Winter Palace Wee Heavy | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by Murph:
Photo of Murph
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with lots of little yeasties floating around. The brew has a fizzy sodaesque head that fades very quickly. The smell is of alcohol and somewhat off malt aromas. The first sip has some great big caramel and darker sweet malts in it before going to a decent spicy alcohol flavor that provides a nice balance. There is a subtle peaty/earthiness to this brew as well as some vague fruity esters that sit in the back and are just along for the ride. The brew is fairly creamy across the tongue although slightly overcarbonated and is very drinkable and would be nice on a cold winters day when my nose was too stopped up to notice that the smell was very lacking. Overall a good brew that was about 2 months past its date but that shouldn't matter as much on a brew of this strength.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Paper City Winter Palace Wee Heavy pours from the 12oz bottle a deep dark brown bordering on black with a half inch eggshell head of bubbles. Crimson hues jump out when held up to the light. Aromas are layered with caramel malts, raisins, butterscotch, dark fruits with a dash of cocoa powder. Elegantly light underlying peat aromas add an earthy touch along with a dash of herbal hops.

First sip brings a warm wave of burnt carmalized malts accentuated by an earthy peat flavor. Raisins, molasses and woody notes collide along with a mix of dark fruity tones. A hint of cocoa on the way down along with a slightly citric herbal hoppiness round this one off nicely. An enjoyable well layered Wee Heavy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy with fast moving carbonation that tingles the tongue. Warming on the way down..this one is still enjoyable even in August. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the sample...I only wish I had access to more Paper City brews.

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Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty decent Strong Scotch Ale. I feel nourished after I drink big malty sweet beers like these. I'll agree with my Dad on this one and say that it was a bit flat. I also would have liked a bit of balance in the form of hops ... but then it would not be a Scotch Ale would it.

Definitely worth a try and IMO ... one of the better beers from Paper City.

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Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer sampled: bottle, at typical cooler temperature.

Dark brown, with very little head when poured. The aroma is malt and some smokiness. Very little carbonation. Very smooth, alcohol apparent but not overwhelming, has the "dark" malty sweetness and slight smokiness/peatiness that would be expected in a strong Scottish, very tasty, finishes fairly clean and somewhat dry despite the malt - the alcohol doing its job? The flavors rounded a bit as it warmed up - probably better at cellar temperature. Overall a very smooth, quaffable Scottish.

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a best served by date clearly marked.

Appearance: Black with ruby hues, decent head that leave a thin frothy lace on top.

Smell: Sweet dark toffee like nose ... touch of butterscoth in the aroma also.

Taste: Big in body with a chewy malt mouth feel, a slightly cloying sweetness and a twang from the dark malts dominate this brew. Hop bitterness is minimal especially with the brews towering sweetness. Alcohol is evident more towards the end by gradually warming the body. Hints of dark chocolate, liquorice and coffee are in the finish.

Notes: Not bad, not bad at all ... though not an ale for everyone. A touch too much sweetness ... yet almost enough alcohol and dark malt to balance. Nice try in comparison to true Scotch Ales. A good brew for the typical NE winter of -20 wind chills.

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Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut color with some caramel highlights where the light sneaks through. Crowned with a half inch beige head with irregular foam peaks and cavernous bubbles. Aroma is cocoa, sweet malt, with some cinnamon and toffee. Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is a blend of several nuances - cocoa, sweet pear, and a bit of hop in the finish, followed by a definite alcohol warmth. It gets more interesting as it warms - some raisin and butterscotch emerges, but no flavor dominates throughout. I might enjoy it more if there was one strong identifiable flavor to carry it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paper City- Winter Palace Wee Heavy

A- Clear ruby red with a small foamy head. No lacing.
S- Malty and spicy. Molasses and black licorice come through.
T- Spicy dry malt with licorice, molasses, and pine.
M- Big dry start to this 1, with a creamy body and an oily thick finish. Low carbonation.

Overall- A nice strong flavorful finish. Another good offering from Paper City.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark ruby red with a large foamy head.Not alot of carbonation,however.The smell is very faint to me.I don't have the best nose anyway,but this was pretty thin.I did get a little bit of Christmas spices,but thats about it.The taste is a full flavored malt and spice bonanza.This is very much like a barleywine only lighter.The m/f is medium and well balanced.This was a pleasant surprise.I feel that this is one of the better winter beers I've tried.

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Photo of QXSTER1
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium bodied Scotch Ale with a dominant up front sweet maltiness. Low carbonation with an off white head and little retention. Minimal hop presence true to style. Not a monster Scotch Ale but tasty and worthy of another glass.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A short but creamy light-tan cap rests lazily atop a clear dark russet body. The head holds fairly well, eventually dropping to a thin surface covering which leaves some thin lace throughout the glass. Sweet caramelized malt makes up the majority of the aroma, with only a touch of alcohol occassionally found through searching. It's quite creamy in the mouth with its medium/full body enhanced by a very fine and moderate carbonation. Not unlike the aroma, sweet caramel malt and alcohol are the main components of the flavor. It's rich, and has some interesting character to it, but it's not very complex. It's well-cloaked alcohol becomes a little bit more apparent as you near the end of the glass, and apparently helps to balance the sweetness alongside an underlying bitterness. It finishes surprisingly dry with a lingering note of sweet caramelized sugar followed by a swirl of alcohol. I put off drinking this because I was disappointed with it last year, but here's definite improvement here and I'll certainly look forward to it next year!

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Photo of blknikon
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown beer in the Scotch style. Aweful taste, tasted like someone had poured some scotch into a waterdowned beer. I had real trouble with this one. It painfully went down, did not get any better as I went along. Avoid this if you can, an unpleasant expierence in the making..

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Photo of bditty187
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best By: 03-28-05

Dark red with strong coppery influences, there is even a slight brownish highlight. There is great color depth. Clear. The head was beige in color, the bubbles were tightly compacted and they reached almost two fingers in height. Head retention was excellent, especially considering the style. The foam slowly faded to a thick collar. The subsequent lacing was very spotty and it didn’t cling all that well. This beer is pleasant to look at. The nose is rich in malty goodness. At first I found some roasted nuts with a smoky trace, brown sugar is sprinkled on top. Caramel notes are obvious. Butterscotch is soft but perceptible. Hints of peat, and some chocolate too. At the back is a kiss of alcohol. The nose is not complex; can a Wee Heavy have a complex bouquet? I’m not holding it against this beer. I like what I smell, there is enough depth, plus it smells pretty much what I’d expect it too. Moderate potency. Articulate. Inviting. The palate is tasty, even though it doesn’t really have the depth I need. The bouquet showed more promise. Still, I like what I taste, especially upfront. Smooth maltiness, sweet toffee with hints of brown sugar and burnt caramel. The roasted nut taste is very weak; I can find it at the back. Chocolate. Dark fruits. Cake. Maybe I’m being susceptible but I taste some smoky peat. There is some hop bitterness in the middle, it is short-lived and it offers little in the way of distinct flavor. The sweetness is a little much; there is a dullness about it that just sits there. Move! Oh well. The flavor profile starts off soundly but end kind of flat. Heavy aftertaste. It is a bit bigger than medium in body, the carbonation is low, maybe if it were livelier the residual sweetness on the tongue would be wiped away. If that were true it would improve this beer. Still, the bulkiness seems to be about right. IMO, it needs to be paired with food, something hearty. I don’t think I could drink more than one of these in a sitting. It is a dessert beer. It might be tasty with some tart cherry pie. Maybe someday I’ll get to try that. I don’t see anything wrong with this beer; it is good but far from great. So it is drinkable to a point. Wee Heavy is a style that is hard to impress me; this one didn’t “wow” me. Still, it was a good nightcap. Thanks ppoitras! Included as part of the 2004 Secret Santa. Worth a try.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice warming brew. Definite alcohol finish...but within the typical winter offering range. Brownish amber color with some very nice lacing. Strong malty aroma and sweetness in the taste. Alcohol kick in the back of the palate. Reminded me a bit of Skullsplitter which has a high abv and similar mothfeel. Good choice for the winter.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep mahogany color with a nice head and lacing. Very intriguing nose, it had a real nice smell of a smooth bourbon with some nice sweet malted notes. The flavor of this wee heavy was really malt driven to the point of the sweetness being cloying. Some caramel and candied fruit notes but rather one dimensional. The flavors were good and it was nice but seemed to lack depth in regard to flavors.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out smoothly, dark color. It had a nice big head but it thins out pretty quickly. Spicy and fruity aromas thickly float up from this drink. The taste is wicked good: sweetness of raisin/plum and malt. Very thick with little to no carbonation. Overall this will definitely warm you up for the holidays.

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Photo of dannyvee
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

paid $4 for a 22 oz. bottle.
poured a dark maroon with a dense but short lived creamy head which left decent lacing. caramel aromas and flavors. this is my first wee heavy, so i wasn't sure what to expect. overall i was impressed- would have enjoyed a little more hop to balance the sweetness, but maybe that's not the point of this style. very drinkable and would return to it again on a cold new england night.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany with deep garnet colored highlights. Big off-white head kicks of tons of lace.
Aromas of caramel, chocolate and a peaty smoked barley notes.
Flavor of caramel, chocolate with a peaty and slightly charcoaly hint. Fairly innocuous and anonymous bittering on the close true to style.
Mouthfeel is a rich hearty malt with a gritty charcoal note and faint touch resiny bitter astringency.
Drinkability is excellent. To me about as prototypical to style as I've experienced. Malt backbone and hints of peat/charcoal and only a light residual bittering = Wee Heavy

Thanks for the sample Pete.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep ruby red color; head is fundamental with spindly lace, both a light beige color. Nose is caramel, light toasted malt, and candy sweet or bubble gum if you prefer. Start is sweet malt, the top reedy, the finish mercifully hopped, kindly acidic, malt dry aftertaste. A tad too sweet for me not bad mined you, just more syrupy than I like.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mild, with a sweet note to it. Pours a thick head that dissipated rather quickly, but left syrupy legs down the side of the glass. Deep reddish hue to it. Taste has a strong overtone of caramel from the malt. Had a dense, luxurious mouthfeel, nicely balanced. Hops take a back seat to the sweetness of the honey. Enjoyable brew, but the sweetness can get overpowering by the end of a pint.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a six pack bought at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head above the clear dark caramel brew. Head lasts reasonably well, with good lacing. Aroma is malty, and has slight notes of smoke and alcohol. Taste is chewy malts, with notes of peat. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent for the style. Liked the draft a bit better, but this is one to try regardless.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a room temp bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a rich chestnut hue with heavy garnet tints. Looks very appealing with the soft marshmallowy beige head of 3 cm floating on the surface. The head is fading slowly leaving a tight spongy latticework on the glass. ARoma is all malt with caramel and general sweetness dominant. Perhaps some light fruit scents eminate from the glass as well, cherry and raisin are what my sniffer detects. Seems like a good brew so far.
First sip, thick almost syrupy body, which I like, small spacious, almost non-existent carbonation. Definitely a big beer here!
Flavor is sweet up front and sweet on the finish. Mostly caramel and a bit of roasted malt flavor. I also detect a bit of peppery alcohol on the finish, but not too much warming in the belly. The beer is very smooth and almost creamy too. Very easy to drink, almost scarily considering the ABV must be above 7%. THe finish leaves a bit of hard candy sugar presence on my tongue, probably from the thickness of the brew. A very nice beer for a winter evening.

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Winter Palace Wee Heavy from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 68 ratings