Wee Heavy | Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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Wee HeavyWee Heavy
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,058
Reviews:
570
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
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118
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101
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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Bière (50 cl) de fermentation haute
Appearance : robe foncée,
Smell : nez fruité, noisetée
Taste and mouthfeel : fruitée avec des notes de pain grillé
Drinkability : bonne bière d'hiver dans le style Scottish ale ou Wee heavy

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Photo of Tilley4
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beautiful brew. Wonderful dark brown, almost ruby color to this with a nice head and absolutely the best lacing ever. It just clings to the side of the glass.

Very malty smell to this, kinda sweet.

This tastes very similar to a doppelbock here. Very sweet with some caramel notes to this.

This is a nice beer. As this warms, it almost tastes like a chocolate milk. I'm actually liking this better as it warms.

Man, I can't get over how much this tastes like a doppelbock.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 500 ml brown bottle, best before stamped Jan 09.

Pours out a rich transluscent mahogany, although far more dense and opaque when not held to light. It's crowned by a spongy beige head that eventually recedes to a creamy cap.

The nose is sharp, yet dry, almost has champagne-like notes to it. Red currants and indistinct apple, with the slightest lacing of brown sugar.

The flavour rounds out nicely however, smooth poundcake malt and dried fruits, brown sugar and molasses, with a crisp golden delicious apple finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, very quaffable for the style and the abv%.

One of the most drinkable wee heavy scotch ales I've come across yet, contained yet flavourful, not heavy or cloyingly sweet. Nice work on this one.

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Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very deep amber with a thick, creamy two finger head. Slowly receding, the head leaves a lot of lacing.

An earthy scotch-wiskey aroma noted first, not as sharp as a scotch would smell but certainly reminds me of one. Grape juice and molasses are in there as well.

Sweet caramel and brown sugar in front, with dark fruit flavours in the middle. The finish is a mix of diluted scotch and herbal hops. Something chocolatey appears in the mix as it warms.

Carbonation is a little prickly, and this isn't the fullest wee-heavy I've had, but overall the body is better than average.

No problems getting through a pint of this brew, and it finishes just dry enough to make you want another. Pretty good beer.

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

Nice reddish-burnt orange color, good head. smells of licorice,raisins, roasted prunes, dark bread. Taste..mmm. Dark malts, cocoa, malty, slight lavender? finish. nice smooth mouthfeel, very palate-filling without being over wheming. I really enjoyed the drinkabiliy of this brew, not to heavy,ut fine to sip on and enjoy. will buy again.

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Photo of Squelch
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Reddish brown with an off white thick creamy head.

S: Smells of rich caramel and toffee. No hop aroma.

T: Sweet Sweet malt flavor with some toasted notes. Mostly toffee and caramel sweetness. Lots of unfermentables in here mask the alcohol (no hotness). No hop flavor or bitterness evident (at least for me)

M: Heavy beer. Fits style.

D: Great sipping beer but not a real drinkable one (as in quantity or as a house beer)

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Photo of iceball585
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, thin lacy head that lowered to a thin ring around the glass

S- Scotch, dark fruits, caramel, dark malts, biscuits

T- Scotch, caramel malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, hint of hops, slight kick of alcohol

M- Medium body, medium weight, very smooth, clean, warming of alcohol near the end

D- Great all around beer

This is definatly one of my top favorite scotch ales. Good smell and even better flavors. No one aspect of the beer is overpowering making it a great well rounded beer.

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

poured in to a duvel glass. the amber colored beer has a beige head that is about a half inch thick and the head feel in about 10 minutes of the pour.
the aroma is malty, caramelized malt, hint of smoke.
the flavor is very rich, malty, mineraly, caramelized malt, little sweetness, slightly bitter, nice mouth feel, beer has viscosity.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a dark brown hue with ruby red highlights that shine through the glass, head is off-white, craggy, and very lively with carbonation, lacing is thin and watery
S- Nose is of moderate caramel malts, some dark fruit, toffee, and smoke, sweet berries (cranberry?) underlie the whole experience
T- Initial taste is tart sweetness, followed by caramel, molasses, and brown sugar, finishes with slight sweetness and a touch of bittering hops
M- Medium/full beer, oily to creamy texture coats the tongue, nice carbonation
D- Rich and sweet Wee Heavy with minimal alcohol presence, nicely balanced, this is a nice evening treat, but I probably would not drink in excess due to the dominating sweetness
Buy again? Undecided
Personal score- 81/100

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with an average tan head that dissipated into a ring around the glass. A faint roasted malt smell with a hint of smokiness and carob. This brew has a woody malt presense, slightly roasted. A bit smokey and has a brown sugar type sweetness. Almost has cola characteristics. Not bitter at all from the malt, definitely sways on the sweet side. The feel is fairly light and fizzy, finishes a bit slick. A tasty sweet brew that drinks very easy.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/chestnut with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Loads of caramel malt

T: Toasted malt, breadyness, caramel & a touch of smokeyness up front. Dryness, plummy notes, raisins, a bit of brown sugar & leafy hop notes as this warms. Finishes dry with hints of cinnamon, jammy fruit, raisins, & a little too much leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & kind of wimpy in body when compared to it's American imitators, but a big brute compared to most 70 or 80 shilling ales

Drinks pretty easy; could drink a few of these before developing wanderlust

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Photo of neobassman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark red-honey color with modest, slightly sticky head. Slightly cloudy. Odor is pleasant but not noteworthy. Taste is full and malty, with minor bitterness. Much of the fullness of stout but without the salty, smokiness. strong mid-tongue sensation and a bit of honey and very butterscotch-y, especially late in the taste. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy, a bit buttery, maybe even a bit of glycerine-like persistence. This one stays in the mouth for awhile after the swallow. Very pleasurable and not as divisive as stout. Do not drink this one too cold. Perhaps not quite impressive enough for my favorites list, but this will definitely go on my recommended list.

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

Having just brewed a Scottish Ale, when I spotted this I thought I would see what I was shooting for.

A - brown with golden red highlights and a quickly dissipating off-white head.
S - Earthy leaps to mind. Caramel and bread in the aroma.
T - Starts on the front of my tongue, CO2 tingling, and finishes on the back of my tongue with a carmelly sweetness. I know Scottish Ales aren't made with smoked malt, but there is a faint hint of smoke in the finish.
M - A bit thin
D - Very drinkable beer. Doesn't finish so sweet that another is out of the question.

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

I was rearranging my fridge last night when I found this gem in the back. Poured a mahogany hue with a small frothy off white head that stuck around for the session. The scent of sweet caramel is upfront, followed by a pleasant nutty and dry plum aroma that ended with a subtle bourbon scent. Wee, offered a pleasant medium to full body, sweet malty and oily feel upfront with toffee, plum and almond like middle, ending with a lighty alcoholic bourbon and fruity tartness from the hops. Overall, this brew is solid. Very easy to drink, clean with very complex aroma and flavors. Enjoy.

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Photo of animal69
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've always wanted to try this one; pours a nice deep copper color w/ a slight off-white head which dissapates quickly, good lacing; good malty/earthy aroma w/ sweet caramel and a very faint "meaty" kind of undertone; malt, malt, malt, very tasty malt combo here, nutty, caramely & some brown sugar or molasses type sugars, a pleasing aftertaste i can't quite place; rich med-full body, not "syrupy" like some scotch's i've had; this one is very good, though i really like this beer, i couldn't drink a bunch of it, in fact my wife won't let me !!...

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

Looked good going from the bottle to the glass, and had a nice copper color with a nice amount of head and good lacing. The smell was very sweet, almost as if some sugar material had been used in the brewing process, and the same for the taste. Overall, it had a good strong scent, nice and deep, but still sweet. The taste had a slight peatiness to it, but again, the sweetness overroad a lot of that. It does go down very smoothly, though, and it was very easy to drink.

Had it on tap several times since then, and it's only gotten better. Great peated malt scent and flavor. Not as strong on the alcohol flavor as before, either, although it does keep it a bit rough. A very excellent Wee Heavy.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Large tan head a top a garnet brown body. Mild carbonation is visible through the clear brew. Broken ring of lacing clings to the side with each sip.

S - A very malty, but not tremendously sweet, caramel aroma, a hint of smoke and grasses.

T - A light caramel sweetness through with a very faint smoky hay flavor perhaps like a malt that have been smoked with grasses. Aftertaste is a lingering dark sweet malt (circa 150 lovibond or so), with a lingering grassy flavor.

M - Smooth, thick, a little refreshing at first, but a tiny bit gummy.

D - Easy, I coasted through this pint. A nice wee heavy, not terribly bizarre like the American takes on the style. Sessionable even at such a high abv. I might have again.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes in a 500 ml. bottle,and is damn delicous.
Pours a dark mahogney with red tint comming through,beautiful 2+ finger off white head which is very foamy and bubbly and sticks around long enough,than turns to a nice 1/8 collar and nice lacing.
The nose is of sweet fruit,prunes is detected,malts,toffee,and maybe a hint of lite coffee,appetizing aroma,that's for sure.
Taste is dark chocolate comming at you right off the bat and than i get the sweet prunes,butter,toffee and finishing off with just the right amount of bitterness.
Mouth is of medium feel that goes down rather smooth and creamy.
This one is high on my list of favorite brews.Very pleasant to look at,wonderful aroma and very very tasty,highly reccomended.Don't just drink this one,sip it and enjoy it,very flavorsome,got my glass full right now,gonna sit back and enjoy my brew while watching Monday Night Football....what a life,,,can't beat that.

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Photo of karengarys
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours rich clear mahogany, leaving little head that does not stick to the glass at all.

Smell is malty.

Taste is yummy! Chocolate and malt, with a hint of hops to keep things balanced and clean.

Mouthfeel is very good, I expected flat, but was pleasently surprised with a quite a creaminess.

Finish is clean, with the chocolate being quite predominant.

This is quite drinkable. I could have another and another. A really good brew!

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

A: Deep, translucent ruby in color. Around three fingers of head sprang up from a moderate pour, good retention and thick lacing.

S: Biscuity and grainy malt aroma that's quite pungent with what seems like a kick from the yeast. Perhaps a faint whiff of floral hops.

T: Bold malt profile, partly roasted but mostly mild, that produced a sweetness akin to toffee and toward the finish a brief flash of chocolate.

M: Creamy and slick, carbonation is adequate.

D: All told, I'd say this beer is quite drinkable and has enough character to keep the tongue happy. Certainly malty, as per its style, which is great for those who are big fans of anything packed with malt.

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Photo of dfillius
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased by ksullnh at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA...
A: 1/2 finger of fine, lacy head. Clear, dark brown, inviting.

S: Metallic, a twinge of alcohol, very little aroma. More malt smell as it warms, giving it a caramelly nose.

T: Rich: bready and caramelly

M: Smooth, silky even

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Photo of Jonte
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep-red/brown color. Creamy, off-white head. Good lacing.

Light smell of sweet malt, dark bread, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar and nuts. Smells a little bit like a belgian ale.

The taste is sweet malt, caramel/toffee, toast, fruit, some yeast. Light bitterness and a bit smoky as well. Creamy and well balanced.

High drinkability for such a high ABV %. Tastes better if it´s not served too cold.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick hit points:

* Looks bit and thick; think of a Guinness in terms of the massive head and the cascading look.
* Deep and dark red.
* The smell is feint, but boy does that thick and milky head stick around!
* It's lke a Scottish Ale but without the bite; not harsh.
* Smooth and milky
* Major big swath of milky lace
* Taste is sweet actually; some chocolate
* The Scotch ale taste is there, but very mild; not as pungent as usual
* Has a alcohol presence, but it is subtle
* It's a balanced Scotch ale, not brutal.
* The milkyness means it doesn't burn on the way down.

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

Pours a dark amber/brown with a 1 finger white head that mostly sticks around. Smells of caramel malts with just a bit of a bite.

First taste is relatively strong given the not too high alcohol. Lots of caramel sweetness here. Some toasted flavors. Alcohol is noticeable, but enjoyable. Overall, not too shabby.

Mouthfeel is rich (especially for the abv) with an alcohol bite at the end. Drinkability is good but not great.

Recommended. A solid wee heavy.

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Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clark's Ale House

While this is a beautiful beer with a thick head and lacing to match. The aroma, however, leaves a lot to be desired. There's a faint caramel malt flavor and dust, which is never good. The flavor starts out nicely with subtle caramel malt flavors and fruit, which reminds me of apple juice. I dare say it tastes a bit like a caramel apple. Overall, very drinkable and tasty, its a shame the aroma suffers.

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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,058 ratings.
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