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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

821 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 411
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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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-13-2012 01:29:08 | More by 604growler
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pouring a pretty deep black with a fine foamy head, the beer has aromas of black licorice, sweet plums, dark rum, and ice cream. Very warm and boozy in the mouth, it drinks more like a digestive. There are flavors of dark plum, dark roasted (but never burnt) malts, and dark rum.

A lovely beer to end the day with, AleSmith Wee Heavy is also great beer for the colder months.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 06:42:08 | More by rinhaak
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gleemonger

California

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark, amber brown with a moderate tan head that goes away fairly quickly, leaving some nice cotton lacing. Very pretty beer.

Toasted malts, dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of yeast. Sweet but not overly so, makes me want to take a sip ASAP. A touch of alcohol too.

Much like the nose, the taste comes through in about the same order - toasted malts, a kind of raisiny / plum fruit flavor, mixed with some caramel malts. Almost goes the medicinal alcohol route, but stops just short, thank god. I'm really digging the roasted malt, stout character of this that isn't usually there for the style - works really nicely. Even a touch of bitter hops on the back end. Quite a bit going on here.

Thick, heavy, syrupy but not overly so. Good carbonation bite to offset.

While not my favorite Scotch Ale, a very unique and very nice take on the style, and super enjoyable. Well crafted and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 04:11:10 | More by gleemonger
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djre4orm

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

10-04-2012 16:36:49 | More by djre4orm
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kendellmarie

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-01-2012 21:58:46 | More by kendellmarie
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-21-2012 06:31:00 | More by strongaf
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flagmantho

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue, almost completely inscrutable. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which subsided, over time, leaving a nice layer of lace on the glass. Nearly perfect.

Smell: big, sweet malt aroma with a big caramel character. Nicely crafted and appropriate to the style.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a little bit of vegetal hops in the mix. Malt character emphasizes the caramel, with little hints of breadiness coming through the sides. Good, and appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a huge carbonation and massive creaminess. Great for this or any other style! Wonderful.

Overall: quite a good beer. If you like gargantuan malt bombs, this beer is for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:45:37 | More by flagmantho
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JohnnieQuest

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

09-07-2012 15:55:12 | More by JohnnieQuest
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mater

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-07-2012 07:48:12 | More by mater
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alecvdpoel


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-05-2012 19:55:16 | More by alecvdpoel
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rarbring

Sweden

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

The brew is clear deep chestnut, has a dark tan head that settles slowly leaving good lacing and having good curtains.

Smelling of fudge, butter scotch, dried dates, apricots, Marzipan, almonds and Sherry.

Tasting of sweet brown bread, dark dried fruits, Sherry and almonds.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a huge body. A very smooth dryness.

In small portions, mostly after dinner, with a good dessert, why not Crème Brûlée.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 15:14:57 | More by rarbring
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Chrisdslap

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-02-2012 21:20:07 | More by Chrisdslap
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors of Berkeley, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe in Sydney, Australia.

Pours a lovely clear, deep cabernet red, with a frothy, pancake-bubbled head off bone white. Lacing is fine and speckledy, but solid for that. Body is thick and heavy, and leaves streams of fine carbonation when tilted. Looks pretty damn good.

Nose is brusque and deep, without a lot of sweetness, but with a hint of raw booziness and a heady, slightly spicy and intoxicating character. It has some currants and raisins to it, but also a peppery, dusty age to it. It's pretty good stuff.

Taste is also very good. Here, the currants come out a little more, with a fruity, dark sweetness powering the locomotion of the palate as a whole. Notes of pepper, tannic wine and a boozy richness fill it out. Finish is quite dark, but it feels like it's the tannins rather than a true roasted malt character which makes this happen. There's so much going on in here.

Feel is smooth, but constantly peppered by that lightness and astringency.

Overall, this is really good stuff. I know I shouldn't be surprised that AleSmith gives really good stuff, but this is excellent even by their high standards. This is a Wee Heavy in the rich, thick and juicy variety: not the type created by a slight hint of peat. I feel like this is the better.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 06:22:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-30-2012 16:14:38 | More by eawolff99
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kmt314


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-27-2012 19:48:08 | More by kmt314
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beerpadawan

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-27-2012 02:16:44 | More by beerpadawan
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Naterobsnyk4

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-26-2012 17:26:34 | More by Naterobsnyk4
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t-rav


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-23-2012 02:17:27 | More by t-rav
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AwYeh

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 06:54:00 | More by AwYeh
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JamFuel

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-19-2012 00:06:57 | More by JamFuel
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EtherealArtistry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-18-2012 04:25:35 | More by EtherealArtistry
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-16-2012 15:50:31 | More by harpus
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Googs

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-12-2012 17:52:53 | More by Googs
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-12-2012 13:03:49 | More by t0rin0
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-09-2012 01:29:48 | More by klipper
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.