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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

948 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 199 | 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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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body with mahogany feet. Ample head with fine retention. Smell is of massive malt, and a bit leathery. Taste is explosive, if not complex. Sweet malt, and alcohol dominate, with a dark chocolate acidity on the finish, and a bit more hops than I expected. Mouthfeel is rich and airy, downright poofy actually. Predictably viscuous, sticky head.

This is a huge beer, and a pleasure to drink. The lack of complexity makes the 22 oz. bottle a bit laborious, but the balance is astounding.

Photo of bmwfan1987
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Pencible
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a translucent dark mahogany with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like dark oak and smoke and raisin and honey wheat, with some roasted cocoa beans. It tasted like charred oak and roasted cocoa and barley, with some honey wheat and molasses. It was thick with silky carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a great malty flavor and fantastic body. However, the alcohol flavor became quite apparent as the beer warmed, which made it a bit less easy to drink. This wasn't as succulent as the other AleSmith beers I've tried, but it still seemed fitting for the style. I just personally prefer the sweeter malts, rather than the heavier ones like this. This beer was actually reminiscent of Immort Ale, with the huge charred oak flavor, but this was better in every way.

Photo of halo3one
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blood red mahogony with a large foamy tan head. Very nice lacing and a long lasting head make this beer a good looking brew. The smell is strong with " bisquity" aromas along with alcohol,dark fruit, and sweet malt. The taste is like a barleywine, dark fruit, bready flavors, and sweet malt. This is kind of mellow,but it would be better if I aged this. The m/f is heavy with all flavors mixing well. A very good beer that could be great if cellared properly.

Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Derek
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little taken-aback by the alcohol in this, wondering if it'd be more like a barley wine... but they pulled it off!

A: Deep chestnut with a huge tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Figs, raisins, roasted nuts, cocao and caramel. Quite nice!

T: Dark raisins, figs, roasted nut, dark toffee, cocoa, burnt caramel, restrained bitterness, hints of wood & smoke, alcohol is extremely well-hidden, but it is warming.

M: Moderately full body with a light residual sweetness; modest carbonation.

D: It's a big one!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's and served in a Chimay goblet, on to the beer:

The beer is really a dark reddish brown, but in the goblet it looks black. Good head on top of it. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Interesting change of events in the taste. For the first portion of my sample it tasted like smoked chocolate with a kick of alcohol. But the farther I got along with the beer, it started to taste like red grapes, pixie candy and raisins. The booze was still there, and an afteraste of molasses lingers. Body is medium to medium-heavy.

This is one strong wee heavy, it pushes the boundaries of the style with its raw strength. My one nitpick is it isn't as drinkable as other wee heavy's I've had.

Photo of regspeir
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade, served this in a snifter. Pours dark brown, almost black with a large, thick, coffee-colored, two-finger head which settled only to a half-finger. Nose is is some dark fruit (figs, plums)brown sugar and a heavy dose of scotch or brandy. Taste is sweet- brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark fruits - a little roasted coffee, peat and a liberal dose of scotch/brandy and accompanying warming. There is a nice bitterness in the end to ameliorate all that sweetness up front. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy with a decent amount of carbonation. Watch out 'cause you certainly aren't aware of the ABV. This is a very nice offering, although Alesmith seems to seldom miss. They certainly didn't with this one.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 mL bottle and it's mine, all mine! 9.5% ABV, eh? Well...

Dark crimson hued pour allowing nary a scant light through loaded with rising beading bubbles to a rock solid tan khaki dense pillowy head cap that slides a coating of lace down the glass.

Scents from this Wee Heavy remind me more of a pilsner-esque aroma which surprises me for the style. Subtle wafts of peat and smoky malts round out the nose complimented by a bit of almond extract.

First swigs: Smoked malt front with a blend of peat and chocolate cake. A touch of cocoa and a dryness that that immediatley is felt. Sweetness is kept in check with a delicate caramel and a kiss of anise.

Frothy feel with a creaminess and richness. Soft restrained carbination. Dry finish with a linger of booziness.

Last swigs: Cocoa and delicate smokey Scotch. Quite exquisite and enjoyable. Always happy to try new Alesmith bres.

Beer is good. Happy West coast "last bottle on the shelf" beering.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body looks black with touches of ruby red at the edges. An off white frothy one finger head tops it off. Good retention and lacing.

Smells kinda like a mixed berry pie and a hint of peat or earthiness. Lots of berries in the nose. Quite sweet smelling, but it's not incredibly pungent.

The taste is quite similar, mixed berry pie, grape juice, and a touch of caramel. Then earthy, peaty, resinous, and slightly spicy hops kick in. Mixed berry juice and earthy/resiny hops linger.

The mouthfeel is rather light for such a big beer. Smooth and creamy carbonation and a spicy slightly alcoholic finish that's warming on the tongue on the way down.

The beer is incredibly easy drinking, especially for such a high abv beer.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark red, mahogany with some glowing orange around the edge when held up to the light. Head is a bit sizzly, a bit like the Grand Cru but has reduced down to a half inch of creamy, tan foam. Great color and wasn't expecting much retention in the head.

S: Smell is of sweet malts, sweet fruits and the slightest hint of the alcohol. Apples are right up front for me, a bit of an apple cider aroma. Some grape and cherry. The sweetness of the malts is very nice here. Nice bready aroma with sweet yeast notes. Not overly complex, but not overdone.

T: Some darker malt flavors come out here, deep fruit character with some alcohol to back it all up. Caramel notes with some burnt sugar and a near molasses like flavor. Guessing this is fairly fresh as the bright fruit notes are quite upfront. Great balance here.

M: Drinks just a bit too thin for a scotch ale, carbonation is fizzy and lacks the creamy body I look for in a scotch ale. A bit too sweet, and close to cloying. Lacks depth.

D: Drinks way too easy for 10%. Doesn't really drink like a Scotch ale, I muscle my way through an Old Chub and I find myself polishing this off far too easily. I suppose this falls into the dangerous category. Overly sweet and lacks the heavy, sticky body I expect.

Photo of srhoadsy
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a sable brown with half an inch of dark tan head that recedes leaving moderate surface layer and moderate lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugars, dried fruits with a hint of mineral and alcohol in the background.

Flavors follow through the aromas with a touch of bitter coffee.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish and moderate aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer. My only complaint is that I expect a little more smoky flavor from the style. Would go very nice with some sweet BBQ.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nice take on a scotch ale, less peaty and smoky than many out there, this is driven by malt sweetness rather than earthiness, but retains some of the quintessential characteristics of the style. dark brown amber color, dense looking, without a short lived tan head. a nose of sweet musty grain, caramel malt, brown sugar, and smoke. the taste isn't that sweet though, only a little in the finish when it warms up and the booze comes out to play a little bit. its not as full bodied as i like mine to be, but it helps this drink pretty easy. a beer that almost demands food. smoked meats, cured meats and cheeses, even bread pudding all leap out at me as foods that this beer was made for. well hidden abv for the most part too. well made bottle, a must share though at this strength and density.

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pengs68
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the peat smoke, with some toffee and caramel malt thrown in. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get some nice toffee and dark fruit notes, along with a hint of peat smoke and some light alcohol notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Scotch ale, glad I got to try this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.