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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 187
Gots: 207 | FT: 14
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California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004

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Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of magictrokini
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany with a thick tan head. Nutty, smoky aroma with smoe caramel. The taste is phenomenal. Toasty malts and buttescotch with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finish is creamy and sweet. One of the first Scotch Ales Iv'e had and easily one of the best. Just an awesome beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with excellent rentention and a nice brown color.

Toffee and brown sugar are the main element of the smell,with raisin strong on the nose as well. Chocolate comes out as well.There are undertones of grapefruit as well. As the beer warms I pick up notes of black licorice and a little vanilla.

Toffee and brown sugar come out on the front with some bittersweet chocolate and black licorice underneath that seems somewhat slight. Raisin comes out as well and a little bit of vanilla seems to linger. The beer becomes better and smooths out as it warms. Beer is slightly astringent, but not too bad.

Beer is a little warming and a little astringent on the palate, but clings fairly well. I believe age will do this beer nicely and it will smooth things out which will make the mouthfeel more creamy.

A nicely complex beer that will benefit from aging. I will visit this beer again.

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

This overpriced brew displays a mahogany tone. The pour prompts a tan head of short stature and duration which evolves into sloppy lace streamers. Carbonation is difficult to assess due to the rich intensity of the colour. The nose is heavy on saturated and burnt sugary impressions. Dark fruit esters and cocoa layer underneath the heavy hand of the crystal sugary tones. You could say it smells earthy and of peat if you want to toss cliche about like a ball. I choose such description. The taste is outshined at first by the rich and thick mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is nearly outrageous. Thick and creamy with bubbly palate play to boot. Now for the taste. Very pleasant. Cocoa and bitterness. Fruity darkness and sweetness. Lightly smoky. Wild fermented characters. Good. The drinkability is easy. No problems here. The price is a bit suspect to me. I am not saying that this is not a good brew. I just find fault with the fact that it is twice as expensive as other comparable (within 100 ml) bomber sized offerings that are at least in the same league with this. I will buy another brand as opposed to spending $12.99 on this. It is good, but it ain't made of gold. I mean seriously, is the cost of living that much greater in the west? This is Michigan land of the cheap. That is probably why they don't ship here. Good but c'mon...

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured into a wine glass per the label's suggestion, it is a murky brown with soft, dull red highlights. Minimal head, settles at a thin, persistent rim of bubbles.

Aroma - thick malt, chocolate, alcohol with the Scotch Whiskey influence. Goes a little thin after settling, but still good and fragrant.

Taste - whiskey-like malt, sweetness, and alcohol occur in rapid succession. The swallow ushers in a bit of chocolate, a dark fruit component, and the boozy warmth of 9% abv. A palatable wee heavy.

Mouthfeel - has smoothness and comes across a little to the thin side in body. Occasionally vapory from the alcohol, giving it a big beer feel at times. The texture improves noticeably as it warms.

Drinkability - very tasty and very potent. A worthy evening sipper.

Props to drewbage for hauling this across the country for me, it helped kick off my long Memorial Day weekend with elegance and pizazz. 2001 vintage I believe.

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my snifter a dark brown with some deep-copper present if held up to light. The head looked like capacino foam. Decent lacing. It looked like a stout pumped through nitro.

Very vinous smell -- wine like aroma. The alcohol, all 9.5% of it, is present. Raisins are present along with a smokey tang.

Sweet! This is a very sweet tasting beer. All malt, all the way.Smokey on the back of the tongue with a dry finish. The dry, roasted finish nicely compliments the sweet initial taste. Never cloying. Alcohol warmth is present as well. Mild bubblegum flavors are also present.

Mouthfeel is medium thin. Quite light, really.

A very drinkable Scotch ale that avoided ever tasting anything like syrup. Finishing all 25 ounces was not a problem.

Notes: Not the best I've had from AleSmith, but I do plan on aquiring another bottle and letting it age. Also, Might be really great with food.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle in California, consumed after the Bruery release party. Thanks ME!

Beer served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown and pretty hazy with a big off white head of small bubbles. Head falls away quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high, looks good.

Mildly caramelly, mildly peaty, mildly sweet, smells good but I wanted more volume.

Beer is medium bodied and has a lot of carbonation on the palate. Its sweet up front with some caramel notes in the midpalate region and follows it up with nice malt presence and clean finish that isn't dry. Drinkability is high and I really liked this beer. I'm very interested in the barrel aged version of this beer now because I think this would take the barrel notes well, more wood more alcohol, sounds good to me.

Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear auburn appearance. Thin light brown head with decent retention. Lacing is spotty. Nice aroma of bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, peat and thick malt. There's a nice oak/woodiness going on in this one. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. The malts are meaty and just a tad smoky. A littled roasted chocolate malt is noticed. Hops seem to add just a titch of bitterness (and when combined with the alcohol sting leaves a nice lingering dry aftertaste). Body is about medium and the carbonation seems about right. This is definitely a good Wee Heavy, but not Top Tier one IMVHO.

Gotta send out props to the Man, I mean the Dude, I mean the Bum. Thanks guy.

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

Mahogany.

Mellow aroma but still enjoyable. Hints of smoke, wood, peat, alcohol, molasses, burnt caramel and heavily toasted malts.

The malts provide the beer with a subtle smokiness in the backround and notes of wood, prunes, raisins, toffee, grape, chocolate and caramel. Obviously this beer is more malt accentuated but the hop bitterness is this on the finish.

I like it but it's nothing compared to the others.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this one is about one year old.

Poured gently into my Smutty Big Beer glass. A bit of head rises and gently fades. A dark brew that shows a bit of a dark red hue when held to the light. Aroma is smokey, roasty, peaty as should be. Taste is lightly sweet with a very strong dark roasted chocolatey presence - almost overboard for the style. This is one fantastic brew but kind of swayed from center of style for me. I do prefer some of the more subtle ones...

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, almost opaque mahogany. Lots of marshmallowy smooth tannish head and sticky lacing. Robust aromas of figs, black cherries, huge maltiness, a wisp of alcohol..Awesome so far...Flavor is enormous and malty-sweet. Right away flavor of the barrell aging, morphs into some roasty bitterness and finishes off a little bitter, but delicious. This is excellent and heavy beer. Still not as good as McEwans, but a fine replacement. Expensive at $10.49 for pint+9oz. but worth it. Find and drink for "thas is fookin grrayt bee-ah...."

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

Black body with mahogany feet. Ample head with fine retention. Smell is of massive malt, and a bit leathery. Taste is explosive, if not complex. Sweet malt, and alcohol dominate, with a dark chocolate acidity on the finish, and a bit more hops than I expected. Mouthfeel is rich and airy, downright poofy actually. Predictably viscuous, sticky head.

This is a huge beer, and a pleasure to drink. The lack of complexity makes the 22 oz. bottle a bit laborious, but the balance is astounding.

Photo of bmwfan1987
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark, with mahogany hues. Not much lacing, small head sticks around.

S-Dark fruits, Coffee, Milk chocolate and some licorice.

T-Very malty, with very much hidden hops. Its not as appealing as the nose promises.

M-Chewy, full bodied.

D-I would share this with a friend for dessert or with dessert. The 10% abv is hidden well, but the density of the beer makes it super filling.

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 halo3one
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of maltlikker
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaplt
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark near black ruby color with a dark tan head to about one inch with little retention.

Aroma - Currants, chocolate, floral notes, alcohol bite,

Taste - Lighter body than expected, dark fruity notes of currant, vanilla, caramel, and roasty malts with a wash of spice, clove and floral hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel - Light body with decent amount of carbonation.

Decent big brewski with nice complexity but a bit too strong of an alcohol bite.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml.

Pours a thin tan head over a black body with ruby edges. Little lace and head retention. The aroma is of sweet malt and dark berries with a hint of biscuit. Flavor carries on the work of the aroma with a similar complex and sweet malt character with notes of caramel, plumb, cocoa and roast barley. The alcohol is noticeable and contributes a bit of a burn. There is also a mild hop bitterness that comes through toward the end for balance. Medium to full bodied.

Nice malt complexity in the flavor and aroma with a decent hop bittering charge for balance. The alcohol detracts a bit from the flavor and smoothness of the ale, but for the most part this is a complex and enjoyable wee heavy.

Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big old 750, shared. served in various tulips and snifters

A - pours with about half an inch of creamy off-white foam. as it falls, leaves behind a thick, sticky wall of lacing around the glass. the beer appears black, yet yields some magnificent dark ruby colors when help up to light.

S - rich maltiness all around, picking up some dark fruits: plums and figs, as well as peat, caramel, and toffee. very sweet all around yet alcohol makes its way through with relative ease.

T - begins with a mix of sweet caramel and toffee that just wont die, and hints of plums and figs. halfway through, a more robust sweetness via toffee and caramel chimes through, bringing along a hefty dose of alcohol burn. has that sort of distinct booze/soury sweetness of bourbon.

M - medium bodied with moderate, tight and controlled carbonation. sweet and sticky from sip through the finish. lingering sweetness is cut through easily by a hearty alcohol burn.

D - well-done, all around. a superb example of the style, complex, reasonably drinkable, and plenty dangerous. 8oz of this would be plenty, shame it has to come in such a large format. one of the better Alesmith beers out there.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy (chill haze?) Ruby Red/dark brown color with decent white head that goes fast and doesnt leave any tremendous lace but there is some there. The nose is very much dark fruit and some malt sugar. Taste follows the nose, malty as hell early, but dark fruits and spice come out. Not a ton of scotch ale flavors here, but they are present. I think they are just overshadowed by the abv. As it warms they come out more, but so do the malts. Kind of chocolatey almost malt flavor. maybe roasted. Sugary finish with a little nice hop bite. This is a heavy-ass wee heavy. Mouthfeel is very good. On the thin side, which I like in this particular style, however you can defenitely feel this beer in your mouth. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength, but i have had better, albeit few. A great beer, and defenitely one that will improve with age IMO. Good work alesmith.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml foiled and capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine, light milk tea colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear purple-amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with moderate cling. Decent looking beer but nothing that stands out.

S: Nose is purple grape, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and subtle ethanol heat. Very sweet and dense overall and rather aromatic.

T: Opens sweet brown sugar and grape. Sweet alcohol towards the middle that's smoothed out by notes of caramel, toffee, and more brown sugar. Plums and prunes also. End is brown sugar and a slight nuttiness with an alcoholic spice. Finish is caramel and aftertaste is the same and slightly hot. Very much to style and really tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and dense going down with just the slightest alcoholic prickle. Finish is oily and messy with a lingering aftertaste. One of the nicest I've come across in any style.

O: A solid offering from Alesmith here with an outrageously smooth and silky mouthfeel. This one's like velvet going down. Tops in its style for sure, this one's definitely worth going after if you're a fan of the maltier beers.

Photo of wulfie85
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue, almost completely inscrutable. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which subsided, over time, leaving a nice layer of lace on the glass. Nearly perfect.

Smell: big, sweet malt aroma with a big caramel character. Nicely crafted and appropriate to the style.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a little bit of vegetal hops in the mix. Malt character emphasizes the caramel, with little hints of breadiness coming through the sides. Good, and appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a huge carbonation and massive creaminess. Great for this or any other style! Wonderful.

Overall: quite a good beer. If you like gargantuan malt bombs, this beer is for you.

Photo of AwYeh
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into tulip.

A: Pours an opaque, dark dark dark brown/black color. One finger of frothy, foamy tan head tops off the glass. Great lacing left behind.

S: Sweet and oaky, a deep, flavorful aroma. Some dark fruits and toasted malts make this one great. Not too much hop flavor, but quite tasty.

T: Damn good; roasted, toasted malts andd nothing ever gets too cloying. I'm a big fan of this beer's flavor after putting it off for quite a while. Caramel, nuts, and even a bit of smoke top this one off. I'm wondering if the oaky flavors are just imagined, since I know this beer isn't barrel aged... but damn, there's something in there that's making it just right.

M: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation; this is a very smooth and creamy beer. Nice sticky, syrupy finish. I'm amazed it carries this kind of stickiness without being too sweet, especially for the style.

O: A very solid selection; though my malt-averse friends didn't want to split this one with me, I think this beer could find favor on almost any beer lover's palate. A great job by AleSmith.

Photo of illidurit
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Blackish brown color with a huge sticky tan head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, with some peaty raisin. Flavor is really rich and decadent. Huge caramel maltiness, with some sugary boozy dark fruit. Not a lot of alcohol in the taste but it will catch up and hinder the drinkability. Similarly, the thickness and sweetness are a bit much the further you get through a 750 mL bottle.

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.