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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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999 Ratings
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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 189
Gots: 204 | FT: 13
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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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Ratings: 999 | Reviews: 429
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 drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle in California, consumed after the Bruery release party. Thanks ME!

Beer served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown and pretty hazy with a big off white head of small bubbles. Head falls away quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high, looks good.

Mildly caramelly, mildly peaty, mildly sweet, smells good but I wanted more volume.

Beer is medium bodied and has a lot of carbonation on the palate. Its sweet up front with some caramel notes in the midpalate region and follows it up with nice malt presence and clean finish that isn't dry. Drinkability is high and I really liked this beer. I'm very interested in the barrel aged version of this beer now because I think this would take the barrel notes well, more wood more alcohol, sounds good to me.

Photo of magictrokini
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with a thick tan head. Nutty, smoky aroma with smoe caramel. The taste is phenomenal. Toasty malts and buttescotch with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finish is creamy and sweet. One of the first Scotch Ales Iv'e had and easily one of the best. Just an awesome beer.

Photo of epyon396
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of maltlikker
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lots of marshmallowy smooth tannish head and sticky lacing. Robust aromas of figs, black cherries, huge maltiness, a wisp of alcohol..Awesome so far...Flavor is enormous and malty-sweet. Right away flavor of the barrell aging, morphs into some roasty bitterness and finishes off a little bitter, but delicious. This is excellent and heavy beer. Still not as good as McEwans, but a fine replacement. Expensive at $10.49 for pint+9oz. but worth it. Find and drink for "thas is fookin grrayt bee-ah...."

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...

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured into a wine glass per the label's suggestion, it is a murky brown with soft, dull red highlights. Minimal head, settles at a thin, persistent rim of bubbles.

Aroma - thick malt, chocolate, alcohol with the Scotch Whiskey influence. Goes a little thin after settling, but still good and fragrant.

Taste - whiskey-like malt, sweetness, and alcohol occur in rapid succession. The swallow ushers in a bit of chocolate, a dark fruit component, and the boozy warmth of 9% abv. A palatable wee heavy.

Mouthfeel - has smoothness and comes across a little to the thin side in body. Occasionally vapory from the alcohol, giving it a big beer feel at times. The texture improves noticeably as it warms.

Drinkability - very tasty and very potent. A worthy evening sipper.

Props to drewbage for hauling this across the country for me, it helped kick off my long Memorial Day weekend with elegance and pizazz. 2001 vintage I believe.

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 illidurit
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Blackish brown color with a huge sticky tan head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, with some peaty raisin. Flavor is really rich and decadent. Huge caramel maltiness, with some sugary boozy dark fruit. Not a lot of alcohol in the taste but it will catch up and hinder the drinkability. Similarly, the thickness and sweetness are a bit much the further you get through a 750 mL bottle.

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

Mahogany.

Mellow aroma but still enjoyable. Hints of smoke, wood, peat, alcohol, molasses, burnt caramel and heavily toasted malts.

The malts provide the beer with a subtle smokiness in the backround and notes of wood, prunes, raisins, toffee, grape, chocolate and caramel. Obviously this beer is more malt accentuated but the hop bitterness is this on the finish.

I like it but it's nothing compared to the others.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this one is about one year old.

Poured gently into my Smutty Big Beer glass. A bit of head rises and gently fades. A dark brew that shows a bit of a dark red hue when held to the light. Aroma is smokey, roasty, peaty as should be. Taste is lightly sweet with a very strong dark roasted chocolatey presence - almost overboard for the style. This is one fantastic brew but kind of swayed from center of style for me. I do prefer some of the more subtle ones...

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 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 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 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.

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.