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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 187
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-19-2002

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe a 2013 bottle, but not sure....Alesmith...achem

A: Pours a dark golden slightly reddish color with a 2 finger fluffy kahki colored head. Some noticeable lacing on the glass along with some alcohol legs.

S: Some caramel, toffee, roasted malts prevailing. Some slight dark cherry wafts through the aroma as well.

T: Reminds me of a red cream soda spiked with something. Getting that rich caramel malts, with toffee back drop and some of that cherry I got off the aroma. Creamy and smooth. Getting rich malts with a hint of smokiness. Slighty bready as well.

M: Smooth, full bodied with a slight alcohol burn.

O: A fantastic beer that I highly recommend. Esp if you're a scotch ale fan as I am. This cranks the style up ten fold, creating a fuller bodied experience. The alcohol makes its presence known but isn't an ass about it.

Photo of srhoadsy
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a sable brown with half an inch of dark tan head that recedes leaving moderate surface layer and moderate lacing.

Aromas of caramelized sugars, dried fruits with a hint of mineral and alcohol in the background.

Flavors follow through the aromas with a touch of bitter coffee.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish and moderate aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer. My only complaint is that I expect a little more smoky flavor from the style. Would go very nice with some sweet BBQ.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark brown with a distinct red tinge. Head is medium-thin, but gorgeous, dense and foamy. Settles to nice bubbles with some great lacing left behind.

Sweet, roasty and nutty on the nose. Almond, hazelnut, buttery toffee. Hint of sunflower seed and honeyed cereal grain. Would have liked a bit more grounding, or oomph to take it to the next level.

Taste is a bit more substantial. Coffee notes on there, with burnt roast character, dark cherry, blood orange and toffee. Slight spice. Still very much on the sweet side which I'm generally not a fan of, but there's depth of flavour here; it's clearly well made.

Lot of texture. Body is not all there though, so it's a bit sharp at times and ends pretty dry. Not bad.

Not quite kismet with me and this beer; in the right person's glass this could be heaven but it makes me craving more spice or something to balance out that sweetness.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a capped bomber into an Alesmith tulip (picked these up at the brewery when I was there three months ago)- pours a dark brown/charcoal color with 1.5 fingers of beige head, modest retention, and nice even rings of lacing.

Nose is lovely- rich malts, dark, dried fruit notes, some smokiness. The smoke reminds me slightly of peat smoke, not the usual campfire stuff.

Taste is consistent with the nose but more fleshed out. I get some coffee and bitterness up front, followed by a plum/pomegranate flavor, then some floral hop notes and the smokiness to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, but not too heavy. Medium full bodied with moderate to full carbonation. I'm no expert with Scotch ales, but I can't really imagine it getting any better than this. I had it on tap at the brewery, but I like it better aged three months out of a bottle. Definitely get more of the smokiness. Paired this with some sheep's cheese and they go very well together- also have a mini bread pudding as well.

Update: I got Basque Sheep's cheese but I think that a stronger sheep's cheese would go better with this.

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.