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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

831 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 171
Gots: 182 | FT: 16
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Gmann

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a tight and dense khaki colored head. Very thick took its time dissipating and left a nice wall of lacing as it settled. You can feel the heavy as you poured it. The aroma is of raisins and figs, quite sweet. Hints of a roasted malt. The taste is of brown sugar and raisins, tobacco and roasted malt, hints of sherry and mocha. There is a lot going on in the flavor profile. The feel is way full bodied, nicely carbonated yet smooth; finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. WOW, wasn't expecting this. This is a wee wee heavy, almost stout like. Great look, great flavor profile, great range of flavors. Like to see some smoke flavors in this but other than that a very excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 04:22:10 | More by Gmann
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ricke

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby-colored with a small off-white head that leaves lacings that stays around to the end which is quite impressive for a beer of this size.

S: Sweet malts, lots of caramel, fruity notes and a gentle touch of alcohol.

T: Delicious malts all around. Very complex malt profile. Some bready notes, but most of all lots of caramel. With a complementary fruitiness, that has a very gentle tart character (perhaps caused by cellaring), I get a sensation similar to hard fruit candy. The finish as mildly bitter with more notes of malts, a gentle roasted note and some alcohol. The alcohol is nicely hidden and well integrated.

M: Medium body with a slick texture.

D: A well crafted beer. Very impressive malty profile and surprisingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 22:38:50 | More by ricke
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in early Dec '08 and placed it in my cellar. Today was the day.

This pours with a luxurious creamy off white head. The head show amazing retention then suddenly falls and becomes a thin 1/8th in cap of foam. The beer is the color of brown show polish with some mahogany tones when held to the light. Sneaky lacing seems to develop later...

Aroma is slightly fruity and has a hint of alcohol with a touch of molasses.

Wow, this is a smooth wonderful beer. The depth of the malt is the first thing that hits you. To say it's malty sweet would do it no justice. This is what I mean when I describe layers of malt. Some nice spice in the background that envelops the slight alcohol tone that's clearly present. Deep dark caramel and lots of nutty flavors along with a smokey nature. The complexity and depth here is fantastic. Of course the entire time it's smooth as silk.

This is clearly a big beer and the mouth feel is smooth but the body is bold... There is a slight warming sense to this.

I am enjoying this on an August night, but it's making me want to get more for a cold winter night... I can see sipping this in front of a fire. Something tells me I'll get that chance.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 00:02:21 | More by Reagan1984
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rye726

Colorado

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

Pours a rich coffee color with a nice tan head.

Nose has rich roasted malts, chocolate, ripe pitted fruits, molasses, very subtle hops and peppery alcohol.

Taste has dark plums, figs, toffee, cocoa, smoked malts, cloves and herbs.

Medium to full body is well carbonated. Great example of the style from Alesmith. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 04:28:00 | More by rye726
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- Thanks for this one Harry, I was able to share with several people including Milos, and the owner of the Keaton, Mark. All were quite appreciative, so thanks! A deep chestnut pour with some red hues. Nice beige frothy head leaves lots of lace. Nose is pretty intense. Lots of burnt caramel, dark fruit, wood smoke, spices, sherry, some vanilla. Tastes sweet and fruity, of burnt sugars, sweet sherry, vanilla, lots of smokey components, dark pit fruits, dark chocolate. Towards the end, this is assertively bitter, while being big and boozy, almost syrupy. Certainly a sipper. This was enjoyed by many, so thanks again Harry!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 20:19:27 | More by mrmanning
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 03:51:29 | More by bamadog
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kels

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with bamadog tonight. Been looking forward to cracking this one for awhile now.

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint glass a super dark shade of brown with the slightest hints of gold close to the head. The head starts out at a few fingers and fades slowly to a solidly retained 1/2 finger frothy tan skim. The beer is completely opaque, but an inspection of the bottom of the glass shows some chunks of sediment hanging around.

Smell: Dominant aroma in the nose is the chewy, caramel malt. It is quite sweet and sugary. Balancing it out are some roasted, almost smoky notes, like light oak or peat. Really nice smell that makes me look forward to the taste.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow. This beer is just delicious. I'm seriously impressed and this is one of my favorite styles - I don't judge too easily. A really nice blend of flavors is strong without being overwhelming. Sweet, toasted malts retain the caramelly presence from the nose in the taste. They meet a subtly smoky, earthy peat and present, but subdued alcohol heat. The graininess is also slightly present, almost reminiscent of rye beers, but not quite the same thing - just the best explanation I can give. Feel is a little on the lighter side, better described as moderate overall, with light carbonation that doesn't overwhelm the flavors. The aftertaste is sweet and earthy and somewhat nutty, full and rich, and is coupled with a sticky filmy feel.

Drinkability: This is definitely everything I would expect from a wee heavy. The warmth of the alcohol hangs in my chest and is pleasantly present without being too much to bear. The balance of the flavors couples nicely with the mild mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 03:40:49 | More by kels
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sweetbrew82

California

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Deep walnut brown with a creamy, light tan head that is mighty thick and frothy. Showed good retention and left some nice lacing on the way down.

A: Roasted malts, tons and tons of brown sugar, creamy caramel, chocolate, and smoke are all easily noted in the nose. But, the amount of booze in the aroma has me a little scared that it will translate onto the palate...

T: ...and, unfortunately, I was correct. More on that later. The thick, robust, roasted, bready caramel malt is definitely the star of the show in this one. But make no mistake, this is no one-trick pony. This is a very full-flavored ale that features tons of brown sugar, dark fruits, sticky toffee, and molasses. All of which meld very well together and form a synergistic cohesion of flavors that sparkle like glass in the sun. Surprisingly, there is a hop presence underneath that tries valiantly to balance this malt-monster out. While all of this is great, that alcohol is definitely marring what could have been a classic. It's very hot, abrasively solventy, and seems to overpower the flavor profile the warmer the beer gets. While I do understand that the style allows for a pronounced alcohol presence, this is definitely overkill!

M: Full-bodied with a rich, slightly creamy, smooth, yet almost oily texture that also features an aggressive amount of carbonation. Suits the beer very nicely.

Notes: This might just be the first Alesmith offering I've had that didn't blow me away, due to the fact that it is probably way too young. In fact, it suffered the same fate as the bottle of '07 Decadence. Way too hot and boozy! This badboy needs a looong timeout in the cellar to chill out a bit. Besides, the already complex flavor profile will only get deeper as time passes. Right now, it is not on point as far as I'm concerned. In 2 or 3 years, however, this has the potential to reach the summit of my all-time favorites!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 11:30:18 | More by sweetbrew82
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to PhxHrn and Solomon420 for each sending me a bottle!

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed brown(a bit too cloudy, but fine as the darkness covers it enough). A nice light brown creamy head tops it off. Rich, then descends to a cover that holds up. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is bready with dark (slightly tart) fruit (cherry/raisin), then some bitter chocolate. Not much of the expected peat smoke, if at all. Alcohol does show its strength. I liked the subsequent, and following, a bit more than the initial.

The strong alcohol and bitterish sharpness give way (though still show) to a chocolate sweetness, and earthy fruity bitterness. A hint of smoke comes through in the finish.

Creamy, though carbonation showing a bit more than expected when slowly swirled over the tongue. Sharp alcohol pierced the palate.

It's malty, but with big booze and some light bitterness (and hint of tart), with just a hint of smoke in the finish. A big, "different" (though certainly with enough traditional characteristics), interpretation of a Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 23:21:19 | More by jwc215
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a BIG beer. Unlike some other 10% ABV that surreptitiously sneak up on you, this one bares its character with the first sip.

Pours sort of muddy-brown, with scant head that quickly fades. Aroma is a touch smokey, peaty, and alcohol ester-y. Unmistakenly Scotch Ale. Flavor is a smokey, butter-scotch-y, slightly sweet, and peaty. Very good. Mouthfeel is odd - simultaneously both sweet and dry.

I know I've had this before - can't believe I haven't rated it. Thanks to SurlySober for bringing it up from Cincinnati.

This isn't a beer for every occasion, but it's good. Enjoyed this out of one of my thistle glasses...just kidding - it was from a tulip.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 17:20:19 | More by BeerBelcher
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damienblack

Massachusetts

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

Pours dark amber, decent head and some sticky lacing. Smells like a boozey, malty blast, like something English and sweet. Plums? Very bready smell, and the taste echoes. Big and filling, doughy, sweet. Far sweeter than expected. Lacking that peaty, smokey sensation. Bring us some figgy pudding, is what this reminds me of. As it warmed, drinkability slowed down as it seemed to open up a lot more, in thickness and gravitas. A definite slow sipper, but not a terrible one. Maybe I need to try this one fresh, as it was an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:57:34 | More by damienblack
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waltonc

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle. I can't remember what this tastes like fresh, but don't recall it tasting this good. One of the better 2-year-old beers I've had.

A: Dark red/caramel color with big white head.
S/T: Sweet, malty, bit of chocolate, caramel, toffee. Really complex flavor.
M: Fairly thick body and medium/high carbonation.
D: In spite of ABV, this is plenty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 02:59:32 | More by waltonc
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 17:33:43 | More by Pencible
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endincolorado

Ohio

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

Appearance- Dark chestnut-brown with ruby highlights. One finger of light cream/tan head that recedes slowly. Great sticky lacing all the way down.

Smell- Incredible aromas of rich malt. Light notes of cocoa and hazelnut. Dark fruits; fig. Faint, fruity hops in the background.

Taste- Truly unique, and absolutely delicious. Sticky, roasted malt flavors, accompanied by more hazelnut, toffee and dark, ripe fruit. Slightest bit of alcohol warmth. Really, a wonderful beer all around.

Mouthfeel- Full body that sticks to the palate. Moderate, but appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Alchohol suggests some points off here, but given the incredible flavors swirling around in this brew, I'd have a hard time not downing one after another.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:03:20 | More by endincolorado
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baggio

Sweden

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle@Sorbon

A: Deep brown with a decent sized head. Lots of lacing.

S: Malt (lots of it), Cocoa, Caramel, Sugar, Dark bread.

T: Molsasses, Cocoa, Malt, Sugar, Hint of honey, Ripe fruit.

M: This is a very powerfull beer with thick liquid and lots of sweetness.

One bottle of this brew could be shared among 5-6 people easily. It is very demanding but also very rewarding. Almost a bit too much of the malty goodness. Still, it makes a nice sipper!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 07:23:24 | More by baggio
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HalfFull

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:54:03 | More by HalfFull
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.
Thanks to a generous BA. Large bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown in color, dark tan head, good retention and lacing.
Rich aroma, heavy on the malts as it is to be expected, sweetish, fruity mostly with dark fruits. Quite nice, and it lasts for a long time, keeps coming out of the glass.
Nearly full bodied and rich, the taste is dominated by sweet malts, but the dark fruits add a somewhat dry note that keeps the sweetness in check. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, but there is a mild roasted character present in the background.
Another good Alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 13:17:27 | More by brdc
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becktone

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes 4-7-09

Done horizontally with Founders Dirty Bastard

Eye: Extremely dark and deep red in color, garnet. The beer appears to be very clear, but with the color such a dark shade of red its really hard to tell. Head retention in this tulip isn't great (seems its hit and miss with this glass). Still it looks better than the Dirty Bastard, when first poured there was a nice sized head, though now its fallen leaving only some thin lacing behind and a thin film over the beer, but thats still better than the Bastard.

Nose: The strong aroma fills the room as this is poured. Alcohol is detectable. Subtle malt aroma that whispers of complexity. Soft warm maltiness with interwoven hinting at dark fruits that fade away as soon as they are pictured in the mind's eye. Smokiness and chocolate aromas come through. Dark fruit aromas are not as prevalent in this brew as in the Dirty Bastard. The aromas weave in and out of each other, one moment somkiness and chocolate are prominent, the next a nice caramel aroma. The caramel aroma in this beer really makes it, always supported by a subtle smokiness. In the end all aspects of this beer come together to create an awesome aroma. This one takes some work to decipher, complex.

Tongue: First thought I had was dark fruit, which was quickly followed by an intense caramelly maltiness supported by roasted and black flavors and some smokiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor. This is just as complex as the aroma, everything weaving in and out of each other. Nice aftertaste on this beer, but it isn't quite as long lasting or strong as the Dirty Bastard, yet it is just of better quality.

Edit: In terms of the taste of the beer itself, Alesmith is much darker and heavier, more complexity in terms of flavor and darker flavors. Much less esters/phenols. The Alesmith is crafted much better than the Founders. After drinking the Alesmith and then going back to the Founders I find quite alot of bubblegum phenols with a much weaker overall flavor profile and much less complex as well. The Founders can stand on its own, sure enough, but the Alesmith can stand up to others. That is all the difference. All in all the flavor is much more subdued in Dirty Bastard than in the Founders. The Founders pales in comparison. Compared to the Alesmith the Founders is more watery and much less flavorful.

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is semi-dry on this beer, the malt giving it a sweet finish while the roasted and smokiness help out the dryness. Body is medium and again I feel with this one there is too much carbonation, it isn't as sharp or prickley as the Dirty Bastard but I just feel that there's too much. It takes away from the mouthfeel. This is an awesome beer. Definitely one I'll pick up again, though the price of it, $12.99/750ml, is higher than a sixer of Dirty Bastard Its worth it. Though in the long run I'll prolly go with the Dirty Bastard over this one, because for me its easier to get my hands on and is cheaper.

Edit: After going back to the Founders it is clear as to which beer is of higher quality and just better overall. The price is definitely worth it. When in the mood for a good scotch ale I'd go for the Alesmith every time.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:33:34 | More by becktone
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GRG1313

California

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

Pours dark brown/black with nice white head. Assertive sweet malt/sweet carmel nose with undertones of whiskey. Big bold flavors of malt, carmel and toffee with a back palate of coffee and a big, long lasting carmel/coffee finish. Good with spicy bold flavored dishes and a nice after dinner sipping beer. Big appealing flavors with a nice creamy bourbon/whiskey character. Note, the flavors and complexity are really highlighted in this beer as it warms up. Do not serve cold but perhaps only chilled or cool for most enjoyability and to highlight the best of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 05:50:17 | More by GRG1313
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stumac

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When will YOU jump the shark???

this brew pours up a dark amber color with a beautiful tan head. great retentive lacing. "The towels are kinda scratchy!" the nose is hardcore toffee, raisins, caramel, dark fruits, plum, very complex. the taste is brandy, plums, caramel, lots of fruits, not as much malts, no hops. medium to full bodied, low carbo. A huge Wee Heavy....

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 23:52:42 | More by stumac
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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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whoneeds8

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass black with a tan head. Smell is very sweet, lots of malted scents. Taste is very sweet. Suprisingly sweet. The apperence makes me think this is going to be a thick heavy beer, but it's really not. Very light mouthfeel, with a little hint of high alcohol. Carbonation is perfect. I really wish this were available in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:35:08 | More by whoneeds8
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Tolann

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with RichBeer. I seriously need to find something more to send this guy.

A - Ruby colors, but really dark too. Some kinda white head that clings to the glass and tames down to only skim the top.

S - earthy peat smell, big fruits, and malty sweet goodness. Cherries and dark sugar. some smoke and caramel

T - bigger than the smell and all the same. Not a lot of surprises that your nose didn't already tell you. Its all good news. the dark fruits and mega peat is outstanding.

M - the abv is obvious and its big. a little sharp alcohol bite but it doesn't burn your breath. kind of light mouthfeel. Carbonation is kind of replaced or covered by the alcohol feel.

D - Probably good that I shared the bottle, but wish I coulda saved it all for myself. I really enjoy the earthy notes of this style and its a shame that there doesn't seem to be more wee heavys out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 06:05:10 | More by Tolann
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Beerzebub

California

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

Fresh bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 53 F/ 12 C.

Deep dark red-brown color. Thick beige/tannish head that subsides to a thin dense blanket. Mottled loops of lace like old-timey handwriting.

Aroma of chewy sweet brown bready malt, with some black tea, honey, and fruitiness vaguely like apples and berries.

Big malty flavor, like dark bread crust, caramel, honey, plum, apple, and light solvent. Fairly sweet, but smooth light roastiness and some moderately bitter, grassy, tealike, herbal hops come in for some balance. Fruit, tea, and mild solvent linger for a tasty, long, fairly dry finish.

Very smooth, with fine cushy carbonation, and some viscosity, bordering on silky. Highly drinkable, I don't find this to be a sipper.

Great stuff, and I look forward to trying the barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 07:45:57 | More by Beerzebub
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to brokenleadedcask for this one at DLD. 750ml bottle with 10% abv on it.

A- this one pours a very deep, dark, murky brown with a small cream colored head. the head lasts for a while, and then becomes a crown of large foamy bubbles. small rings of lacing left on the sides of my snifter.

S- very subtle and earthy. lots of peat and a slight smokiness to this one. caramel and toffee malts with a moderate sugary sweetness. a slight bit of alcohol comes through in the end.

T- much the way it smells, but alot stronger. the smokiness is bumped up, and the peat comes through strongly. caramel and toffee like malts, brown sugar, and some dark fruits come out as it warms. plums and figs.

M- light bodied and smooth. a nice low level of carbonation, and a moderate warming sensation from the alcohol.

D- one of the better wee heavys ive had in recent memory. one bottle is too much for me, but would love to split one again some time soon. glad i got to try this one from such a far away brewery

Serving type: bottle

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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