AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-19-2014 10:03:24 | More by tmzl
3.74/5 rDev -10.3%
Appearance: mahogany tending towards black. Two fingers of a tan head that fade slowly and leave a lacing behind. Red hues through light and noticeable clarity through thinner sections
Smell: super malty and super sweet. Caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Some roasty to smokey malts as well. Lots of peat and earthiness.
Taste: opens up with sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Next comes some roast and smoke mixing with the peat. A hint of alcohol but not much
Mouthfeel: starts of a bit creamy but ends up bitter from earthy hops, peat and smoke. Good thick mouthfeel
Overall: good big beer. Lots of sweetness but too much peat, smoke and roast for me. Also I am not the biggest fan of the bitterness.
03-08-2014 02:16:47 | More by SportsandJorts
4.29/5 rDev +2.9%
750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 inch light brown head. Decent lacing.
Smell: Rich caramel, toffee, molasses. Hints of smoke and peat. A bit of raisin. No alcohol presence. Complex.
Taste: Similar to the smell, with caramel/toffee, molasses, peat, and dark fruit. Quite rich. It's sweet, but with enough bittering hop presence to keep it far from cloying.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. I could probably do with a little less carbonation, but it's a minor complaint.
Overall: Exemplary wee heavy.
03-02-2014 05:29:25 | More by emyers
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance - deep dark brown color with tan head
Smell - plums, raisins, grapes, cocoa
Taste - raisin, plum, grapes, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar
Mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, full& luscious carbonation, medium bodied, slightly sweet upfront and a bit of roastiness in the finish, not boozy at all
Overall - one of the better available wee heavies. Try it if you see it.
Price Point - $11.99/ 750ml bottle
03-02-2014 01:29:00 | More by keithmurray
4.16/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from the 750 ml bottle into oversized snifter glasses.
Pours a nice deep dark brownish burgundy. Minimal head.
Smells very nice. Some spice, bit of cloves, lots of caramel and deep roastiness.
Taste is in line with aromas. More complex. Some raisin, some dark fruit. Perfectly balanced with malts. Where is the alcohol? This is 10% abv? Surprisingly absent from the taste profile. Something I have come to expect from Wee Heavys. This is not a knock, just something new for the style for me anyway.
Mouthfeel was nice.
Overall, this is a very nicely crafted Wee Heavy and honestly, probably the most drinkable Wee heavy I've ever had. Could have used more alcohol in the taste, but it was delicious.
03-01-2014 15:23:41 | More by BoldRulerVT
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.