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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

827 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 170
Gots: 182 | FT: 16
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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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-31-2013 03:27:29 | More by Stocean1
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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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Benny3000

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-21-2013 02:03:52 | More by Benny3000
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dleiner

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-05-2014 16:18:13 | More by dleiner
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One tasting beverage.

A: One and half fingered creamy khaki colored head that exhibited great retention forms atop this transparent dark brown bodied brew. When the head finally settles a thin foam remains atop the brew throughout the tasting and leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Loads of sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits. A little more subtle than expected scotch profile. Hid the high ABV very well.

T: Follows the scent very closely. As the beer warms however the scotch flavors intensify along with a great nutty undertone.

M: Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation that allowed the beer to remain creamy yet crisp. Very easy to drink.

O: Was very impressed with this Wee Heavy. Semi new to the style, but I liked it more than Founders' offerings. Can't wait to get a BA version.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:55:00 | More by tjkinate
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Yesac

Georgia

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

A - pours cloudy brown with a small brownish head.

S - barrel aged scotch overtone. Brown sugar, and some fruity hints. Smells great, very complex.

T - right along with the smell, a scotch over tone with wood/earthy notes. A brownsugar like sweetness. The 10% is completely hidden.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body. slight alcohol warming. The palate is cleansed thoroughly.

D - Easy sipper here, the scotch taste is not overbearing. The woody tones keep it interesting and the 10% is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 01:14:08 | More by Yesac
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berlinabb

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-12-2013 22:36:23 | More by berlinabb
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Jtrigonis

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-03-2013 19:22:54 | More by Jtrigonis
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n2pux

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-15-2011 05:01:16 | More by n2pux
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe a 2013 bottle, but not sure....Alesmith...achem

A: Pours a dark golden slightly reddish color with a 2 finger fluffy kahki colored head. Some noticeable lacing on the glass along with some alcohol legs.

S: Some caramel, toffee, roasted malts prevailing. Some slight dark cherry wafts through the aroma as well.

T: Reminds me of a red cream soda spiked with something. Getting that rich caramel malts, with toffee back drop and some of that cherry I got off the aroma. Creamy and smooth. Getting rich malts with a hint of smokiness. Slighty bready as well.

M: Smooth, full bodied with a slight alcohol burn.

O: A fantastic beer that I highly recommend. Esp if you're a scotch ale fan as I am. This cranks the style up ten fold, creating a fuller bodied experience. The alcohol makes its presence known but isn't an ass about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:04:33 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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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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silenius

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with no red in it to speak of. Light short-lived tan head. Nice, but nothing special.

Smell is better with some caramel, smoke, hint of espresso and some ganja.

Taste is very deep and robust with roasted coffee and caramel and butterscotch. Slightly peaty and scotch whisky-like. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was too light in my opinion nothing special, but nothing wrong. Too thin for my liking.

Very easy to drink. I will look for more even at the high price of $12.99 I think I paid for the 750ml.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 03:16:53 | More by silenius
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t_carterb

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-26-2013 15:46:22 | More by t_carterb
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into Sam Adams tulip pint, no bottle date as far as I can tell.

A: Black body with slight brown highlights. Head is thick and solid, tan colored.

S: Dark roasty malt, slight sweetness, fairly clean.

T: Hits up front with a nice sweetness. Just when I thought it was going to finish too clean, here comes another wave of flavor. Hop and roasty bitterness fade to coffee and chocolate notes, as well as some dark crystal malt. Lingers this way for awhile.

M: Well carbonated, not too much.

O: A really nice beer for the style, but I wouldn't find myself reaching for this over an RIS anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 03:50:01 | More by 51mmz0rz
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Sailracer


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-27-2012 01:24:24 | More by Sailracer
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Fahz

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-18-2013 01:28:52 | More by Fahz
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Grant35

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-09-2012 19:27:29 | More by Grant35
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aslamm75

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-29-2014 00:29:42 | More by aslamm75
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dwtyler

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-13-2014 02:10:39 | More by dwtyler
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Baab200

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-15-2013 21:18:19 | More by Baab200
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winomark

Missouri

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

Medium brown hue; looks very viscous. Almost no head. Aromas of sweet alcohol, smoke, and candy. Suprisingly dry palate compared to the nose. Lots of smoke and malt with a long lingering finish. Mouthfeel is extremely flavorful and long. A good beer for a cool evening watching the World Series. Another great brew from Peter and the crew at Alesmith. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 13:41:23 | More by winomark
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-18-2014 00:43:55 | More by JohnnyK
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-09-2012 11:27:20 | More by Prost76
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Wamba

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-24-2013 21:43:59 | More by Wamba
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OlieIPA

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark-brown with hints of red. Great head retention along with okay lacing. Just about perfect.

S: Nothing special...dark fruits that are still really enticing.

T: Great!!! Darks fruits...figs, with prune/grape finish.

M: Perfect!!! Light but not...light-medium carbonation...awesome is the perfect word.

D: One of those Lionel Richie drinks... "ALL NIGHT LONG"

Overall: An incredible beer...I was suprised by the goodness of this beer...you should definitely try this if you like good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 08:51:05 | More by OlieIPA
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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