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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 184
Gots: 195 | FT: 15
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
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1/5  rDev -76%

troutfish23, Jan 04, 2012
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1.8/5  rDev -56.7%

MattWhoElse187, Sep 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

Samaurer23, Jul 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Filabee, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of gfreed
2.45/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Any 10% 750 that I can drink entirely by myself and *still* walk a straight line afterwards is deficient in some way. The problem with this scotch ale is that it lacks scotch aleness-- it's thin in the aroma and taste; it has no gravitas, no depth, no weight; there is no smokiness; there is no umph. It's the 98-lb weakling that Charles Atlas warned you about. The bottle is pretty but they ought to put more effort into the contents. If you're looking for a decent American scotch ale, go find a Founders Dirty Bastard. Pass.

gfreed, Mar 12, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

mfgreene, Jul 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

mwbrady12, Jul 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

chippo33, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of Knuckles
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I like my wee heavies to have a bit of subtlety to them. I don't want to be mugged by the alcohol or gassed by the boozy nose. This beer has all the subtlety of "Natural Born Killers". When I poured it out, I thought I was smelling the red wine my friend had been drinking earlier. Then I stuck my nose in the goblet. Whoops.

Appearance: Easily the best part of the beer. A deep, dark brown with a lovely tan head.

Smell: Umm, so I understand there's a bit of alcohol in this thing because it smells like I could douse a shirt-wrapped stick in it, light it on fire and explore underground Seattle with that sumbitch lighting the way.

Taste: The alcohol really overwhelms everything else in this beer. I don't know what the malts taste like, or if there is any peat or anything else, because all I taste is hooch.

Mouthfeel: Hey, with a beer this high in gravity, it should be nice. It is. Very velvety and smooth.

Drinkability: To be truthful, this was undrinkable for me. Too much alcohol and very little else going on. I've had this beer for over six months, properly stored in my cellar. Thank god I didn't open it when I got it, or it might have killed me. I've got a few more Alesmiths in the cellar, I hope they are a bit more complex than this one.

Knuckles, Aug 12, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Bonna, Jul 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

NorCalBeer, Oct 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Vylo, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

ChicagoNick, Jun 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I Miss JPS! This one is ruddy brown with some yeast particulates and a small off-white burnt tan head that dies quickly and khaki. Aromas of roasted malts, some coffe, caramel, maybe some chocolate and a fiant whiff of greeny hops. Taste is ok, a bit muddle really, a bit hot and boozy and not very multi-dimensional. Mouthfeel is slick and hot in the mouth, drinkability suffers...Blah, sums it all up...C'mon Alesmith. Brew up that JPS recipe again! Bitches!

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2006
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

mmulebarn, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

erbu, Monday at 02:16 PM
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3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A; Murky (not to style), dark brown with tan head - good retention.

S: Not a strong caramel component, which is necessary for this style. Low esters, low hops, no diacetyl, and alcohol present (all to style).

T: Caramel notes come across as crystal malts, not kettle caramelisation, hop bitterness bites and lingers (not to style), finish with a bit of roast was rough, the malt notes are overwhelmed by the alcohol.

M: Alcohol warmth dominant, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Rough and strong, just begging for a hangover if you can manage to drink more than one. The bottle I had will probably be the last one I have.

GreatWeisseHope, Dec 30, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

beergorrilla, Dec 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

ElJosharino, Nov 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle with no dating info into a tulip. It was a dark reddish brown color. It had a small head that quickly disappeared. Good carb fountain in center but no lacing. The aroma was heavy on the alcohol and dark fruits (raisin or plum). Slight malt in the back. The taste was also heavy on the alcohol. Kinda reminded me of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It was missing the smoky, peaty aroma and taste that I love in most wee heavy/scoth ales. Really disappointed in this one. One is enough and half bottle at that. (3.5, RTL, M, N)

TexIndy, Dec 12, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

anteater, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

ajs4bd, Jul 10, 2012
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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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