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Hale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Hale's Wee Heavy Winter AleHale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002)
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Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +8.1%

hannaho, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of americanbelgian
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

americanbelgian, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Duff27, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

richkrull, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Kevin79, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +8.1%

twelveinches, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

sharpski, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk, vintage 2011

A: dark ruddy copper with little head formation and only a target formation of foam. No lace.
S: bread pudding smell with caramelized sugars and some bread and cinnamon. Has a slightly aged smell to it.
T: Sweet with the slightest bitter and sharp edge to it. I've come to find a nice, subtle alcoholic blade in a Wee Heavy goes a long way to help harden the beer. This is no slouch. Some honey notes and rye bread flavors.
M: Medium on heavy with low carb and a semi dry finish. Nothing special, but suited for the style.
O: Decent beer. I would drink again in a heartbeat. Great for the season (or maybe a little colder).

harrymel, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of gkangas
4/5  rDev +8.1%

gkangas, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber with an off white creamy head and clingy lace. Smell is very light with roasted malt. Taste has the lightly roasted malt with a light hoppy citric twang in the end. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy with good carbonation. Nothing complex, but very enjoyable in these colder months.

Bookseeb, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of engisch
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown and cloudy. With an effervescent and lasting tan head. After every sip, tiny bubble replenish the thin head. Makes for nice looking beer aside from the hazy complexion when light hits it. Smells sweet and floral (bit strange/unique for a "Wee Heavy").

Tastes sweet with a nice balancing bitterness. Not typical of most wee heavys, which tend to be more sweet (sometimes sickenly). This is a very unique for the wee heavy category. Very Americanized in terms of hoppyness.

I would definitely drink / recommend this, but don't expect the typical wee heavy.

engisch, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mtwentz
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is for a bottle of 09 wee heavy enjoyed christmas 010:

pours decent enough. a deep brown, almost black. after letting it come up a bit in temperature, it leaves a continent of creamy white head in the center with an uneven ring of the same around the walls of the duvel tulip.
smells raisiny, like iced fig nuten (spl?) filling.
the taste and mouthfeel is smooth. semi-rich sweetness blooms into a booziness. the aftertaste comes back with the iced fig thing (running out of adjectives). a buried bitterness.
Warming, but i wish it had aged a little smoother.

mtwentz, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/26/10

Pours a deep caramel brown, settling quite dark; ruby highlights adorn the base & sides of the glass. Giving the impression it might be a tad murky, it's too dark to tell. Billowy foam; two fingers worth initially, then dropping to a puffy island & a collar. Impressive swaths of crackly lace.

Ah, smells like it's heavy on the hops (at least for the style); no complaints from me. Mellow floral tones are abundant; earthy pine notions & a hint of citric solvency are cast just underneath. Further down is a maltiness suggesting dark fruit overtones & lightly toasted bread; solid but supportive of the hops.

Ah, tastes nice & hoppy, too. Here, though, the pine is most appreciable, making for reasonable amount of bitterness as well as a fast-acting dryness. Maybe spot of citrus. The initial dryness melds into a malt bill that softens it some, but never outshines. Dark bread, a hint of chocolate, wisps of smoke, toastiness & dark fruit ghost notes.

Closer to medium body than full; a robust feel, though freely moving all the while. Carbonation is moderate; it never seems out of place. The finish is likewise dry, dry, dry. Piney bitterness, smoke & toasted bread linger.

So, Wee Heavy Winter Ale might be highly hopped for the style. What of it? I really like it & would drink my fair share were I able. Worth a shot.

Ryan011235, Dec 29, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark walnut with thin tan head, poor retention and no lacing. Light peat, caramel, and roasted malts. Tea and roasted malt with hints of peat and a bitter bite with a linger of sweetness. Slightly robust mouthfeel with light stickiness.

Not bad for a wee heavy with good flavor although a little heavy on roasted malt on the end. Otherwise easy drinking with no regrets on a sixer although I was ready to move on by the end.

Bfarr, Dec 23, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark reddish brown with a tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, with minimal lacing. If you don't have bright lighting, the color would appear to be dark brown. Aroma is full malts, something sweet (I can't place it), and alcohol. I don't smell the hops. Flavor is mainly caramel malts with flavors of fruit (maybe cherry) and molasses. It has an nice combination of sweetness and a slight bitterness. Body is medium to heavy. The 6.8% ABV is not unsually high for a winter ale, but it left a lingering alcohol taste in the finish that I wasn't crazy about. After it warmed up, the alcohol taste was even more apparent.

I would drink this if someone gave it to me. If you can find it, and if you're looking for something different, you should try this. It has an unusual combination of flavors and a heavy body that I haven't tasted this holiday season. Only the lingering alcohol taste kept me from rating it higher. This isn't a session beer, but who wants to keep drinking the same beer over and over again!?! Give it a try.

notsoprobeer, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of ebrauser
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Deep red-mahogany with particulates floating (the reason for the low score). Loud, crackling, thick tan head.

Aroma: Immediate presence of alcohol is apparent, but pleasantly mixed with figs and apples.

Flavor: Bittersweet middle contains solventy tones before moving to a woody, earthy finish. Lingering bitterness. Warming, but in a manner that is slightly harsh. Fruity beginning comes out when the drink is warmed, but bitter taste still dominates the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, sweet but pleasant texture to sip on.
Probably won't have another unless it is on tap (its always worth a second shot if its on tap)

ebrauser, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip with an inch of light khaki head. Nice malty aroma of toffee and a hint of fig.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin, syrupy mouthfeel. Toasty flavor up front with mild caramel sweetness, vanilla, some roasty coffee, and a slightly spicy hops on the finish.

Not too sweet and quite easy-drinking.

grittybrews, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, murky brown, with a two-finger, tan colored head, and has fairly creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, molasses, nuttiness, a slightly floral character, and a hint of peat.

T - Taste is of caramel, and roasted/nutty malts, with a solid background of balancing nut bitterness and hops (not in the piney APA/IPA sense, you just know they're there). Well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, with medium carbonation, and a slick, creamy feel going down.

D - A bit heavy for sessioning, but a couple of these or so would be nice.

Overall - A pretty nice, basic scotch ale. IMO, a tad more sweetness, and tad less carbonation would bump it up from a good beer to a stellar beer though!

Flightoficarus, Oct 23, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 12 oz.Bottle Rich rocky off white head.Clear dark bronze red color.BC sediment dust.No haze.Floral mild hop toasted malty vanilla nutmeg front.Sweet dry rich toasted black cherry malty sweet dark fruit mild toffee body.Dry mild hot hop EtOH clean end.New Amped Brewer.

Hale's Ales, Limited--Wee Heavy Winter Ale--Limited Edition Release--Bottle Conditioned--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 25 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin light lace light tan head. Thin pour. Bottle Conditioned haze hint thin amber bronze color. Chocolate hint toasted light hop peat hint front. Mild dry sweet fully fermented thin textured roasted sweet Scottish malt hint mild fruit body. Crisp toasty roasty mild hop end. Sampled 10/15/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $7.79 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 10/15/2010.

philbertk, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass at the Hooverville in Seattle.

Appearance: deep brown with a little bit of haze and a thin tan head. Quite nice.

Smell: subtle malt aroma with a fair amount of caramel character.

Taste: big caramel malt with a little nuttiness and quite a satisfying bitterness. Bitter but balanced; there wasn't a whole lot of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium, maybe med-light; relatively low carbonation. It worked for this beer.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable; a nice winter treat.

flagmantho, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 12.26.09.

Deep brown body. One finger tan head, quick dissipation with above average lacing. Nose is complex malts, but not too sweet. The taste is not as sweet as I would expect for the style, a bit of chocolate, some piney hops. Pretty active carbonated mouthfeel, but a little thin. Not the best drinkability,but it is a wee heavy after all. Not my favorite for this style, but a decent enough holiday brew.

jdense, Dec 27, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured very still, no head, no lacing, minimal carbonation. A deep mahogany color with a slight reddish tinge around the edge. A solidly sweet malt aroma without noticeable spices as would be expected for the style. The flavor follows the aroma closely, with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. Solid body as expected for the style. Nicely drinkable, I think it should have a little more going in the flavor department, but an average example of the style.

beertunes, Feb 18, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Deep ruby/burgundy color with orange highlights when held up to the light. Moderate head that disappears quickly. Active carbonation up the side of the glass. Light lacing throughout the drink.

S: Roasted malts (almost too much, reminding me of that bad Old No. 38 Stout I had recently), toast, with hints of toffee and hops. I don't detect any smokiness or peatiness. I don't see how it's a Wee Heavy. Points off for the wrong style.

T: Dates, figs, a little dark caramel, and a strong presence of grapefruit hoppy bitterness. Nice and balanced flavor, but again, not a Wee Heavy in the slightest. Definitely a good Winter Warmer though; some mild alcohol heat at the end of the swig.

M: Slightly on the thin side, but moderate carbonation.

D: The roasted malts in the smell really bother me, but I'm acknowledging that that's mainly my issue and trying not to take too many points off. I'm also amused that Hale's seems to have mislabeled the beer. It's not bad, but I doubt I'll see this out again.

Arbitrator, Jan 15, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus "Winter Brews" mix pack.

Appearance: Beautiful deep burgundy but a thin off-white head (did leave some lacing).

Smell: Strong dark malt aroma, slight caramel and toast with a burst of chocolate. No hops to speak of but some alcohol.

Taste: Malty sweet up front with a little alcohol and enough bitterness to strike a balance. Some spiciness as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Ample body for size with a little bit of warmth.

Drinkability: Very nice, wish I had more than one bottle.

dabudah, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark copper with a small tan head, heavy carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is of toffee, butterscotch, malt.

taste is smooth and creamy, sweet malts, toffee, some roasted nuts in the back, few hops, and a spice or two.

overall a surprisingly good brew from hales, normally i feel their beer is drinkable but nothing that great, this one is well above their usual brews.

froghop, Dec 12, 2008
Hale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.