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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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860 Ratings

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 175
Gots: 185 | 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:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

VTBrewHound, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

irthesteve, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: mahogany tending towards black. Two fingers of a tan head that fade slowly and leave a lacing behind. Red hues through light and noticeable clarity through thinner sections

Smell: super malty and super sweet. Caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Some roasty to smokey malts as well. Lots of peat and earthiness.

Taste: opens up with sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Next comes some roast and smoke mixing with the peat. A hint of alcohol but not much

Mouthfeel: starts of a bit creamy but ends up bitter from earthy hops, peat and smoke. Good thick mouthfeel

Overall: good big beer. Lots of sweetness but too much peat, smoke and roast for me. Also I am not the biggest fan of the bitterness.

SportsandJorts, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of emyers
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 inch light brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Rich caramel, toffee, molasses. Hints of smoke and peat. A bit of raisin. No alcohol presence. Complex.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with caramel/toffee, molasses, peat, and dark fruit. Quite rich. It's sweet, but with enough bittering hop presence to keep it far from cloying.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. I could probably do with a little less carbonation, but it's a minor complaint.

Overall: Exemplary wee heavy.

emyers, Mar 02, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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

keithmurray, Mar 02, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into oversized snifter glasses.
Pours a nice deep dark brownish burgundy. Minimal head.
Smells very nice. Some spice, bit of cloves, lots of caramel and deep roastiness.
Taste is in line with aromas. More complex. Some raisin, some dark fruit. Perfectly balanced with malts. Where is the alcohol? This is 10% abv? Surprisingly absent from the taste profile. Something I have come to expect from Wee Heavys. This is not a knock, just something new for the style for me anyway.
Mouthfeel was nice.
Overall, this is a very nicely crafted Wee Heavy and honestly, probably the most drinkable Wee heavy I've ever had. Could have used more alcohol in the taste, but it was delicious.

BoldRulerVT, Mar 01, 2014
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Canada_Dan, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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allstar255, Feb 09, 2014
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Melman, Feb 08, 2014
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Benesi88, Feb 07, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a huge amount of head which looks to have obnoxious, I mean, excellent retention. The head is a light to medium beige/tan while the body is a dark chestnut brown that shows a lot of burgundy and garnet when held up to the light. Substantial lacing as already been left.

Nose- Nice solid, Scotch ale aroma. Big notes of caramel and brown bread. Some toffee. Light notes of raisin and dark fruit. Some roasted notes hang in the background. Faint citrus. Swirling shows deeper notes of raisins and dark fruit. Some banana.

Taste- Takes the nose and runs with it. Big notes of caramel and toffee that are flush with raisins and dark fruit. Big, brown bread. Nice subtle smoke on the finish that gives this more complexity and adds more nuance than your average Scotch ale. Some banana, some honey, even a suggestion of coconut around the edges. Lots of complexity but still fairly smooth. There is a slight bitterness from the combination of smoke, wood, and roasted malts. No indication of alcohol which makes this a very dangerous beer. Great balance and integration. Really good beer with some flashes at being great. I imagine the barrel-aged version accomplishes this but I don't want to spend 40 dollars to find out. Some brown sugar and molasses. With the pronounced malt presence you might think that this beer would be cloying but it's way too refined for that. Some oak. Brown sugar tends toward maple syrup and the oak and smoke suggest ash, tobacco, and leather.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied with light carbonation. Some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- This doesn't drink at all like a 10% beer and is definitely dangerous. Solid to almost great Scotch ale that I would have no problem purchasing again. 11-12 bucks is a little pricey but it's well worth with it.

Overall- Really good beer that has some inclinations toward being great. Very good representation of the style and a must try for fans of it. Fans of any style should enjoy it as well. It's very accessible and very easygoing. I'm glad I finally gave this a shot. I will be looking for the barrel-aged version on tap.

artoolemomo, Feb 03, 2014
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.