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Geary's Wee Heavy Scottish Ale - D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's Wee Heavy Scottish AleGeary's Wee Heavy Scottish Ale

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Scottish ale with a rich roasted maltiness blended with mellow hoppiness, and an alcohol by volume of 8%. Original gravity ~ 1080; Malts ~ Two row English malt (pale, crystal and black); Hops ~ Cascade and Golding.

(Beer added by: Pamola on 12-01-2008)
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Reviews by Reswald:
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased and drank a bottle in Annapolis, MD on 7/13/2010.

This Wee Heavy poured absolutely opaque, with a nice tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving good lacing on the glass. The aroma is of malt, laced with some roasted notes and even hints of dark fruit; very inviting. Tasting it, the malt is in the forefront, with just enough hop bitterness for balance. I did not pick up any smoke, though this is optional for the style. The 8% ABV is well-hidden, making this Scotch Ale much more drinkable than some of the hotter versions out there. Good carbonation and a nice finish. I'm a sucker for Scotch Ales, but this was truly a fine one.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:22:02 | More by Reswald
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

07-12-2014 16:11:03 | More by wrightst
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-26-2014 21:27:53 | More by Latarnik
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Jebus knows how old this bottle is.

A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a bubbly, creamy two finger mocha shade. I like its soft texture, it's good retention, and its spotty lacing.

S: Wha, sour cherries? Could be infected, but it still works with the mild caramel sweetness and *very* subtle chocolate. Maybe just a touch of oxidation, as well. I'm not sure this was the intended result, but the fact that it still smells really good still gives me hope. Hey, I'm a sucker for sour ales.

T: Damn, there isn't much tartness here. Rather, it functions much like you'd expect a decent wee heavy to: it's smoky, chocolaty, and caramel-y; yet, there's just the subtlest hint of tart cherries that makes it weirdly excellent. On the other hand, there are also hints of oxidation and metal on the back end which detract. I have no idea if this would have been great fresh-- well look at that, it's a twist-off cap.

M: This is incredibly soft, yet with a pleasantly clean and dry finish. Low carbonation suits the feel and the flavors quite well.

O: This...has aged well. YMMV, because it does taste like it's going through an infection. And it's pretty oxidized. Drink 'em now or end up with a cardboard-laden mess. Regardless, this one was quite enjoyable, warts and all.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 19:38:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-15-2013 23:15:22 | More by db12
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-12-2013 02:46:53 | More by AJ01923
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-21-2013 18:36:21 | More by MRsojourner
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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth--served into a tulip.

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: caramel, peat, and flower

Taste: caramel, peat, flower, with slight chocolate and earthy bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet with earthy bitterness especially at the end, low carbonation

Overall: The bitterness at the end of this one threw me a bit. This is an average Scotch Ale. The basic flavors are present, but there are several others in the style I would go to first.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 16:02:11 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-05-2013 03:45:31 | More by noremac423
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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves a good dose of lace on the glass.

S - Dark, sugary notes of molasses and brown sugar with a hint of smoke and dark chocolate.

T - Dark malt flavors up front with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, and raisins. More dark sugar in the middle with fruity caramel, red apple, plum and more hints of dark chocolate. Finishes with lightly smoky chocolate, caramel, and a lingering molasses note.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interestingly this is a bit out of style for a Scottish ale, but it is probably a much nicer beer overall than it would be if it conformed to that style. The malt is dark and complex to the point that it is almost an imperial stout. Very nice in the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 03:14:51 | More by nickfl
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, bourbon, vanilla, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are several that are better in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:14:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-18-2012 01:58:35 | More by ZacMetalFan
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits, pumpernickel bread and molasses. The aroma is very malty, smells good.

T- The taste is big and malty with malt and caramel with a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid Wee Heavy that is a worth choice whenever in the mood for something more on the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:45:19 | More by cjgator3
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany color with thick, 1+ finger cream-colored head. Excellent retention and thick lace.

Nose is more caramel malt than peat. Sweet and sticky, with nutty undertones.

Seriously sweet with caramel and caramel sugar. Tart finish with more carame, burnt this time, and notes of tart candied fruit. Smoky peat starts to come out, but there is an unfinished character to the beer that gets in the way. Not as earthy as I'd like, but close.

Feel is about right for the style. Thick and chewy. Notes of cream and resin.

Overall a bit disappointing but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:11:16 | More by beer2day
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-10-2012 22:06:13 | More by DarrellK
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-13-2012 01:24:40 | More by erlenmeyer
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-18-2011 16:13:39 | More by MaineMike
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-02-2011 18:18:54 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-19-2011 12:58:40 | More by bacher468
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is probably a good example of the style but I have been jaded by drinking the likes of alesmith, nebco, Berkshire, and the alchemist's wee heavies. This beer pours a light reddish brown color win a decent tan head. The smell is lightly smokey with a good sweetness in the malt backbone. The flavor follows suit but the sweetness is not there is he flavor. The mouhfeel is lighter Han expected but the beer overall is pretty good

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 12:20:41 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

im drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer has been cellared for about 3 years.
The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with minimal beige fizzy head foaming up and receding to an edge layer almost immediately after pouring into the glass.
The aroma is rich malt with molasses and brown sugar and a little warm booze mixing, I dont get any hop presence.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected and very minimal carbonation, almost cask-like.
Flavor is all-malt as the nose advertised with molasses, caramel, and some brown sugar. I do get a little bit of oxidation so it is good I opened this one up now, as it hasnt negatively impacted the beer in my opinion , just increased the complexity.
There is a little warming booze on each sip but I am drinking this beer fairly quickly for an 8% brew and think it could be a sneaky danger beer.
Pretty enjoyable and worth a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:46:22 | More by sulldaddy
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a murky brown color with a finger of head that doesn't retain very well. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel with a bit of a smokey aspect and a bit of maple in there as well. Taste is huge on roasted malts and bitter cocoa powder, with a bit of sticky caramel.

The mouthfeel is huge, thick, and perhaps a little less carbonated than it should be. Drinkability is pretty decent. Overall, a competant Scotch Ale, but nowhere near the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:55:29 | More by shand
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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- hazed reddish brown with bright red and orange highlights. foam is tan and fizzy and fades without hesitation to a thick ring.

S- somewhat metallic with chocolate and dark fruits, raisin, date, fig, brown sugar, vanilla, leather, and tobacco with an herbal hop presence.

T-vanilla and brown sugar mostly, with fig and date moving in along with alcohol bitterness and some hop bitterness as well. malt is chocolatey and sweet but the sweetness is kept in check by bitter and deeply toasted flavors. finish is long and complex with lingering flavors of damp wood, charcoal, coffee, leather, and tobacco.

MF- full and viscous, warming alcohol, and an alcohol dryness on the cheeks. carbonation is on the low end. residual sugar and alcohol feel.

D- a decent stab at the style, but not my favorite. hiding the alcohol an the 8% and + wee heavies seems to be difficult.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 06:22:19 | More by hustlesworth
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Geary's ale I've tried recently where there could be something funky going on (twist-offs, groan...). Unlike their London Porter I had a month ago which was definitely infected, this Wee Heavy had a similar suede-smooth feel and a discernible stingy funk going on, though in this instance only on the fringe.

Very cloudy with a light soy sauce color - crimson-brown. Little head. Deep malty and cakey-bourbon aroma. Moderately complex, mildly spiced malt flavor profile. A little like sucking on maple-syrupy velvet. Stale cherry fruity. A hair more bourbon than desirable, but luckily no smoky flavor, extremely mellow roasty notes. Thickish, lightly wood-pulpy on the palate. Soft-hot inoculation. Not bad for what I know is there. Interesting. Rather try this on tap if I happen to come across it.

Geary's needs to ditch the twist-offs. The funk is definitely in the house.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:29:26 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks great.
Smells pretty good.

Tastes uh, chalky and soury.

Not much of a Scotch Ale.
Maybe like a Scotch Ale/Bruin de Flanders sour...

Yergggh. Sorry. Not the best review. Just had after something remarkable. But still...it is not good at all.

Chocolate up front, sour cherry mid, dry, sour finish. End of story.

Glad I got in a trade. Probably would not buy for any reason.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 22:25:02 | More by radioscooter
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Geary's Wee Heavy Scottish Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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