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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

948 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 199 | 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  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jmalex
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to break this out tonight to celebrate a couple great days of Phillies baseball. This bottle has been aged about 1 year.

2007 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours brown with reddish-amber highlights into my Delirium tulip. A dense, creamy off-white head forms at a finger and a half's height and gradually shrinks down to a thick full cap of foam. Web-like lacing encircles my glass as I drink it down.

SMELL: Very aromatic and full of flavors. It's caramelly and nutty with strong toffee notes and a decent backing of alcohol. Deeper down, one can get smoke, some figgy fruits, and chocolate. Nicely complex.

TASTE: The flavor doesn't quite hit as hard, but still comes through reasonably nicely. Caramel and smoke are prominent as is a significant alcohol burn that keeps going and going long after I've swallowed it. Toffee and sherry notes lurk in the background and definitely deepen the beer considerably.

MOUTHFEEL: Malty with a lower carbonation, but I can't help but think this beer seems a little thin.

DRINKABILITY: The alcohol heat seems way to intense for this beer. The complexity is incredible, but this is probably a bottle to share.

AleSmith Wee Heavy is a huge beer with so much going on in it. It's quite hot though and doesn't quite have the body worthy of a knife and fork. Definitely give it a try as anything from AleSmith is always worth it.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of baggio
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brewery continues to amaze me. I would rank Alesmith as my favorite US brewery at this time. This is a very interesting brew, not as malty or sweet as the Belhaven. Nice bite, with a little bitterness mixed in with the malts. Smooth and warming. Somewhere between a scotch ale and a barley wine, IMO, and extremely good! Thanks again, Ron.

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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.

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.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spilt this with my boy AJ

A- dark brown almost black

S - vanilla, caramel, graham crackers, touch of sweetness

T- delicious, toasty vanilla, toffe, figs & raisins almost reminiscent of fig newton filling.... In a very, very good way. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- thick and a wee bit heavy

O- one of my favorite beers! Toasty and delicious, almost tastes like a barrel aged beer even though it's not!!! I love it!!!

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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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

There's no date on the bottle, but I bought it in August 2005.

Appearance: The pour is tad light than I expected. It's brownish-ruby to bronze with fiery highlights that's briefly topped by a creamy tan head. The head lasts a bit longer after the second pour.

Smell: The most delightful aroma is made up caramel malts, toffee, earthy and smoky peat, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste: Wow. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and molasses come in first. Earthy peat smoked barley comes in towards the middle along with the slightest hint of diacetyl. The beer finishes with warming alcohol, but it's remarkably smooth and it doesn't hinder its dangerous drinkability. In keeping with the style, there's not a hop in sight.

Mouthfeel: The medium body is chewy and slightly sticky.

Drinkability: This proves that California brewers do know how to lay off the hops. It would surely make the lads in the old country proud.

"My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go". . .
-- Robert Burns

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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...

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.