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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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828 Ratings

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 171
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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Photo of OlieIPA


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
Photo of blmar311


4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-16-2012 04:11:44 | More by blmar311
Photo of 604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-13-2012 01:29:08 | More by 604growler
Photo of carlmoberg


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-02-2014 20:35:36 | More by carlmoberg
Photo of JamFuel


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-19-2012 00:06:57 | More by JamFuel
Photo of dsigmon


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 00:34:49 | More by dsigmon
Photo of SShelly


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

From a 2008 bottle freshly purchased from the brewery.

Pours a dark deep brown with ruby highlights, big fluffy offwhite head with >2 min retention, leaves some lace as it drops.

Aroma is deeply malty with some dark fruit and some light chocolate notes.

Flavor follows the aroma pretty close with lots of upfront malt, dark fruit and a bit of chocolate behind it all, very smooth finish, a little alcohol warming as it goes down but incredibly smooth.

medium-heavy body with a fair bit of carbonation, lively in the mouth.

One of the best american examples of the style, will never get tired of drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 01:27:29 | More by SShelly
Photo of retry4z


5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-29-2013 12:29:08 | More by retry4z
Photo of DenverBigRed


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-16-2013 20:04:44 | More by DenverBigRed
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-03-2013 02:53:53 | More by maxwelldeux
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-15-2013 00:08:26 | More by Hultkrantz
Photo of bpasquini


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

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color, leans more toward dark brown, but while in the glass it is more brown/black, leaves a decent tan colored head off of the pour, but the head lingers for awhile, great color to this beer

S: Initial smell is smoke, broken down hops, and caramel, but as the beer warms you get those smells plus toffee and vanilla, the warmer it gets the sweeter the smell gets, it is very well blended and smells really good

T: Up front you get a tame smokiness, broken down hop character, and caramel, in the middle you get a bit of everything from the nose, and on the finish there is more vanilla and a little sweeter than the middle, very well balanced and a great taste to it

M: This beer is thick, but not syrupy, more chewy, the light amount of sweetness prevents that, and oily, but it goes with this style of beer very well, great mouthfeel to it

O: Great beer, new to this style but loved this beer, may have to stock up on this and save some for this winter, definitely recommend this beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 04:10:33 | More by bpasquini
Photo of corey0212


4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and sexy mahogany color, frothy sand-colored head piles high and fades somewhat slowly, leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. Smell is huge, smokey malts, spicy alcohol, some vanilla and caramel. Velvety caramel taste, dark fruits, lots of raisin, spicy alcohol, almost an oak taste in there, more vanilla...this is decadent. Creamy mouthfeel, enticing warming alcohol, carbonation is incredibly smooth. An excellent beer. This is the kind of beer you'd want to drink in a dark library surrounded by leather and old books....I don't know if that makes sense, and I don't care.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 00:42:44 | More by corey0212
Photo of berkey


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dannyhipps for hooking me up with this bottle. I've been coveting this beer for a long time now. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. From notes 12/03/09.

Very dark brown in color, appears nearly black at a distance but shows some rich garnet hues when held to light. Considerably darker than others I've tried in the style. Forms a nice light tan head with average retention. Lacing is very nice.

Aromas are very rich and malty including strong caramel notes, pan dulce, and cocoa. Yeast presence is also quite noticeable. Was half expecting Alesmith to hop this one up a little but I'm not getting that at all so far. More fruit comes though as it reaches room temperature.

More cocoa and caramel on the palate. There are some subtle hints of dark berries and alcohol mid sip along with some yeast and an herbal black licorice character on the finish. As it warms this character fades a bit and chocolate becomes the most prominent flavor on the aftertaste.

Prickly carbonation compliments the flavor profile very well. Alcohol burn is just a hair more noticeable than I'd like which makes me think I should have sat on this a little longer. Even so, it drinks better than the 10 % listed on the bottle. I'm having no problems getting through my second glass at this stage in the review and I'm sure to finish the bottle with no problems.

Another great Alesmith brew. Although it doesn't quite soar to the heights of their world class IPA I think they did an excellent job on this. Covers all the points I look for in the style. Wouldn't mind a little more complexity mid palate but I still enjoyed this immensely.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 07:57:56 | More by berkey
Photo of imperiallibations


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-21-2013 05:52:35 | More by imperiallibations
Photo of kajerm


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dignified-looking 750. Pours opaque crimson-hued brown with a thick but quickly receding off-white head and thick tracks of cream-colored lacing.

The aroma is heavy on malts, with caramel, toffee, and some molasses; maybe just a little too subtle but it smells like a wee heavy, and it smells good.

The flavor opens malty and stays malty through the finish. The light molasses character is present, as is the caramel. A little bit of breadiness shows up mid-palate and fades fast. The finish is slightly smoky, slightly malty, and slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is silky-smooth, perfect.

I could probably drink the whole 750 myself, and that's pretty damn good for a wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 05:26:23 | More by kajerm
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-25-2012 20:55:04 | More by FeelinSurley
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2012 17:36:10 | More by CJS
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-22-2012 22:00:24 | More by GehenHerzog
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-19-2013 02:35:29 | More by Beersnake1
Photo of TheJollyHop


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

Very dark brown with three fingers worth of head. Copious amounts of lacing is left inside the glass.

Fragrance of cherries, raisins and sticky sweet malt as the ale warms, roasted notes pervade.

Tasting this rich, bready, and chewy ale, there were traces of chocolate, coffee, followed up by the slightest hop backbone.

The ABV is cleverly masked, leaving behind a nice warming effect without the booziness. A very drinkable, pleasant representation of a Scottish strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:53:05 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - deep, deep black and transmitting no light, small tan head with a little lacing. Lots of obvious carbonation in the glass.

S - very fragrant black licorice and molasses.

T - very light smoke over a huge black licorice foundation. A bit of dark chocolate and dried fruit as well.

M - Very creamy consistency (coats the entire mouth) while also being moderately carbonated. Moderate booziness.

D - very hard to drink a lot of this because even though it's delicious it's so heavy!

Nice beer; definitely a pick me up for a cold winter night!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:33:01 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of Moheban


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

12-21-2013 05:42:14 | More by Moheban
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-20-2014 02:03:30 | More by Vigilante
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-03-2014 09:31:36 | More by nleaders
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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