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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

829 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 829
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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Leesure

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: rich caramel color with a thin creamy head.

Smell: malty and yeasty with hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: a little thin for a Wee Heavy, but pleasant with just the right amount of carbonation.

Taste: spot on for the genre. Loads of mulch and caramel and vanilla. I did not get any of the smoke that is mentioned on the label, but that was just fine by me.

Overall: a very pleasant poor. I would definitely drink it again. I know they make a barrel-aged version and I would love to try it. Perhaps that could compare to my favorite wee heavy, the backwoods bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 17:32:08 | More by Leesure
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mpenning13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-16-2014 18:53:18 | More by mpenning13
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Swedgin

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-13-2014 20:42:10 | More by Swedgin
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-10-2014 01:47:23 | More by afsdan
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2014 15:23:25 | More by arlingtonjoe
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zenithberwyn

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-06-2014 04:03:41 | More by zenithberwyn
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 00:01:57 | More by DanGeo
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dleiner

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-05-2014 16:18:13 | More by dleiner
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-05-2014 04:21:22 | More by SkinniePost
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Millax25

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-04-2014 23:16:49 | More by Millax25
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pjkelley82

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-30-2014 21:49:20 | More by pjkelley82
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stortore

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-29-2014 04:02:46 | More by stortore
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HoppySeb

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-28-2014 19:28:19 | More by HoppySeb
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bh123

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-25-2014 05:31:36 | More by bh123
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Ilovebeer1549

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-25-2014 02:15:17 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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dextermcgurk

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-25-2014 00:07:31 | More by dextermcgurk
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vma

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-24-2014 05:44:36 | More by vma
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tgraven

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-21-2014 22:58:52 | More by tgraven
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Year old bottle.

Look: Dark, golden pour with huge, thick (small bubbles at start), creamy, light mocha head. Has medium speed retention (small bubbles breaking down into bigger ones and then collapsing), goes down with some sticky lacing, leaves creamy, puffy top layer. The layer leaves some fine lacing when you drink it. It's clear, deep, dark amber, can barley see through.

Smell: Rich yet smooth and fresh. First association are raisins in sugary scotch. The fruity part is mostly dark fruits, white grapes, plums and some dry fruits like raisins. It creates most of the fresh part. Malt character is also very well developed - burned and brown sugar, honey, molasses, light smoke, milk chocolate and roast. Nothing spikes out, it's smooth and pleasant. Also some oak and earthy notes to play with the present alcohol, scotch notes. Alcohol/fusel is noticeable, but suits the overall complexity and is not distracting.

Taste: Medium heavy molasses, honey, caramel, chocolate start, continues the same path to full-on molasses with smoke (ash; stronger than in smell) and roast sweetness. Dark, dry fruits, raisins with scotch/rum stick around. Ends with light alcohol/stronger scotch and medium sweetness - that creates medium bitterness with light sour. Also some oak comes out in the after-taste. Lots of caramel and molasses sweetness stays on your lips when time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Full medium heavy, melting carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Light warming of the alcohol at the end, but goes with the overall concept and it should be there.

Overall: Probably one of the best examples of this style, the alcohol notes are present but get a bit annoying only in the taste (that last spike of bitterness). Smell is rich and smooth, could smell it all day, the taste is smooth enough and makes me appreciate the scotch ale style a bit more (not my favourite). The appearance and mouthfeel are superb. A bit of ageing could probably make it even smoother.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 10:03:24 | More by tmzl
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VTBrewHound

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-18-2014 01:41:58 | More by VTBrewHound
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-17-2014 00:54:17 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-16-2014 00:06:00 | More by Fettpopps
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kmanjohnson

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-14-2014 22:18:54 | More by kmanjohnson
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-12-2014 01:50:42 | More by JamLand
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irthesteve

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-11-2014 03:08:47 | More by irthesteve
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.