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Wee Heavy | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Scotland, United Kingdom
belhaven.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,707
Reviews:
571
Ratings:
1,064
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy-like Scotch, and full rich taste, like prune and fig and carmel and chestnut brown colour. Good Autumn beer. almost like it was on-tap I think attesting to freshness. Some peatiness.
Two and a half years later, and a new bottle is still great. One of my favourites in this style. Biscuit like medium top full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear super dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, grain, and caramel covered fruit. Taste is much the same with a roasty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the aromas and flavors are quite mild.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep amber color, the head is creamy and thick at first. The head settles and leaves a thin lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet with some brown sugar and a bit of earthiness to it. The taste is full of caramel notes and some grainy malt flavors. The mouthfeel isn't complex but it still remains interesting. Overall it's not my favorite Wee Heavy but I did find it to be enjoyable. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again though.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear ruby red in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing in the center.
S: There are sweet, nutty aromas of caramel and brown sugar in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather sweet and is dominated by flavors of caramel. No traces of bitterness are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because it's neither filling nor sticky despite all of the maltiness and sweetness. I could easily have more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good brew. I expect more out of a Scottish Ale. The off-from-clear rust colored pour gives me hope. The aromas of dark fruit, caramel, bread, and yeast jump out at me. Taste the obvious caramels, barley malt, and maple syrup; provides a very sweet base that is never rounded out with English hops. Other flavors of over-ripened fruit: prunes, figs, raisons, dates, nuts, and cherries swirl around in my mouth. Body is full and round. Alcohol (rum-like) is revealed in the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste is also sweet and cloying; no spices or hops to balance out. Slight smokiness helps, but not enough. Sticks to your teeth a little. A quality beer, but the flavors don't meld together or balance out properly. Has a lot of flavors, but not a lot of complexity.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this from the lovely selection of Scottish fare at a friend's Burns' Night wee stramash...

Appears a clear dark amber colour, with lots of wispy white head. The smell is bitter and floral, with some caramel malt. The taste is biscuity malt, sweet, balanced with floral hops. Carbonation is average, and the finish is off-dry, with a lingering maltiness. Any extra alcohol is perceptible as a slight warming. This is a very good cure for the bitter cold outside at this time of year, and makes the haggis a little more palatable...

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a auburn colored liquid with a modest off-white head that leaves drabs of lacing

Smell: Dark dried fruits, caramel and butterscotch; and a bit of earthiness

Taste: Starts out with a strong roasted malt tone that provides a backbone for some other developments; after about five seconds the caramel sweetness is overtaken by a deep smokey, peaty bitterness that lasts for a while and then fades as the sweet malts return to the front; after the swallow, as the alcohol warms up your throat, the taste just continues to linger

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied with just a tad of carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice; this one's a keeper.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown colored beer with a small head with little retention. Aroma is comprised of strong malts and it seems like you can almost smell the bitterness in this one. Taste is unsurprisingly bitter with a touch of roasted malt. This tasted not so unlike Fullers 1845, which is no bad thing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a burgandy color with a 2-finger head. Leaves some lacing.

S - It smelled very nutty.

T - A nice blend of nut and malt flavor, it also had a sweet component to it.

M - Very soft and smooth. Medium-bodied.

D - I really enjoyed this. I was quite impressed with my first Wee Heavy.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/25/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Low-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful clear dark mahogany body is capped by a thin lid of creamy bone-white foam. The head slowly drops to a creamy collar and whispy surface covering, leaving some nice streaks and smears of lace behind. In the nose it's malty with a bit of yeasty fruitiness and a suggestion of alcohol. In the mouth its full bodied and smooth. Dark fruit and scorched brown sugar mingle in the flavor, backed by some mild leafy and grassy hops, and thinned by a light touch of alcohol. It's solid bitterness brings it to a halt in the finish, and the malt and yeasty fruitiness fade quickly. Very nicely done! Quite drinkable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice auburn/brown color with creamy head,malty,sweet,alcohol smell to it.Taste was sweet and caramelly with some earthiness coming in at the end.Something to have before goin to bed on a chilly early spring night.The alcohol content will help turn the lights out for bed.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep, dark brown, almost black. Head is medium sized and light brown. This beer seems highly carbonated at first, but the bubbles die down quickly. Aroma is clean, not very strong, but consists of a mild, nutty malt smell. Taste is in the mid-range of nuttiness, maybe just a slight buttery taste. Hops are present mostly for stability. Sweetness finishes a sip nicely. This beer is quite easy to drink down and the 6.5% ABV is never apparent. I ended up giving this beer a very good score, but Belhaven Wee Heavy never quite knocked the ball out of the park.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
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