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AleSmith Wee Heavy - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

948 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 185
Gots: 199 | FT: 14
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 coz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Magery
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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 freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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 JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of POTABLE83
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Thanks to Otey!

Pours a deep brown mahogany with thin off-white head. Nose is super dark and brooding. There's some aroma there that reminds me of the "band-aid" thing, but I don' think it's off. Maybe heather?

Palate is slick and sweet and a little prickly from booze. Flavors of dried dates, figs, burnt caramel, heather and top soil. Long long finish. Sweet but not cloying.

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Bendurgin
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip. Pours dark brown with a three finger foamy beige head. Nice retention and good sticky lace.

Raisins and chocolate are Most noticeable in the aroma. A little bit of bourbon in the aroma too. Very rich and a sweet and just a little boozey. Grapish flavor with a little bit of bitter cocoa. The taste is somewhat metallic to finish.

Medium body with soft carbonation. A little bit of a tannic finish. Pretty solid flavors here. A little dry and I am not fond of the metallic finsh. Otherwise pretty solid brew.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque brown, looks delicious but it's not going to win a beauty contest. I say 3.5/5 horseshoes.

Smell: Alcohol, dark fruits, scotch duh right?, maybe some caramel and cherry's playing tricks on my mind. 3.5 out of 5 four leaf clovers, the alcohol is kinda overwhelming.

Taste: Taste exactly like a less alcoholic version of Old Stock Ale. I mean exactly. Strong bourbon, cherries (claims a wiseman), malts, and alcohol, and alcohol. EDIT: "other wiseman" now tastes chocolate.

Burp: Chinese food? We didn't have Chinese food tonight...

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy and delicious. If you swish a lot it gets frothy. 4.0 magical bunny rabbits out of 5. (You know the kind that come out of a hat)

Drinkability: It's delicious, nutritious, and taste like alcohol. This will get you all sorts of fudged up. High alcohol. Enjoy if your team is losing a game

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2001 vintage in a 750ml capped bottle that was poured into a tulip glass as recommended per the label. Had a dark mahogany color, a modest creamy beige head and lots of fine carbonation seen crawling up the sides of the glass.
A rich, malty aroma dominated the nose. Also present in abundance were notes of dark fruit, scorched caramel, and smoldering peat. Heady alcohol vapors also made their presence known quite readily.
The taste was varied and complex. Up front were flavors of candy sugar and dark fruit, toffee, and grains. Mid-palate yielded a nutty flavor and the tastes of charred wood and peat. Lastly, there was a mild herbal bitterness and the warming parting shot of alcohol that heated up the throat and stomach. The feel was full, rich and creamy with a dry finish.
Wow, kudos to BrewMaster for finding this great brew and for putting the word out. The only downside I had with this beer from a drinkability standpoint was the potent ABV which had me getting loopy by the end of my second glass. A rich, hearty and complex ale that was worth the trip.

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.