Way Heavy | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CharlesDarwin on 12-07-2006

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robinson31a
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mig100
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente, on to the beer:

A half-inch of head tops this dark brown beer, with spotted lace trailing behind. Wee Heavy tends to be a malt-forward beer, and that is exactly where Pizza Port have gone. Soft smoke notes, dates, chocolate, sweet but not overbearing sweet. It's a pleasing flavor, and I'm glad that Pizza Port resisted the temptation of hopping this one up. It's a full bodied beer which buries the alcohol content.

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Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark mahogany color in the pint shaker. Nice head with plenty of lacing. Nutty, sweet, and spritzy on the tongue. Even tastes like it has peanut butter in it. It's a totally mellow, goes down easy, strong brew.

There is a sweet smack of smoke but not anything overbearing. The peaty flavors are just the way to jack up this malty brew. Utterly drinkable and you'll be talking gibberish in no time, or your name isn't Jock. On tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the first anniversary party at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight grape jelly/jam flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of ashy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am not sure sure about the grape jelly flavor that I am picking up here.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

A: Reddish brown with a frothy beige head.

S: Earthy and bready with accompanying toffee and candied notes. Lightly smoky. Restrained dried date and fig.

T: Rich toffee with bread and a little caramel. Earthy and sweet with a little brown sugar. Dried fig accompanies date and a little plum. Rich caramel finish.

M: Lower full body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice Wee Heavy.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

A: Not necessarily the most pretty beer as it pours a murky dark brown with a creamy tan head.

S: Smells wonderful. Sweet caramel and vanilla with a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Plenty of toffee going on as well. There's just a touch of peat aroma, which can often be overdone in Scotch Ales.

T: And it tastes even better. Sweet toffee and caramel with the same semisweet chocolate. Some toasted malt and vanilla which provides additional sweetness. Just a touch of dark fruit going on.

M: Medium in body with a smooth and creamy carbonation.

D: Usually not my favorite style, but this is just a solid beer. One of my favorites from Pizza Port.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at pp san clemente

Poured an dark amber brown with slight brown highlights that had a half finger of beige head and left frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was slightly toasty with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and. Some smoke character in the baackgound. The flavor was also slightly smokey but I detected a little herbal hops alongside toffee, caramel, and brown sugar accents. The brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, herbaly, toasty, and light smokey finish . It drank pretty good but was content with a 4oz pour. Definitely was still a decent wee heavy interpretation.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at PP San Clemente on July 2, 2009. Dark brown with a creamy light beige head. The aroma was lightly smokey, with minerals, toffee, herbs, and lightly burnt toast. The flavor was on the roasty side with sweeter caramel and toffee, though not too sweet. There was also a light mineral touch and bitterness in the finish. Medium full bodied with smooth, lower carbonation. Very well attenuated and drinkable for such a large beer.

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Photo of charlzm
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 08/08/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Appearance: deep, dark brown with garnet highlights with a densely-packed light tan head of incredibly small and uniform bubbles.

The aroma is very subtle: fleeting hints of malt and smoke.

Flavor has some peat smoke and saltiness to go with the caramel malts, alcohol warmth and slightly bitter finish. Reminded me of a single-malt scotch.

Smooth on the way down, this is a very dangerous beer in its drinkability, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms,

A: Pours a red/brown with a soft white head, lighter than most wee heavies I've seen.

S: Brown malt, brown sugar.

T: Good notes of molasses, brown sugar and some piney hops. While the flavour is good, the intensity is low, no real complexity.

M: Quite light-bodied for a wee heavy, smooth, light carbonation.

D: Not a horrible beer, just average for the style, IMO Port's got a long way to go to catch Alesmith in this style.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Sac Brewing Co

A - Poured a nice coppper color with a 2 fingered off-white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S/T - Light smoke and vanilla and banana esters.

M - Malt dominated, slightly thin, with a dry aftertaste.

D - Overall good, but I think I expected much better from Pizza Port.

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