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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy

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BA SCORE
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780 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%


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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MikeMilanoDesign

California

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great beer. had it at story tavern in burbank, ca.

appearance: super dark, almost pitch black

taste: very full bodied scotch ale. bit on the sweeter side though. hints of berries and
sweat candied fruit. light warmth.

mouthfeel: thick and not to carbonated

overall its great but i think it would be 10x better if it aged for 6 months to a year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 23:48:24 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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DocJitsu

California

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber with a light taupe head, perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Chocolate fudge nose, some cinnamon, with a lot of alcohol invading the olfactory. Aroma is reminiscent of FW Double DBA. Viscous mouthfeel that ads to the richness of the beer. There's certainly an Oktoberfest on steroids with this one. Spicy, chocolaty, fudgy, creamy, smooth. Not much to dislike.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 01:49:27 | More by DocJitsu
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a deep almost blacked out color with a thin layering of beige head resting on top. Light amount of lacing dots the glass, with a slick of film coating the brew.

Robust, thick scents of roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of nuttiness and booze with peat and leather. Very faint smoke with alcoholic warmth. Tempered sweetness.

Rich and full-flavored right up front with dashes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Layers of caramel and peat with subtle notes of smoke. Sweet, but not cloying, paired with a substantial boozy warmth. A bit of leather and nuttiness towards the finish.

Full bodied, decent carbonation, creamy and luxurious on the tongue. I savored every drop of my taster - I would easily buy a few bottles of this if it wasn't so pricy here in Philly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 00:57:49 | More by xnicknj
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make it very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 02:12:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A California wee heavy? Right, those surfer dudes and tree huggers can't make a Scottish style ale to save their hop-heads. Or can they...?

The answer is a profound 'yes'. While it's no T.House or Skull Splitter, this little ale is quite good. The shiny brown pour and slight, foamy/filmy head just look like a meal.

The first half whiff of aroma is smoky, but not much. Peaty perhaps is a better description. Sweet dark caramel and molasses. Nutty. Dark fruit--plum, prune?

The thing I like about wee heavies is the attention to malt. They really highlight what malt can do to/with/for a beer. Roasty, sweet, smoky, fruity, smooth, 'chewy'. This one has all the above. Juicy would be another word. Although this one has a touch of earthy hops, perhaps too much for my style-crosshairs. But who am I? I drink beer. And I'll have this again

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 19:38:00 | More by Mebuzzard
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2/4/2011

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Deep brown with a wicked crimson tinge. The beige head is creamy and leaves scattered lacing.

S: Malt is rich and at the forefront. Notes of baked bread, caramel, a little toffee, plum, fig, date, and prune. Earthy and smoky notes waft from the glass with each swirl. Complex and quite aromatic.

T: Moderately sweet with a low level of bitterness. Malt is rich with a very faint roasted presence. Bready, smoky, and earthy, with restrained alcohol flavor and notes of caramel and prune. Finish exhibits warming.

M: Upper medium body with an upper low level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with notable warming and a stickiness on the palate.

Overall: An excellent Strong Scotch Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 02:19:11 | More by HopHead84
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WaXHeLL

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Alesmith's Brewing facility. 4oz taster. Tasting notes from 5/1/2009. One of my favorite Alesmith beers.

Appearance: Dark brown appearance -- almost black. White foamy head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly peaty and a little bit smoky. The nose is pretty complex, but is pretty light. A little bit of malt and hop mixed into the nose. Earth tones are definitely present. The nose is very Scotch like in its composition. Definitely wish the nose was stronger, as it is executed very well.

Taste: The taste is strong, but not overpowering. Tastes like a beer melded with a scotch. The peaty, smoky, and earthy flavors are definitely there, but not excessive. The beer is very complex and thick in a good way. The beer ends pretty dry, which adds to its complexity. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Heavy but not syrupy. There is a slight bit of carbonation which is executed very well.

Drinkability: Done pretty well, however it does hit you pretty hard. Half way between a sessions beer and a sipping beer.

Overall: Consistently one of my favorites from Alesmith -- Tasty and Complex.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 07:30:34 | More by WaXHeLL
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bifrostguard

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Burgundy with a small off white head and minimal lacing

S - Sweet malts, caramel and toffee with a bit of alcohol stinging the nostrils.

T - Somewhat more bitter than expected (a good thing), but still had a residual sweetness. Caramel and roasted malts are present in a healthy dose and a complimentary alcohol burn follows that is appreciated.

M - Medium bodied with a building residue on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this very much for the first few sips. Even on a small pour I thought that a little was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 02:01:29 | More by bifrostguard
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 05:52:44 | More by DoubleJ
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Floydster

California

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for six dollars this afternoon, wanted to try this as soon as possible before cracking my barrel aged version in the next couple weeks

This was only the second scotch ale or wee heavy style beer, so I do not have much to base the taste off of other than its overall characteristics as a beer

Poured into glassware that looked a flower vase with a deep brown color with burgundy accents throughout, resembled chocolate syrup, 3/4 inch creamy light tan head that stuck around for quite some time, good lacing as well

Smell was a bit overwhelming because of all the different things going on, lots of chocolate, some molasses, toffee, caramel, vanilla, other sweet malts, and a faint hoppy aroma

Taste was very good with malt that attacks the taste buds, I got maple syrup, figs, and dark fruit at the beginning, particularly plums and raisins, lots of brown sugar and a little cinammon, when the beer warmed it got even sweeter but surprisingly easier to drink because it was not as carbonated, miniscule hop profile provides some balance but all the different tastes are subtle enough that the beer is not overpowering with any one quality, got chocolate flavors told the end along with other candy-like sweetness, overall this was a great tasting sipper

Very nice thick body but too much carbonation, would have went down a lot smoother if it was not so cold and there were less bubbles, taste lasted a long time, good mouthfeel

I could drink another one of these maybe, it is heavy on the stomach and too sweet at times, not a session beer in any sense, the ABV is high enough to knock somebody on their backside as well

Cannot wait to try the BA version now, not Alesmith's best but still damn good, would definitely have again, next time out of a bottle to see the difference from the draft version, highly recommended even though it is an expensive beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 07:29:07 | More by Floydster
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2007 01:48:01 | More by Halcyondays
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a little head, but a decent amount compared to other wee heavy's i've experienced. There's the slightest lacing on the glass, but not enough to make pretty designs.

Smell: The aroma is very malty and quite nutty at that with a hint of alcohol and piney hops.

Taste: Reminded me a little bit of scotch, except nuttier. It tasted heavily of alcohol and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and smooth on the palate until the sharp bite on the swallow.

Drinkability: I would have this on special occasions, but would only sip a small glass of it. It's a little too intense, even for a wee heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2006 05:58:37 | More by dbalsock
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IceAce

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown body with flashes of ruby around the edges. Nose is haevy with earthy malt sprinkled with an occasional alcohol ester.

Entry is an eye-opening combo of deeply roasted malt and mouth-pleasing fullness. The full malty goodness continues thru the midtaste while the finish is a decadent mix of malt, piney hop, and alcohol.

This brew just pleads to be served with a slow-cooked brisket.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 04:34:52 | More by IceAce
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Boto

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught: I had a sample of this at the brewery. It poured a somewhat mahogany brown color. A decent off-white head. I get the aroma of caramel malt sweetness, with a hint of peat and smokiness. There are similar notes to the taste. A full, rich, complex taste. Lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2004 03:07:24 | More by Boto
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Year old bottle.

Look: Dark, golden pour with huge, thick (small bubbles at start), creamy, light mocha head. Has medium speed retention (small bubbles breaking down into bigger ones and then collapsing), goes down with some sticky lacing, leaves creamy, puffy top layer. The layer leaves some fine lacing when you drink it. It's clear, deep, dark amber, can barley see through.

Smell: Rich yet smooth and fresh. First association are raisins in sugary scotch. The fruity part is mostly dark fruits, white grapes, plums and some dry fruits like raisins. It creates most of the fresh part. Malt character is also very well developed - burned and brown sugar, honey, molasses, light smoke, milk chocolate and roast. Nothing spikes out, it's smooth and pleasant. Also some oak and earthy notes to play with the present alcohol, scotch notes. Alcohol/fusel is noticeable, but suits the overall complexity and is not distracting.

Taste: Medium heavy molasses, honey, caramel, chocolate start, continues the same path to full-on molasses with smoke (ash; stronger than in smell) and roast sweetness. Dark, dry fruits, raisins with scotch/rum stick around. Ends with light alcohol/stronger scotch and medium sweetness - that creates medium bitterness with light sour. Also some oak comes out in the after-taste. Lots of caramel and molasses sweetness stays on your lips when time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Full medium heavy, melting carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Light warming of the alcohol at the end, but goes with the overall concept and it should be there.

Overall: Probably one of the best examples of this style, the alcohol notes are present but get a bit annoying only in the taste (that last spike of bitterness). Smell is rich and smooth, could smell it all day, the taste is smooth enough and makes me appreciate the scotch ale style a bit more (not my favourite). The appearance and mouthfeel are superb. A bit of ageing could probably make it even smoother.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 10:03:24 | More by tmzl
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mahogany tending towards black. Two fingers of a tan head that fade slowly and leave a lacing behind. Red hues through light and noticeable clarity through thinner sections

Smell: super malty and super sweet. Caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Some roasty to smokey malts as well. Lots of peat and earthiness.

Taste: opens up with sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Next comes some roast and smoke mixing with the peat. A hint of alcohol but not much

Mouthfeel: starts of a bit creamy but ends up bitter from earthy hops, peat and smoke. Good thick mouthfeel

Overall: good big beer. Lots of sweetness but too much peat, smoke and roast for me. Also I am not the biggest fan of the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:16:47 | More by SportsandJorts
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emyers

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 inch light brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Rich caramel, toffee, molasses. Hints of smoke and peat. A bit of raisin. No alcohol presence. Complex.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with caramel/toffee, molasses, peat, and dark fruit. Quite rich. It's sweet, but with enough bittering hop presence to keep it far from cloying.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. I could probably do with a little less carbonation, but it's a minor complaint.

Overall: Exemplary wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:29:25 | More by emyers
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keithmurray

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - deep dark brown color with tan head

Smell - plums, raisins, grapes, cocoa

Taste - raisin, plum, grapes, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, full& luscious carbonation, medium bodied, slightly sweet upfront and a bit of roastiness in the finish, not boozy at all

Overall - one of the better available wee heavies. Try it if you see it.

Price Point - $11.99/ 750ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:29:00 | More by keithmurray
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into oversized snifter glasses.
Pours a nice deep dark brownish burgundy. Minimal head.
Smells very nice. Some spice, bit of cloves, lots of caramel and deep roastiness.
Taste is in line with aromas. More complex. Some raisin, some dark fruit. Perfectly balanced with malts. Where is the alcohol? This is 10% abv? Surprisingly absent from the taste profile. Something I have come to expect from Wee Heavys. This is not a knock, just something new for the style for me anyway.
Mouthfeel was nice.
Overall, this is a very nicely crafted Wee Heavy and honestly, probably the most drinkable Wee heavy I've ever had. Could have used more alcohol in the taste, but it was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 15:23:41 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a huge amount of head which looks to have obnoxious, I mean, excellent retention. The head is a light to medium beige/tan while the body is a dark chestnut brown that shows a lot of burgundy and garnet when held up to the light. Substantial lacing as already been left.

Nose- Nice solid, Scotch ale aroma. Big notes of caramel and brown bread. Some toffee. Light notes of raisin and dark fruit. Some roasted notes hang in the background. Faint citrus. Swirling shows deeper notes of raisins and dark fruit. Some banana.

Taste- Takes the nose and runs with it. Big notes of caramel and toffee that are flush with raisins and dark fruit. Big, brown bread. Nice subtle smoke on the finish that gives this more complexity and adds more nuance than your average Scotch ale. Some banana, some honey, even a suggestion of coconut around the edges. Lots of complexity but still fairly smooth. There is a slight bitterness from the combination of smoke, wood, and roasted malts. No indication of alcohol which makes this a very dangerous beer. Great balance and integration. Really good beer with some flashes at being great. I imagine the barrel-aged version accomplishes this but I don't want to spend 40 dollars to find out. Some brown sugar and molasses. With the pronounced malt presence you might think that this beer would be cloying but it's way too refined for that. Some oak. Brown sugar tends toward maple syrup and the oak and smoke suggest ash, tobacco, and leather.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with light carbonation. Some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- This doesn't drink at all like a 10% beer and is definitely dangerous. Solid to almost great Scotch ale that I would have no problem purchasing again. 11-12 bucks is a little pricey but it's well worth with it.

Overall- Really good beer that has some inclinations toward being great. Very good representation of the style and a must try for fans of it. Fans of any style should enjoy it as well. It's very accessible and very easygoing. I'm glad I finally gave this a shot. I will be looking for the barrel-aged version on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:53:23 | More by artoolemomo
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 20:00:02 | More by StonedTrippin
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

04/10/13 is the date on the bottle, bottom left corner in a white box

Thanx jzeilinger:

Into a thistle:

A: dark brown close to brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies at a nice pace; lacing is extremely light and tries to cling but spider webs and slides

S: a nice assortment of caramels, chocolates, the normal light peat that usually comes in a Scotch ale, slightly boozy

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors; nice boozy somewhat chocolatey aftertaste; the finish is really interesting actually, I get the sense that it wants to be dry, hmmm....but comes across slightly smooth and sweet, maybe even somewhat sticky

M: she sits about a medium in body; sessionable - not really, more of a sipper; carbonation comes across slightly smooth

O: you know what - wow, I really like this Scotch Ale, wow, the ABV seems to have died a bit in the taste and mouthfeel since its from April of 2013, but hey, I must have had it at the exact right time as there's just enough "boozy" feel for a nice Alaskan winter's night

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 06:50:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Ego

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

eyes...
it may not count in my rating but alesmith has a great look to their line of brews and the simplicity of their logo.
anyhoo, small sizzle with soapy craggy foam, the cap is off white and after the sizzle session it fades pretty quick but does not disappear completely, there is a nice meniscus but not much in the lacing department, legs are apparent from the ABV... but not long legs, about as deep ruby as deep ruby can get, when held up to the light a torrent of bubbles is revealed, a good
looking brew

nose...
sharp grapes mixed with malty sweetness, almost vinegar bite, spicy like bits of cinnamon floating on a gentle breeze, slight waft of the booze, pretty standard for the style

taste etc...
smooth like silk on the mouth feel side of things, really subtle carbonation that just is perfect, the use of hops here is great, it adds just enough bitterness to make this very american-ized but not so much so (ie over-hopped), the malts are real nice, they have an almost maple syrup
like quality to them except with that wee heavy bite, the ABV is well in place and not a distraction at all (dangerously so I might add), the malt flavor really pops - I think it has to do with the hops that really play well off each other, great use of the right hops here.

verdict?
addictive, at first I was not blown away but damn this grows on you like VD, except good VD. Really consistent flavor, fantastic mouth feel and a kicked up ABV - what's not to love?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:18:02 | More by Ego
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
10% ABV, Bottled on 10/11/13, "Serve in a Goblet at 50-55°"

"Wee heavy's complex malt profile lends itself very well to a host of roasted or grilled meat and vegetable dishes. Robust cheese, salty blues, and nutty farmhouse-style cheeses also pair very well with this beer."

A - Prune-like in color, the beer is almost black in the glass but when held up to the light, hues of purple, mirroring the bottle's printing, poke through the dark copper color. Vigorously poured, the beer has a plump khaki head that slowly diminishes to leave plenty of whispy lace caked on the glass.

S - AleSmith's Wee Heavy has a subdued aroma, completely lacking in hops but soft with malt complexity; faint sweetness suggests caramel and toffee while undercurrents of dark fruit drift through and leave prune and raisin notes smeared on toasted wheat bread.

T - Like the aroma before it, the flavor of AleSmith's Wee Heavy is terribly subdued to the point of being peculiar. Smooth? Sure, but there's little going on, just like the aroma; sweetness resembling caramel and toffee hovers over the dark fruitiness but both attributes seem purposefully suppressed as the finish is clean and without any lingering character.

M - Medium bodied for a higher alcohol, malt-driven beer, Wee Heavy's sugars have been almost completely fermented out leaving a clean profile from start to finish, grazing over the tongue with slickness that finishes with next to no trace of sweetness nor bitterness; only a slightly warming touch of dry alcohol remains.

O - AleSmith has created one of the most interesting and personally conflicting beers in Wee Heavy; on one hand their ability to completely downplay the amount of alcohol this beer contains is quite incredible; it's barely even HINTED at! On the other hand, the subtle nature of the malt profile shows serious promise but, with each sip, I wonder where the flavor's run off to. Deep complexity is one thing but to have next to no stand-out flavor at all is another. I would expect some forward sweetness...at least something; all the characteristics seem to hide in the shadows unfortunately. It leaves me feeling that the only reason I might reach for this beer again would be to down something high in alcohol with little temperament; not a sugar bomb, not super bitter, just...there.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:58:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottled in June 2013 poured into a tulip.

A: Chocolate brown color bordering on black. Carbonation is not evident immediately upon pouring, but makes itself known within 30 seconds with a brilliant pillowy 1/4-inch head. Lacing is average.

S: Toffee, smoke, biscuit malt, and caramel. Very malt-forward nose with almost no hoppy notes present.

T: A very complex, yet well-balanced beer. Caramel and toffee sweetness are at the forefront with smoke and stone fruit in the background. I was surprised at the hoppiness of the beer. It's definitely not a Pale Ale, but they managed to get just enough earthy hops in there to balance out the sweet notes of the beer. Exceptionally balanced.

M: Amazing. It's definitely a heavy beer without being syrupy. It's an easy-drinking 10-percenter.

O: I'm a big fan of this beer. It's probably AleSmith's most balanced offering. It's malty and sweet without being cloyingly so. It's a high ABV beer without being syrupy. The taste profile is really complex, yet everything works in harmony. This is one seriously underrated beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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