented characters. Good. The drinkability is easy. No problems here. The price is a bit suspect to me. I am not saying that this is not a good brew. I just find fault with the fact that it is twice as expensive as other comparable (within 100 ml) bomber sized offerings that are at least in the same league with this. I will buy another brand as opposed to spending $12.99 on this. It is good, but it ain't made of gold. I mean seriously, is the cost of living that much greater in the west? This is Michigan land of the cheap. That is probably why they don't ship here. Good but c'mon...

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.