AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

953 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 203 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I use a strict full score system as to allow for something more closely resembling a curved distribution of scores -- hence 5's across the board. Given I am now required to give a review in conjunction with a rounded score of 5, here it goes.

The body is lighter than might otherwise be expected thanks to ample soft carbonation. Regardless, the body has a fullness to it and the mouthfeel is slick.

A powerful mixture of dates, figs, and other dark fruits lay a solid foundation. A light mix of alcohol and spice peak through mid sip, making the flavor multidimensional. The underlying fruit flavors continue to clear, thanks to subtle alcohol, near the close revealing a strong brown sugar flavor that carries through to the finish.

The lingering flavor mixes sticky dark fruit, brown sugar and earthier grain flavors.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, with a hint of redness to it. Held up to the light, it is hazy and cloudy with what light manages to get through. Pours with a generous two fingers head, which falls away to non-existence. There is not so much lacing as this beer sticks to the side of the glass forming legs.

S - Dark fruit: Caramel and toffee, dried cherry, figs, dates, and raisins, swimming in a dark, sugary alcohol aroma. Smells reminiscent of black rum, rich with molasses, smoke and the bitterness of burnt sugar.

T - It is as if a caramel and toffee malt bomb went off in my mouth. Tastes the same as it smells, molasses, rum and the full spread of dark fruits. The finish is a little bitter, like earthy smoke and burnt sugar dancing with dark cherries.

M - The near lack of carbonation makes this a very thick beer; combined with all the sweetness, you might think it would be syrupy or cloying. But it isn't, mostly because there is just enough alcohol to overcome the sweetness, and leave just a bit of warmth.

O - This is, without a doubt, a big beer. There is so much going on that it could have been a jumbled, incoherent mess, but instead, the flavors work with each other, and then give way to the next set of tastes. If I didn't know this was a Wee Heavy, I could believe it was a Quadrupel, or perhaps a Barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A portion of the large bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours with a dark, hazy, red-brown body. A bit of sediment in the bottle was added in the pour and soon settled to the bottom of th glass.

Excellent sweet aroma and flavor. Faint dark fruits and compatible alcohol esters. Smoot body with low carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.