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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

948 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 199 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ML bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Apperance- Super dark brown with 3 fingers of off white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lots of beautiful sticky multi layered lacing.

Smell- Candied dark fruits, carmel and booze are the top dogs in the nose.

Taste- A huge meld of flavors here that really work well together. In the front and middle of the tounge you get the dark fruit and carmel followed by some nice peat and sweet booze on the finish. There is also a nuttiness that appears through out.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body which works very good with wee heavies in my opinion. A tinge of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Overall- Super super complex. All the best qualities that make a superb wee heavy. It is definitly a sipper at 10% abv but if you can get past the alcohol in the flavor profile you are in for a definite treat!

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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours dark brown to black with a big creamy beige head. Aroma is candy sugar, scotch, some peat, raisins, chocolate, and figs. Flavor is chocolate forward and sweet, light carbonation, goes down easy. Only a hint of scotch here and it is going very well with my sharp cheddar. Beautiful scotch whiskey finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Wow. This is fantastic.

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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a (regrettably due to a lack of other glassware at my location) Sam Adams signature pint glass from a 750. This is reviewed from notes, it was my first drink New Years Eve night.

Appearance: Deep dark mahogany color with a nice tan head that stayed for most of a glass. A gorgeous looking beer.

Smell: Lots and lots of sweet fruits, mostly the "dark dried" sort, like raisins or dried plums. Nice caramel malts. Scent comes out very well.

Taste: Unsurprisingly similar to what it smells like, with "booze" and molasses included. Raisins, plums and those same malts make up the most of the flavor though. The booziness isn't particularly bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

This was a great purchase in my opinion. Immediately wished I had another bottle.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split three ways with my father and brother. Poured from 750ml bottle into a Founders snifter.

About a finger of light mocha head that recedes to a thin but full/creamy layer. Dark chocolate cola brown color. Overall looks a bit heavy.

Smell is malty and slightly hoppy with a balanced sweetness to it, all of which is supported by a nice roasted character in the background.

Taste/mouthfeel compliment eachother very nicely. Overall, more sweetness is present in the taste than in the smell. Malt, light hops and roasted flavors are most prominent. I'd say this is well-carbonated, but no biting aftertaste. It's smooth and rich.

Overall Wee Heavy is an excellent beer for the style and one of my favorites. Definitely recommended. Cheers.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with a stunning looking tan head, heightens three inches and subsequently cascades fairly promptly. Presently at the gazing outset the beer is very nice-looking.

Tidy and medium odorous, however malty nose, brings my thoughts to slightly burned and roasted malts – chocolate malt, caramel malt and various teeny bits of yeast. It is a grand complexity that amuses my nostrils with chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, extremely nuanced smoke aroma and to some extent stony graphite. The depth is remarkable and as with other AleSmith beers I've tasted, this doesn’t make me the least bit dissatisfied.

On the palate the beer is sweet soft with a tight concentration. There's this particular attractive balance between chocolate malt and caramel malt. Very appetizing, it's much more subtle and delicate then over-the-top, even though the body is great. The beer is passing from beginning to end with an parallel flavor intensity and brings very chewy fruit characters alongside a middling carbonation. The finish is well thought-out and marked with bittering hops and that delicate lingering mineral-like tang.

What electrifies me with this beer is the great malt complexity together with the overall well-focused structure, flavor intensity and well thought hopping. It isn't awe-inspiring, but it’s pretty darn good – so far the best I've quaffed in it style (Scotch Ale). Unique and well-made with high drinkability even though it’s overall weight. Merry Christmas! http://quaffable.org/?p=138

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.