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AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 297
Gots: 114 | FT: 8
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This was barrel aged and limited to 234 hand numbered bottles from the 2004 batch of Wee Heavy and released in 2005.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 04-08-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-24-2013 13:29:11 | More by mendvicdog
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Kraig

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

06-02-2013 15:46:05 | More by Kraig
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IPeteA91

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-30-2013 02:05:50 | More by IPeteA91
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imyourhero21

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

02-18-2014 19:43:51 | More by imyourhero21
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outlaw1323

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-09-2014 17:21:47 | More by outlaw1323
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whartontallboy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-01-2012 02:09:28 | More by whartontallboy
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huddyball

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-02-2014 05:14:25 | More by huddyball
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-27-2013 19:44:26 | More by dfhhead25
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rye726

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage '06. Thanks Mike!

Pours a hazy, woody mahogany with a silky tan head.

Nose has whiskey, dark pitted fruits, oak, vanilla, cocoa, raisins, figs, caramel and toffee.

Very well balanced flavor profile. The barrel aging is subtle yet compiments the beer perfectly.

Creamy body has a delicate carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:39:53 | More by rye726
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-18-2014 17:03:09 | More by DRTBrewster
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-20-2014 13:18:21 | More by EROCK75
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mroberts1204

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-28-2012 23:05:09 | More by mroberts1204
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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rallison

California

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005. Bottle #148/222.

Pours with a minimal head - not quite still but quite low carbonation.

Nose is very balanced and pleasant - bourbon, caramel and vinous fruits play together quite nicely.

The taste is quite nicely balanced at this point (5 years out!) with a heavy emphasis on vinous fruits and mellow bourbon layered beautifully on top of a soft caramel/toffee base. There almost seems to be a presence of juicy dark berries on top of everything, rounding things off nicely. Lovely.

No alcohol heat is left. The carbonation is very low, but works nicely in this case, giving the beer a very pleasant, soft character.

Minimal oxidation.

Excellent beer. At this point, the 2005 vintage is drinking very nicely. Very mellow and very rounded. Now would be a good time to open a bottle (I point this out to the multitudes of you with bottles waiting to be opened). With that said, given the minimal oxidation, it could probably handle another couple of years - but, I don't necessarily see it improving either.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 08:26:45 | More by rallison
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Beerzebub

California

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From seaoflament in a trade. Thanks!

2005 bottle, #217/222, poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

The coloring is fully revealed by a complete lack of head. Deep reddish coffee brown fades to a golden brown topaz around the edges, quite attractive, crowned by a very thin ring of tiny bubbles, and basically no lacing. Almost no perceivable carbonation, but the bottle did release a gentle hiss when opened.

Aroma of caramel and bourbon barrel - almost just like a particularly caramelly bourbon with a tobacco aspect, minus most of the alcohol. The malt and the bourbon barrel are fused seamlessly and deliciously, with notes of light roast coffee, raisins, vanilla, and something immediately and surprisingly evocative of yellow curry.

The flavor shouts "I am barleywine!", driven by sweet, sticky, dark caramel. The bourbon barrel certainly makes its presence known, but it is balanced and very well integrated, more restrained in the flavor than it is in the aroma. Coffee, tobacco, raisins, mixed spices, and a bit of chocolate, all steeped in dark bourbony caramel. Good long finish, with the malt eventually giving way to dry, very mildly bitter, spicy wood in the very end.

The apparent lack of carbonation is compensated for by a full, thick, silky maltiness. This is no thirst-quenching quaffer of course, but is a pleasure to drink nonetheless. The deeper I drink of this, the more entangled I become in a web of pleasure it spins about my soul, so that I desire to drink deeply of it endlessly and endlessly.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 08:25:25 | More by Beerzebub
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kmcnair

California

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 216 of 234.

A - Pours a cola like deep brown hue and doesn't foam up at all, the crown is totally absent. A hard pour generates not much more than a few suds that collect on the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is a lovely boquet of smoked malt, figs, raisins, chocolate, scotch, toasted oak and vanilla. You can really bury your nose into this one, it smells fantastic.

T - And a taste... it just brings it all home. Wow... you put the Scotch strong ale into a Bourbon barrel and everything just falls into place. Sweet dark fruits like figs, raisins, dates and prunes dance with a hint of smokey malt, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, maple and subtle oaky alcoholic bourbon overtones.

M - Soft and wet on the palate, nicely thick, rich and creamy in the body and finishes with a great warmth. Carbonation is almost completely absent.

D - The Bourbon Barrel effect on AleSmith Wee Heavy is a winner. Take something thats already quite good and make it several times better. This is a slow and easy sipper that will warm you up and content you on a quiet night. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 06:33:18 | More by kmcnair
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Dogoatus

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

05/03/2014 - 750ml bottle (2014) into snifter

A - Opaque, solid almost black pour with 1/2" dark tan head with good retention.

S - Most noticeably is the bourbon to start, almost overwhelming. Followed by hints of toffee, caramel, oak/woody, and slight vanilla.

T - Initial heavy bourbon without overpowering heat. Again you find the toffee, caramel, oak/woody with a very small amount of vanilla. The finish is oak/woody with warmth from the alcohol. All facets of flavors come almost perfectly.

M - Little carbonation, pretty heavy and lingered on the palette for a considerable amount of time.

O - Overall this beer is a killer drink. I can't imagine how good this batch will be aged.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 01:37:30 | More by Dogoatus
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popery

California

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012. Pours a dark brown with a small amount of bubbles. The head is beige and dissipates relatively quickly. Nice enough lacing though. Aroma is a well blended mix of bourbon notes and the wonderful flavors of the base beer. There's vanilla, oak, bourbon and a bit of booze mixed into molasses, caramel, fresh dough, toasty malt sugars and all sorts of other warm, friendly flavors. Taste is sweet and warm. It's a lovely beer. I realize that I'm sorta repeating myself here, but the rich malt flavor of the base beer is impeccably blended into the bourbon barrel flavors. Alesmith is one of the very best at barrel aging, and it very much shows in this beer. Feel is smooth and full. Never gets too sticky or boozey. This is just a phenomenal beer. On a sidenote, I don't think it will get any better with age. This beer is drinking wonderfully, right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:20:52 | More by popery
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impending

California

4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A+

750ml into a large wine glass. Pours a deep ruddy walnut, encouraging pour needed for a light mocha color head which subsided quickly, no lacing.

WoW, delicious
how much better can caramel toffee butterscotch vanilla coconut wood bourbon blend than this ?
intoxicating

Appropriately medium heft lifeless silken mouthfeel.

The flavor is what I wrote of the scent, exactly as predicted
flawlessly
aftertaste till tomorrow, the tiniest sips revel the entire flavor intensely
as much a barleywine
an epic iconic flawlessly defined wee heavy
this is the pinnacle
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:33:28 | More by impending
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pschul4

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Ehammond1 in a secret streakers BIF. Eric is the fucking man

A- Pours a murky cola brown with a half in tan head tha leaves a lil lacing

S- Bourbon jumps out at your but some caramel and peaty malts are in there as well. Smells wonderful to someone who really liked bourbon

T- Bourbon up front. Dark fruits, caramel and those peaty malts are present in the middle of the taste with bourbon cleaning up the end. So good

M- Low carbonation leads to a very smooth mouthfeel. Very nice

O- Not much more to say, this is delicious and I'm going to enjoy savoring this over the course of the next hour or so

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:48:46 | More by pschul4
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jpiper

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 42/254 - shared with my wife. Boy does she love these non-hoppy Alesmiths.

Builds just the smallest tan head upon pouring with lace remaining through the session. A muted grayish caramel brown color to the beer.

The nose is malty. Caramel malt, oak, and lots of it. One of the more delicious smelling beers I can remember pouring.

The taste can't be as good, and it isn't quite. But it is delicious. There's some good balancing bitterness to this malty brew, but perhaps a little too much. Someone said peat - I can taste and smell that too. Honey? Definitely oak, toasted malts. Let it site between sips and the bitterness lingers longer than I'd hope. Alcohol very well hidden. The flavors are well mingled.

Minor carbonation barely tickles the tongue and the oak makes it incredibly smooth. Not chewey, but not thin. Just smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability? I could sip on this all night long. Almost wish my wife weren't downing half of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 04:12:02 | More by jpiper
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for this...
'09 bottle
Appears a murky russet brown with a small, off white head that quickly fades away.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, notes of fruit, and hints of cacao beans.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet vanilla, creme brûlée blast. Bits of bourbon come through but are restrained.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a mild heat lingering.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:35:26 | More by weeare138
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mcallister for sharing this gem. 750 ml, 2005 vintage, bottle 176/222. A murky mahogany color, with very little head. Not a huge shock for this beast.

Wonderful aroma going on here. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, a hint of smoke, and a good amount of caramel malt. Some alcohol is noticable as well, but not overly burning. I took about 5 minutes to do nothing but smell this beauty.

Good amount of sweetness up front. Bursting with malt and booze up front. Heavey amount of caramel, with minimal fruit. Great bourbon, woody oak and vanilla notes. Long lingering warming finish.

Good body, low carbonation. Lots of complex flavors and aromas working here. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 00:33:43 | More by Bierguy5
AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.