Three Heavy Wee Heavy
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled in an imperial pint glass.

Dry Dock's Wee Heavy is a winter seasonal. It has a slightly hazy dark brown color with thin tight head. It also leaves some good lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a spicy, slightly earthy character.

Flavor is bold and rich with a chocolate, toffee, and slightly smokey malt body. It's nicely balanced with some spicy English hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and perfectly carbonated. It's so creamy and smooth, a really enjoyable ale.

Overall an excellent version of the style and perfect for the cold winter months ahead.

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Photo of DCon
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a 1 Pint 9.4 Fl Oz. bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur in Nashville, TN. Poured from the Grey/Yellow colored bottle w/ ships and a castle on it into a 12oz Jackie O's Snifter Glass. Has no freshness/bottle date on the

Aroma- Has an excellent caramel and malty aroma. Tons of sweetness and a small amount of the peaty characteristic I'm always looking for in this. Awesome! Can't get any better.

Appearance- Pours a less then .5 finger head. Has a caramel/dark brown colored body. Leaves light suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet, caramel notes from the beginning with the perfect scotch ale background. Very rich and malty. Light bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied but thin, High Carbonation, Malty, Sweet, and a light amount of strong alcohol.

Overall Impression- The BEST wee heavy beer I've had yet! The richness and caramel character was great with the peaty ending. I HIGHLY recommend picking this up, at any cost. I'll be enjoying this very soon again.

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Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Dense, tan head about 1 finger thick. Very creamy looking. Dark brown body, light haze, with some notes of ruby.

Aroma was very malty and sweet. Brown sugar and molasses aroma. A bit of clove and phenolic aromas. Some chocolate with earthy and floral hop aroma.

Taste was creamy and thick. Very much a scotch ale. Lots of brown sugar and molasses. Full malty sweet body. Notes of banana and clove. Malt notes of chocolate and light roast. Dark fruit flavors with a herbal, spicey and floral hop flavor. Light bitterness helps cut the sweetness in the finish. Mild signs of the high ABV.

Mouthfeel was creamy, medium/heavy body. Medium/low carbonation with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall this is a very enjoyable scotch ale. Not one of my favorite styles, but when done right, like this one, its a great drink.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle reads "Dry Dock Wee Heavy" though based on other reviews I believe this is one and the same as 3 Heavy Scottish Wee Heavy. Poured from bottle to goblet the beer pours a rich deep brown color with mahogany amber edges when held to light. Small 1/4 finger white head with some retention and no lacing. The nose is sweet with strong caramel malt character, a hint of alcohol heat, and perhaps a tinge of earthy hop character, though mostly sweet. Similarly the flavor starts with a thick rich caramel malt sweetness that lasts throughout the beer. A medium bitterness couples with a earthy character is provided by the hops as found in the nose. Hints of toffee, roast, and coffee as well. Surprisingly there is no alcohol heat at all. Very smooth and creamy and rich. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this was very good. I had been warned the bite was a little much when I purchased so aging for 6 months in the cellar really toned down the sharp alcohol flavors. Probably the most approachable Wee Heavy I've had to date. Treat.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- gorgeous pour from bomber to glass. Copper/red/brown in color and cloudy. 2-finger head that dissipates rapidly to about half-finger. Moderate lacing

Smell- Belgian-quad-like. Spices. Hint of banana. Brown sugar and maple.

Taste-- Dark fruits, fig. Tangy finish. As it warms, it gets more and more like root beer. Very drinkable.

MF-- Medium to heavyish body. Smooth.

Overall- Really good! I've been to Dry Dock once and hadn't tried them much over the past year. This makes me want to head back over to the tasting room and see what else they've got.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if this is the right listing as my bomber shows 9.5% ABV.

Pours dark brown in the glass but shows through a deep clear copper when held up to light. There's a huge creamy beige head that settles in as a thick cap.

Aroma is really malty, extremely sweet with lots of caramel malts and molasses. I do get some sweet dark fruits with raisins and plums and a little rum and smoke.

The taste is also all about the malts, sugary sweet with smoke in the background. The rum-soaked plums are there but also a more toasty bread character than the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is crazy smooth with strong carbonation and just sticks on the palate after each sip.

This is probably not in the upper echelon of scotch ales but it's really drinkable and definitely on the sweeter side of the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of Rayek
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry Dock's Wee Heavy hits my thistle with a deep mahogany hue. A vigorous pour nets a small cream tinted cap that quickly falls to a ring at the beer's edge. No lace is left behind. The beer's weakest suit.

Molasses, maple, raw earth and a hint of smoke dominate the nose. Heavily caramelized sugars are the theme as the beer hits the mouth. A black tea and tobacco bitterness have just enough oomph to balance the sweeter flavors. A touch of smoke rounds things out. As the beer warms, the alcohol comes through in the nose, but is well masked in the flavor. The thick body is syrupy and a mite too fizzy.

Overall, a really nice Wee Heavy. The beer reminds me a lot of Old Chub, which is a good thing. I'm really glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Dry Dock's joyous naming conventions. They go out of their way to give the beers unique names in the tasting room...and then drop 'em on the bottled versions.
Pours a dark brown color that falls right where you'd expect. Slight reddish notes show up in the the light. Head forms right away with a slightly aggressive pour, but fades a bit over the life of the beer.
Massive malts are the star of this show. Dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs) caramel, a little chocolate, and a bit of a rummy burn in the end. The malts don't seem to be smoked, like some others, but instead have a slightly unique roasty character.
Reminds me a bit of Old Chub, although a tiny bit hotter and less smoky. Still, very tasty. I'm a fiend for massive malty beers and this one fills that role.
Once the Winter really kicks in, this beer will shine on cold days.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A new bottling by Dry Dock. They have dropped the name to just "Wee Heavy" but it does say they won Silver at Wold Beer Cup 2010 in Scotch Ale category.

A - Very dark amber body. Medium cappuccino colored head.

S - Mmmmm, sweet candies with dark fruits. Prunes, currents, and brown sugar. Some sharp alcohol on the top.

T - Taste of currents and dried, candied plums. Very dark notes. milk chocolate with some slight bitterness. There is definitely some alcohol here. Catches you in the back of the mouth like a scotch but the flavor of scotch is weak and just right.

M - Very nice carbonation and balance. More carbonated than most scotch ales/wee heavy, but it works for this beer.

O - As it warms, the alcohol comes forward more and the mouthfeel weakens. I don't know what age would do to this, but could definitely see this getting better. Just tastes a little young right now.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pies poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, skunk bud, orange, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest and light tropical fruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter grapefruit finish. thanks ratman

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Three Heavy Wee Heavy from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 24 ratings