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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

883 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 175
Gots: 190 | 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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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a good wee heavy glass, and also a tulip suggested by the brewery.

A real interesting small pour produces little head off the tulip, aggression brings a caramel light fluffy head while drinking. Falls very fast with a lot of snapping sounding carbonation, and leave a pencil thin collar. While consuming the ring of glass gets coated in lots of spider like lacing all the way down. Body color is a deep dark brownish red, with some honey brown chestnut hues along the edges..

Nose is subtle, toffee like malts which are tiny, but a big sense of sweet concord grape juice. Hints of cherries and nutmeg. Pretty unique and interesting, but no strong alcohol, and clean and airy.

Palate hits at first with a tight fizz and a hint of carbon dioxide. Mid palate opens with a light caramel, but this feels and tastes more like a Belgian quad character. Hints of Flanders like cherries, and a very faint charing on the finish. Some small chocolate hiding in the background and cherry coke like sensibility.

Overall this is real interesting, but it seems like the toffee sense on this is downplayed. I normally like a good sense of that, and this reminds me more of a quad which doesn't always grab me when I want a Wee Heavy. It's got a great flavor profile, but it's not what I look for in this style, and they all seem like they are trying to play nice together but have a hard time fitting well with each other nicely. Regardless, it's a very well crafted beer.

smakawhat, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of chrisxmartin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

chrisxmartin, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber with a light taupe head, perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Chocolate fudge nose, some cinnamon, with a lot of alcohol invading the olfactory. Aroma is reminiscent of FW Double DBA. Viscous mouthfeel that ads to the richness of the beer. There's certainly an Oktoberfest on steroids with this one. Spicy, chocolaty, fudgy, creamy, smooth. Not much to dislike.

DocJitsu, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

laxer8811, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Twal, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Hacksaw34
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Hacksaw34, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler to tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, light brown with a few cm of bright beige head, largish bubbles. Very good retention and some lattice lacing and swirls.

S: Delicious dark fruit (cherry, plum), spiced rum, dark molasses, and caramel malts.

T: Dark, fleshy fruit, fruity esters, very earthy, some dry molasses, and toasty malt. Finishes fairly dry. Excellent balance here: big, rich flavors but not overly so like you get in Wee Heavys.

M: Quite creamy like milk chocolate, medium-full body and medium-light carbonation. Sticky sticky.

O: Complex, a bit too big to be drinkable, but tasty in small doses. Very enjoyable.

pmarlowe, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
4/5  rDev -4.1%

mkennedy119, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy dark brown but turns pitch black in the glass. A nice one finger of a off khaki colored head. Good retention and slight alcohol legs.

S- Dark fruits, raisins figs, spicy plums. Some roasty and caramel malts> Slight heat but really brings this to life.

T- Big roasted dark fruits hit the palate. There is a ton of rum soaked raisin, plums and spiced figs, Somewhat reminiscent to a quad. A roasted caramel flavor is throughout the entire beer which really rounds it out. I can almost taste the alcohol but the heat really brings this beer to life. The flavors are strong and intense. Well balanced and lively.

M- Thick and syrupy but balanced quite well by the alcohol presence. Aftertaste isn't too dry. Leaves a slight roasted flavor.

O- One of the best Wee Heavy's out there. Would kill to try the barrel aged version.

TwelveOunces, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

RblWthACoz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, very dark brown with a bit of red in there. Big and dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving really nice solid lacework behind.

S: Toffee, molasses and some peat with hints of smoke. Decent caramel in there as well.

T: Loaded with smoke and peat up front. Toffee, caramel and molasses abound especially in the middle. Some dark fruits fill in the middle as well, fig, grape and maybe raisin? A touch of nuttiness too. Finishes with lots of peat and toffee. Fairly boozy. I get a fair amount of of odd sawdust and leather in there too. Hard to describe.

M: Heavy, thick, boozy.

O: Definitely a very strong, boozy and complex scotch ale. The weird leathery/dusty/woody aspect really detracted I thought. It almost tastes oxidized in a way but this is super fresh (just came into the store last week). Fairly smoky and peaty too which I generally don't like too much. I was kind of torn on the scoring as I didn't like some of the flavors but it also has a lot of good flavors as well as the complexity and balance. The smoke and peat seems in-line with the style so it's hard to take away points for that either. Tough one to score. I did not enjoy this one at all, however.

Dope, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of jlieber17
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jlieber17, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 604growler
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

604growler, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of rinhaak
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pouring a pretty deep black with a fine foamy head, the beer has aromas of black licorice, sweet plums, dark rum, and ice cream. Very warm and boozy in the mouth, it drinks more like a digestive. There are flavors of dark plum, dark roasted (but never burnt) malts, and dark rum.

A lovely beer to end the day with, AleSmith Wee Heavy is also great beer for the colder months.

Highly recommended.

rinhaak, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark, amber brown with a moderate tan head that goes away fairly quickly, leaving some nice cotton lacing. Very pretty beer.

Toasted malts, dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of yeast. Sweet but not overly so, makes me want to take a sip ASAP. A touch of alcohol too.

Much like the nose, the taste comes through in about the same order - toasted malts, a kind of raisiny / plum fruit flavor, mixed with some caramel malts. Almost goes the medicinal alcohol route, but stops just short, thank god. I'm really digging the roasted malt, stout character of this that isn't usually there for the style - works really nicely. Even a touch of bitter hops on the back end. Quite a bit going on here.

Thick, heavy, syrupy but not overly so. Good carbonation bite to offset.

While not my favorite Scotch Ale, a very unique and very nice take on the style, and super enjoyable. Well crafted and delicious.

gleemonger, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of kendellmarie
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

kendellmarie, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

strongaf, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

flagmantho, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of JohnnieQuest
4/5  rDev -4.1%

JohnnieQuest, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mater, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of alecvdpoel
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

alecvdpoel, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clear deep chestnut, has a dark tan head that settles slowly leaving good lacing and having good curtains.

Smelling of fudge, butter scotch, dried dates, apricots, Marzipan, almonds and Sherry.

Tasting of sweet brown bread, dark dried fruits, Sherry and almonds.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a huge body. A very smooth dryness.

In small portions, mostly after dinner, with a good dessert, why not Crème Brûlée.

rarbring, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Chrisdslap
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Chrisdslap, Sep 02, 2012
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.