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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

846 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 174
Gots: 183 | 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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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a darker brown with some lighter highlights. Almost no head. Opaque.

Aroma of roasted malts, some fruitiness that I couldn't quite figure out. Somewhat winey.

Taste of malts, alcohol...sort of reminded me of port/bourbon.

Med-heavy body, creamy and cleansing.

Overall, this was interesting. Worth a try. I couldn't drink too much, but I found it to be a nice curiosity. Something tells me I would enjoy it more if it was aged for a while. At this point in its life, it wasn't overally impressive.

04-18-2008 04:28:25 | More by atigerlife
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aasher

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%

This beer pours a rich and smooth medium bodied dark brown, borderline black, in color with a one finger cream colored head. It smells of sweet caramel malts, cream, nuts, and a red wine sweetness. It tastes of candied sugar, super sweet caramel and dark malts, and cream. It also has a strange and faint red wine like aftertaste. I would rate this so much higher if not for the sweetness. God damn it's sweet. This one drinks far too light for what it should. It is creamy, like the Speedway, but in an overly thin manner. What the deuce! Overall I'd describe this as a sweet and flavorful malt bomb. Compared to Big Sound from Cigar City, this one needs work, and less sugar. Long live Big Sound!

06-22-2011 07:31:31 | More by aasher
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%

Appearance: Dark brown with a little head, but a decent amount compared to other wee heavy's i've experienced. There's the slightest lacing on the glass, but not enough to make pretty designs.

Smell: The aroma is very malty and quite nutty at that with a hint of alcohol and piney hops.

Taste: Reminded me a little bit of scotch, except nuttier. It tasted heavily of alcohol and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied and smooth on the palate until the sharp bite on the swallow.

Drinkability: I would have this on special occasions, but would only sip a small glass of it. It's a little too intense, even for a wee heavy.

11-25-2006 05:58:37 | More by dbalsock
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nassaubeercop

New York

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%

A- Pours black, coppery red when held to the light, very thin tan foamy head. head quickly fades very little to no lacing.

S- Roasted malt, bourbon a little lactose.

T-Bourbon, malt a little sweet on the palate. Nice flavor but a little light, not as bold as some other example of the style. A little alcohol.

M- Light carbonation, a little thin and watery. Slight alcohol burn. Not much aftertaste.

O- I like this beer but it is not the best example of the style I have tasted. Good smell and flavor but not as bold as I would like. Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content.

09-02-2011 00:22:25 | More by nassaubeercop
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scott

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

V.06
Grade "b" molasses, with a root beer float head. Nice lacing.
Aroma was of caramel malt, with a little bite in the back of your nose.
A little too sweet for my liking - too mellow and mouth coating to make me want to ever finish this expensive bottle. But I will. It has to be terrible for drain pour consideration. This offering is so boring, I really don't have much to say about it.

01-17-2007 23:36:53 | More by scott
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pjkelley82

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-30-2014 21:49:20 | More by pjkelley82
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

I decided to break this out tonight to celebrate a couple great days of Phillies baseball. This bottle has been aged about 1 year.

2007 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours brown with reddish-amber highlights into my Delirium tulip. A dense, creamy off-white head forms at a finger and a half's height and gradually shrinks down to a thick full cap of foam. Web-like lacing encircles my glass as I drink it down.

SMELL: Very aromatic and full of flavors. It's caramelly and nutty with strong toffee notes and a decent backing of alcohol. Deeper down, one can get smoke, some figgy fruits, and chocolate. Nicely complex.

TASTE: The flavor doesn't quite hit as hard, but still comes through reasonably nicely. Caramel and smoke are prominent as is a significant alcohol burn that keeps going and going long after I've swallowed it. Toffee and sherry notes lurk in the background and definitely deepen the beer considerably.

MOUTHFEEL: Malty with a lower carbonation, but I can't help but think this beer seems a little thin.

DRINKABILITY: The alcohol heat seems way to intense for this beer. The complexity is incredible, but this is probably a bottle to share.

AleSmith Wee Heavy is a huge beer with so much going on in it. It's quite hot though and doesn't quite have the body worthy of a knife and fork. Definitely give it a try as anything from AleSmith is always worth it.

10-11-2008 02:25:14 | More by jmalex
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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-23-2013 23:03:57 | More by jsanford
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-17-2011 19:18:07 | More by tclapper
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-26-2012 17:35:40 | More by Zaphog
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

09-01-2014 00:22:53 | More by masterofsparks
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-15-2011 04:43:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-06-2012 17:37:59 | More by IrishColonial
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-22-2011 21:36:54 | More by brandoman63
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SuperCutePanda

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-09-2013 04:47:13 | More by SuperCutePanda
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-14-2012 06:16:16 | More by akttr
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-23-2012 14:33:34 | More by thebouch01
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phishbone23

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-23-2013 18:21:46 | More by phishbone23
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-25-2013 10:18:08 | More by beernads
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kendellmarie

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-01-2012 21:58:46 | More by kendellmarie
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dwagner003

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-13-2013 14:05:48 | More by dwagner003
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-16-2014 00:06:00 | More by Fettpopps
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ERlally

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-17-2011 17:22:39 | More by ERlally
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hawkmage

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-31-2011 03:28:40 | More by hawkmage
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eerbayman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-26-2012 21:27:48 | More by eerbayman
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.