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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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973 Ratings
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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 189
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2004

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown, hints of red when held up to the light. Fizzy, thin beige head quickly dissipates into a thin, soapy beige cap. Sticks to the sides of the glass, though no real lacing. A more aggressive pour yields a bigger, fluffier beige head with better lacing.

Nose is rather boozy, with notes of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, apples and pears. A bit toasty.

Taste is toasty, with dark molasses, caramel, and brown sugar all showing through. Notes of more apples and pears as well, with an earthy, alcohol-infused bitterness balancing the back end. Warming, and rich.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, sticky, with a crisp, somewhat coarse carbonation at first that by the end is softer and more restrained.

An interesting beer - reminiscent in some respects to a dark tripel with less yeast influence. Delicious.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a deep dark burgundy color with one finger of creamy smooth off white head.

Scent of caramel, tobacco, earth, brown sugar, chocolate, oak, grain, some alcohol, and maple syrup. Nice and robust with great complexity, the alcohol is mild and give a nice subtle heat to back up the richness.

Taste of caramel, tobacco, chocolate, light ash, gummy candy, oak, sweet bourbon, maple syrup, and sharp grain. A very smooth flavor; rich and complex, but not overpowering and smooth with a hint of warming alcohol. Unfortunately, this falls just short of being a 5.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and smooth with a bite of carbonation.

Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at The Beermongers here in Portland....

- Nutty dark solid brown... barely see through it... thick 2 fingers of mocha head as I even poured it slow, tumbler glass at a 45. Leaves a nice amount of drifting foam and lacing all about.

- Rich and roasty malt, caramel... candied caramel, and burnt caramel.... some spice, and a bit of hop bitterness.... almost a touch of coffee... but coffee with lots of milk and sugar.

- Smooth malty goodness right from my cellar at 55 Deg. F. Sweet candied caramel, light bitter hopping... smooth sailing, and warming.

- Little chalky, medium bodied... watering sweetness.

- Great drinkability and the alcohol is only later warming in the gut. Overall its great, but just a tad too sweet. Perhaps it would be better to let it sit longer to balance out.

Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bruachan
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 from hudson's acme

possibly the best aroma i've found in a beer. sweet caramelized malts with a deep rich tastiness. a touch of vinous darkfruitiness

dark garnet with a thin bubbly film. i coaxed a half-finger head out of it with an aggressive pour, but the % killed it off

fairly full-bodied, with a smooth alcoholic finish and a hint of smoke. complex in all facets. smoke and roasted barley in the background, nutty flavors and big caramel up front

this is a great beer. hard to sit down with a couple on your own, but a great example of the style and wonderfully drinkable. after this, and if speedway is what people say it is, i'm buying a t-shirt

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into tulip.

Deep amber with reddish highlights. Clear with thick off whilte head. Good retention then leaves a ring around the edge. Short lived, spotty lacing. Very attractive.

Booze is most prominent, malt, cararmel, slightly peaty and a bit of malty sweetness. Nicely blended with exception of prominent booze.

Boozy, caramel, malty sweetness and a wee bit smoky. Largely balanced, but the booze is most notable. Clean, slightly dry finish.

Perfectly restrained carbonation, thick, full, pleasant texture. Dry, but not overly so, finish. Strong alc warming.

Full bodied, assertive and bold. A savoring, sharing sipper. Really tasty, but no attempt to hide the booze. Would be interested to see what happened to it after a couple of years in the cellar. My brother found the booze overwhelming and left me the chore of draining the majority of the bottle. I enjoyed it, was up to the task, but it took a while.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bamadog
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kels for splitting this one with me - the final beer of the night, but it it's definitely going to be a good one. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown with some hints of light tans and browns when held to the light; comes with a nice 2 finger head that is a light khaki tan and has strong retention as it slowly fades down to a thick, uneven, and chewy looking skim floating on the surface; body, while very dark, seems to have some sediment floating throughout; some loose and scant lacing is present in random spots on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is pretty amazing and quite strong - I can smell it from about 4 feet away, and it smells wonderful; deep and dark roasty/caramel-like malts that are also very toasty; some hints of brown sugar; overall, I think the best part about the smell is how easy it is to pick up and how robust it is...

Taste: Holy crap - this one might be setting the bar for me in terms of Scotch style ales, beating out some really stiff competition from 3F and Founders... The flavors are strong in the malt department - coming across warm, roasty and toasty, sweet caramel and a bit of a bitter/nutty aspect in the back of it; there is a presence of alcohol in the flavor as well but it's masked fairly well by the strong malt profiles and actually serves more as a compliment.

Mouthfeel: Very substantive - a wonderfully thick and chewy body let's you know that you've got a solid beer in your mouth; definitely sticky as it covers the ENTIRE mouth and really holds all of the strong flavors on the taste buds, continuing in the drinking pleasure; the alcohol warms the mouth, chest and belly a bit, but also makes the mouth (particularly the gums) tingle, really giving the mouth an additional dimension.

Drinkability: Well, everything is great about this beer - it's nice to look at, smells incredible, tastes even better and it feels great in the mouth; however, the ABV is a bit high to make this something that I would want to try to get through, but kels said it best: "if I'm having trouble sleeping, I'll just crack into one of these..." Good stuff overall.

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

Wow, what a powerful tasting ale. When poured, it showed a medium hazy brown color with no foam to speak of. The smell of sweet candies and spices filled the nose, with a hint of chocolate.
Same goes for the flavor. Sweet spices, chocolate with a great balance of bitter sweet taste of the palate. Another winner for Alesmith, if you can find their ales. I got mine while in S.D., on vacation.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy (chill haze?) Ruby Red/dark brown color with decent white head that goes fast and doesnt leave any tremendous lace but there is some there. The nose is very much dark fruit and some malt sugar. Taste follows the nose, malty as hell early, but dark fruits and spice come out. Not a ton of scotch ale flavors here, but they are present. I think they are just overshadowed by the abv. As it warms they come out more, but so do the malts. Kind of chocolatey almost malt flavor. maybe roasted. Sugary finish with a little nice hop bite. This is a heavy-ass wee heavy. Mouthfeel is very good. On the thin side, which I like in this particular style, however you can defenitely feel this beer in your mouth. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength, but i have had better, albeit few. A great beer, and defenitely one that will improve with age IMO. Good work alesmith.

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blood red mahogony with a large foamy tan head. Very nice lacing and a long lasting head make this beer a good looking brew. The smell is strong with " bisquity" aromas along with alcohol,dark fruit, and sweet malt. The taste is like a barleywine, dark fruit, bready flavors, and sweet malt. This is kind of mellow,but it would be better if I aged this. The m/f is heavy with all flavors mixing well. A very good beer that could be great if cellared properly.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.