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AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 296
Gots: 115 | FT: 9
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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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02-27-2013 00:02:56 | More by sprucetip
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California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-26-2013 05:48:40 | More by drewone
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-21-2013 20:08:10 | More by MarkIntihar
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-19-2013 15:13:59 | More by ShanePB
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-18-2013 17:48:34 | More by KWMiles
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10%

02-11-2013 03:07:12 | More by tourdot
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

02-08-2013 04:10:34 | More by Azrael
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Vigorous pour yields a lopsided off white head. Deep brown. Wispy.

Smell - Very fruity. Bourbon is present, but the oak barrel is more prominent. Vanilla secondary, but oak is very nice. Caramel behind all of it.

Taste - Sweet malt and Bourbon behind it. Caramel is very nice here. Oaky in the back end. Slightly buttery but it loses a lot of its Scotch ale character. Bourbon is a nice replacement.

Mouthfeel - Slightly boozy. Well carbonated. Medium body and seems thinner than the regular version.

Overall - Had this next to the regular. Loses some caramel, but gains a nice barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:20:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-30-2013 03:14:03 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-25-2013 10:19:13 | More by beernads
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2005 vintage. Bottle # 160/222.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a brown sugar flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but the taste isn't matching up.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 01:38:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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ScottO

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

01-15-2013 03:44:05 | More by funkel81
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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maximum12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, thanks to msulinski for seeing this on the tip-top of my wants list last summer & throwing it in - yes, as a bloody extra - to a trade. I've been blessed with some amazing trading partners! Well, I was going to drink this on New Year's, then my birthday...& now it's Tuesday. Sounds good. 750 ML bottle, 2009 vintage, 207/972. Split with my wife, who loves a good wee heavy, especially if they've fornicated with a barrel.

Pour is close to dead flat, with a bit of Weather Center Hurricane in the middle & a few lost bubbles around the edges. Both fade within a few minutes. Arterial blood red, very dark. Nose retains burnt sugar, toffee, barrel, tons of sweet malt. All the smells in the mid-volume range.

Alesmith's Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy might be beginning to get gray around the temples. The barrel presence remains heavy, with a belt-full of vanilla, even after three plus years. Big sweet malts lean into peat bog (& yes, I've tasted water out of one...filtered), with a big pinch of brown sugar. Titch of toffee & oxidation - which I'm not going to knock it for, considering it's antiquity. It is flat, & adds to a heaviness which doesn't do the beer any favors. Half a bomber, as tasty as it is, will fill me up like a turkey leg.

This didn't live up to the legend of the BA Speedway that I'd built up in my mind, but that's my own couch-issue. Really good beer that I'm really happy to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:34:41 | More by maximum12
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2009 vintage): Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with some retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light toffee notes and light butterscotch and some wood with a light whiskey finish. Taste is also a good mix between balanced notes of butterscotch and caramel with some notes of wood and whiskey and light residuals sugar notes. I though the body was a bit thin for the style with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 20:39:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from 2009 - Thanks to pushkinwow

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a below average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a slight woodiness with hints of chocolate. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - Very smooth and extremely easy to drink. The best beer I've had from Alesmith hands down.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 15:48:32 | More by spinrsx
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

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BigJK

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2012 17:15:22 | More by BigJK
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cosmicevan

New York

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks mike! consumed on 8/8.
2009 vintage

a - dark maroon with no head, some bubbles.

s - pretty hot. wee heavy/old ale-ish. booze tickles my nose. woody caramel toffee.

t - big booze. classic wee heavy beneath. caramel, nutmeg, bourbon and some vanilla. maple.

m - extremely smooth. chewy. bourbony. lots of sediment.

o - overall, pretty good, but nothing mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:56:28 | More by cosmicevan
AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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