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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

843 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 174
Gots: 182 | 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.

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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5%

on tap at the brewery

Pours a deep almost blacked out color with a thin layering of beige head resting on top. Light amount of lacing dots the glass, with a slick of film coating the brew.

Robust, thick scents of roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of nuttiness and booze with peat and leather. Very faint smoke with alcoholic warmth. Tempered sweetness.

Rich and full-flavored right up front with dashes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Layers of caramel and peat with subtle notes of smoke. Sweet, but not cloying, paired with a substantial boozy warmth. A bit of leather and nuttiness towards the finish.

Full bodied, decent carbonation, creamy and luxurious on the tongue. I savored every drop of my taster - I would easily buy a few bottles of this if it wasn't so pricy here in Philly.

08-01-2012 00:57:49 | More by xnicknj
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours dark brown with reddish hues at the edges, produces a finger of creamy head that recedes to a wispy layer, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Aroma of caramel, molasses and fruit as well as smokey, peaty notes.

T- Sweet, slightly boozy flavor, lots of caramel and dark fruit. Also some smoke, peat and oak.

M- Full-bodied, thick, creamy, smooth feel.

O- An awesome wee heavy, very tasty and pretty damn drinkable for such a big beer.

07-31-2012 09:16:14 | More by WillCarrera
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 750mL bottle into Sam Adams tulip pint, no bottle date as far as I can tell.

A: Black body with slight brown highlights. Head is thick and solid, tan colored.

S: Dark roasty malt, slight sweetness, fairly clean.

T: Hits up front with a nice sweetness. Just when I thought it was going to finish too clean, here comes another wave of flavor. Hop and roasty bitterness fade to coffee and chocolate notes, as well as some dark crystal malt. Lingers this way for awhile.

M: Well carbonated, not too much.

O: A really nice beer for the style, but I wouldn't find myself reaching for this over an RIS anytime soon.

07-21-2012 03:50:01 | More by 51mmz0rz
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-18-2012 04:06:50 | More by MarkyMOD
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

750ml bottle 10,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

This is going to be my first beer from AleSmith, so I am really looking forward to it - it also helps that Wee Heavy's are one of my favorite styles of beer!

Appearance: The beer pours a dark mahogany brown, however a back light transforms the colour into a beautiful deep red with bright golden edges. A rough pour yields a large cream coloured head that displays good retention and leaves sticky rings of lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Ah, this smells amazing, it has been far too long since I had a good Wee Heavy. The The initial nose is quite sweet with notes of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar and a little chocolate. These notes are soon joined by toasted malt, molasses, dark blue gum honey and sweet dark fruits (plums, dates and a touch of raisin). Warming yields a little alcohol, a hint of peated whiskey, an earthy note and a very unexpected touch of pine needles.

Taste: The flavour is not quite as sweet as the nose, but that is probably a good thing as that might make it a little tougher to finish the bottle.
Flavour notes include: Toasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, honey, dates, a hint of chocolate, an earthy character and the faintest hint of alcohol.
The finish displays a touch of bitterness and is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body and quite chewy, with a medium level of carbonation. Initially the carbonation was not quite smooth enough, however after the first third of the bottle things improve drastically, with the carbonation becoming far smoother, to the point that it is almost creamy.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer, I thoroughly enjoyed it and had no problem finishing the 750. I will certainly buy this one again. I think a barrel-aged version of this must be absolutely fantastic. I hope they release it again soon.

07-17-2012 19:38:00 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. No bottle date. Shame, Alesmith! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep brown. A bit translucent. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell - Butterscotch and caramel. Everything you'd expect from a scotch ale. But hops? What is that? Way too hoppy.

Taste - Much like the smell. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch. It's all cut by the hop flavor. Strong hoppy flavor in the finish, without being bitter. Too much.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. The hop bitterness cuts the sweetness. Really nice. Not bitter, but balanced.

Overall - Off-style from the hops. Good, but not what I expected.

07-15-2012 17:02:40 | More by Alieniloquium
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

07-10-2012 17:56:19 | More by ajs4bd
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ChulaVistaBarista

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-08-2012 02:39:22 | More by ChulaVistaBarista
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make it very easy to drink.

07-07-2012 02:12:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mrsp1107

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-06-2012 23:23:50 | More by mrsp1107
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Bfarr

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Clear dark brown, good tan frothy head and great retention. Peat and light smoke aroma. Smooth chocolate with notes of peat and smoke. Light caramel sweetness with a gentle warming. Velvety smooth feel.

Very subtle but good malt flavor with a good amount of sweetness. There’s a high alcohol content but it is not present in the flavor making this a scary easy drinking beer. There’s a good peat presence in the nose though it is slightly more subdued in the flavor as I would say it should be though I usually like a little bit more.

07-04-2012 22:23:55 | More by Bfarr
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -40%

07-04-2012 21:40:42 | More by mfgreene
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KyleMA

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-27-2012 22:54:00 | More by KyleMA
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birchstick

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-26-2012 04:22:29 | More by birchstick
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the peat smoke, with some toffee and caramel malt thrown in. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get some nice toffee and dark fruit notes, along with a hint of peat smoke and some light alcohol notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Scotch ale, glad I got to try this one.

06-16-2012 15:38:00 | More by Mora2000
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JohnLynch


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-06-2012 04:16:37 | More by JohnLynch
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Jammer42

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-06-2012 00:24:38 | More by Jammer42
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-04-2012 14:26:44 | More by nmann08
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Greywulfken

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

A: pitch brown beer, formed a fat bibbly frothy head that simmered down but a nice layer of bubbles was always there; motes of lace and clingy bubbles

S: caramel malts and toffee, molasses and smoke

T: definitely the best wee heavy I've had - had a lot of barleywine characteristics: there was dark fruit, soft creamy caramel; but also had hint of smoky peat and earthiness

M: wow - not heavy - very drinkable and creamy; wonderfully refreshing with a great aftertaste

O: did I say this was the best wee heavy I've had? Super smooth, very flavorful, avoided being too sweet or chewy. I could drink a lot of this.

06-01-2012 00:22:42 | More by Greywulfken
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-29-2012 18:21:59 | More by Brewsed
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Pahn

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Don't know when it was bottled, but it had silver foil over the cap. Can't remember if I bought it this Winter or last.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch frothy tan head that dissipates steadily. Pours an almost opaque dark ruby with lots of visible, shadowy sediment. Leaves leggy streaks of lacing after each sip.

Smell: Slight cherry-like dark fruit note, with some underlying cake. Smells a little oxidized. The aromas work, but they're too muted; don't contribute much to the experience.

Halfway through the first glass, the aroma really opens up. The growing booziness seems to uncover a sweet malt complexity that greatly enhances the flavor.

Taste: One of those "sold on the first sip," beers. Big hit of caramel and cake, working beautifully with the creamy feel. Second sip brings out some dark fruit to highlight the caramel and toffee. The finish has a strong boozy heat, and is semi-dry. Can't tell if there's a touch of smoked malt, or if that's expectation plus the dry heat.

Love the balance here. There's a strong hop bitterness working with the heat and low (for a thick, 10% ABV beer) final gravity to keep the beer from even approaching "too rich" or "too sweet". Raisiny sherry-like oxidation note becomes prominent in each sip, but works beautifully with the dark fruit and caramel (the latter always the most prominent).

My only complaint is that the beer is maybe too straightforward. It's so finely balanced and delicious that I don't mind the relative simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Light side of full bodied. Very creamy. Low but adequate carbonation. Dryish finish that contributes monumentally to drinkability.

Overall: The 5 I'm giving here harkens back to the old "Drinkability" category to some degree. Unbelievable for such a thick, caramely, boozy beer as this to go down so easily. The levels of bitterness, sweetness, heat, etc are just perfect. Great vehicle for bold malt flavor, which is my favorite thing to find in a beer.

In my last review of an Alesmith beer--2010 Decadence, the last Alesmith beer I've had before this one--I mentioned that the beer fell short, particularly in regards to the potential of the brewers. Alesmith Wee Heavy is the kind of beer I'm talking about there; only a world class brewer could make a beer like this.

05-25-2012 00:45:24 | More by Pahn
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Duff27

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Collar left after initial short light tan head. Leaves a lot of lacing for a wee heavy.

Deep caramel/toffee aromas.

Rich rich rich, daddy likey. Caramels, toffee, slight dark fruit (prunes/raisins). 10% huh? Welp alright then.

So smooth, adequate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

This was awesome. Malt bomb to perfection. Perhaps the beat wee heavy I've ever had. Thanks again egrace84!

05-24-2012 02:34:13 | More by Duff27
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-20-2012 15:27:25 | More by monitorpop
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-10-2012 22:23:34 | More by funkel81
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vonnegut21

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-03-2012 17:30:49 | More by vonnegut21
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.