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AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 294
Gots: 118 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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ZEB89

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-07-2014 03:42:47 | More by ZEB89
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a dark brown color with red edges and a lighter tan head.

S-the nose brings some cooked greens, notes of bourbon, lots of malt body, very sugary with toffee and caramel. Light malt sweetness with notes of oxidation in the back.

T-lots more cooked green vegatables, very sugary, toffee and caramel, diry burnt brown sugar, creamy oak with notes of bourbon. there is some more malt sweetness, hints of dried plums and slightly bitter.

M-full bodied and thick, very viscous but still smooth and creamy. lighter carabonation with an easy finish.

D-this is very sugary and rather thick and creamy. hints of oxidation and nothing subtle to it. seems to be to style but the flavors seem slightly jumbled together but not bad.

12-07-2010 19:24:56 | More by cpetrone84
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-12-2013 03:32:58 | More by eawolff99
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2011 23:56:40 | More by jophish17
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3%

750ml bottle. 2005, bottle # 79/222.

Poured a deep brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, oak, earthy, bourbon, chocolate, some peat, and caramel. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, woody, earthy, toffee, nutty, and chocolate. Thanks for bringing this Jason!

Notes from 12/17/07

11-10-2008 21:30:41 | More by hopdog
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2013 03:29:21 | More by bpfrush
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-20-2013 19:43:14 | More by outoffocus
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-19-2014 12:47:46 | More by smartassboiler
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Oregon

3/5  rDev -30.4%

11-27-2011 21:42:40 | More by kscaldef
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

04-21-2013 20:01:08 | More by deapokid
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2013 21:16:07 | More by BMart
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to Jason for sharing. 2009 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into wine glass (not sure of the # on the bottle).

A - Pours a mirky/muddy brown, small amount of off-white head, some bubbles here and there on top.

S - Sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla.

T - Sweet caramels, oak, smooth bourbon note. The bourbon is really nice and smooth, which is nice considering this is a recent release.

M - Medium, light carbonation, smooth and creamy.

D - Really enjoyed this one and was glad to try it. I would still like to try an older vintage, but I hear they're becoming oxidized. Def would try this one again!

04-04-2011 17:49:12 | More by Sean9689
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ehammond1


4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle (2009)

(Aged for 2+ years)

Cloudy dark brown with only a small brown head that doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. An excusably average looking beer.

The nose is quite wonderful--this is what barrel-aging beers is all about. Rich, deep aromas of wood and bourbon, vanilla and caramel, earthy dark chocolate, and some cream combine magnificently. A beer transformed.

The flavor is just as magnificent and rich: bold barrel notes, vanilla, earth and wood, some maple sweetness, and mild dark chocolate, with just enough alcohol presence.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, and just a bit oily. Perfect.

A joy.

07-15-2012 19:49:25 | More by ehammond1
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-18-2013 02:07:52 | More by warnerry
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cosmicevan

New York

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

08-13-2012 01:56:28 | More by cosmicevan
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-28-2013 18:09:47 | More by tom10101
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srandycarter

California

4.18/5  rDev -3%

2009 Vintage

A - Mahogany, near ebony brown, not much head, mostly a ring, lots of cascading bubbles when tilting the glass.

S - Vanilla, wood, booze and sweet malt barely coming through it.

T - Taste pretty much emulates smell. Almost perfectly. Would have scored higher if carb was more.

M - Good balance considering the big flavors, just wish a little more carbonation.

D - For being so big, it is pretty drinkable!

06-07-2011 02:17:11 | More by srandycarter
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flexabull

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

2006 Bottle 128/254 courtesy of metallitone1, thanks again!

The reason for opening this one? The Steelers winning the AFC North sounds like a good enough reason to me!

Pours a very dark brown color with a subtle off white head.

Aromas are very nutty, a bit sweet, brown sugar like, with a definite bourbon and oak note.

Taste is at first very earthy. Some oak, wood, and toasted nuts on the fore front. Beer then settles into some sweet malt flavors, it's creamy, with some dark sugars, a touch of chocolate, and just the slightest touch of bourbon. Finish is a little boozy, with a touch of alcohol warmth. Overall, this is quite full flavored, but not at all overly heavy.

Mouthfeel is good. But the more I drink, the more I think that this is a bit weak for the style. It just needs a little more thickness and lasting power. Not bad, but a little flawed.

Drinkability is surprisingly very good. What a nice beer! It's not nearly the big heavy beast I thought it would be. I actually was kind of hoping for a brash and heavy bourbon laced brew. And this wasn't it. This was malty sweet, light oaky booze goodness. This is an excellent beer that I am glad I got to taste.

12-15-2008 06:34:20 | More by flexabull
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-23-2014 13:34:49 | More by stereosforgeeks
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-27-2013 02:24:07 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Floydster

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

750 ml bottle purchased at the Alesmith brewery several months ago for twenty dollars, 2005 bottle numbered 95 out of 225 I believe but the writing was a bit scratched off so I could be wrong, split amongst my girlfriend's family at her graduation party yesterday, poured into an oversized wine glass

A-Deep brown with some reddish highlights, quite a bit of floaties, absolutely no head, flatter than a board, no lacing or anything

S-Lots of bourbon and oak, whiskey was the dominant aroma by far though, cognac, sweet chocolate, vanilla, pulms, brown sugar, burned malts, fair amount of toffee, caramel, and cake

T-Once I got over the characteristics of the barrel this sat in, malt jumped out at me, sweeter than the regular version with lots of vanilla and caramel, was not as roasty as the standard Wee Heavy, started off with a big boozy whiskey flavor, faded into the malt just mnetioned, then the finish was super spicy with more booze and a burning sensation on the tongue, a little sweet and strong for my palate but a nice flavor overall

M-Spicy, boozy, sweet, and hot mouthfeel, thin to medium body, barrel aging on this just killed all the original carbonation, taste lingered for a long time and got more intense as it warmed

D-Could not drink much more than eight to ten ounces, super heavy on the stomach, alcohol is definitely not hidden, smooth though, and it seems like the ABV would be mucyh higher with the way it tastes

After I was done explaining to various people that this was actually beer and not oaked whiskey like they were all claiming, I was able to do my review, I expected more from this brew but it was still good, bourbon and wood character seemed to just take over the original brew, certainly the strongest tasting scotch ale I have tried next to the Berksire for Julio's, might pay the money for another bottle in the future but I am in no hurry to do so, definitely worth trying if you get the chance though

05-25-2008 19:48:43 | More by Floydster
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Overlord

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

Opened up one of these puppies today. Poured a dark brown with little to no head.

Big flavor/smell. The "wee heavy" base is almost entirely eclipsed by the flavors added by the aging process. Vanilla, huge, huge bourbon and caramel, and prunes/figs really round out this brew. Almost no head, and by the end of the bottle no carbonation either. Gigantic flavor: one of the strongest tasting beers I've ever enjoyed. Not the most drinkable of beers, I must admit, but a rare treat. A bit too much bourbon, though, it is a bourbon bomb.

**I'm sorry, but there is no way this beer is only 10%ish alcohol. It's three ... maybe four percentage points above that, at least.

10-22-2007 03:13:12 | More by Overlord
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mcallister

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

2005 bottle 176 of 222

Pours a very acrid uncarbonated lazy shade of dirty russett. Not much of any head...at all.

This smells amazing. Some may say too much in way of bourbon and oak I say bring it on!! Huge vanillan oak with thick bourbon, cream fresh aroma, more charred wood character, milk chocolate, brandy reduced fig, stale malts, roasted malt, hints of peat and smoke with more dark fruits hidden beneath the thick woody aromatics.

Big beer but sightly thin in the middle of the mouthfeel. Long never ending finish that shows loads of residual sugar, brown sugar brandy reduced dried fruits really shine through on the finish with a slight warming alcohol. Much sweeter than anticipated. Bourbon, huge vanilla toasted oak, charred woods, with much more caramel in the mouth to balance and add complexity. Dates, fig, dried fruit, creamy on the finish. Slight prickle as well. Bit roasty with only hints of peat showing through. An absolutely amazing beer that I look hugely forward to enjoying again in the future. Thanks Peter!!!!

06-26-2008 23:02:08 | More by mcallister
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. Viggo contributed this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle topped with gold foil. 2006 vintage, #56/254.

pours deep brown with a few garnet highlights when held to the light. a small dense tan head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving lots of spotty lace.

aroma is great. bourbon, vanilla, and oak. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. cracker. burnt caramel. toffee. light alcohol. earthy. bit of dark fruit.

taste is great. dark fruit. bourbon. vanilla. oak. bit of dark chocolate. caramel and toffee. biscuit. wheat bread. low bitterness level. mellower than the fresh one, but with a bit more fruit and the added barrel character.

mouthfeel is great. medium-low carbonation level. just over medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance of the base beer, excellent balance between the base beer and the barrel character. great stuff.

12-11-2008 01:21:58 | More by grub
AleSmith Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.