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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

927 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

SalukiAlum, Jan 23, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

ChrisISO_SJ, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jsnoek, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of dsigmon
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours deep amber with large frothy head into my tulip.head stays for a while then falls leaving very little lacing.

S: not very strong but subtle notes of molasses and caramel.

T/M: taste is sweet smoky molasses and caramel. Light biscuity flavor with some raison cleans up.

D: very smooth and easy to drink. A little warm so you have to take it slow.

dsigmon, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.7/5  rDev +13%

One of the most enjoyable wee heavies I've had in awhile. Nose is soft, but reveals a rather complex union of bready biscuit malt, rich medium-dark caramels, and hints of a leathery peat. The taste is more of the same, as fully toasted malts finish with dark caramels balanced by just enough hops to eliminate any cloying but also not make it bitter. It also softens up a bit as it warms in the glass, adding touches of toffee and lighter caramels. This is one fine beer.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JohnnyK, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jfstilling, May 13, 2014
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

MNMike, Nov 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Rothobinide, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This overpriced brew displays a mahogany tone. The pour prompts a tan head of short stature and duration which evolves into sloppy lace streamers. Carbonation is difficult to assess due to the rich intensity of the colour. The nose is heavy on saturated and burnt sugary impressions. Dark fruit esters and cocoa layer underneath the heavy hand of the crystal sugary tones. You could say it smells earthy and of peat if you want to toss cliche about like a ball. I choose such description. The taste is outshined at first by the rich and thick mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is nearly outrageous. Thick and creamy with bubbly palate play to boot. Now for the taste. Very pleasant. Cocoa and bitterness. Fruity darkness and sweetness. Lightly smoky. Wild fermented characters. Good. The drinkability is easy. No problems here. The price is a bit suspect to me. I am not saying that this is not a good brew. I just find fault with the fact that it is twice as expensive as other comparable (within 100 ml) bomber sized offerings that are at least in the same league with this. I will buy another brand as opposed to spending $12.99 on this. It is good, but it ain't made of gold. I mean seriously, is the cost of living that much greater in the west? This is Michigan land of the cheap. That is probably why they don't ship here. Good but c'mon...

SupaCelt, Jun 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Alesmith Wee Heavy
Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends
(4/4/4/4/4)

Pours clear and very deep, dark brown with a thin creamy head that falls fast and leaving bits of lacing. This beer has a massive nose full of ripe pit fruit (prunes, plums) and raisins, sweet chocolate and caramel. On the palate, the rich, dark fruit stars, but lots of sweet chocolate and milky nugget. The finish dries out a bit and ends relatively clean, a really nice surprise! It has medium body and low carbonation leaving this beer smooth and silky. A really nice wee heavy!

mtomlins, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of TheBungyo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Usually I start with the appearance. In this case, I could smell the beer before I even poured. What I smelled was a massive chocolate scent. It was stunning. Anyway, after I got over that I did pour this into an imperial pint glass. There was just enough head to cover the surface. It was weblike, as if woven by a beer spider. The nose upon more thorough inspection is comprised of chocolate, a hint of molasses, and very dark fruits. I also get just the tiniest trace of strawberry and smoke. I get a trace of caramel in the rear, followed by what I can only describe as a pleasant sourdough taste. Wow. The mouth reminds me of scrubbing bubbles ... the carbonation washes over everything the beer touches, like mindless drones on a quest to massage.
I'm going to rate the drinkability a 5 because this just feels like something you'd break out on a really special ocassion. Like a promotion, or while sitting with a group of very close friends you don't see often. This would attach the perfect feeling of importance to such an event.
Clickpush, thanks for trading me for this!

TheBungyo, Jun 10, 2006
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $14.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review.

Gives a big head; off white and tightly knit with some frothage up top. Dark brown in color with deep ruby coming through when held to a bright light. A nice quarter inch layer of retention and thick trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty yet still well balanced with a touch of earthy hops. Mild fruity notes of plum and raisin and even hints of thick molasses and toffee. Not a very big nose, but intriguing and complex nonetheless.

The first mouthfull reminds me quite a bit of an imperial stout; dark chocolate and expresso with roasted malts.

The mouthfeel differs from that of a stout though as it is not quite full bodied and not nearly as thick and viscous. Still relatively thick and goes down nice and creamy. Lively carbonation and nice drinkabilty.

This is one style of beer that varies greatly from beer to beer. I thought this to be a more mild Imperial Stout than some of the other's I've tried in its style.

ibbjamin, Mar 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SDG1070, Mar 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

n2pux, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Beerzebub, Apr 30, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

IceAce, Jan 03, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

ineva, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

RWLawman, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

redliner8, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BuckSpin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a relative in town. What a treat to try Alesmith's version of my favorite type of beer. I let the beer warm and took my glass outside to truly savor it undistrurbed by smoke or sound.

Poured a complex, dark, ruddy brown hue - very dark for a Wee Heavy. A mixed head of tan foam adorned the top. Nose was surprising & wonderfully complex. Deep & rich, it just kept going. Peat, burnt coffee, oak, earthy, coffee, malt - I spent minutes just smelling it.

Oh, its rich and smooootthhhh. Surprisingly creamy, you might actually think porter for a brief second. Echoes of oak & charcoal warm the tongue & pallete with a complex taste that never quite reveals all its pieces. The biggest surprise was the strong coffee and toffee throatfeel and aftertaste - this is a Wee Heavy? A slight hop peak on the swallow completes the ride, leaving echoes that resonate for a while in the warm afterglow. This is a beer to be slowly enjoyed. I look forward to another quiet evening exploring its compexities again.

BuckSpin, May 28, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Grant35, Dec 09, 2012
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.