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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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93
outstanding

988 Ratings
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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 187
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-19-2002

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of stevenseg
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of Gmann
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of bamadog
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of kels
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of damienblack
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber, decent head and some sticky lacing. Smells like a boozey, malty blast, like something English and sweet. Plums? Very bready smell, and the taste echoes. Big and filling, doughy, sweet. Far sweeter than expected. Lacking that peaty, smokey sensation. Bring us some figgy pudding, is what this reminds me of. As it warmed, drinkability slowed down as it seemed to open up a lot more, in thickness and gravitas. A definite slow sipper, but not a terrible one. Maybe I need to try this one fresh, as it was an older bottle.

Photo of waltonc
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle. I can't remember what this tastes like fresh, but don't recall it tasting this good. One of the better 2-year-old beers I've had.

A: Dark red/caramel color with big white head.
S/T: Sweet, malty, bit of chocolate, caramel, toffee. Really complex flavor.
M: Fairly thick body and medium/high carbonation.
D: In spite of ABV, this is plenty drinkable.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a translucent dark mahogany with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like dark oak and smoke and raisin and honey wheat, with some roasted cocoa beans. It tasted like charred oak and roasted cocoa and barley, with some honey wheat and molasses. It was thick with silky carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a great malty flavor and fantastic body. However, the alcohol flavor became quite apparent as the beer warmed, which made it a bit less easy to drink. This wasn't as succulent as the other AleSmith beers I've tried, but it still seemed fitting for the style. I just personally prefer the sweeter malts, rather than the heavier ones like this. This beer was actually reminiscent of Immort Ale, with the huge charred oak flavor, but this was better in every way.

Photo of endincolorado
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark chestnut-brown with ruby highlights. One finger of light cream/tan head that recedes slowly. Great sticky lacing all the way down.

Smell- Incredible aromas of rich malt. Light notes of cocoa and hazelnut. Dark fruits; fig. Faint, fruity hops in the background.

Taste- Truly unique, and absolutely delicious. Sticky, roasted malt flavors, accompanied by more hazelnut, toffee and dark, ripe fruit. Slightest bit of alcohol warmth. Really, a wonderful beer all around.

Mouthfeel- Full body that sticks to the palate. Moderate, but appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Alchohol suggests some points off here, but given the incredible flavors swirling around in this brew, I'd have a hard time not downing one after another.

Photo of baggio
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle@Sorbon

A: Deep brown with a decent sized head. Lots of lacing.

S: Malt (lots of it), Cocoa, Caramel, Sugar, Dark bread.

T: Molsasses, Cocoa, Malt, Sugar, Hint of honey, Ripe fruit.

M: This is a very powerfull beer with thick liquid and lots of sweetness.

One bottle of this brew could be shared among 5-6 people easily. It is very demanding but also very rewarding. Almost a bit too much of the malty goodness. Still, it makes a nice sipper!

Photo of HalfFull
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the Wee Heavy pours a deep brown in color with ruby highlights and is somewhat translucent. A rocky inch of tan head sits atop the pour, keeps for much of the glass, and yields spotty lacing.

Dry cocoa on the nose with roasted malts and a bit of brown sugar. Tending towards chocolate and a hint of hops as the head settles down.

Taste follows the nose with lingering cocoa and chocolate on the finish. Just a hint of alcohol on the tongue though well hidden on the nose. Dark sweet cherry and plum notes with some warming. Nicely complex and with a light effervescent carbonation. Rich body initially, which does thin just a bit after sitting for a while. Smooth and solid on the feel and with a solid drinkability, limited somewhat by the sweetness and hefty ABV. I don't pick up any smoke or peat flavors here, but this is a relatively fresh bottle with no aging. 10.0% on this years bottle.

Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.
Thanks to a generous BA. Large bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown in color, dark tan head, good retention and lacing.
Rich aroma, heavy on the malts as it is to be expected, sweetish, fruity mostly with dark fruits. Quite nice, and it lasts for a long time, keeps coming out of the glass.
Nearly full bodied and rich, the taste is dominated by sweet malts, but the dark fruits add a somewhat dry note that keeps the sweetness in check. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, but there is a mild roasted character present in the background.
Another good Alesmith.

Photo of becktone
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes 4-7-09

Done horizontally with Founders Dirty Bastard

Eye: Extremely dark and deep red in color, garnet. The beer appears to be very clear, but with the color such a dark shade of red its really hard to tell. Head retention in this tulip isn't great (seems its hit and miss with this glass). Still it looks better than the Dirty Bastard, when first poured there was a nice sized head, though now its fallen leaving only some thin lacing behind and a thin film over the beer, but thats still better than the Bastard.

Nose: The strong aroma fills the room as this is poured. Alcohol is detectable. Subtle malt aroma that whispers of complexity. Soft warm maltiness with interwoven hinting at dark fruits that fade away as soon as they are pictured in the mind's eye. Smokiness and chocolate aromas come through. Dark fruit aromas are not as prevalent in this brew as in the Dirty Bastard. The aromas weave in and out of each other, one moment somkiness and chocolate are prominent, the next a nice caramel aroma. The caramel aroma in this beer really makes it, always supported by a subtle smokiness. In the end all aspects of this beer come together to create an awesome aroma. This one takes some work to decipher, complex.

Tongue: First thought I had was dark fruit, which was quickly followed by an intense caramelly maltiness supported by roasted and black flavors and some smokiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor. This is just as complex as the aroma, everything weaving in and out of each other. Nice aftertaste on this beer, but it isn't quite as long lasting or strong as the Dirty Bastard, yet it is just of better quality.

Edit: In terms of the taste of the beer itself, Alesmith is much darker and heavier, more complexity in terms of flavor and darker flavors. Much less esters/phenols. The Alesmith is crafted much better than the Founders. After drinking the Alesmith and then going back to the Founders I find quite alot of bubblegum phenols with a much weaker overall flavor profile and much less complex as well. The Founders can stand on its own, sure enough, but the Alesmith can stand up to others. That is all the difference. All in all the flavor is much more subdued in Dirty Bastard than in the Founders. The Founders pales in comparison. Compared to the Alesmith the Founders is more watery and much less flavorful.

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is semi-dry on this beer, the malt giving it a sweet finish while the roasted and smokiness help out the dryness. Body is medium and again I feel with this one there is too much carbonation, it isn't as sharp or prickley as the Dirty Bastard but I just feel that there's too much. It takes away from the mouthfeel. This is an awesome beer. Definitely one I'll pick up again, though the price of it, $12.99/750ml, is higher than a sixer of Dirty Bastard Its worth it. Though in the long run I'll prolly go with the Dirty Bastard over this one, because for me its easier to get my hands on and is cheaper.

Edit: After going back to the Founders it is clear as to which beer is of higher quality and just better overall. The price is definitely worth it. When in the mood for a good scotch ale I'd go for the Alesmith every time.

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.