Wee Heavy | Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

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Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dwarbi on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark copper pour with a big creamy lasting head.
Nose shows dark grapes, plums, chocolate, roasted grains, smoke, peanuts (???) and, unfortunately, some old cheese and Vegemite!
Lots of sweet caramel upon tasting, along with some smoky, earthy peat and quite a strong tangy note, as found in green apples (acetaldehyde?).
Carbonation is nice and creamy, but the body is on the watery side for such a malty beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Scotch Ales are one of our favorite styles, one that's not brewed enough and the fact that this one is from Oz is rather exciting.

Dark ruby red with a blackened core, topped with a tan creamy lacing that holds its own. Malty, herbal, earthy, with ripe fruits and a strong, tangy smokiness in the nose. Carbonation is lively--creaming up the palate and making the mouthfeel full and ultra-smooth. Rich and malty, with a peat-based smokiness placed dead center that permeates the experience. Alcohol provides some spicy and peppery notes. Treacle syrup sweetness plays off of figs and raisins. Herbal, honey clover. Tangy. Blood. Tobacco. Chewy in spots. Grows increasingly bready as the end nears. Dry with lingering flavors of burnt raisins and peat, with a powdery malt feel on the palate.

The only thing "wee" about this beer is the bottle size. Smoke-a-licious! This is a most excellent example of the style, a pleasure to consume, and one of the best brews we've had from Redoak.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250mL brown bottle, thanks to Todd for the sample.

A- Healthy looking thick tan lace, dark brown color with bright mahogany hues when put up to the light.

S- Smoky aroma with sweet malt and bready overtones.

T&M- Very smooth and creamy in the thick full body. Malty palate with brown sugar and bread crust flavors. Smokiness runs throughout with a faint cloying flavor. Alcohol peeks out with a breath or two of esters and a faint fruitiness. Minimal hops which is fine as the alcohol and smokiness help to balance the malt sweetness.

D- Easy to drink and very flavorful. A well crafted ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimpled goblet)

A- This beer has a dark mahogany clear body that is a bit dense but shows a red glow in the light. There is a thin light tan head that turns to a spongy film pretty quickly. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice smell of dark toffee, prunes and dark toasted malt with a hint of smoke in the background. As it warms the smoke becomes band-aid which dominates when warm. There is a note of sweet caramel in the background with a yeasty note in the finish.

T- This beer has a sweet dark malt and dark caramel toffee flavor. There is a finish of peat smoke with a light band-aid note. As it warms there is a light note of banana in the finish but quickly the flavor is dominated by band-aid.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a light syrupy texture to it.

D- This beer has a nice sweet rich malt flavor that really comes through when it is chilled but when it warms the band-aid shows up and kick everyone’s ass. Less peat or no peat would really enhance this beer.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = nice dark brown. decent head, but not for long
S = very malty - there is so much happening in there
T = very malty, slight sweetness up-front. pretty full & smoky taste, almost reminding me of a rauch
M = full mouthfeel, decent carbonation
D = drinkable, but has that meal-in-a-bottle aspect of a rauchbier

Overall not a bad beer. Can't fault RedOak for trying yet another unique style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This little 250ml bottle made the journey from AUS to PDX via willjensen, who traded it away during a fun evening of beer and conversation way back in April. Poured to a wide-mouthed juice glass, for lack of a better vessel.

8% Alc/Vol (which equals 'Approx. 1.7 Standard Drinks' if you're playing at home); "Best Before" is unmarked.

A: Could mistake the head on this for a soda: tan and fizzy, growing just shy of a finger-high then fading rapidly. Lace is a bit too slick to stick, though it tries. Again like soda, color is a deep caramel brown with a reddish glow. Carbonation is pretty robust, fizzing busily to the top. Held to light, the liquid is mostly clear - except for a flurry of suspended yeasty 'stuff'...in its defense, I've had this beer over 6 months and who knows when it was brewed...

S: Fragrant fruitiness, definite pit fruit with a covering of cocoa and light smokiness. Husky toasted grain fills the nose.

T: Loaded with fruit, like cherry juice and squeezed oranges, pit fruit. Notable smokiness upon earthy peat. Spiced raisins and a slightly tart vinous, perhaps cognac-like, booziness. Leather. Almost forgot the spiced gingerbread maltiness...it doesn't quite meld together, but the variety of distinguishable flavors is a treat in each sip.

M: A rich carbonation, full of tiny bubbles. Spicy tingle lasts on the tongue. Body is a little thin for the style, calling it 'medium' may be a stretch. Alcohol weight shows a little.

D: It won't rank among my favorite Wee Heavys, but the Redoak version certainly is one worth trying. Barring a trip to Australia (or a the kindness of another beer-lover toting some here) I won't get to taste this again. But I'd order another if I could.

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Photo of Stew41
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium to dark brown, a touch of the ’bourbon & coke’. Simple nose, burnt toffee and some alcohol sweetness. Palate is quite big and powerful but again a bit simple, the malt and alcohol sweetness tending to dominate. Some licorice apparent, and does tighten a touch at the finish. Good enough, particularly for a beer brewed in this country.

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Photo of DIM
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear dark brown. It poured with a large, fizzy tan head.

s: Sweet toffee and a little peat. Some warmth.

t: Slightly oxidized, that makes 2 out of 3 bottles from Redoak. Almost porter like, with slight peatiness. A little thin overall, bt not bad.

m: Lightly fizzy, decent body.

d: Misses the mark I think, but not all that bad.

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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with reddish tinges. Minimal head.
S - A nice complex mixture of sweet roasted maltiness, some faint dark raisin fruitiness and some smoke touches in the background.
T - Pretty much a follow on from the smell with the sweet malty flavour dominating. A very slight alcohol presence is in there as well.
M - Low carbonation and quite a heavy mouthfeel.
D - A good winter sipping beer.

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Photo of dgilks
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage on tap at the Redoak pub in Sydney

Dark mahogany-red colour with a moderate but shortlasted light tan head.

Smoky and meaty. Not a lot of malt. Disappointingly one dimensional.

The flavour is very smoky and some malt and a touch of fruitiness. This lacks sweet toffee notes and depth of character.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Fair.

A smoky Wee Heavy lacking in sweetness and caramel. Disappointing and one dimensional.

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Wee Heavy from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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