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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

820 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 170
Gots: 182 | FT: 16
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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Retsinis

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2011 00:35:49 | More by Retsinis
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-09-2013 20:45:16 | More by TXhomebrewer
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-22-2014 22:27:19 | More by Hohnbaum
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-15-2011 12:56:48 | More by johnhenryconway
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-05-2012 13:23:35 | More by ohtheguilt
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have really been dying to try this for a while, and am finally cracking into my first 750 ml bottle after a couple of months in the cellar. The weather has lately taken a cold, damp turn for the worse, and this seems like just the beer to ward off the chill. Poured into my Deschutes snifter, the Wee Heavy is a dark ruby with large, dense, light tan head that's fairly long lasting and leaves heavy foam lace.

Smell is very big and rich, nutty malts, dark sugary fruits, very barleywine like.

Taste is also big and rich, but very smooth, with strong caramel and nutty malts, fruity esters, again, like an English barleywine, but darker. Very rounded and balanced, with more figs, toasted bread, toffee, and raisins then the nuttiness on the nose. Slightly astringent finish with clean alcohol that gains intensity as it warms.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, starting very smooth but with a sharp, lingering spiciness on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, but it's very rich, on the heavy side of wee for sure! Still, it's smooth and well made, with the high ABV largely unobtrusive, mainly just some heat in the belly. While Alesmith comes through as usual, it's not exactly my ideal - perhaps to much anticipation. I'm hoping this will further round out and gain more depth with age.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 21:14:22 | More by ccrida
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dwtyler

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-13-2014 02:10:39 | More by dwtyler
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-05-2014 08:51:43 | More by zestar
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dan027

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-28-2013 21:39:55 | More by dan027
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2013 14:40:55 | More by MattXT
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2014 02:14:54 | More by ricecracker420
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dleiner

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-05-2014 16:18:13 | More by dleiner
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage, Sampled January 2006
This beer pours with a thin, yet well defined, tight amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep amber brown color that is opaque when held up to the light. The aroma is still rich and concentrated; notes of smooth aged malt, figs, prunes, hints of date, and some slight sherry. Laying on top of the aroma is a dusty character, which may have been contributed by the cork. The aroma is quite intense and still quite intriguing. The fruitiness seems to be the dominant character at this point.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, and quickly picks up a concentrated fruitiness reminiscent of figs and prunes. The finish has a bit of roast character to it that reminds me of a brown malt. The body has thinned out considerably, but the malt character is still intense and even fruity, which helps to make this beer satisfying. There is a bit of a phenolic note in the finish, which seems to be all that is left of some smokey character.

I would have to say that this beer is past its prime, but certainly not by much. I really like the combination of the aged malt character with the rich fruit notes. They pair well together and make this beer rich and satiating despite the body, which has thinned out over the years.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 04:32:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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rrryanc

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-06-2012 22:02:59 | More by rrryanc
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farrago

New Jersey

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

Finger plus of moderate tan color, frothy with many scattered bubbles throughout, causing some hills and vales, simmers down to the surface with only few, if thick streaks of lacing. The liquid is about the darkest brown possible, but not black, deep amber glow hums at the glass bottom. Gargantuan malty nose of molasses, maple syrup, butterscotch, vanilla fudge, creamed coffee with cherry, plum, fig, golden raisin fruit scents, spiced oatmeal, hops close to absent, any peat or earth a cursory embellishment, just lays on the sweetness. Full-bodied, possesses a high roast which is not exactly typical for a wee heavy, at times drinks as much like an imperial stout. That noted, has a deeper sourness to the cherry, raspberry, apple fruit, lessening the raisin, fig, date accents. More orange peel here, brightens the chocolate, molasses, toffee flavors. Presents an appreciated sort of booziness, this spreads across the palate due to the fluffy foam of carbonation. Vanillin flavors rise through the finish, The earth, peat moss, forest scrub murmurs but never clearly enunciates. The sheer verve of the flavors outstrips its flaws, in the end appears to be seeking "imperial wee heavy" status.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 03:33:23 | More by farrago
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/22/11 notes. Had at a local tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, caramel malts, raisins, plums, oak, and nuts.

t - Tastes of raisins, dark fruits, caramel malts, wood.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth body.

d - A nice scotch ale. Some nice carmale and nuts, would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:12:24 | More by mdfb79
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Pecan

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-20-2012 07:48:46 | More by Pecan
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MrDave

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-18-2013 16:55:30 | More by MrDave
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RWLawman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-17-2014 14:39:44 | More by RWLawman
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pest

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-17-2011 05:55:10 | More by pest
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-21-2011 23:47:09 | More by PittBeerGirl
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lakeylake

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-07-2013 06:10:53 | More by lakeylake
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-29-2013 06:05:53 | More by Kelp
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Rogorama

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-20-2014 20:27:19 | More by Rogorama
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-29-2011 20:20:05 | More by JAHMUR
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.