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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 439
Hads: 1,052
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 198
Gots: 220 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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 Neffbeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from 2010

A: It pours a very dark brown bordering on black with zero clarity. A small off white head about one finger thick forms, but fades with very little resistance.

S: Toasted biscuits, toffee, raisins, vanilla, with a bit of port wine from some age. The oxidization seems very minimal as there is zero cardboard. The more it warms I swear I can smell some herbal hops in the distance.

T: Toffee and vanilla upfront with a solid backbone of malty goodness in support. The raisins are still present with a slight twinge of apple from the yeast. The port notes carry through to the taste with a wisp of smokiness.

M: Medium to thick in the feel with low carbonation.

D: I really am digging this beer. At 10% it is super smooth and subtle. Quite the high wire act.

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Photo of d4114
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light barley come through a deep red body with a nice tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted notes, caramel, slight alcohol and a unique mintiness, all blend together really well.

T- Big smoky flavor, was expecting it to be sweeter. Smoke and malt notes with a dry finish. Not as complex as the smell but still a nice straight forward flavor. Also the alcohol is masked super well.

M- Medium to medium-heavy; creamy smooth feel but it's thick or viscus. Very drinkable.

O- Awesome nose, pretty straight forward flavor and highly drinkable, very solid over all.

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Photo of adman08
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours with minimal creamy head that leaves some lacing. Deep brown with quite a lot of red tones.
S-A balance of smokey malt with molasses, a very sweet aroma. There is a hint of chcolate malt in there as well.
T-Quite sweet. Slightly smokey flavor with some caramel sweetness and some chocolate. There is a very slight flavor of roasted malt, along the lines of coffee.
M-Starts very very sweet but finishes slightly dry. Fairly light carbonation. Fairly sticky and very smooth.
Overall, outstanding scotch ale. The chocolate flavors along with the smoke and hint of coffee and the overall sweetness create a very interesting flavor profile that is fairly true to the style. The alcohol was not dominant, you know it's there but the beer is some sweet and complex that it doesnt't seem to have a strong alcohol flavor.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a coca cola brown color with no head at all. When I swirled the beer there was maybe a 1/8 head but I was not at all impressed with the look of the beer

Smell: Upfront the beer carries a rubbing alcohol or nail polish burn and that is backed up by some dark fruits

Taste: Upfront are some figs and raisins that are backed up by a slight chocolate note and finishes with a bit of alcohol this was the best part of the beer

Mouthfeel: Full body and feels thick with very little carbonation

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer because I typically love Alesmith products but this one for me missed the mark

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Photo of rtaps
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with deep red tint. nice tan frothy head and minimal lacing

S- Sweet, fruity, almost and apple juice aroma.

T- similar to the smell, sweet malts, fruity, mild hops balanced well. and very slightly smokey

m- smooth, medium bodied and carbonation.

overall this was a pleasantly nice beer, tastes better than it smelt.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking Alesmith Wee Heavy over quite a few years, and had forgotten it as I tried so many beers... from so many places.
Earlier this year I was at the Alesmith brewery and was looking to enjoy Speedway and some other seasonal/special release beers. All were very good (very good!) as I would have hoped.
But I was surprised how awesome the Wee Heavy was. It rrally stood apart from the other tastings. So I picked up a bottle and let it cellar for 9 months...probably should have waited longer.
It was an exceptionally good beer. Poured into my old Flanders Street imperial pint glass. It poured deep and dark; rich with malt. The head was rich and creamy and settled at a level finger like a well rounded cask poured pint. The aroma was welcoming...rich in roasted malt sugars, rich fruit, light kelp and peat. Flavor mirrored nose but sparkled with hints of dried fruit, caramel and a touch of plums...??whisky too.
Mouth was rich and well rounded, full bodied and yet light on the tongue. Wonderful!
This is a special beer. I love Wee Heavys, but this is like a luxury sedan compared to very nice standard vehicles.Seek it out. Be patient, wait a year...and enjoy. You'll probably wish you could open a second immediately.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl. Pours black with a thick froth of tan head. Really nice retention and lacing.

Nose is peaty chocolate and tons of dark fruit - raspberries and plums.

Its like a raisin-cordial-chocolate-cherry that is dipped in spiced rum. Yea...just like that. Still plenty of booze, even though the bottle is more than a year old. An interesting take on the style, not a whole lot of smoke or peat on the flavor. Id like to see more, but it is quite delicious as is. I love the creamy mouthfeel the beer presents, I find myself 'mmmm'-ing to myself more and more as it warms despite the lack of smokiness I love so much in a wee heavy. The alcohol is sooo smooth and gentle! The best way I can describe this would be a blend of Old Chub and Belhaven Wee Heavy with more alcohol and complexity. Very nicely done AleSmith!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: pours an incredibly deep, dark copper color, nice frothy head that dissipated to a thin veil
S: medium nose, slightly disconcerting sour plum nose, oxidized?
T: well-balanced deep roasted malt and nice hop finish, might be turning as some sourness is evident in finish, EtOH is very warming in finish
M: very smooth beer
O: I don't know if this is a beer that's slightly turning (I've had it for 2 years) or is how it's supposed to be

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Photo of rdickey
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: First, it’s one of the coolest bottles I’ve seen – the Alesmith logo, and the beer name in a really cool font, painted on in purple, all topped off with a foiled top. It pours very, very dark. A pretty direct pour produces a very thin tan head, which dissipates pretty quickly but leaves great lacing.

Smell: Malt sweetness dominates, as you’d expect. Notes of cocoa powder and stone fruits combine nicely, and there’s the slightest hint of smoke. All in all, very… Scottish.

Taste: This is a simply amazing example of the style. The malt continues to carry the day, and the cocoa powder and stone fruits continue to dance. The hops are present but definitely in the backseat, of course. The smoke remains just a hint, but it adds a really nice – and definitely Scottish – feel to it. It almost feels like it should be raining outside.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied – rich and creamy. It feels almost round in the mouth.

Drinkability: The high ABV, which is extraordinarily well concealed, makes this an obvious sipper. If you like wee heavies, though, you’ll be tempted to drink this far faster than you should. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I generally consider Skullsplitter to be the best wee heavy, but I think Alesmith could give it a run for its money. I wish I had a Skullsplitter tonight to taste them head to head. Of course, that would probably lead to a skullsplitting morning.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mrandypandy for this brew!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: brown bodied beer with a mahoganey red hue. Massive tan head that settles down into a thick cap. A gentile swirl really brings head back in a big way. Nice looking Wee Heavy!

Smell: This smells really sweet and malty. Dark fruits and some spiciness. It really reminds me of the nose of a Quadruple.

Taste: Just as expected, this beer has a massive malty profile. Mild to moderate sweetness from the malts. The malts seem are more of a dark fruits mixed soaked in rum type of a flavor. Also some earthy, fruity / estery, and woody qualities found in this beer. Prunes and smoke are found mid palate and are subtle. Finish has a mild bitterness with some astringency, and a little booze with no heat to it. You can just taste the booze a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has really nice carbonation that is clean, lively, and smooth.

Overall: This is my second beer by Alesmith. Its an enjoyable good beer. This Alesmith beer impressed me more than Speedway Stout. The downside is it reminds me more of a Quadruple than a Wee Heavy. Thats why i have a lower score on the overall section, not true to style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz (750ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and silver neck wrap poured into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. This is me first Alesmith beer; I'm really excited!

A: Pours a one finger slight tan colour head of great cream and thickness, and impressive retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid black. It's very inviting and appealing. I can't wait to try it!

Sm: Heavy on vanilla and caramel, with a touch of smoke (a bit rauchbier-esque in this regard). Light nuts are a pleasant addition. The aroma is mild to moderate in strength, and quite nice.

T: A vanilla and light caramel body is complemented very nicely by a creamy light chocolate undertone. There's even a very subtle dark fruit ester hop note buried underneath. A lot of lacing is going on here; it's really rather intricate. I get a touch of smoke on the finish, but it's momentary and restrained, keeping the beer in balance. There's maybe some toasted malt in the foundation, but it's all very subtle. This is a brilliantly built beer that's really rather tasty. I suppose some of the alcohol does come through, but the ABV is so high this is forgivable. Very complex. All around, a tasty brew.

Mf: A wonderful creamy lacing underlies the entire beer, giving it a rich texture like fine chocolate. It's smooth and wet in a general sense, but also silky. It's not too thick like many high ABV dark beers. Exquisite. It matches the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable even for its high ABV. This is good sipper if you like to drink whilst reading a book. I imagine it ages well. I'd love to try this on draught (or even nitro-draught if it exists). This is maybe the best wee heavy I've had. I look forward to trying more beers from Alesmith. Why is everyone in San Diego so focused on Stone when beers like this are available from Alesmith? Give this one a try - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can see as this beer is poured into your selected glass, that it has a deep chestnut red color but the end result has a look of deeper brown. Ruby high lights pour into view along the edges. The foamy tan cap is smallish but quite dense with a long retention, leaving long lacing about the glass.

Aromatics are rich sweet malts, some roasted malts and maybe hints of burnt toffee. As the beer warms the aromas mingle nicely releasing some more flavors such as candied sugars and molasess.
Possibly some peat but that could be suggestive I think.

Very malt forwar brew here.
As the beer warms flavors come and go, there is alot going on here. At the first sip you taste the rich malts toffee and roasted malts. But as the beer warms other flavors become apparent like candied sugar, dark fruits. The end ends with warming alcohol, quite strong.

A rather thick beer with a smooth mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy as it warms further. The alcohol also become more intense as it warms.

A good beer to sip along with through the night but I do feel that the alcohol is a bit stong for me. Perhaps if this ale was toned down abit it would excel even further.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A California wee heavy? Right, those surfer dudes and tree huggers can't make a Scottish style ale to save their hop-heads. Or can they...?

The answer is a profound 'yes'. While it's no T.House or Skull Splitter, this little ale is quite good. The shiny brown pour and slight, foamy/filmy head just look like a meal.

The first half whiff of aroma is smoky, but not much. Peaty perhaps is a better description. Sweet dark caramel and molasses. Nutty. Dark fruit--plum, prune?

The thing I like about wee heavies is the attention to malt. They really highlight what malt can do to/with/for a beer. Roasty, sweet, smoky, fruity, smooth, 'chewy'. This one has all the above. Juicy would be another word. Although this one has a touch of earthy hops, perhaps too much for my style-crosshairs. But who am I? I drink beer. And I'll have this again

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Photo of stewart124
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2009

Poured into pint glasses this was almost like molasses. Rich brown color with ruby red hues and a centimeter of tan head.

Nose is slightly smokey with lots of currants and bread.

Taste is chewy with a very rich caramel character. More light chocolate malts that has just the slightest amount of smoke. Full bodied with a bold punch from the malt bill. Just a great malt character in general. Toasted bread comes through and fades a bit. The raisins and prunes really linger and there is a nice residual sweetness left.

Very nice for a nightcap. Great to just sip on. Some alcohol is present but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.

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Photo of nassaubeercop
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black, coppery red when held to the light, very thin tan foamy head. head quickly fades very little to no lacing.

S- Roasted malt, bourbon a little lactose.

T-Bourbon, malt a little sweet on the palate. Nice flavor but a little light, not as bold as some other example of the style. A little alcohol.

M- Light carbonation, a little thin and watery. Slight alcohol burn. Not much aftertaste.

O- I like this beer but it is not the best example of the style I have tasted. Good smell and flavor but not as bold as I would like. Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a creamy Dark chocolate color, A small tan white head. slight smokey and malty nose. low carbonation and a little thin on the Palate. Some bitterness, little hop presence before, chocolate, roasted, and perhaps some smoked malt making it balanced. Nothing overpowering, perhaps some yeast esters.... Peat? Alcohol is well hidden. Taste has a mixture of sweet dark fruit, molasses and a bit of light hops. Pretty good, but There are a couple more I rate higher.

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Photo of nickd717
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review dated 2/8/2009.

Scotch ale is not really an exciting style in my opinion, but surprise surprise, AleSmith does it well. Dark brown appearance with an off-white head. Peaty and malty aroma, really intense. Pretty heavy stuff, lots of sweet caramel maltiness, hints of chocolate and smoke. Not much carbonation. Alcohol is there but fairly subdued for a 10-percenter.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with some reddish hues and a tan head.

S - Dark fruits like prunes and raisins and dried apricots. There is also some coffee in the nose as well.

T - Mellow roast flavors with a hint of sweetness. The dark fruits in the nose also comes through. In addition, there is a slightly woody flavor. The finish is toffee with subtle dark chocolate.

M - For the abv, it is rather light bodied. The carbonation is low, which makes this easy to drink.

O - This is a great brew. The flavor is really great and the drinkability is nice, especially for the abv. I could drink this everyday without a problem.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Wee Heavy is super smooth and drinkable. Delicious, but not especially complex.

A: Dark red/brown colour and a 3 mm head that fades to poor lacing. 4

S: Big malty smell with some burned sugar aromas. Some alcohol noticable too. 4

T: Smooth and malty up front. So smooth, creamy and mild. A slight alcohol and caramelised kick in the tail. 4.5

M: Silky with low carbonation, as it should be. 4.5

O: Super smooth Wee Heavy. 4.5

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Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a huge 3 finger head that dissipates quickly

S: Lots of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malts, and overall a creamy sweet smell

T: Just like the nose. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt up front, then you get a bit of a chocolatey, dark fruit bill afterwards. A touch of raisins, and a nice, smooth mix of dark fruit and chocolate in the end.

O: This is probably the scotch ale that will convert me to scotch ales. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of Chaney
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been through the ringer! I want to thank my buddy Dreadnaught33 for giving my this one in a year-old trade. Thanks Jonathan!

A: It had a bit of darkness to it, but honestly, my dog's coat was darker. Fuckin' A! Nice dark brown overall, with a slight head that stayed active throughout the session.

S: I've never smelled a Scotch so fruity before... but here it is! Sort of candy like actually, and totally malty and and caramely. Smelled like a caramel truffle...

T: Caramely, malty, and slightly sweet, but definitely not too. I felt like I was drinking a liquified Pink Lady apple. The finish was smooth as hell.

M: The lacing was substantial to moderate and the sweetness was totally tempered and the beer overall had a bit of a salty presesence (ala. Payday bar).

O: Caramel kiss in a glass. I now know why this one gets the kudos that it gets...

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Photo of californiakebab
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a thick, ruby brown with good retention and a tan, thick head.

Smell - Molasses, toffee, burnt caramel, raisin, maple....a lot going on here, mostly on the sweeter side. As it warms, there's a subtle smokiness.

Taste - Very rich, sweet malt, molasses, faint hint of smokiness on the finish. Alcohol is very masked, hardly would have known this was 10% ABV. Bitterness is low, emphasizes the complex malt character.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, medium-heavy body. Carbonation is light per the style.

Overall - This is an excellent malt focused beer with many nuances that open up as the beer warms to room temp, will definitely reach for this one again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A birthday gift from Mr. Stafford

Pours a muddy brown color but sits a dark russet in my glass. Towering, sandy beige head sits above the liquid like a pompous crown. Good retention and several layers of scraggly lacing.

Aroma is a smoky peat, fig, prune and new shirt smell. A nicely starched button down to be exact.

Tastewise, the toffee and caramel malt notes are complemented by dark bread and figs. Plenty of peat that complements the other flavors rather than detract from them. Long smoky and wet log finish. Body isn't slacking by any means but could be bigger given the abv.

Alesmith Wee Heavy is so much more complex and expansive than even most of the fine malted milk ball malt bombs of the style...which I love. Takes the style to a new level for me.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Thanks to Otey!

Pours a deep brown mahogany with thin off-white head. Nose is super dark and brooding. There's some aroma there that reminds me of the "band-aid" thing, but I don' think it's off. Maybe heather?

Palate is slick and sweet and a little prickly from booze. Flavors of dried dates, figs, burnt caramel, heather and top soil. Long long finish. Sweet but not cloying.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

AleSmith Wee Heavy | 750 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Glass: snifter

Sludge brown with a rumbling khaki head. Every swish encourages hundreds of tiny bubbles to appear. Delightful.

Deeply roasted malts and thoroughly good chocolate. There's no question that a bit of scotch is hanging in the background.

It's hard to describe the taste as separate from the mouthfeel. Thick, viscous even, is the first thing I think. Then the deep, chocolatey malts kick in. Roasted, lactose-infused, dark, whole-wheat malts. It's a great sipping beer, though the 10% ABV is not that noticeably, besides a nice scotch tinge in the background.

Refer to taste. IT IS THICK. Very nice though. Carbonation could use a slight boost.

Very, very nice collection of flavors. The deep roasted malts are predominant, almost to a fault. Although with a beer this tasty, balance is overrated.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: July 12, 2011

Price = $13.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.