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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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827 Ratings

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 170
Gots: 182 | FT: 16
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:
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-06-2012 00:24:38 | More by Jammer42
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 00:45:24 | More by Pahn
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 02:34:13 | More by Duff27
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-20-2012 15:27:25 | More by monitorpop
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-03-2012 17:30:49 | More by vonnegut21
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-01-2012 01:25:06 | More by Dark33
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-22-2012 00:45:25 | More by DrFunkenstein
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-19-2012 17:23:33 | More by TBear1605
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-19-2012 02:26:28 | More by freduardo
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-16-2012 04:11:44 | More by blmar311
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-08-2012 06:30:53 | More by Stumpy29er
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4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at cellar temp in a tulip courtesy of Andrewinski1.

A - Just shy of black. The only indication that it's not black comes in the form of the deepest, most rich, dark ruby where the light manages to pierce the void.

S - Really nice notes of chocolate, and dark fruits. Think cherry and vinous character. The nose isn't as big as you might expect form a beer of this ABV, but I always respect when a brewer can be subtle .

T - Again, it's a delicate flavor profile, considering the style. Most examples of the Wee Heavy that I've come across are cloying, and crazily malt dominant. And while I do like some big malt character, again, I respect the restraint. Toffee, caramel, slight bit of vanilla, and definitely some chocolate. A little warming, but it's not hot by any means. This bottle has a year on it, so I can't speak for fresh examples, but it's nice and mellow. Finishes with a lot of toffee, raisins, and figs. It's delicate, but still boozy and rich.

M - Full mouthfeel, very smooth. Very low carbonation level. Once again, a big beer that shows a lot of artistry in its execution. This beer isn't chewy, seems fairly well attenuated, without seeming lean.

O - Really impressed with this beer. Love a beer that can be subtle and big at the same time. Reminds me of Kate the Great from Portsmouth Brewery in that way. Lots of delicate, fruity, malty notes. Boozy, without being cloying or requiring a fork and knife to aid in ingesting it. Really top notch stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 04:46:16 | More by 4thmedbn
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-05-2012 19:22:35 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-03-2012 19:04:00 | More by hpthebull
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-02-2012 04:23:08 | More by SHCC
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.1%

04-01-2012 02:27:55 | More by Vylo
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-27-2012 01:24:24 | More by Sailracer
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-26-2012 17:35:40 | More by Zaphog
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-23-2012 17:47:36 | More by Scout11
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-18-2012 23:21:59 | More by ineva
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-18-2012 05:05:10 | More by yokken
AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
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