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Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 9.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our version of the "wee heavy" ales from Scotland. A blend of five different malts and an extra long boil gives this beer its full-bodied and deep ruby-red colour. The low hop rate allows for a sweeter tasting brew that's suitable to fend off the winter chill and will warm you up from the belly out.

22 IBU

(Beer added by: pootz on 12-11-2006)
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Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rebranding of the Tilted Kilt, I picked this bottle up sold as their "Wee Heavy." Don't think anything has changed, except the name. 500ml bottle into a pint glass, consumed Jan 7.

Pours a reddish orange, with a finger of white head. Minuscule collar retains, no lace. Lots of carbonation visible here. Nose of light caramel and fruits, some yeastiness. Taste is more of the same, a bland caramel with a bit of alcohol heat on the back end. Some grain as well, not a lot going on here at all. High carbonated mouthfeel, and too much alcohol for such a low ABV. Moderate pounding ability.

liamt07, Jan 21, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's. Bit dark colour, not much head, not as dark as I have seen this style. Some malty aroma mostly, a bit floral. Taste is Ok but aggressive carbonation. Less than medium mouthfeel. Scotch mixed with malt and nothing special but quaffable.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with light unrefined grainy notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt which is dryer then I was expecting with light unrefined grainy notes which are more or less pleasant. Body is a bit lighter than average for style with good carbonation. A bit too dry for the style with slight unrefined grainy notes makes this less enjoyable than expected.

Phyl21ca, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +17%

WillAndSarah, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

CurtisD, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev +17%

Excellent flavour. Not as heavy and alchololy as others.

ssmack, Monday at 09:26 PM
Photo of ritzkiss
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Burger Bar in Kensington. A nutty mahogany with a hint of amber, a half finger of white head on top.

Light caramel sweetness with a hint of nuttiness, a touch of raisins. Really thin body, none of the malty sweetness you want in a wee heavy, none of the complexity. A hint of raisins, a touch of earth, light drying finish. Simple and thin, not overly impressive for the style but at least drinkable.

ritzkiss, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of mrmanning
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Chaucer's a few weeks ago. It poured deep chestnut, with ruby red hues and a beige frothy cap. Well laced glass. Slightly charred nutty aroma leads into mild brown sugar and roasted malts/rye bread. The flavour profile is something of burnt sugars and toasty rye bread, heading into some semi-sweet caramel, fading into some smoke and perhaps peat. Finishes quite chalky, and perhaps a touch thin for the weight. Still a pleasure to drink.

mrmanning, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my coworkers hooked me up with this one. thanks taavi!

12oz bottle, generic amsterdam label.

pours deep red with a small tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

aroma is nice. light caramel sweetness. hint of dms. bread and biscuit malt. touch of alcohol. bit of fruit, maybe cherries?

taste is good. fairly roasty, more than i expected. light caramel sweetness. lots of malt. bread and biscuit. very light bitterness.

mouthfeel is great. fairly big body. nice moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced and very enjoyable.

grub, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Original 2007 review:

A-3.5: Brown with an off-white head, very little retention, initially leaves a hint of lace.

S-4: Earthy maltyness, with a little caramel sweetness.

T-3.5: Upfront earthiness really hits the style. Modest bitterness, very little hop flavour (also to style). There's a slight nut-shell bitterness that I'm not particularly fond of. The maltyness is there, but it could use a little more depth. Alcohol is very subtle, C'est What lists it at 7% (is it really that strong?).

M-3.5: It's so well-attenuated that it actually seems a little light for its weight. Moderate carbonation.

D-3.5: Its strength is well-hidden, but I'm just not fond of that earthy, nutshell bitterness.

Update - Jan 2013

This beer as certainly evolved over the years. There's a lot more caramel flavour, with the roasted nut taking a back seat. There's a light bitterness and alcohol warmth that pleasantly balances the light residual sweetness (which provides a nicer body).

Derek, Mar 30, 2007
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe it is the same beer, but the "twisted kilt" name is gone. The beer is simply called "wee heavy", an the alcohol level is 6.2%.

Beer is a caramel, dark amber colour. Just about zero head, even with a vigorous pour. Almost no sound on opening the bottle either. Seems pretty flat.

Some caramel malt in the nose, along with a metallic scent that is not very nice. A bit of yeast. Pretty thin. For whatever reason, the smell screams "artificial" to me.

Taste is also very thin. Some caramel malt, a bit of toffee. A bit bready. Relatively sweet. The aftertaste consists of the same unpleasant flavour that was present in the nose. Pretty weak.

Beer has basically no carbonation. Totally lifeless. Light bodied and a bit cloying.

Overall, a pretty weak beer. A reminder that although Amsterdam has been coming out with some very high quality beers over the last little while, the bulk of its portfolio is still not so hot. I won't be finishing this bottle.

jrenihan, Jan 28, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint at Volo.

Pours a clear brown/red, thin tan headm settles to a ring, some lace spots. Smell is sweet, toffee, some citrus and floral, bready. Taste is sweet, some toffee, buttery diacetyl, always seems to be a problem with this brewery, citrus and floral, not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, a nice drink. Amsterdams last two releases, this and the Oktoberfest, have surprised me. Not great but certainly better than in years past.

Viggo, Jan 18, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Kmat10, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tapped from the brewey taps and bottled:

Pours a deep dark copper with ruby highlights..decent cap that longers and frosts the glass sides from the lace it leaves.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, cocoa, Mocha, smoke, some light grassyness.

Big dose of chewy toasty malts in the front...some caramel malts give sweeness but no cloying...hops rush in to stave off the sweeetness..mid papate we get smoke, cocoa, some walnut skin astringency....finishes malty with tailing bittering...a good drink for sure.

This has the scotch ale-wee heavy malt-forward/hop-attenuated profile, some smoke as expected but with a nice cocoa flair and breadiness from the 5 malt mix...good Job Amsterdam...a good beer...who cares if it’s not bloody exactly like Edinburgh-made WH..it’s still a good wee quaff.

pootz, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark amber brown with limited whitish head. Aroma of roasted nuts and caramelized malts. Sweet, toffee and caramel taste ends with a pleasant finish. Not as dry or bitter as I'd personally choose, but well balanced to the initial sweetness an not cloying. Dangerously no sign of the 6.2% ABV...

A malt-forward ale that is true to the "scotch ale" style. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys that peaty style...

hopsolutely, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

yancot, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of kwjd
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber colour with thick white head, that seems to quickly dissipate down very quickly. There is some lacing around the glass. Smells of caramel malt and I don't get too much else. No hops or bitterness at all. Very sweet flavour. Smooth carbonation level. Better than standard Amsterdam lineup, but I won't go back to the brewery to buy more of this.

kwjd, Jan 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

timiskin, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this for free because in my Amsterdam Oktoberfest review I said: "Purchased three days ago from yet another in a never ending stream of disinterested and unfriendly employees at the brewery's beer store."

I was contacted by the brewer and told this was something he planned to address and given a voucher for free Tilted Kilt for my trouble.

So, three weeks later...

Picked up for free from yet another in a never ending stream of disinterested and unfriendly employees at the brewery's beer store.

Pours a deep dark amber, with a thin off white head that dies down to a thin ring. Zero lacing. Supremely unspectacular.

Has the same off yeasty aroma as all Amsterdam beers, an unplacable sweetness and whiff of alcohol. Nutty. Some raisin.

Has that weird Amsterdam taste to it. I don't know what it is or how to describe it. But I know it when I taste it.

Has an odd roastiness taste, somewhat biscuity. I think I might need to let go of what I am expecting from a Scotch ale and just accept this for what it is because I don't get the rich maltiness I'm looking for. There's an odd floral aspect to this, or just something about what little hops are there seems off. Slightly astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style.

Overall not horrible. Drinkable enough and an okay beer, but a pretty poor Scotch Ale. Honestly, not that I have had it in ages, but I think I might mistake this for the Nut Brown in a blind tasting.

It might not be fair to give a less than favorable review of a beer I was graciously gifted, and especially one I wouldn't have bought, but it's not great. The Oranje Wit, Spring Bock and Oktoberfest aren't bad but other than that and for the most part, well, Amsterdam's beers just ain't my thing.

Plus I don't exactly love going into their beer store and dealing with listless slacker types.

MeisterBurger, Nov 20, 2009
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2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wandered down to Amsterdam to pick up some of their new porter and found that they still had some of the tilted kilt available. I was served by someone who I thought was a mute for much of the experience, but actually just turned out to unfriendly and unhelpful.

This beer pours a nice mahogany, with a tan head that fizzes away to nothing, even with the aid of the micro-etching on my Duvel glass. Very boring and inexcusable. The aroma doesn't pick up the game either - way too muted and one dimensional. All I get is a sweet maltiness, without much depth. Like TJ said, it has that familiar Amsterdam house feel to it.

The taste is actually okay, but only in the fact that it doesn't offend me. Its quite sweet off the bat, with brown sugar notes, before descending into a bread and biscuit middle, and finishing with a mild hop bite. This is all very good, but I find it all a bit clean and short-lived. Its a drinkable beer that's short of character. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, but at this point I'm past caring.

This is a schizophrenic brewer. They've done some great beers (admittedly their best was based on a friend's recipe), but the vast majority of what they churn out is mediocre, and this fails to break the mould. I didn't hate it, but really... can't I use this money better on something else?

bobsy, Jan 15, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

DaPan, Feb 12, 2013
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Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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