1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

927 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 927
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 183
Gots: 194 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of AleSmith Wee Heavy Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 927 | Reviews: 421 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As really a Barleywine dressed in Scottish Strong Ale clothing- this heavily malted beer extends beyond the realm of anything Scottish and enters the world of cognac, brandy and Scotch whisky but in the most succulent and candied way possible.

Pouring an ominous tawny bronze color, its mysterious haze allows just enough light to pierce that its brilliant depth of colors may be explored. As a slow and deliberate rise of bubbles coat the surface, they are short lived as the slowly creep toward the edge before holding firm through the remainder of the session. With no lace in sight, the ale instead relies on its sugar laden brandy-type legging to adorn the sides of the glass.

Savory, sultry and undeniably masculine, the aromas of black-strap molasses captivates the nose immediately. Its rich and succulent scent is chocked full of chocolate, light coffee, light mesquite, vinous port, rum-soaked cherries, dates, figs, grapes and cashews. Heading into that first sip, its sweet and powerful scents are nearly as intimidating as they are rewarding.

Its incredible sweetness isn't for those that don't have a sweet tooth. Complex in taste- those deep molasses flavors are caramelly, nutty, and woodsy. Venturing past- other complexities keep building. First, there's a rich Belgian chocolate tone that joins with burnt toffee, and then reels in light Kona coffee, rich nutty taste, light campfire and cola. But then the fruity- winy flavors send the complexities into orbit! Rum-like and spicy, notes of dark, dried and pitted fruits offer up cherry, grape, figs and dates that when joined with a particular saltiness- reminds me of teriyaki.

With utmost certainty, the ale is full bodied and with a lush syurpy texture that layers on the mouth without apology. Its masculine strength offers up a warming tartness gives the texture a chewy character with a certain oily viscosity and makes it much more of a savory sipper that a quaffable drinking beer.

I have no problem with this ale being a "mere" Wee Heavy that's scaled up to Barleywine-type proportions. Forget the style. Forget the rules. Forget its origins and inspirations. One sip changes all that and demands that the beer be seen in a special light- one not meant for the mere entusiast.... but for the connoisseur!

BEERchitect, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Moses_Malone, Yesterday at 01:51 AM
Photo of Martyrob
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Martyrob, Thursday at 06:40 PM
Photo of chcfan
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

chcfan, Thursday at 05:14 AM
Photo of Brewndruid
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

I would buy this again. Aroma of dark fruit, plums and prunes. Reminscent of warm Brown bread and molasses. Good carb. Strong but didn't seem to be boozy, slightly warming

Brewndruid, Wednesday at 11:58 PM
Photo of jayray
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

jayray, Monday at 09:32 PM
Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

harryhops, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Trashcat, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of SDRedDevil
4/5  rDev -3.8%

SDRedDevil, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of pauldave1976
4/5  rDev -3.8%

pauldave1976, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of tylerstravis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tylerstravis, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of SteveD082791
4/5  rDev -3.8%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tom10101, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

BabaBeer, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of dabarton
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dabarton, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -3.8%

brpendergast85, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Nage37, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of ElJosharino
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

ElJosharino, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of pkkosmatka
4.16/5  rDev 0%

pkkosmatka, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of MNMike
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

MNMike, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

mltobin, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of ImperialStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ImperialStout, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Casey3236, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev -3.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Nov 03, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.