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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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951 Ratings

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 200 | FT: 14
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004)
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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 jjayjaye
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent dark brown color with a thin fizzy light tan head that's gone in a flash leaving little lacing. The smell is very nice; a rich molasses caramel and a bit of the alcohol. This one is marked 10% ABV. A real sipper, there is a bright tang from the alcohol while a light sparkle of carbonation lends a creaminess to the mouth feel. Full flavored, with a unique blend of cocoa, caramel, molasses and toffee. It finishes with small mocha-toffee aftertaste that is ever so lightly smoked. That is really well done. Definitely a winter warmer with a whole bunch to consider. Highly recommended.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An incredible looking beer, this pours the deepest burgundy I've ever seen, topped by a rocky three-finger head of creaminess incarnate. Lots of lace, both splotchy and stringy...pretty much a perfect looking beer. If not, I certainly haven't seen another more beautiful. (And the bottle says it's 10% ABV...lucky me!)

Aroma is a fantastic array of smoke (mild), peat, cheesecake and berry fruits, also some cherry pipe tobacco further back, and a dim bit of leather even further back.

Flavor: first comes a big grape / berry sweetness, like real concord grape juice amped up by an exotic berry juice infusion; then several waves of bitter dark chocolate, soil, flavored pipe tobacco, and burnt raisin. That sounds a bit heavy, but it all remains on the delightfully succulent and manageable sweet side. A bit of alcohol flare rides through during and between sips, but the thin yet velvety slick mouthfeel does wonders in taming that, helping the flavors remain in the spotlight. This could've been too thick or sticky, but instead it's just right in its graceful, even gentle delivery.

Easily one of the most delicious beers I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Its bulky ABV and assertive flavors make it one I wouldn't probably want that often, but that's okay. It'll only be that much sweeter to return to. ...Now, short of trading, if I didn't have to book flight to get it, I'd really be in business...sigh...

Photo of TexIndy
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle with no dating info into a tulip. It was a dark reddish brown color. It had a small head that quickly disappeared. Good carb fountain in center but no lacing. The aroma was heavy on the alcohol and dark fruits (raisin or plum). Slight malt in the back. The taste was also heavy on the alcohol. Kinda reminded me of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It was missing the smoky, peaty aroma and taste that I love in most wee heavy/scoth ales. Really disappointed in this one. One is enough and half bottle at that. (3.5, RTL, M, N)

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 ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a preface, I am not very familiar with “scotch style” ales, whatever that actually means. This had a very amazing chocolate and malty smell that only got better as the bottle got lower. The taste was malty and good but not alcoholic despite the high ABV. My friend said he tasted peat and smoke but I tasted no such thing and I feel cheated. This was still a pretty good beer. Damn you Alesmith!!!

Photo of jamie2dope
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that I have been meaning to try for some time now. It has never been a style that I have been all that fond of, but for the sake of expanding the range of the palate, decided I had to give them more of a chance. This one pours a mahogany color, with a very small white head that lasts till the end. Smell is big on chocolate, caramel, honey and alcohol. A slightly smoky aroma is in there too beneath the other smells. Taste is very much on par with the smells, however the aftertaste leaves a very pleasant coating in the mouth that is very close to butterscotch. Mouthfeel is big and busty, with lots of alcohol coming through, making it a sipper for sure. I have a feeling finishing the bottle with one buddy of mine will not be a problem. It reminds me a little bit of the Speedway Stout in that there is a fair amount of rich alcohol, but not quite to the extent of the stout. This is a perfect beer for the cooler climates, and I find myself wondering why it took me so long to get this beer awesome Alesmith brew. Cheers

Photo of Pegasus
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogony brown, with a small, persistent tan head, and thin, fine lacing.

Aroma: Peat, smoke, molasses, and sweet alcohol, classic for the style.

Taste:Rich, malty aroma at the open, beneath which there is an earthy, peat note, which carries throughout the taste. The alcohol note is quite whiskey-like - or should I say whisky - and is prominent from start to finish. The taste closes with a lingering smoked peat note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example of a superb style, very, very well done.

Many thanks to Bill for generously sharing this wonderful Scotch Ale.

Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into the elongated tulip.

A - Pours like cola, 3/4 head that clears mostly within 5 minutes. Lacing sticky and thick.

S - Raisins, cola, dark fruits- big malty nose.

T - Taste mimics smell really well. Carbonation perfect and alcohol is present but not overly so.

M - Creamy as all get out. As noted, good carbonation. Very coating and each drink stays in the mouth for a LONG time. Good stuff. FInishes with a nice smaller bitter note.

D - This would exhaust me after one. Very easy to get the one down, though!

Photo of gwood
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown with ruby accents with some backlight. Tan head comes on nice but doesn't have much retention and just a slight bit of lacing.

The nose is full of sweet malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, and hints of alcohol. The nose gives away most of the wonderful tastes of this beer. Sweet malts with hints of black molasses, middle is malts again, finishes deceptively dry with a hint of smoke with increasing alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. What a great sipping beer!

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 flexabull
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been anxious to try this beer for some time now. I was happy to hear that a local liquor store was now carrying it, along with a few other of the Alesmith beers.

So I grabbed a few bottles, and here we go...

Beer pours a nice tawny brown color with a decent white head.

Aromas are great. Dark fruits, booze, smoke, and a bit of pine.

Beer is HUGE tasting. Very thick and full mouthfeel. Wonderfully coats the mouth and the tongue. Sweet malts, fruity, and with some smokey oak flavors. Finish is bitter, hoppy, and with a warm alcohol finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a very nice sipping Wee Heavy. It's really big, and probably would benefit from some aging. But it's still excellent right now. One of the best Wee Heavy brews I have ever had. The beer formally known as Fat Bastard from Silver City might be just a touch better IMHO since it's a little easier to drink, but this is still top notch.

Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fruity esters come on strong and ripe. Dark fruit, plums and overripe purple grapes.

Appearance: Deep brown that showed clarity only with strong backlight. A tan head lasted about half glass and left some lace.

Flavor: Deep toffee malt with a grape jam heavy fruit. The grape and plum flavors are really strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium low carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fruity malty monster of a beer! Really clean overall taste for such a big beer. Just hints of peat and smoke deep in the malt. Good stuff.
Big thanks to Bill and Kim for breaking out the 750ml!

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown with hints of red and decent clarity. Large tan head that settles down quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

S - Malty sweetness, roasty notes, and a bit of alcohol. Some dark, rasiny fruitiness and maby a hint of smoke.

T - Smooth coffee and caramel flavors with smokey roast malt and significant hop flavors. Notes of rasins, dark caramel syrup, and roasted nuts. The finish is reminicent of chocolate covered coffee beans.

M - Medium carbonation with some astringency. The body is fairly heavy but the finish is dry.

D - This is a very full flavored and bold ale. It is well balanced and satisfying, though the aroma does not match the complexity of the flavor.

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 Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Dark brown, with a medium tan, off-white head.

S: Smells of caramel malt, molasses and peat.

T: Big malt notes, some whiskey and bourbon, peaty, went great with BBQ, a great tasting beer.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth, and robust, you know you're drinkin' a beer.

D: A great Wee Heavy, smooth and tasty, robust but easy to drink, I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of bradford
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a couple bottles at the BevMo in San Luis Obispo, CA on 8/10/07
Appearance was very dark red with a small white head that remains for the duration of the glass
Smelled very much like a stout but with a slight smokiness that is the all-to farmiliar Scotch ale malts. perhaps some Pete malt?
Tasted fantastic. Tons of malt. More than expected in a brew renound for maltiness. Also lots of alcohol on the tongue which can either work brilliantly for a beer, or be it's ultimate downfall. I like the alcohol in Rochefort 10, but not so much in the Kentucky Breakfast Stout. It works very well for this offering.
Mouthfeel was a winner again. Very thich mouthfeel, that is helped in the throat with the alcohol. This beer feels on the palate like a 10+% abv beer, not the advertised 9.5%.
Drinkability was good on this one. It will be savored though and not drank like a weiss on this warm evening. I am already looking forward to my next glass. Great stuff. Highly reommended.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of caramel and peated malts. It screams of burnt toffee with a sweet malt scent and a warm elevated abv element. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and a bit bitter. There is an earthy element here that compliments the caramel malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Scotch ale. It's a warmer for sure, but I love the malt character.

Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic brew. Pours a dark, deep, cola-like bubbling brown.

No real hop taste, the flavor is sweet but not overpowering, and the taste is more complex and rich than one would suspect from this style. Carbonation created a nice two to three inch head, color was a rich chocolately amber.

Quite drinkable, perfect for those who want a nice, complex malt profile.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Downtown Wines in Boston for $14.20.

Pours dark brown with cherry red hints. The head is smallish but never dissapears and coats the glass in creamy lace. The aroma shows brown sugar, vanilla, mollases and a good amount of booze. The taste is more complex. Fresh bread, licorice, stewed pears dusted in cocoa powder, toasted oak, rum soaked christmas cake, raspberry jam and English hops all pack into the flavor. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected with a wonderfully textured carbonation. The finish is too boozey.

This beer is probably better with age. Its nicely complex and nuanced, but too sweet and boozey for my tastes.

Photo of walshclimb
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a thin, fine, tan head that leaves a slight lace. Rich smell of malt with strong carmel and nice coffee and chocolate notes. Initially tastes very malty with gentle sweetness and light smoke and chocolate with a hint of licorice. Aftertaste is nicely balanced with a nice hop bitterness and malty flavor that is medium lived and clean. Full bodied mouthfeel with slightly alcoholic finish - less alcoholic than you might expect for a 10% beer. Syruppy, heavy, dense, and smooth. This is a very tasty beer. It stands up well on its own or try it with something rich like beef wellington or a rich chocolate dessert.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was aged for about a year and 1/2 before drinking. Poured a hazy, muddy brown with an orange tint. Little head, some lacing. The smell is very malty, but the alcohol burn in this one is gone after aging. Despite the fairly low level of carbonation, there is something fairly spritzy on the nose, as well as plentiful dark fruits and a touch of molasses. The taste is very smooth and geentle at the start with no noticeable alcohol but lots of restrained sweet malt, followed by a growing malt explosion that culminates in bursts of chocolate, bitters, spice, rum soaked fruitcake, and a late cocoa finish. Very smootth and creamy, this is eeven a little undercarbonated for me by this point. Quite interesting and delicious and worth drinking. I should have aged it for about 6 months less to optimize the balance of elements and retain a little more spritz. Delicious.

Photo of greenbeaner
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up not knowing quite what to expect, as this is my first stab at a scotch style ale that I know of. And what a pleasent surprise. Pours a beautiful dark rich amber, and forms to a frothy one finger head that's creamy and smooth. Sweet smells of apple and raisins and a bit of smoke.

Taste is very complex, the apple and raisin that I experienced in the brews smell shine through a smoky caramel backbone. There are also strong hints of cherry. There is some hoppy bitterness towards the finish that quickly smoothes itself out in the end. This is a thick, warm, full bodied beer that sticks to the inside of your mouth for a good while after you swallow. Feels great to take in and going down as well. Very warming.

I definitely plan on trying this beer again, but next time I will be sure to pick up more for cellaring...It seems like it would age quite well and I'm anxious to experience the results! Great brew!

Photo of hoppymeal
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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 mcallister
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahagony, red highlights, with a great head of off tan that holds up nicely then fades into sporadic sticky thin lacing around the glass. With good retention overall.

Raisin, mollasses, mission fig, black curran, black berry, smoked peat, caramel malt, and hints of woody earth round out the nicely balanced nose.

This is a damn good beer. Full and rich mouthfeel leaves a layer of sweet malt on your tongue for the minute long or loner finish. Ripe mission fig, black currant, slight anise, malt is of sweet burnt caramel and is a mid palate wonder. A floral slightly earthy hop is introduced to balance and complete the long finish. Hints of peat smokey-ness are subdued but integrated nicely. Raisin, cured meat, and craft round this one out. A great, very easy too sip on beer.

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.