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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

831 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 831
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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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-26-2012 17:35:40 | More by Zaphog
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Scout11

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-23-2012 17:47:36 | More by Scout11
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ineva

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-18-2012 23:21:59 | More by ineva
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yokken

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-18-2012 05:05:10 | More by yokken
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-18-2012 00:46:39 | More by jsnoek
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 2010 vintage 750ml bottle dark green to block UV damage.

A - Mostly opaque dark garnet-brownish with 1 finger ecru head with decent retention and better lacing along the whole glass. Head is fluffy and sticky.

S - Caramel, toasted oats and malt, and dark fruits on first sniff. Following notes of bubblegum, maple syrup, cherry. A fair touch of booze and a bit more than my liking, but the rest of the bouquet makes up for this flaw.

T - Sweet dark fruits at the start with toasty malt and just a touch of smoke. Alcohol is present from the very beginning though not overpowering. One of the strongest EtOh flavors I felt was balanced well and enjoyable in this expectantly boozy style. Caramel and sweet finish and booze even at the end, very little bitterness if at all.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Silky smooth with creamy finish.

O - I love a good Scotch Ale and this is my first attempt at a Wee Heavy and it was a uber enjoyable experience. GO ALESMITH you rock!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:04:15 | More by williamjbauer
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-05-2012 13:23:35 | More by ohtheguilt
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redliner8

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-04-2012 14:35:39 | More by redliner8
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gkatsoris


4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark oaky in color. Very thin whispy head that faded straight away.

S: Wood. Vanilla. Oak. Malt and bread. Buttery. Toffee. Butterscotch. Chocolate chip cookie dough.

T: Vanilla wood. Vanilla oak. Alcoholy. Doughy. Grass. Buttered bread. Malts and malts. Cookie dough. Vanilla brownie.

M: A little thin, although it leaves a slight coat on the tongue. Not foamy at all. Super balanced.

O: Best Wee Heavy yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:44:05 | More by gkatsoris
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alwaysplayin

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-27-2012 19:16:00 | More by alwaysplayin
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-25-2012 20:55:04 | More by FeelinSurley
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-21-2012 19:33:06 | More by John11486
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter.

a - pours deep garnet in color, almost opaque. gave me a thin cap of light brown head and a few small spots of lacing.

s - carmel, prunes, vinous fruits, faint alcohol presence.

t - rich carmel malt character with vinous fruity notes. cherry, raisin. very little hop character. finishes with a lingering, boozy sweetness.

m - full bodied, chewy and slick. very little carbonation.

o - good but not great. i can think of a few other examples of the style that i would choose over this. worth trying for sure but $13 is a bit much for this to be a regular purchase.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 17:39:26 | More by divineaudio
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-16-2012 19:04:30 | More by MrVonzipper
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JayDub12

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-08-2012 15:40:46 | More by JayDub12
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-06-2012 23:39:49 | More by jfcaa193
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Micasa tulip. This beer is best with a meal- vegetables, chicken, fish, or a lighter meat such as lamb, and enjoyed with friends. An excellent quiet winter night beer.

There is very little head. The color is a dark black plum, which is dominant in the smell. The finish is a bourbon chocolate- which is more pronounced as the beer gets warmer. The mouthfeel is slightly malty.

After drinking the first pour, the beer is better appreciated in 2-3 ounces at a time when its true character stands out.

I will buy another bottle and age it for 6- 12 months. Highly recommended.

Cons: in the Boston area it's pricey and difficult to find. I could only find it at Martys( $17) and Ball square wines( $?) in Somerville.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 17:20:54 | More by brureview
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cycoduck

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-05-2012 14:42:25 | More by cycoduck
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 22:56:15 | More by ystazi
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amrozga

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-28-2012 05:05:40 | More by amrozga
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eerbayman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-26-2012 21:27:48 | More by eerbayman
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-23-2012 14:33:34 | More by thebouch01
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-23-2012 05:09:15 | More by SalukiAlum
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brewerburgundy

California

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

25.4oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, no freshness date, but I have had this since January 2011.

A mite lighter than I would have expected, but beautiful transparent tawny auburn hues are what I behold when I raise the glass. There is a spare ring of furry tan foam.

Red cherry alcohol, port, brown malt, slight toast, herbal, with a pleasant booze edge.

Sweet caramel, cherry and dark fruit. Beautiful depth of sweet caramelized flavors. A little smokey drying in the finish, maybe cherry wood. Sticky tawny port with the same delicious, not overly powerful alcohol burn. Alcohol bitterness.

Appropriately soft and full mouthfeel.

Seems like a prime example of the big, caramel-y, robustly alcoholic Scotch ale that American craft breweries like to make. The smoke is fleeting. I'd like to have a true peaty character.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:19:16 | More by brewerburgundy
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-22-2012 22:00:24 | More by GehenHerzog
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.