Wee Heavy | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

1,054 Ratings
Wee HeavyWee Heavy

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of grs8313
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 500ml bottle pours a brown, molasses color with a light tan head. The head is one finger and starts to die down instantly to just a bubble covering.

Smell: Sweet dried fruit, malts, a slight coffee and a slight alcohol notes.

Taste: Sweet malts and warming alcohol. A slight bitterness from the hops can be tasted on the side of the mouth. No after taste to speak of.

Mouthfeel: A great mouthfeel thicker than water, but not to thick or syrupy. This beer leaves the mouth very clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but one bottle would be good enough for me on a weeknight. On the weekend I would really enjoy a few pints. You can feel the warmth from the alcohol as you swallow, and it is the perfect amount. This is an amazing beer, world class, and I would love to try this one on draft or from a cask. Definitely one of may favorite beers, I wished I had tried it sooner.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is beautiful with intricate lacing and a deep mahogany copper color. Nose is malty and minerally. Taste has pronounced maltiness with raisin, molasses and Autumnal spice. Minerality throughout with no appearance of hops. Mouthfeel is full syrupy with again the minerality peeking through adding nice complexity. Drinkability is difficult to score highly due to the weight inherent to the style.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours clear brown with a nice tan head.

Light roast smell with sweet malt.

Great, full malty tasty.

Very smoothe mouthfeel.

Great to drink. By far the best Belhaven I have had. Much better than the scotish or st andrews.

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Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a nearly opaque mahogany. Decent frothy tan head with some retention. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Woody, smoking, meaty, peat-y. A bit of rum like alcohol.

T/M: Rich malts. More from the nose, pretty hefty on the smoky/meaty. An adult like sweetness.... like rum and super rich caramel. Body is nearly full with a pleasant smoothness.

D: ABV isn't too extremely high but the hefty body and full flavor makes it somewhat of a sipper. Tasty, nonetheless.

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, very dark cherry with lots of light tan head. It smelled like dark barley malt, almost musty, with a bit of cherry hops. It tasted fairly simple, like dark cherry hops with wild barley malt. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a sweet but brief aftertaste. Overall this was a very dark and wild, but clean and delicious beer. Fun and easy to drink!

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Photo of supercolter
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a fabulous beer. I have given maybe 2 beers 5's in any category and this one has 2 of them.
Appearance is something to behold. The head is huge and thick, that thing won't go away. The lacing has fantastic webbing.
Smell is good. Definately smell the scotch and heavy dry malt.
Taste is better, the scotch is slightly more hidden.
Mouthfeel is like melted ice cream.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep maroon (brilliant rose-crimson when held to light) with a foamy, frothy light caramel colored head that retains nicely as a thick covering of froth. Some spotty rings of lacing appear on the glass, as well. The color of this one is absolutely brilliant, however.

S: Intense dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla and a slight spicy alcoholic tinge. I'm getting some faint smoky/roasted aromas as well.

T&M: Spiced rum, ripe dark fruits, and a reserved earthy smokiness highlight the complex and rich flavor profile of this brew. The body is heavy-medium with a brisk carbonation that tingles the tongue nicely. A finely crafted Scotch ale for sure.

D: Much more drinkable than SkullSplitter. There's not nearly as much cloying sweetness, and the intricate, yet high-quality flavors make me take sip after sip of this delightful beer.

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Photo of timbro81
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LumpyGuitar for the opportunity. Pours a lovely amber/copper. Good head that is fed by a fair amount of carbonation. Good lacing too. Smells of toasty malts and a nice toffee essence too. Very subtle hops packed in there too. Light silky mouth feel, minimal carbonation in the mouth. Taste is steady throughout. Great balance between toffee, caramel, malty sweetness, and hops. Very sessionable. Aftertsate lingers nicely.I should keep a case of this on hand at all times.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into me pint glass yields a gorgeous clear red-amber body capped with two fingers of light tan foam with fine grainy bubbles and excellent retention.

Smells sweet and roasty, with burnt peat and resiny wood...sweet, acrid and earthy. A wink of malty caramel makes it friendly. The smell is uncannily like that of a forest fire burning east of here in the peat-bogs of Pocosin NWR... sweet, peaty, with a burnt smidge of spicy pine, sweet gum, and magnolia.

Full-bodied and sweetly malty flavors go perfectly with smoky peat notes. Ah! A liquefied version of the smoke plume I've been choking on all week! But deliciouser (sic), and in liquid form! The drink is smooth and silky, with notes of rich butterscotch and caramel plus a touch of tea, a stick of damp oak wood, and a smidgen of sweet fruit.

Smoky, smoky, but unlike a peaty forest fire that could smolder for months, Belhaven is also sweet and wonderful with excellent drinkability, and ends at the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of daythree16
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark bronze/brown color with a creamy one finger head that leaves some webbing on the glass as it fades.

The aroma is very sweet, with caramel taking a prominent place in the nose. There is also a little grain and light alcohol smell as well. The taste is very earthy. Malty sweetness followed by the light taste of alcohol and a very small amount of bitterness. Fairly well balanced.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy, and the sweetness becomes almost too much and hinders the drinkability.

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Photo of FreightTrain
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a rapidly dissipating white head. Nose is deep, earthy, honey-scented biscuits. Taste is a complex and well-rounded mouthful of malts with a lingering, rich, honey sweet aftertaste without being cloying. It is full-bodied without being thick. It is certainly very drinkable, but this is a beer to take slowly.

Generally I am not huge on malty beers, but this is a beer that is so clearly well-crafted and thoughtfully made that its qualities are impossible to ignore. The aftertaste is really what makes this beer; a delicious sweetness lingers on the palate for a long time between sips.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: A nice dark brownish-reddish-orangish color. Had about a one-finger off-white head at the beginning, which subsequently faded but never disappeared. This one leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Smell: Kind of a strange smell; it reminds me a little of Eku 28, but not nearly as dramatic. Malt is certainly evident, but also something else that's slightly fruity. Pretty good.

Taste: Again, I am for some reason reminded of a more subdued Eku 28. Nice malty, caramelly flavor, with very little bitterness, if any. No hops are very noticeable here. It's pleasant. I am marking some alcohol, though, which you might expect from a beer that is 6.5% ABV. The finish is rather short.

Mouthfeel: Neither very thick nor thin, this has a good middle-of-the-road viscosity. Just what I want from a beer like this.

Drinkability: I'd probably want something different after one of these, but that's not the fault of the beer. If someone offered me more than one of these, I certainly wouldn't object.

I'd say this is a good beer to sip and relax with. It's not going to bore you, but it won't kick your teeth in, either.

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Photo of botham
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a rich garnet/amber color with two fingers of light tan head. loose light lacings.

aroma is malty, with caramel malt and a earthy, lightly mettalic character. a light hint of dark friut and a touch of roasted malt are present as well.

taste is malty with caramel and lightly roasted malts. sweet in character with an almost wood-like feel. a lightly nutty base compliments the malts well.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes creamy with light malts and caramel after the fact.

drinkability is smooth and pleasant, with enough richness to sustain the pint. the creamy texture and solid proportioning work well with the flavors. cheers!

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Photo of Portertime
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This wee heavy is a lot better than wee McEwan's. Served it chilled in a pub glass. Poured a rich sunset orange color with a wee head. Smell reminded of a nice bourbon, toffee, caramel, nuttiness, and buscuits. Taste was much like a fine bourbon as well. Smooth caramel and toffee notes with drying finish that's tangy on the tongue. Not for the wee bairns but good for us beer lovers!

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a rich crimson amber with a extra tall almond head that has outstanding hang time leaving behind jumbo sized sheets of lace as it slowly drops,but never goes away completely.The nose is slightly smokey and has hints of scotch as well as caramel and roasted malt.Caramel again right upfront on the tounge followed by smoked oak barrel flavors that go right along with the Scotch flavors,tho the alcohol is well hidden,but not forgotten in its subtlety.The body is full,but lighter than I expected,nice and smoothe,but I'm not so sure thats what I wanted from this heavy hitter.This is a top notch Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wee Heavy
Belhaven Brewery Company

Wee Heavy is a clear brown with fiery orange highlights. A small off white head emerges with decent retention and minimal lacing. A thin layer of foam follows this brew to the bottom of the glass.

A subtly sweet and roasted caramel aroma hangs above this beer. The aroma is not strong and high in malt characteristics.

A warm sweet flavor slides in up front. Caramel malt flavor and slight alcohol taste emerge next. Finishing up is a very slight bitterness and a warm toffee aftertaste.

The feel is light, fluffy, and foamy. The carbonation level is very elusive. At first, the bubbles do not attack the mouth. However, after sitting in the mouth, the bubbles begin to multiply and take over.

The light and sweet characteristics of this beer make it dangerously drinkable. The ever so slight hop flavor in the finish prevents it from being entirely sweet, and all the more drinkable. The 6.5% ABV makes it appropriately drinkable.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500 ml brown bottle into my trusty pint glass to produce a 2" head, off-white in color. It soon dissipated to a thin cap leaving moderate lace. The beer is a dark copper color with good clarity.

Nose... very subdued.... could barely pick up anything.... nutty, malty, bready.

Taste: Toasted Malt, some nutty-ness, some bread.

MF: Here's where this one disappoints me. Not nearly as thick and rich as I prefer for this style. Medium carbonation with medium thickness.... just average in this category.

Drinkability: Very safe, nothing extreme here. Sure, drink it all day.... good session beer.... just nothing special either.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a deep, brown color and a pretty thick consistency. There was about a half inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: The aroma was rich with malt and some hops, but also had a faint nuttiness about it. Typically subtle smell.

T: This beer had a rich malt flavoring, along with some hops and nuts. Like the smell, very subtle and underplayed, but nonetheless good.

M: A balanced amount of carbonation and a slightly acidic finish. This has an above medium body.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It's well-constructed and goes down easy.

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Photo of Offa
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is wonderful, rich, and well-balanced.

It's deep red-brown with a dense, fairly large, light tan head with hints of orange and very good lacing.

The aroma is fruity with caramelly toast.

The flavour is strong, slightly sweet toasty, caramel malt with fruit and a light smokiness. It is mostly sweet but with a light, spicy bitterness to offset this.
It is very smooth and drinkable, yet rich in flavour and body, with nice complexity.

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Photo of Epicurian
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly chilled with aged gouda and fromage d'affinois.

The head disappears quickly.

Colour: Rhubarb

Nose: Milk Chocolate

Taste: Low carbonation, Fruity and a little oily. Well hidden alcohol.

Very nice experience. I'd love to have more of that unfortunately the 8.50 Aus dollar stops me.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belhaven- Wee heavy

A- Deep dark brown with a thick head. Chunky lacing down the glass.
S- Dried fruits, molasses, and chocolate.
T- Chocolate cocoas powder with a huge dried fruit, raisins, black cherries, plums, hit you up front with a solid molasses malt body.
M- Sweet and thick with plenty of chewy flavors appearing.

Overall- A solid flavored Wee Heavy,another good beer from Belhaven!

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a mug.

A - Beautful tan head that is thick and fluffy, about 1-2 fingers. Stays around for quite awhile. Magnificent mahogony body that only lets a little light through. Nice lacing.

S - So many smells here. I don't think I could ever do it justice. Caramel and dark fruits with some alcohol. I want to say some prune and faint black cherry smells.

T - Great balance of caramel, dark fruit, and hops. Not bitter but has a nice bite. So friggin smooth. I'm not sure my palate is advanced enough to pull all the flavors out.

M - Silky with tickling carbonation. Very tiny carbonation bubbles that I feel on the tip of my tongue.

This is such a great beer. I mean, wow. I could literally drink this all day. It goes down nice and easy but leaves you with all kinds of great flavors in your mouth. I want more.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle
Binny's Orland

Belhaven's Wee Heavy pours a handsome transparent mahogany. The pour conjured up a finger and a half eggshell head that had good staying power and left respectable lace on it's way down. A good looking wee heavy!

There's a bright yeasty fruitiness upfront reminiscent of figs and plums. Toffee and toasted brown sugar create a great complexity as they wrap around the fruitiness. Tendrils of peat smoke bring up the rear and add the finishing touches.

Flavor comes across like the nose suggested but the malt is much more pronounced and clean. The peat emerges nicely as this brew gets closer to room temperature. This is all at once fruity and malty with the perfect level of sweetness.

If there's any complaint it's that the mouthfeel could use a bit more heft. Besides that it's smooth and creamy with a little warmth on the swallow.

Great drinkability! One I could sit back and enjoy multiple pints of without a problem. There's a great balance of malt, fruit, and smoke.

Belhaven Wee Heavy is an excellent example of the style. I, unfortunately, don't see too many wee heavies around but luckily this one is always on the shelves.

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Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber colored brew with a tightly compacted, tan head.

Smell: Cinnamon toast, raisins and malt.

Taste: Strong malt character that comes through smoky and slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Creamy smooth.

Drinkablity: Very tasty brew. A good sipper that is far from overpowering.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, dark reddish brown, dark off white/light tan head of about 2 finger, quite foamy, medium retention, dissipated into good film on surface and medium lacing on glass.

S = Probably the weakest point of the beer. Sweet malty, smokey scents but not as robust as I would have liked them, some amount of caramel and fresh buttered biscuits show up in the nose as well.

T = Creamy, malt flavours, including chocolate, maple syrup, smoked grains, light peat, good flavours but they fade a little too fast for me in the finish, there is a long sweet finish, but most of the complexity found in the taste evaporates.

M = Heavy bodied, light foamy carbonation, very good mouthcoating.

D = This is definitely a drinkable wee heavy, I'd happily drink this one again. Recommended.

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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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