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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

860 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 175
Gots: 186 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
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Photo of OldSock
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%

Appearance – Dark brown with deep red highlights. A thin off-white head that falls to a thin coating along with a massive sheet of lacing that paints my glass like whitewash.

Smell – The pungent dark fruits and smokiness cannot conceal the 9.5% abv completely, but they try. There are also chocolate notes in the nose, very nice.

Taste – Strong malts, smoke and dark fruits mingle together. Really no hop presence except for a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The alcohol is completely obscured in the taste while the beer is still at cellar temp, but I start to notice its taste and effect as I work down the huge bottle.

Mouthfeel – Delicious smooth-full body, more the mouthfeel of a strong stout than a Scotch Ale. The carbonation is a bit brisk for my preference, but this is less a problem as I am taking my time enjoying this fine beer.

Drinkability – Alesmith Wee Heavy is certainly the best domestic Scotch Ale that I have had, and good enough to be in the same category with the best Scotland has to offer. Glad I saved the big bottle for a night I had nothing else to do, as the abv will probably destroy me, but with this beer its well worth it. I wish I had bought a second bottle when I had the chance to put down for a year…damn.

OldSock, May 13, 2005
Photo of Mugenlude
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Mugenlude, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Nose: Not big, fresh baked dark bread crust, plum, raisins and dark sugar.
Very dark but brilliant ruby tinged chestnut under a 2" very finely bubbled foam cap that descends to a thick, clingy film. Rouses easy, lacy and has legs.
Palate: A surprisingly interesting, subtle and balanced flavor profile for a beer so big and bold. Begins with rich malt with dark caramel to toffee, a suggestion of dark fruit such as plums and raisins and a light hop finish. Faint smoke.
Chewy, exceptionally creamy. medium low carbonation but very soft with a very fine bead. Some warming but not a lot for such a big beer.

pat61, Friday at 05:17 PM
Photo of Kurt92118
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Kurt92118, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kirkse
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

kirkse, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

foxyaardvark27, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Rastacouere
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Almost opaque deep brown. Honest light brown head becomes a ring. Big malty aroma, no compromise. You can feel it in your bones that this is a scotch ale, caramel and toffee in abundance. Almost smoky at times. Close to flowery hops. Terrific blending and mutual flavor completion. Just a light alcohol hint in mid-mouth. In mouth, simply put, the beer tastes good. It has everything you wish your scotch ale to have while never being too sweet thanks to a generous (but restrained) hop profile, somehow grassy. Hints of candy, cream, coffee, chocolate. Fantastic creamy mouthfeel, rocking smoothness, this is an easy 5 for texture with so soft carbonation... Awesome, even with just a few months of age. Cheers rodolito!

Rastacouere, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of TommyLiam
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

TommyLiam, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Betolito
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Betolito, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of gordo7
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

gordo7, May 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

gshak, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Grant35
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Grant35, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of csfcmitchell
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

csfcmitchell, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of kmt314
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

kmt314, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

750ml bottle from 2009

Poured into pint glasses this was almost like molasses. Rich brown color with ruby red hues and a centimeter of tan head.

Nose is slightly smokey with lots of currants and bread.

Taste is chewy with a very rich caramel character. More light chocolate malts that has just the slightest amount of smoke. Full bodied with a bold punch from the malt bill. Just a great malt character in general. Toasted bread comes through and fades a bit. The raisins and prunes really linger and there is a nice residual sweetness left.

Very nice for a nightcap. Great to just sip on. Some alcohol is present but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.

stewart124, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of becktone
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

becktone, May 17, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12packpoet, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

QuakeAttack, Jun 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Not a fan of Wee Heavy or Scottish Ales but this was beyond GOOD. Pured a deep amber color with a dirty white head that was very fluffy. The nose was very compex. I could smell caramel, sugar, dried fruit, vanilla and heavy malts. Taste was superb. Complex and better than any Wee Heavy I have ever had. It really matched the nose. Mouthfeel was malty, brown sugar came out and so did the thick caramel and maybe even molasses.

barleywinefiend, May 19, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Poupae, Jul 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of ineva
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

ineva, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

BigJYoungblood, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of gkatsoris
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Dark oaky in color. Very thin whispy head that faded straight away.

S: Wood. Vanilla. Oak. Malt and bread. Buttery. Toffee. Butterscotch. Chocolate chip cookie dough.

T: Vanilla wood. Vanilla oak. Alcoholy. Doughy. Grass. Buttered bread. Malts and malts. Cookie dough. Vanilla brownie.

M: A little thin, although it leaves a slight coat on the tongue. Not foamy at all. Super balanced.

O: Best Wee Heavy yet.

gkatsoris, Mar 04, 2012
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.