Scotch Ale
Sprecher Brewing Company

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Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.55 | pDev: 17.18%
Dec 18, 2020
Aug 14, 2005
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Notes: A hearty red-brown “Wee Heavy,” Scotch Ale has all the smokey sweet complex malt goodness you could wish for. Peated, caramel and lightly toasted malts brewed just right give you a smooth beer with a delicate hop finish and creamy head.
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Rated: 4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by DudMan from New Jersey

Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Scotch Ale pours a dark amber color, with a huge, frothy, long lasting lacing head. Sweet and earthy aroma. Flavor is very palatable, sweet, smokey, earthy, but blends very nicely. Good body and feel. Overall, very nice scotch ale, nice complex flavors, a bit on the lighter side, but blends and comes together very well.
Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 3.04 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 3.6 by cgrunin from Texas

Jan 10, 2020
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Reviewed by HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured a translucent black tea color with a significant light brown head that disappeared very quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is very sweet, malty and smokey. The mouth feel is syrupy and sticky.
Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Tusk333

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Smooth pour with a nice frothy head that lingered for a little while. The amber color is quite nice looking. This definitely brings through the caramel and lightly toasted malt. It’s delicately balance overall and the feel of it is very creamy. I really enjoyed their take of this Scottish style ale. Each drink is just a sensation balance of flavor and creaminess. I can see why it won an award.
Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Edit 12/18/21:
This has aged nicely. The sweetness has faded some while dark bready malts have come forward and the smoke is more noticeable. Worth an add .25 to taste & overall.

L: same brown color as the bottle with a light reddish/tan, quickly dissolving head

S: very little aroma. some faint grass and molasses

T: mild smoke, sweet molasses, damp grass, raisins, dark bread. The smoke becomes more prominent as the beer warms, but still plays a supporting role.

F: mild carbonation fills your mouth and leaves a moderate bitter-sweet aftertaste

O: a pretty good Scotch Ale. The flavors are well balanced, but IMO it could use a little more smoke. Sprecher Scotch is a very good example of the style, albeit on the sweet side, and, if I lived near Glendale, WI it would definitely be in my rotation.
Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From notes 5/29/13: Pours an opaque dark amber-light brown that soon clears, producing 1/5 fingers of short-lived, foamy, light tan head that leaves small motes, swirls and patches of thin lace. Aroma is roast and caramel malt, peat and wood smoke, butter, thin chocolate and a musty yeast note. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, butter, peat and meaty smoke, alcohol and pepper spice with a hint of raisin. Finish is lively pepper spice that becomes a lightly bitter, malty, smoky, spice in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, acidic and lively with carbonation and spice. A Wee-Heavy so "heavy" on the smoke it reminds one of a Rauchbier, so much so that I might have missed this one on a blind taste test for style identification. I like it!
Oct 23, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige colored head that left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of smoked peat are present in the nose along with hints of toffee; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has smoky flavors of peat with underlying notes of pale and toffee-like malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed the aromas and flavors of peat in this beer, which seemed to be a lot easier to drink compared to other beers in the style given its lighter body.

Serving type: bottle
Jul 31, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Unknown vintage; drank 12/21/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/orange hue.

Big off-white head; frothy lace.

Peat, caramel & plum notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Smoky peat, caramel & mild plum flavors; an Islay scotch ale, then?

A smoky treat.
Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.37 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 24, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by brentblackwell from Georgia

Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by smithj4 from New York

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by WDPark from West Virginia

Jun 05, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

May 29, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: Caramel, Peat; Drambuie
LOOK: Dark Copper Color, lasting white head.
TASTE: Creamy, Smokey flavors. Some Pepper.
FEEL: Decent Carbonation.

Not really my style, but there is some good flavor and peripherals…A nice pour.
May 26, 2018
Rated: 3 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Aug 18, 2016
Rated: 3.22 by Chucker17 from South Dakota

May 13, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 10, 2016
Rated: 3.26 by tommy5 from Michigan

Mar 10, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Nov 20, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by Hrodebert from Michigan

Nov 02, 2015
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Reviewed by Mitzvahman72 from California

4.54/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Quick Take: Very malty with just the right amount of peat smoke flavor. Thanks to that, I can actually taste the beer itself! Other good scotch ales are the Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego and even the Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery.
Oct 14, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Sep 22, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: A brilliant chestnut pour kicks up a 2” tan tinted cream colored foam collar that leaves whore stocking lace while slowly receding to a thick film. S: rich malt, kettle sugars, faint initial sulfur. T: Rich malt seasoned with traces of plum and raisin, faint roast and a trace of roast barley tartness on the finish. F: Very smooth, creamy, medium low carbonation, medium full to full body O: A very well done easy to drink Wee Heavy.
Aug 09, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by 773-F-I-B from Illinois

Aug 08, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by npendres from Wisconsin

Jul 31, 2015
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Reviewed by sarient from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The look of this beer is amazing! Great shade of red and when you smell it, it'll give you that little shake you feel from taking a shot. Smooth when drunken however, making it surprisingly fantastic. Aye Scotty boy!! 4.5./10

How many?: all night is your a scotsmen! Lol give it 2 to 5.
Jul 23, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from California

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Smoke, Roasted, Savory

This smoky treat is deceivingly big, at first sip the semi-dryness feigns a smaller brew but layers of maltiness, smoke, and alcohol show a bit of depth. Perhaps a style that does not get enough attention, Sprecher’s version gets due respect from us. A real treat this one is.

STYLE: Scotch Ale | ABV: 8.27% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round
Jul 07, 2015
Rated: 2.92 by oNSXo from Wisconsin

Apr 28, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by DbbC from Illinois

Feb 27, 2015
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Rated by imdabuzzard from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
First scotch ale I ever had, made me a believer! Also the smokiest scotch I've ever had
Feb 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is a really great example of a scotch ale!! It has a sweet malty caramel smell, the flavors match the aromas, there is also a medium flavor of smokiness that really helps cut threw the carmelly malty sweetness, this one is definatly a contender against founders dirty bastard!
Jan 25, 2015
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Rated by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Too smokey. Not in the same class as Dirty Bastard or Skull Splitter.
Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 4 by Qsnow

Dec 15, 2014
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