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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 187
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-19-2002

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Photo of tonistruth
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- deep mahogany color, 2 fingers of tan froth that holds brilliantly, creamy head and lacing

S- caramel malts, grapes, dried fruit, sweet

T- caramel and smokey malts, grape candy flavor, rich toffee, sweet alcohol

M- medium yet sticky and somewhat hot and coarse

D- great scotch ale, delicious and highly recommended, ages amazingly

Photo of brureview
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Micasa tulip. This beer is best with a meal- vegetables, chicken, fish, or a lighter meat such as lamb, and enjoyed with friends. An excellent quiet winter night beer.

There is very little head. The color is a dark black plum, which is dominant in the smell. The finish is a bourbon chocolate- which is more pronounced as the beer gets warmer. The mouthfeel is slightly malty.

After drinking the first pour, the beer is better appreciated in 2-3 ounces at a time when its true character stands out.

I will buy another bottle and age it for 6- 12 months. Highly recommended.

Cons: in the Boston area it's pricey and difficult to find. I could only find it at Martys( $17) and Ball square wines( $?) in Somerville.

Photo of keithmurray
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - deep dark brown color with tan head

Smell - plums, raisins, grapes, cocoa

Taste - raisin, plum, grapes, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, full& luscious carbonation, medium bodied, slightly sweet upfront and a bit of roastiness in the finish, not boozy at all

Overall - one of the better available wee heavies. Try it if you see it.

Price Point - $11.99/ 750ml bottle

Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of camartin27
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Murph
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby/garnet/light brown with a thick tan head that sinks to a clingy film and laces the glass very well. Huge caramel maltiness all over the nose with nice toffee/butterscotch qualities and huge sweet malty aroma. Big, sweet caramel maltiness opens up on the tongue with hints of piney/citrusy hops that are barely noticeable. The hops add little flavor but balance the brew nicely. There is also a nice toffee smoothness with just the slightest smokey maltiness in the finish. The brow flows smoothly across the tongue with a full budied mouthfeel that is not sticky in its sweetness. A massively drinkable brew, especially considering the huge maltiness. If only these excellent brews from Alesmith were available on the East Coast.
A huge thanks to thelongbeachbum for this excellent beer.

Photo of BierReise
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this ale with fellow BA JohnnyDuvel. 750ml Capped Pours a dark brown with a light but dense head. Aroma is a toasty, smoky ,malty sensation with a faint sweetness and lots of caramel notes. The body is smooth and full that sticks to your mouth. The flavor is all about malt yet has a bitterness at the end. Caramel, roasted malt and molasses give this an interesting complexity. Overall another fine offering from Alesmith.

Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Baab200
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a capped bomber into an Alesmith tulip (picked these up at the brewery when I was there three months ago)- pours a dark brown/charcoal color with 1.5 fingers of beige head, modest retention, and nice even rings of lacing.

Nose is lovely- rich malts, dark, dried fruit notes, some smokiness. The smoke reminds me slightly of peat smoke, not the usual campfire stuff.

Taste is consistent with the nose but more fleshed out. I get some coffee and bitterness up front, followed by a plum/pomegranate flavor, then some floral hop notes and the smokiness to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, but not too heavy. Medium full bodied with moderate to full carbonation. I'm no expert with Scotch ales, but I can't really imagine it getting any better than this. I had it on tap at the brewery, but I like it better aged three months out of a bottle. Definitely get more of the smokiness. Paired this with some sheep's cheese and they go very well together- also have a mini bread pudding as well.

Update: I got Basque Sheep's cheese but I think that a stronger sheep's cheese would go better with this.

Photo of dseanv
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AwYeh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into tulip.

A: Pours an opaque, dark dark dark brown/black color. One finger of frothy, foamy tan head tops off the glass. Great lacing left behind.

S: Sweet and oaky, a deep, flavorful aroma. Some dark fruits and toasted malts make this one great. Not too much hop flavor, but quite tasty.

T: Damn good; roasted, toasted malts andd nothing ever gets too cloying. I'm a big fan of this beer's flavor after putting it off for quite a while. Caramel, nuts, and even a bit of smoke top this one off. I'm wondering if the oaky flavors are just imagined, since I know this beer isn't barrel aged... but damn, there's something in there that's making it just right.

M: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation; this is a very smooth and creamy beer. Nice sticky, syrupy finish. I'm amazed it carries this kind of stickiness without being too sweet, especially for the style.

O: A very solid selection; though my malt-averse friends didn't want to split this one with me, I think this beer could find favor on almost any beer lover's palate. A great job by AleSmith.

Photo of VaporDome
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of heavenlyStash
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rogorama
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of iKrystin
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vma
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of divineaudio
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter.

a - pours deep garnet in color, almost opaque. gave me a thin cap of light brown head and a few small spots of lacing.

s - carmel, prunes, vinous fruits, faint alcohol presence.

t - rich carmel malt character with vinous fruity notes. cherry, raisin. very little hop character. finishes with a lingering, boozy sweetness.

m - full bodied, chewy and slick. very little carbonation.

o - good but not great. i can think of a few other examples of the style that i would choose over this. worth trying for sure but $13 is a bit much for this to be a regular purchase.

Photo of Ludwigkpa
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of gfreed
2.44/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Any 10% 750 that I can drink entirely by myself and *still* walk a straight line afterwards is deficient in some way. The problem with this scotch ale is that it lacks scotch aleness-- it's thin in the aroma and taste; it has no gravitas, no depth, no weight; there is no smokiness; there is no umph. It's the 98-lb weakling that Charles Atlas warned you about. The bottle is pretty but they ought to put more effort into the contents. If you're looking for a decent American scotch ale, go find a Founders Dirty Bastard. Pass.

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of n2pux
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ChrisISO_SJ
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.