AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
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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: Jason on 04-19-2002

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Photo of cpmichael
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with hints of red, 2 finger tan foam that sticks around for awhile.

S: sweet caramel, molasses, hints of hops and smoke.

T: Sweet with caramel and molasses, raisins and malts, smoke is nice and more prevalent than in the nose, a nice mild hop finish. Booze is disguised well in this.

M/D: modest carbonation, thick bodied beer. It had a nice balance to the beer, wasn't overly sweet and the booze was barely noticeable.

Photo of IceAce
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown body with flashes of ruby around the edges. Nose is haevy with earthy malt sprinkled with an occasional alcohol ester.

Entry is an eye-opening combo of deeply roasted malt and mouth-pleasing fullness. The full malty goodness continues thru the midtaste while the finish is a decadent mix of malt, piney hop, and alcohol.

This brew just pleads to be served with a slow-cooked brisket.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split with blackie, obtained in a trade with Solomon420

appearance: poured into a chalice, dark plum-garnet-mahogany body, light beige/khaki head with only slight lacing

smell: nice wee heavy aromas...raisin, sweet malt, milk chocolate tones, light booze, caramel, booze covered cherry, fig

taste: This is a very nice scotch, but the alcohol is a bit hot which makes this one quite obviously inferior to the Lake Louie's in my eyes...booze is way too hot for me but if you can get beyond that you have a nice smooth scotch...milk chocolate covered raisin, booze covered cherry, plum and other dark fruit, roasted grain, sugar sweet malt

mouthfeel: nice smooth body with a big alcohol follow through

drinkability: judged to the highest standard, its a little underwhelming

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. It smells like caramel, peat, toffee and molasses, overall the aroma is very sweet and malty. The beer tastes like caramel, raisins, toffee, figs, burnt coffee and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel is full, but with a good bit of carbonation that I think is too much for this beer. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and creamy, but as the beer warms the alcohol heat is very noticable in the finish. It's definitely a sipper. Still, I think this is a good wee heavy. I would buy this one again.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good dessert beer.

Pours a dark brown with ever-so-slight red tinges. Thick foamy head that leaves thick, coating lace.

Nose is roasty and sugary sweet malts.

Flavor is a nice sweet, roasty beer. Some nice overripe plums. Bits of roastiness but it does not linger and is gone with each sip. Which is a nice difference. Some toffee and caramel as well. The alcohol definitely jumps out at you. Cannot miss it as it kind of tingles throughout each taste.

Medium body--thought it would be heavier. The alcohol burn might be a bit too much for some.

A nice slow drinking beer.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque brown, looks delicious but it's not going to win a beauty contest. I say 3.5/5 horseshoes.

Smell: Alcohol, dark fruits, scotch duh right?, maybe some caramel and cherry's playing tricks on my mind. 3.5 out of 5 four leaf clovers, the alcohol is kinda overwhelming.

Taste: Taste exactly like a less alcoholic version of Old Stock Ale. I mean exactly. Strong bourbon, cherries (claims a wiseman), malts, and alcohol, and alcohol. EDIT: "other wiseman" now tastes chocolate.

Burp: Chinese food? We didn't have Chinese food tonight...

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy and delicious. If you swish a lot it gets frothy. 4.0 magical bunny rabbits out of 5. (You know the kind that come out of a hat)

Drinkability: It's delicious, nutritious, and taste like alcohol. This will get you all sorts of fudged up. High alcohol. Enjoy if your team is losing a game

Photo of hoppymeal
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with reddish hues and a small light tan colored head. Aroma is sweet and smoky, molasses and chocolate with some nice smokiness, not a roastiness as much as smoke alone. First sip shows a rich and fairly full body with flavors of caramel and buttery toffee, rich sugary malts have their way for a good long time on the tongue before a slightly acidic, slightly dry finish that leaves a pleasing smoky aftertaste. There is a hint of a peppery spiciness that helps to balance the richness. A nice enjoyable beer, it feels like it would be a great accompaniment to a nice cigar to cut through the big sweet body and blend with the already smoky flavors.

Photo of zep9865
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

super excited about this beer in another great tasting with aasher. i feel dirty for having such sloppy reviews about such great beers

poured into new belgium snifter with a jet-black color and a 1/4 inch of foam head

Smells all kinds of malty with dark fruits and molasses. I have no idea what this beer is gonna taste like. Reminds me of my mom making her home-ade heath bar bites at our house during christmas time.

Tastes more like a belgian than a scotch but it's still very delicious.

The stages of tasting on this beer are quite good.

This scotch is a lil sweeter than one would like. All things said it is respectable and worth trying

Photo of ibbjamin
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $14.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a large snifter to review.

Gives a big head; off white and tightly knit with some frothage up top. Dark brown in color with deep ruby coming through when held to a bright light. A nice quarter inch layer of retention and thick trails of lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty yet still well balanced with a touch of earthy hops. Mild fruity notes of plum and raisin and even hints of thick molasses and toffee. Not a very big nose, but intriguing and complex nonetheless.

The first mouthfull reminds me quite a bit of an imperial stout; dark chocolate and expresso with roasted malts.

The mouthfeel differs from that of a stout though as it is not quite full bodied and not nearly as thick and viscous. Still relatively thick and goes down nice and creamy. Lively carbonation and nice drinkabilty.

This is one style of beer that varies greatly from beer to beer. I thought this to be a more mild Imperial Stout than some of the other's I've tried in its style.

Photo of BHopp12
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle

A: Black with an almost slight reddish tint with a small off white head with little carbonation

S: Some roasted notes, bits of vanilla, getting the hints of malt and bit of alchohol

T: Slight smoke flavor with hints of caramel and malt flavors with a nice finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well

M: Low carbonation with a borderline think feel

O: As expected I was not dissapointed at all in this beer! I was expecting a lot from an AleSmith and I was impressed! Very good beer.

Photo of tpd975
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gillard for this one.

A: Pours a wonderful nutty brown cloudy hue with a small head. Very little retention and no lace.

S: Wonderful malty aromas backed by nutty toffee and sweet caramel. A touch of alcohol stings the nose.

T: Big caramel sweetness up front. Light nutty flavors with hints of dark fruit. Nice toasted malt, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol round things out.

M: Medium in body, smooth, rather sippable.

D: Very good, one of the best in the style.

Photo of winomark
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown hue; looks very viscous. Almost no head. Aromas of sweet alcohol, smoke, and candy. Suprisingly dry palate compared to the nose. Lots of smoke and malt with a long lingering finish. Mouthfeel is extremely flavorful and long. A good beer for a cool evening watching the World Series. Another great brew from Peter and the crew at Alesmith. Definately worth a try.

Photo of divineaudio
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber into a snifter.

a - pours deep garnet in color, almost opaque. gave me a thin cap of light brown head and a few small spots of lacing.

s - carmel, prunes, vinous fruits, faint alcohol presence.

t - rich carmel malt character with vinous fruity notes. cherry, raisin. very little hop character. finishes with a lingering, boozy sweetness.

m - full bodied, chewy and slick. very little carbonation.

o - good but not great. i can think of a few other examples of the style that i would choose over this. worth trying for sure but $13 is a bit much for this to be a regular purchase.

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

1 pint 9.4 fl oz (750ml) brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and silver neck wrap poured into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. This is me first Alesmith beer; I'm really excited!

A: Pours a one finger slight tan colour head of great cream and thickness, and impressive retention for the relatively high ABV. Colour is a solid black. It's very inviting and appealing. I can't wait to try it!

Sm: Heavy on vanilla and caramel, with a touch of smoke (a bit rauchbier-esque in this regard). Light nuts are a pleasant addition. The aroma is mild to moderate in strength, and quite nice.

T: A vanilla and light caramel body is complemented very nicely by a creamy light chocolate undertone. There's even a very subtle dark fruit ester hop note buried underneath. A lot of lacing is going on here; it's really rather intricate. I get a touch of smoke on the finish, but it's momentary and restrained, keeping the beer in balance. There's maybe some toasted malt in the foundation, but it's all very subtle. This is a brilliantly built beer that's really rather tasty. I suppose some of the alcohol does come through, but the ABV is so high this is forgivable. Very complex. All around, a tasty brew.

Mf: A wonderful creamy lacing underlies the entire beer, giving it a rich texture like fine chocolate. It's smooth and wet in a general sense, but also silky. It's not too thick like many high ABV dark beers. Exquisite. It matches the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable even for its high ABV. This is good sipper if you like to drink whilst reading a book. I imagine it ages well. I'd love to try this on draught (or even nitro-draught if it exists). This is maybe the best wee heavy I've had. I look forward to trying more beers from Alesmith. Why is everyone in San Diego so focused on Stone when beers like this are available from Alesmith? Give this one a try - you won't be disappointed.

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 Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled 5/29/14 at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma of malt
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, diminishing to irregular 3-5 mm ring and partial layer with rocks
Lacing poor – rare island and partial ring
Body dark amber/brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, very malty; ends with a slight malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

Photo of SilentSabre
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of a recent trade from nflmvp. Many thanks, Steve! This poured approximately the same shade of brown as a chocolate bar and was a bit cloudier than I was expecting. This may be due to the fact that my DBF is down stairs and I roughly grabbed up the bottle and ran it upstairs. Perhaps I disturbed some sediment. I see others who have reviewed this say it's clear. Very thin khaki colour head vanished within seconds, leaving a sand coloured webbing of frost over the surface of the liquid; a notch, at best, better than your average wee heavy.
Smell was quite lovely. Plenty of roasted grains, caramelised sugar, stewed dark fruits, and some smokey, earthy notes such as rich, dark soil and mushrooms. (Very imaginative, aren't I?) Plenty going on here in the smell, to be sure.
Taste wasn't quite as complex as the smell, I felt, though I still enjoyed it. Huge sweetness immediately noticeable. It wasn't offensive, but I certainly couldn't handle much of this with great frequency. One of these a month would be fine. Once you get past the sweetness, the second thing you notice is its weight; very solid, and very full bodied. The taste itself is comprised almost exclusively of sweetmalts with a very faintly noticeable alcohol presence which vanishes as quickly as it became noticeable, and an even more subtle smokey peat, which you'll overlook if you don't know to search for it.
Mouthfeel, as I stated earlier, is very full and heavy. We'll see how I feel after consuming this 750mL. It is quite smooth and very light on the CO2, though.
Overall, I rather enjoyed this. In fact, I think it's better than a handful of real Scottish Wee Heavies I've had. It was still very sweet though, and a 750mL would perhaps be best split between two friends rather than consumed by one person. I am extremely glad that I was able to have such a rare beer for the East Coast. Thanks again nflmvp!

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist and the hook up!

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a slight reddish tint when held to the light. Tiny 1/4 finger head.

S: Aromas of chocolate and spicy peat smoke.

T: Spicy, smoke kissed plums and figs. Burnt brown sugar or molassas. Light alcohol burn rears its' head as it warms.

M: Starts smooth and finishes quite prickly.

D: Very good, although the alcohol heat becomes slightly intrusive as we made our way through the bottle.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep mahogany color along with a thick medium head that lasts throughout. Deep caramelly malty flavor with just a hint of smoke in the finish. The aroma is sweet and voluptuous, reflecting the flavor with malt familiar with the Scottish style, hop and yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel Lush, full, rounded, almost chewy mouthfeel. A good wee heavy style that I rarely drink.

Photo of bifrostguard
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Burgundy with a small off white head and minimal lacing

S - Sweet malts, caramel and toffee with a bit of alcohol stinging the nostrils.

T - Somewhat more bitter than expected (a good thing), but still had a residual sweetness. Caramel and roasted malts are present in a healthy dose and a complimentary alcohol burn follows that is appreciated.

M - Medium bodied with a building residue on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this very much for the first few sips. Even on a small pour I thought that a little was enough.

Photo of Leesure
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Look: rich caramel color with a thin creamy head.

Smell: malty and yeasty with hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: a little thin for a Wee Heavy, but pleasant with just the right amount of carbonation.

Taste: spot on for the genre. Loads of mulch and caramel and vanilla. I did not get any of the smoke that is mentioned on the label, but that was just fine by me.

Overall: a very pleasant poor. I would definitely drink it again. I know they make a barrel-aged version and I would love to try it. Perhaps that could compare to my favorite wee heavy, the backwoods bastard.

Photo of ballewblake
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this out in Cali at Red Carpet Wines. Poured from bottle into a Brunehaut chalice.

Dark brown, maybe black, with a one finger off white head on a normal pour. Reasons to stick with my Duvel glass, smell. I always seem to get way better smells off that glass even though I have a huge glassware connection. Anyway, barely getting some slightly sweet smells, nothing huge, kinda disappointed there, but I'm really thinking its the glassware, will try in another glass when I finish the bottle. Taste is really sweet upfront and then as it washes over my tongue it gets really wet and sweeter at the back as it goes over the bitter areas, weird. Getting some ethanol now, both in the throat and lips, slightly noticeable, but I think as its warming up its really starting to come out. Some really mild bittering hops in the aftertaste. A great balance on this one with malts and hops. Deeper down, getting way better smells, great solid lacing down the glass and head retention is there. Getting the alcohol in the nose, picking up the sweet malts,

Photo of SeanMurray
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell is overloaded with alcohol. Tastes very chocolaty.... a lot of coffee as well.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Black95tt: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a small slightly off-white dirty head with average retention. Aroma of sweat malt with subtle hints at dry fruits. Aroma is mix between some roasted malt with some dry fruits sweetness. Body is a bit thin for my own liking and alcohol shows a little bit. I would have liked a bit more of a smoky/peat aroma to make this truly wonderful but this is a very good beer nonetheless.

Photo of d4114
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light barley come through a deep red body with a nice tan head.

S- Smoke, roasted notes, caramel, slight alcohol and a unique mintiness, all blend together really well.

T- Big smoky flavor, was expecting it to be sweeter. Smoke and malt notes with a dry finish. Not as complex as the smell but still a nice straight forward flavor. Also the alcohol is masked super well.

M- Medium to medium-heavy; creamy smooth feel but it's thick or viscus. Very drinkable.

O- Awesome nose, pretty straight forward flavor and highly drinkable, very solid over all.

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.