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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

951 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 200 | 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 nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown with hints of red and decent clarity. Large tan head that settles down quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

S - Malty sweetness, roasty notes, and a bit of alcohol. Some dark, rasiny fruitiness and maby a hint of smoke.

T - Smooth coffee and caramel flavors with smokey roast malt and significant hop flavors. Notes of rasins, dark caramel syrup, and roasted nuts. The finish is reminicent of chocolate covered coffee beans.

M - Medium carbonation with some astringency. The body is fairly heavy but the finish is dry.

D - This is a very full flavored and bold ale. It is well balanced and satisfying, though the aroma does not match the complexity of the flavor.

Photo of SDG1070
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SHCC
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SkinniePost
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Dark33
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KYGunner
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep cognac coloring supported a thin layer of foam the slowly ebbed away so that the ale actually resembled cognac in the snifter.

The scent is deep with dried fruits with prune, grape/raisin, and dates. The back is chocolatey with a slightness of sweet alcohols.

Chocolate hits the palate first and then the raisin and prune flavor carries near the end. The back is soft coffee that stays on the palate without objection. Dotted throughout the taste is vague tea leaves and malt.

The 10 pct ABV is hidden rather nicely in a lower carbonated setting, making this ale a real pleasure to experience.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 2010 vintage 750ml bottle dark green to block UV damage.

A - Mostly opaque dark garnet-brownish with 1 finger ecru head with decent retention and better lacing along the whole glass. Head is fluffy and sticky.

S - Caramel, toasted oats and malt, and dark fruits on first sniff. Following notes of bubblegum, maple syrup, cherry. A fair touch of booze and a bit more than my liking, but the rest of the bouquet makes up for this flaw.

T - Sweet dark fruits at the start with toasty malt and just a touch of smoke. Alcohol is present from the very beginning though not overpowering. One of the strongest EtOh flavors I felt was balanced well and enjoyable in this expectantly boozy style. Caramel and sweet finish and booze even at the end, very little bitterness if at all.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Silky smooth with creamy finish.

O - I love a good Scotch Ale and this is my first attempt at a Wee Heavy and it was a uber enjoyable experience. GO ALESMITH you rock!

Photo of Cdogg99
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared courtesy of expatsteve after a tasty pot roast dinner.

Pour: deep ruby/mahogany brown, nearly opaque under a couple fingers of khaki foam that stick around for a while

Nose: chai tea, rich spices, molasses malts, vanilla, sugar cookie dough

Taste: rich caramel/molasses malts, aromatic spices, tea leaves, light smoke

Feel: rich but smooth with a hint of brewed tea grit

Drinkability/Overall: A rich and spicy wee heavy full of sweet and roasted malts. Booze held in check for 9.5%. Nothing but solid from Alesmith.

Photo of HalfFull
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the Wee Heavy pours a deep brown in color with ruby highlights and is somewhat translucent. A rocky inch of tan head sits atop the pour, keeps for much of the glass, and yields spotty lacing.

Dry cocoa on the nose with roasted malts and a bit of brown sugar. Tending towards chocolate and a hint of hops as the head settles down.

Taste follows the nose with lingering cocoa and chocolate on the finish. Just a hint of alcohol on the tongue though well hidden on the nose. Dark sweet cherry and plum notes with some warming. Nicely complex and with a light effervescent carbonation. Rich body initially, which does thin just a bit after sitting for a while. Smooth and solid on the feel and with a solid drinkability, limited somewhat by the sweetness and hefty ABV. I don't pick up any smoke or peat flavors here, but this is a relatively fresh bottle with no aging. 10.0% on this years bottle.

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful Beer in the Glass. Deep mahogany brown colored beer with a light brown colored head.

Smell is malty and fruity with lots of fig aromas to it. Spicy alcohol scent carries the smell of whisky, smoke, vanilla and nuts to my nose. Fairly sweet smelling but more in the whisky is than beer.

Taste is semi sweet and smoky in the first sip. Some sting from the alcohol level here, you can in fact detect it. Quickly this beer becomes smoky and full of the flavor of walnuts with a pleasantly mild bitter after taste. Significantly warming in the chest as you drink it, this would make a great winter beer experience. This is an ale that is nuttier in flavor than fruity, much like a sherry wine.

Mouthfeel is good and thick, almost milky.

A good tasting ale here that is near great but is a little light on the malt for the beer style. This would be an awesome Christmas beer to share with the family at holiday time.

Photo of meathookjones
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 2003 750ml bottle with no dates of any kind on it. This appears a black color till held up to the light and dark cherry highlights could be seen. A fluffy beige head sits atop the dark body that leaves minimal lace as this was consumed. Fruits scents will the aroma along with slight caramel malt sweetness. There is also a slight smoky note I am picking up from time to time. The flavor has a strong molasses taste with malty sweetness and the alcohol is definitely present. There were notes of chocolate and caramel and it ended with a slight alcohol after taste. Body was almost full with a sticky coating mouthfeel. I had no trouble finishing this big bottle and I would have had more if it were available. A very good example of the style that is worth a shot for sure.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Low, thin head atop a clear brown body. Expected for the style, and not surprised that AleSmith got it.

Aroma was strong, rich dark malts. Slightly sweet, with only the faintest hint of roastiness.

Taste - this was a malt bomb with an incredible punch. Rich, deep and strong. Wow. Caramel and toffee notes, a little sweetness, but mostly pure malt heaven. Alcohol was hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is deep, chewy, and full. Excellent.

Drinkability - only reason I didn't give it any higher was the strength. It was so full of flavor, and had such a kick, that I was barely able to finish the bottle. It was almost too much. This would be a great one to split with a friend.

Photo of bamadog
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kels for splitting this one with me - the final beer of the night, but it it's definitely going to be a good one. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown with some hints of light tans and browns when held to the light; comes with a nice 2 finger head that is a light khaki tan and has strong retention as it slowly fades down to a thick, uneven, and chewy looking skim floating on the surface; body, while very dark, seems to have some sediment floating throughout; some loose and scant lacing is present in random spots on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is pretty amazing and quite strong - I can smell it from about 4 feet away, and it smells wonderful; deep and dark roasty/caramel-like malts that are also very toasty; some hints of brown sugar; overall, I think the best part about the smell is how easy it is to pick up and how robust it is...

Taste: Holy crap - this one might be setting the bar for me in terms of Scotch style ales, beating out some really stiff competition from 3F and Founders... The flavors are strong in the malt department - coming across warm, roasty and toasty, sweet caramel and a bit of a bitter/nutty aspect in the back of it; there is a presence of alcohol in the flavor as well but it's masked fairly well by the strong malt profiles and actually serves more as a compliment.

Mouthfeel: Very substantive - a wonderfully thick and chewy body let's you know that you've got a solid beer in your mouth; definitely sticky as it covers the ENTIRE mouth and really holds all of the strong flavors on the taste buds, continuing in the drinking pleasure; the alcohol warms the mouth, chest and belly a bit, but also makes the mouth (particularly the gums) tingle, really giving the mouth an additional dimension.

Drinkability: Well, everything is great about this beer - it's nice to look at, smells incredible, tastes even better and it feels great in the mouth; however, the ABV is a bit high to make this something that I would want to try to get through, but kels said it best: "if I'm having trouble sleeping, I'll just crack into one of these..." Good stuff overall.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 04/09/2010 from a 750ml bought fresh at Wade's Wines in Agoura Hills, CA. Served chilled. Poured in a large tulip as recommended on the bottle.

A: Pours a ruddy brown color, with a reasonable head that dissipated and laced down to some fine bubbles.

S: Sweet, but right there with it was a lot of earthy fruits and just a hint of estery alcohol.

T & M: Strong, sweet malts, and a fig/raisin tinge. Well done.

D: Definitely a beer to seek out if you enjoy the style. Kinda pricey, but then, everything from AleSmith is. I can't wait to a) taste one aged and b) enjoy a barrel-aged version.

Photo of bump8628
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big 750ml bottle that made the trek from Southern California to Oklahoma in my girlfriend's luggage...Thanks!

Pours brown with a ruby tint when held to the light and a really creamy, off-white head after a heavy pour into a snifter.

Nice complexity with dark caramelized sugars, toffee, cola, and weak coffee standing out. Very rich with a sweet finish and a creamy mouthfeel helped out by the lower level of carbonation.

An excellent example of style. This one would age beautifully for years, but it's great as it is.

Photo of rodlavers
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split three ways with my father and brother. Poured from 750ml bottle into a Founders snifter.

About a finger of light mocha head that recedes to a thin but full/creamy layer. Dark chocolate cola brown color. Overall looks a bit heavy.

Smell is malty and slightly hoppy with a balanced sweetness to it, all of which is supported by a nice roasted character in the background.

Taste/mouthfeel compliment eachother very nicely. Overall, more sweetness is present in the taste than in the smell. Malt, light hops and roasted flavors are most prominent. I'd say this is well-carbonated, but no biting aftertaste. It's smooth and rich.

Overall Wee Heavy is an excellent beer for the style and one of my favorites. Definitely recommended. Cheers.

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Apperance- Super dark brown with 3 fingers of off white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lots of beautiful sticky multi layered lacing.

Smell- Candied dark fruits, carmel and booze are the top dogs in the nose.

Taste- A huge meld of flavors here that really work well together. In the front and middle of the tounge you get the dark fruit and carmel followed by some nice peat and sweet booze on the finish. There is also a nuttiness that appears through out.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body which works very good with wee heavies in my opinion. A tinge of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Overall- Super super complex. All the best qualities that make a superb wee heavy. It is definitly a sipper at 10% abv but if you can get past the alcohol in the flavor profile you are in for a definite treat!

Photo of jamie2dope
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that I have been meaning to try for some time now. It has never been a style that I have been all that fond of, but for the sake of expanding the range of the palate, decided I had to give them more of a chance. This one pours a mahogany color, with a very small white head that lasts till the end. Smell is big on chocolate, caramel, honey and alcohol. A slightly smoky aroma is in there too beneath the other smells. Taste is very much on par with the smells, however the aftertaste leaves a very pleasant coating in the mouth that is very close to butterscotch. Mouthfeel is big and busty, with lots of alcohol coming through, making it a sipper for sure. I have a feeling finishing the bottle with one buddy of mine will not be a problem. It reminds me a little bit of the Speedway Stout in that there is a fair amount of rich alcohol, but not quite to the extent of the stout. This is a perfect beer for the cooler climates, and I find myself wondering why it took me so long to get this beer awesome Alesmith brew. Cheers

Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Dark brown, with a medium tan, off-white head.

S: Smells of caramel malt, molasses and peat.

T: Big malt notes, some whiskey and bourbon, peaty, went great with BBQ, a great tasting beer.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth, and robust, you know you're drinkin' a beer.

D: A great Wee Heavy, smooth and tasty, robust but easy to drink, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of BierReise
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this ale with fellow BA JohnnyDuvel. 750ml Capped Pours a dark brown with a light but dense head. Aroma is a toasty, smoky ,malty sensation with a faint sweetness and lots of caramel notes. The body is smooth and full that sticks to your mouth. The flavor is all about malt yet has a bitterness at the end. Caramel, roasted malt and molasses give this an interesting complexity. Overall another fine offering from Alesmith.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip,nice brown color with decent lacing and a head that transformed into a small persistent head. rich caramel flavor with a hint of dark fruit.

taste is caramel with very very soft hints chocolate and coffee.a bit of very clean in terms of esters and phenolic compounds. i kinda like a bit of esters in a scotch ale even though they are not part of the traditional style.

mouthfeel is pretty full with moderate carbonation.overall very drinkable,not sure if it's worth the price but it is very good none the less.

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.