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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: 296
Gots: 114 | FT: 8
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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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10-12-2013 02:56:35 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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rand

California

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to Mikasa tulip glass

A: Deep, murky brown in color, a gentle pour yields a fluffy 2-inch head the dissipates surprisingly quickly, leaving scant lacing.

S: The bourbon notes are at the front of the bouquet, yielding a distinct butterscotch bent. These are pleasantly surrounded by notes of toffee, honeyed multi-grain bread, dried fruits and boozy warmth. Big and bold but singular and pleasant.

T/M: More complex than the nose, the flavors start again with the bold bourbon notes, but these are more candied and buttery than burning. A rich, smooth, almost milky complexion supports the satisfyingly sweet aspects, which are nicely contained by drying wood and alcohol warmth. The flavor profile is big, but never splashy or discordant, and as malty as this is (typical of the style) it's never treacly. Finishes long and sweet, with subtle residue coating the palate.

The beer equivalent of comfort food. It's rich, velvety texture and satisfyingly sweet undertones are nice way to relax with a beer before bed.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 06:44:53 | More by rand
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CEDAMA

California

4/5  rDev -7.4%

09-09-2013 18:43:44 | More by CEDAMA
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IPeteA91

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-29-2013 18:07:44 | More by brotherloco
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Jeff. Thanks a million! Poured to snifter/tulip thingy deep dark brown with hints of reddish amber at the edges. Half finger caramel colored head that recedes shortly thereafter. Aroma of big biscuit, lots of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey booze. Oh man. Flavor is big whiskey and nuttiness with an excellent sweet-bitter balance. Finishes with a nice toffee vanilla caramel sweetness that lingers. Just a bit of heat on the way down. Thick but carbonation is adequate. So glad I got to try it finally. Awesome BA beer, though I might a really like the regular version a tad better. Alesmith continues to impress. PS-This went amazingly with a chunk of cheddar cheese!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 15:55:41 | More by BMMillsy
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola color with a dense light sandy head. Short retention that leaves just some surface bubbles after less then a minute.

Robust aromas of bourbon, caramel, and butterscotch. Root beer. Dates. Vanilla.

Heavy on the bourbon flavors without the heat. Oak, vanilla, and toffee. Again with the butterscotch and dates.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and it's amazing how they were able to extract the bourbon flavors with barely any heat.

This is a fantastic BA scotch ale. Scotch ales are a perfect match for barrel aging, in my opinion, and this one nails it.

2012 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 01:40:34 | More by Vonerichs
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Missouri

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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind, thanks to Stupac2...

A: This beer pours a dark murky brown with even darker hues throughout. I guess you’d call this cola colored. There is one full finger of khaki colored head that seems to fade in a perfectly reasonable amount of time. Very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is excellent. I get tons of caramel, some solid vanilla, a nice helping of bourbon-y booze, and some peat. Mmm. Yup. Excited for this one.

T: Right up front I get a good helping of barrel treatment. The bourbon(?) is all flavor at first sip, as it mixes with caramel. It gets a touch sweeter in the middle with vanilla beginning to round the beer out. As it progresses, I get some peat and burnt caramel. It’s like this beer was sitting in a charred barrel. I dig it. The finish is smooth and sweet and not as hot as I would have expected. Really nice.

M: Full bodied beer. It starts off hot and sweet, coats the palate, and finishes silky smooth. Nothing lingers for too long, making me want to keep taking sips at an escalated pace.

O: Great beer. The barrel treatment on this one is perfect, and it really adds to the flavor profile of the beer. I would drink this beer any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Maryland

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Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10%

07-19-2013 00:35:48 | More by DRBiser
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another big thanks to Kevin R for bringing all of the rare AleSmith goodies to our tasting. The BA Wee Heavy pours a deep, depp ruby red and brown-tinted color with translucent edges and a center that's so dark-hued that it's impossible to make out what's on the other side. The head fades quickly, is light tan in color, and leaves no lacing behind.

The first whiff contains a deep, syrupy, dark-fruit sweetness that jumps out and sifts through my nostrils pretty pungently. Huge mounds of bourbon and oak bump from front to back; their inclusion is much too forward to simply be called a "background". Sticky sweet brown sugar and a light cocoa dusting finish things off.

From the aroma alone, this beer could pass as a barrel aged barley wine, because some of the typical barley wine, dark fruit and brown sugar sweet notes are present, and the bourbon and barrel are large enough obliterate any other aromas that would indicate that this beer in indeed a wee heavy or Scotch ale style.

Each sip pounds your senses with a one-two combo of bourbon and booze-soaked oak. Heavy heat from the bourbon, a little more than just "warming", even. The alcohol heat offset it attempted by some syrupy, sweet prune-like fruits that wave throughout the background. Light anise, licorice-y, and some burnt toffee.

It's a clashing of sweet and burn, and to be completely honest, I'm not incredibly fond of either of the two when they're presented in amounts this large. In essence, they balance each other out, yes... but they could both stand to be toned down just a bit. It's pretty damn sweet and it's quite hot and barrel-y. Huge, sticky, and creamy mouth feel with a mild carbonation that works for the stature of the brew.

I feel like if this was done with a lighter wee heavy and less barrel aging time, I would have enjoyed it much more. It's certainly a delicacy; sweet, savory, boozy - a slow sipper and a night cap all the way. But I can't help but feel like it's unnecessarily overdone and it would benefit from curbing some of the intensity just a little bit. Still a very, very solid brew, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 12:03:12 | More by tectactoe
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-05-2013 20:17:36 | More by erikkoppin
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roodie

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.4%

07-05-2013 02:01:55 | More by roodie
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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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California

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AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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