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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

896 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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

poured into a tulip,nice brown color with decent lacing and a head that transformed into a small persistent head. rich caramel flavor with a hint of dark fruit.

taste is caramel with very very soft hints chocolate and coffee.a bit of very clean in terms of esters and phenolic compounds. i kinda like a bit of esters in a scotch ale even though they are not part of the traditional style.

mouthfeel is pretty full with moderate carbonation.overall very drinkable,not sure if it's worth the price but it is very good none the less.

wyattshotmaker, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruddy brown hue with a gigantic, chunky head.

S- Sweet, grape, vinous notes, hints of brown sugar

T- Dark fruit, slight coffee notes, hints of grape.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable. I liked this one more than the BA version even though it was more tame.

Lothore, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of GreatWeisseHope
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A; Murky (not to style), dark brown with tan head - good retention.

S: Not a strong caramel component, which is necessary for this style. Low esters, low hops, no diacetyl, and alcohol present (all to style).

T: Caramel notes come across as crystal malts, not kettle caramelisation, hop bitterness bites and lingers (not to style), finish with a bit of roast was rough, the malt notes are overwhelmed by the alcohol.

M: Alcohol warmth dominant, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Rough and strong, just begging for a hangover if you can manage to drink more than one. The bottle I had will probably be the last one I have.

GreatWeisseHope, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at The Beermongers here in Portland....

- Nutty dark solid brown... barely see through it... thick 2 fingers of mocha head as I even poured it slow, tumbler glass at a 45. Leaves a nice amount of drifting foam and lacing all about.

- Rich and roasty malt, caramel... candied caramel, and burnt caramel.... some spice, and a bit of hop bitterness.... almost a touch of coffee... but coffee with lots of milk and sugar.

- Smooth malty goodness right from my cellar at 55 Deg. F. Sweet candied caramel, light bitter hopping... smooth sailing, and warming.

- Little chalky, medium bodied... watering sweetness.

- Great drinkability and the alcohol is only later warming in the gut. Overall its great, but just a tad too sweet. Perhaps it would be better to let it sit longer to balance out.

Docer, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a deep dark burgundy color with one finger of creamy smooth off white head.

Scent of caramel, tobacco, earth, brown sugar, chocolate, oak, grain, some alcohol, and maple syrup. Nice and robust with great complexity, the alcohol is mild and give a nice subtle heat to back up the richness.

Taste of caramel, tobacco, chocolate, light ash, gummy candy, oak, sweet bourbon, maple syrup, and sharp grain. A very smooth flavor; rich and complex, but not overpowering and smooth with a hint of warming alcohol. Unfortunately, this falls just short of being a 5.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and smooth with a bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dannyhipps for hooking me up with this bottle. I've been coveting this beer for a long time now. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. From notes 12/03/09.

Very dark brown in color, appears nearly black at a distance but shows some rich garnet hues when held to light. Considerably darker than others I've tried in the style. Forms a nice light tan head with average retention. Lacing is very nice.

Aromas are very rich and malty including strong caramel notes, pan dulce, and cocoa. Yeast presence is also quite noticeable. Was half expecting Alesmith to hop this one up a little but I'm not getting that at all so far. More fruit comes though as it reaches room temperature.

More cocoa and caramel on the palate. There are some subtle hints of dark berries and alcohol mid sip along with some yeast and an herbal black licorice character on the finish. As it warms this character fades a bit and chocolate becomes the most prominent flavor on the aftertaste.

Prickly carbonation compliments the flavor profile very well. Alcohol burn is just a hair more noticeable than I'd like which makes me think I should have sat on this a little longer. Even so, it drinks better than the 10 % listed on the bottle. I'm having no problems getting through my second glass at this stage in the review and I'm sure to finish the bottle with no problems.

Another great Alesmith brew. Although it doesn't quite soar to the heights of their world class IPA I think they did an excellent job on this. Covers all the points I look for in the style. Wouldn't mind a little more complexity mid palate but I still enjoyed this immensely.

berkey, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of MountainBeagle
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall: Outstanding beer that would do Scotland proud!

This was a 750mL bottle from 2009 - 10% ABV
It wasn't in the cellar at all, can't wait that long.

Color is as it should, dark and can't see through it. 2 finger head that immediately disappeared.

The smell was almost non existent for me but that's what I expect from the style.

Taste is very good, tons of malt and alcohol. A lot of other things are present here that I don't have the palate to put my finger on but it is delicious what ever it is.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth

Drinkability will be harsh for some, its a 10% scottish ale. This is the kind of beer I live for, so i gave it a high rating.

Side Notes: I really like this beer and the style so it works for me. I highly recommend letting this cellar for at least 6 months, however I don't practice what I preach. It's gone right away for me.

MountainBeagle, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with three fingers worth of head. Copious amounts of lacing is left inside the glass.

Fragrance of cherries, raisins and sticky sweet malt as the ale warms, roasted notes pervade.

Tasting this rich, bready, and chewy ale, there were traces of chocolate, coffee, followed up by the slightest hop backbone.

The ABV is cleverly masked, leaving behind a nice warming effect without the booziness. A very drinkable, pleasant representation of a Scottish strong ale.

TheJollyHop, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks Topher!

Big ole 750ml capped bottle, it pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger head of off white foam. No refrigeration seen for this puppy....close to room temp when served.

Lots of caramel malt, some grain and bread, and a light roastiness in the smell. This is a *tough* style for me to enjoy as I've had a lot of misses that other folks deemed very highly. That's the reason I traded for this. I *want* another hit!

The taste brings a lot of caramel sweetness, some bready notes, a sense of some dark fruits, toffee, a wee bit of chocolate and quite a bit of alcohol. Very warming but actually nice. There's a light bitterness here as well that I'd say comes from dark chocolate like goodness but it's in its right place and not over bearing. Tasty is what I have here and I'm happy about that.

Very close to being full bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation, this is a very smooth in the mouth Wee Heavy. Head retention...excellent. Lacing...above average.

Drinkability? The taste seem to be just right for me though the alcohol is ever present. I'll split it down the middle and says it has good drinkability. In the next month or so(if that long), the drinkability factor could easily rise but I'm drinking it now with some very late summer like temps so take that as you will. Bottom line, this is a tasty and drinkable example of the style and Alesmith, once again, did not let me down. A great brewery, all around.

Bitterbill, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, lustrous copper with a medium light tan head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Caramel sweetness, oak, vanilla, dark cherries and a touch of alcohol burn all combine really nicely,

T-Rich caramel and toffee with a bit of tartness. Sharp spiciness and a touch of drying oak in the finish.

M-Whoa! Medium bodied and smooth---->SUPER smooth. Easily comparable to Port with a rich, viscous feel.

D-An excellent brew---rich toffee, slick and super smooth this is a hard one to dislike! A brew made for a snifter!

Deuane, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of stevenseg
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scotch ales are typically very caramelly and the alcohol heavy. I am looking for a very robust flavor and have never been disappointed by Alesmith ales. Give me a great Scotch ale!

The Wee Heavy Scotch ale pours nice and dark. I think I may have overdone the pour as I ended up with a little too much head (not a bad case when you're not talking about beer). It's probably going to be a little flat for me. The head is nice and sticky and has some staying power. It sits atop a nice dark and thick brown body.

The nose is very sweet. Almost like a wine or blunt cider. Very little hops or peat roasting evident. The Wee Heavy reminds me more of a barleywine.

There is a very caramel-like taste coming through. I love it. The malts are roasted to perfection. Not much hop bitter on the back end, but that's not what Scotch ales are about.

I cannot judge the mouthfeel aside from body. My daughter knocked over the bottle and totally ruined the conditioning. It seems like it would be balanced, however. Wee Heavy is a very heavy-bodied beer, though, and I think I like a little less in Scotch ales. The caramel notes and a slightly lighter body would be heavenly and...

...really improve the drinkability. As it stands, the Wee Heavy taste is outstanding. Like I said, a lighter body would be nice, but I understand it's hard to get the sweetness without some viscosity. Overall Alesmith has not let me down again.

stevenseg, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Malty-sweet aroma with caramel, dried fruits, smoke, and nuts. The flavor is intense, with caramel, dries fruit, smoky earth, and just tons of malt. there are hops there, but good luck trying to pick them out. Full body with medium carbonation with small bubbles. Really good stuff. A quite refined sipping beverage. The balance makes it very drinkable for it's strength. Only marginal alcohol is detected, though you feel it if you drink to fast.

bulletrain76, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to find this in a trade with raoulduke37. Thanks again, Art!

Poured into a tulip glass with a fizzy sound like cola, but oh so much deeper brown with only tiny ruby highlights. The two-finger cappuccino head fell to a quarter-inch with a lot of action from tiny, fast-rising bubbles forming a honeycomb head. Good-lookin', even with no lacing.

Smell is rich with caramel malt, very sweet & just a little roasty. Toasted marshmellow & other delicious caramelized sugars.

Taste is powerful in so many ways: the booze & the malt are like a one-two punch, so sweet & thick & strong. The alcohol is almost overwhelming, but gives way just before it's too late.

The mouthfeel is creamy & active, & what I find really intriguing is the aftertaste: 4 or 5 seconds after swallowing, this roasty toasty graham crackery goodness rolls in & sits down, with some mild roasted bitterness helping to even out & finish a little dry. Even after that, there's a lingering kind of fruitiness that I really enjoy. I love that this beer continues to work its magic after the sip is done.

I like this a whole lot, the only problem is that alcohol hits a little hard, hindering the drinkability. I aged this a good 6 months, maybe could use even a little more. I'd love to try!

OneDropSoup, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. A darker brown pour than I expected, a thick cream colored head that really hung around, almost like a Guiness foam. Smells of burnt/roast malt, molasses, brown sugar, peat. Taste is a compliment of the nose. Lots of malt, toffee/caramel and brown sugar/molasses. Some ash, earthy peat. Not much bittering, but some booze and warmth going down. Really liked the mouthfeel, nice carbonation and almost creamy. Drinkability seemed good, though this is a bit warming and filling, but that is to be expected. Certainly deserving of the high listing in the style.

Bung, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent Scotch Ale, deep and warm. AleSmith is one of the best breweries around and the Wee Heavy lives up to the rest of the lineup. It pours a rich, deep burgundy without a mote of haze. The off-white head leaves plenty of lacing. It's a pretty beer. The aroma is thick with fruity malt flavors and warming alcohol. It smells like dried apricots and plums mashed up with fine rum. The aroma is like a caramelized Belgian quad, phenols and rich malt blend with melting sugar. I'm really not a big fan of the Scotch Ale generally speaking, but this beer hits the malt flavors just right. The malt is chewy and thick with a wonderful warming alcohol presence. It's an absolutely delicious beer, and, particularly with regard for the style, I wouldn't change a thing.

popery, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a tight and dense khaki colored head. Very thick took its time dissipating and left a nice wall of lacing as it settled. You can feel the heavy as you poured it. The aroma is of raisins and figs, quite sweet. Hints of a roasted malt. The taste is of brown sugar and raisins, tobacco and roasted malt, hints of sherry and mocha. There is a lot going on in the flavor profile. The feel is way full bodied, nicely carbonated yet smooth; finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. WOW, wasn't expecting this. This is a wee wee heavy, almost stout like. Great look, great flavor profile, great range of flavors. Like to see some smoke flavors in this but other than that a very excellent brew.

Gmann, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby-colored with a small off-white head that leaves lacings that stays around to the end which is quite impressive for a beer of this size.

S: Sweet malts, lots of caramel, fruity notes and a gentle touch of alcohol.

T: Delicious malts all around. Very complex malt profile. Some bready notes, but most of all lots of caramel. With a complementary fruitiness, that has a very gentle tart character (perhaps caused by cellaring), I get a sensation similar to hard fruit candy. The finish as mildly bitter with more notes of malts, a gentle roasted note and some alcohol. The alcohol is nicely hidden and well integrated.

M: Medium body with a slick texture.

D: A well crafted beer. Very impressive malty profile and surprisingly easy to drink.

ricke, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in early Dec '08 and placed it in my cellar. Today was the day.

This pours with a luxurious creamy off white head. The head show amazing retention then suddenly falls and becomes a thin 1/8th in cap of foam. The beer is the color of brown show polish with some mahogany tones when held to the light. Sneaky lacing seems to develop later...

Aroma is slightly fruity and has a hint of alcohol with a touch of molasses.

Wow, this is a smooth wonderful beer. The depth of the malt is the first thing that hits you. To say it's malty sweet would do it no justice. This is what I mean when I describe layers of malt. Some nice spice in the background that envelops the slight alcohol tone that's clearly present. Deep dark caramel and lots of nutty flavors along with a smokey nature. The complexity and depth here is fantastic. Of course the entire time it's smooth as silk.

This is clearly a big beer and the mouth feel is smooth but the body is bold... There is a slight warming sense to this.

I am enjoying this on an August night, but it's making me want to get more for a cold winter night... I can see sipping this in front of a fire. Something tells me I'll get that chance.

Great beer.

Reagan1984, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich coffee color with a nice tan head.

Nose has rich roasted malts, chocolate, ripe pitted fruits, molasses, very subtle hops and peppery alcohol.

Taste has dark plums, figs, toffee, cocoa, smoked malts, cloves and herbs.

Medium to full body is well carbonated. Great example of the style from Alesmith. Tasty stuff.

rye726, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- Thanks for this one Harry, I was able to share with several people including Milos, and the owner of the Keaton, Mark. All were quite appreciative, so thanks! A deep chestnut pour with some red hues. Nice beige frothy head leaves lots of lace. Nose is pretty intense. Lots of burnt caramel, dark fruit, wood smoke, spices, sherry, some vanilla. Tastes sweet and fruity, of burnt sugars, sweet sherry, vanilla, lots of smokey components, dark pit fruits, dark chocolate. Towards the end, this is assertively bitter, while being big and boozy, almost syrupy. Certainly a sipper. This was enjoyed by many, so thanks again Harry!

mrmanning, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kels for splitting this one with me - the final beer of the night, but it it's definitely going to be a good one. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown with some hints of light tans and browns when held to the light; comes with a nice 2 finger head that is a light khaki tan and has strong retention as it slowly fades down to a thick, uneven, and chewy looking skim floating on the surface; body, while very dark, seems to have some sediment floating throughout; some loose and scant lacing is present in random spots on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is pretty amazing and quite strong - I can smell it from about 4 feet away, and it smells wonderful; deep and dark roasty/caramel-like malts that are also very toasty; some hints of brown sugar; overall, I think the best part about the smell is how easy it is to pick up and how robust it is...

Taste: Holy crap - this one might be setting the bar for me in terms of Scotch style ales, beating out some really stiff competition from 3F and Founders... The flavors are strong in the malt department - coming across warm, roasty and toasty, sweet caramel and a bit of a bitter/nutty aspect in the back of it; there is a presence of alcohol in the flavor as well but it's masked fairly well by the strong malt profiles and actually serves more as a compliment.

Mouthfeel: Very substantive - a wonderfully thick and chewy body let's you know that you've got a solid beer in your mouth; definitely sticky as it covers the ENTIRE mouth and really holds all of the strong flavors on the taste buds, continuing in the drinking pleasure; the alcohol warms the mouth, chest and belly a bit, but also makes the mouth (particularly the gums) tingle, really giving the mouth an additional dimension.

Drinkability: Well, everything is great about this beer - it's nice to look at, smells incredible, tastes even better and it feels great in the mouth; however, the ABV is a bit high to make this something that I would want to try to get through, but kels said it best: "if I'm having trouble sleeping, I'll just crack into one of these..." Good stuff overall.

bamadog, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of kels
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with bamadog tonight. Been looking forward to cracking this one for awhile now.

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint glass a super dark shade of brown with the slightest hints of gold close to the head. The head starts out at a few fingers and fades slowly to a solidly retained 1/2 finger frothy tan skim. The beer is completely opaque, but an inspection of the bottom of the glass shows some chunks of sediment hanging around.

Smell: Dominant aroma in the nose is the chewy, caramel malt. It is quite sweet and sugary. Balancing it out are some roasted, almost smoky notes, like light oak or peat. Really nice smell that makes me look forward to the taste.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow. This beer is just delicious. I'm seriously impressed and this is one of my favorite styles - I don't judge too easily. A really nice blend of flavors is strong without being overwhelming. Sweet, toasted malts retain the caramelly presence from the nose in the taste. They meet a subtly smoky, earthy peat and present, but subdued alcohol heat. The graininess is also slightly present, almost reminiscent of rye beers, but not quite the same thing - just the best explanation I can give. Feel is a little on the lighter side, better described as moderate overall, with light carbonation that doesn't overwhelm the flavors. The aftertaste is sweet and earthy and somewhat nutty, full and rich, and is coupled with a sticky filmy feel.

Drinkability: This is definitely everything I would expect from a wee heavy. The warmth of the alcohol hangs in my chest and is pleasantly present without being too much to bear. The balance of the flavors couples nicely with the mild mouthfeel.

kels, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Deep walnut brown with a creamy, light tan head that is mighty thick and frothy. Showed good retention and left some nice lacing on the way down.

A: Roasted malts, tons and tons of brown sugar, creamy caramel, chocolate, and smoke are all easily noted in the nose. But, the amount of booze in the aroma has me a little scared that it will translate onto the palate...

T: ...and, unfortunately, I was correct. More on that later. The thick, robust, roasted, bready caramel malt is definitely the star of the show in this one. But make no mistake, this is no one-trick pony. This is a very full-flavored ale that features tons of brown sugar, dark fruits, sticky toffee, and molasses. All of which meld very well together and form a synergistic cohesion of flavors that sparkle like glass in the sun. Surprisingly, there is a hop presence underneath that tries valiantly to balance this malt-monster out. While all of this is great, that alcohol is definitely marring what could have been a classic. It's very hot, abrasively solventy, and seems to overpower the flavor profile the warmer the beer gets. While I do understand that the style allows for a pronounced alcohol presence, this is definitely overkill!

M: Full-bodied with a rich, slightly creamy, smooth, yet almost oily texture that also features an aggressive amount of carbonation. Suits the beer very nicely.

Notes: This might just be the first Alesmith offering I've had that didn't blow me away, due to the fact that it is probably way too young. In fact, it suffered the same fate as the bottle of '07 Decadence. Way too hot and boozy! This badboy needs a looong timeout in the cellar to chill out a bit. Besides, the already complex flavor profile will only get deeper as time passes. Right now, it is not on point as far as I'm concerned. In 2 or 3 years, however, this has the potential to reach the summit of my all-time favorites!

sweetbrew82, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to PhxHrn and Solomon420 for each sending me a bottle!

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed brown(a bit too cloudy, but fine as the darkness covers it enough). A nice light brown creamy head tops it off. Rich, then descends to a cover that holds up. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is bready with dark (slightly tart) fruit (cherry/raisin), then some bitter chocolate. Not much of the expected peat smoke, if at all. Alcohol does show its strength. I liked the subsequent, and following, a bit more than the initial.

The strong alcohol and bitterish sharpness give way (though still show) to a chocolate sweetness, and earthy fruity bitterness. A hint of smoke comes through in the finish.

Creamy, though carbonation showing a bit more than expected when slowly swirled over the tongue. Sharp alcohol pierced the palate.

It's malty, but with big booze and some light bitterness (and hint of tart), with just a hint of smoke in the finish. A big, "different" (though certainly with enough traditional characteristics), interpretation of a Wee Heavy.

jwc215, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a BIG beer. Unlike some other 10% ABV that surreptitiously sneak up on you, this one bares its character with the first sip.

Pours sort of muddy-brown, with scant head that quickly fades. Aroma is a touch smokey, peaty, and alcohol ester-y. Unmistakenly Scotch Ale. Flavor is a smokey, butter-scotch-y, slightly sweet, and peaty. Very good. Mouthfeel is odd - simultaneously both sweet and dry.

I know I've had this before - can't believe I haven't rated it. Thanks to SurlySober for bringing it up from Cincinnati.

This isn't a beer for every occasion, but it's good. Enjoyed this out of one of my thistle glasses...just kidding - it was from a tulip.

BeerBelcher, Jul 05, 2009
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.