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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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896 Ratings

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 177
Gots: 190 | FT: 15
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

johnhenryconway, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Thingus, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

strangefate, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

joefc, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

BostonBrewins, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of d4114
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light barley come through a deep red body with a nice tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted notes, caramel, slight alcohol and a unique mintiness, all blend together really well.

T- Big smoky flavor, was expecting it to be sweeter. Smoke and malt notes with a dry finish. Not as complex as the smell but still a nice straight forward flavor. Also the alcohol is masked super well.

M- Medium to medium-heavy; creamy smooth feel but it's thick or viscus. Very drinkable.

O- Awesome nose, pretty straight forward flavor and highly drinkable, very solid over all.

d4114, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of adman08
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours with minimal creamy head that leaves some lacing. Deep brown with quite a lot of red tones.
S-A balance of smokey malt with molasses, a very sweet aroma. There is a hint of chcolate malt in there as well.
T-Quite sweet. Slightly smokey flavor with some caramel sweetness and some chocolate. There is a very slight flavor of roasted malt, along the lines of coffee.
M-Starts very very sweet but finishes slightly dry. Fairly light carbonation. Fairly sticky and very smooth.
Overall, outstanding scotch ale. The chocolate flavors along with the smoke and hint of coffee and the overall sweetness create a very interesting flavor profile that is fairly true to the style. The alcohol was not dominant, you know it's there but the beer is some sweet and complex that it doesnt't seem to have a strong alcohol flavor.

adman08, Nov 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a coca cola brown color with no head at all. When I swirled the beer there was maybe a 1/8 head but I was not at all impressed with the look of the beer

Smell: Upfront the beer carries a rubbing alcohol or nail polish burn and that is backed up by some dark fruits

Taste: Upfront are some figs and raisins that are backed up by a slight chocolate note and finishes with a bit of alcohol this was the best part of the beer

Mouthfeel: Full body and feels thick with very little carbonation

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer because I typically love Alesmith products but this one for me missed the mark

DarthKostrizer, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Exiled, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with deep red tint. nice tan frothy head and minimal lacing

S- Sweet, fruity, almost and apple juice aroma.

T- similar to the smell, sweet malts, fruity, mild hops balanced well. and very slightly smokey

m- smooth, medium bodied and carbonation.

overall this was a pleasantly nice beer, tastes better than it smelt.

rtaps, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Magery, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rab53, Nov 20, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking Alesmith Wee Heavy over quite a few years, and had forgotten it as I tried so many beers... from so many places.
Earlier this year I was at the Alesmith brewery and was looking to enjoy Speedway and some other seasonal/special release beers. All were very good (very good!) as I would have hoped.
But I was surprised how awesome the Wee Heavy was. It rrally stood apart from the other tastings. So I picked up a bottle and let it cellar for 9 months...probably should have waited longer.
It was an exceptionally good beer. Poured into my old Flanders Street imperial pint glass. It poured deep and dark; rich with malt. The head was rich and creamy and settled at a level finger like a well rounded cask poured pint. The aroma was welcoming...rich in roasted malt sugars, rich fruit, light kelp and peat. Flavor mirrored nose but sparkled with hints of dried fruit, caramel and a touch of plums...??whisky too.
Mouth was rich and well rounded, full bodied and yet light on the tongue. Wonderful!
This is a special beer. I love Wee Heavys, but this is like a luxury sedan compared to very nice standard vehicles.Seek it out. Be patient, wait a year...and enjoy. You'll probably wish you could open a second immediately.

BillRoth, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

pest, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.