MacHayden's WeeHeavy Scotch Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hchinaski on 02-17-2009

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 47
Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond. A nice copper/red color, thin film of head that disappears quickly; not much in aroma; slightly earthy but a fairly standard scotch ale, some non hoppy bitter aftertaste; a bit heavy on the carbonation. Just decent, nothing to rave over.

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Photo of delta490
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear brown with a nice light tan head that has great retention. The aroma is malt forward, with some dark fruit sweetness, it's just a little light. The taste, though, far exceeds the meager aroma. A big, rich, nutty, sweet malt blast hits you up front with a nice background of earthy hops balancing it just right. The body isn't watery, but its lighter on the palate and makes this one an easy drinker at 8%.

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Photo of qchic
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ruby red-brown, some head retention and lacing, and clear enough to see bubbles. Wasn't expecting so much light to get through. Aroma brings roasted grain, smoke, and ripe fruit. Definitely thin for the style, but the flavors are good. Upfront, malt with subtle smokiness and then some raisin and prunes. Fruity esters become distracting. Finishes with assertive bitterness to keep it from cloying. At almost 8%, it's surprisingly drinkable without much sign of alcohol, but it still feels like something's missing. Has potential.

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Photo of mrfulcher
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Even auburn with a creamy finger and a half of foam. Some lacing, and a nice solid head lingers.

S: Lots of malt. Sweet caramel corn. Not very strong though.

T: Sweet. Very sweet malts.

M: Pretty nice to drink, silky to sticky

O: Decent beer but entirely one sided. It's all caramel malt without much depth. I don't think I could have more than one of these at a time, just too sweet for me.

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Photo of obywan59
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear brownish amber with a 2 finger light tan head that leaves a touch of attractive lacing. Numerous bubbles rising throughout the glass.

Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits and a slight whiff of coffee. A bit woodsy.

Roast malt and rich dark fruit. Flavor approaches tht of cherry at times. the bitterness of burnt malt combined with the alcohol give it a bit of cloy.

Medium full in body. Somewhat sticky. Prickly carbonation. Very warming.

Decent brew. Great for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of devilben02
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle with a rich, reddish-amber color that is not unlike a brown ale, and it is topped by a fizzy tan head. Light, sweat, bready malts are most pronounced in the aroma, but there is also some earthy, almost metallic character. The bread and light caramel sweetness is likewise prominent in the flavor, but the finish is loaded with the earthy/metallic/spice hop character, which isn't pleasant. The medium body and fine carbonation don't distract from the flavors, which is unfortunate in this case. Overall, the beer is underwhelming. it doesn't showcase the malts well, and the unpleasant finish makes me not want to come back for more.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark reddish black with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet grain, slight fruity taste, very nice. Tastes of fruit and sweet grain, a great tasty balance. Beer is slightly heavily carbonated, but goes down very smoothly. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA

A: Pours a clear rich brown in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and a moderate amount of ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall very light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and smoked peat along with some lighter hints of brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of nuts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with some moderate brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness. Then the smokey elements from the peat start to come through with just a hint of nuts (maybe pecan or walnut). There is a bit of earthiness from the hops towards the finish with light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Overall this is a fairly sweet beer just bordering on the edge of being cloying. Not the easiest beer to drink and the smokiness is not as pronounced in the flavor as it was in the aroma - I could have used a little more smokiness to this beer as a whole. Probably not a beer that I would have multiple of at a single session. Overall the alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Rich, brown ale. Only a thin layer of head with moderate retention. The beer retains a thin smattering of head across the surface.

S: Brown sugar, pecans and lots of toasted malts. A good, rich smelling brew.

T: Toasted malts and a LOT of dark fruits. The middle brings a nice earthiness, and there is a touch of bittering woody hops on the finish. It hides the 8% ABV fairly well, except for the esters, which compound the fruitiness. The overall impression is that of sweetness, and it is a little cloying.

M: Fairly heavy body, relatively light on the carbonation and very sticky, which adds to the cloying factor.

O: Not my favorite wee heavy by any means. There is a lot of fruit, a lot of sticky sweetness. I don't know that I could drink more than one of these unless it was with a meal.

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Photo of heisigec
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this the first time on draft and I thought the word of it. Glad to see it in bottles in my local shops. Wonderfully malty and balanced, possibly a new favorite. The smoothness of this beverage is dangerous giving its abv. It is a nice winter warmer if nothing else.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking 68 oz flip top growler from stonequarrywest in growling at the moon.

A: Looks fairly dark in the glass. Looks similiar to cola when held up to light. Poured with a decent amount of bone colored head. No lacing.

S: There is a little bit of smoke up front. A little bit of cardboard behind that.Almost has a little bit of a port nose to it. Quite a bit of malt as well.

T: Not as much smoke was in the nose. A touch though. Quite a bit of fruit for a wee heavy. Check that more fruit than I have ever had for the style. Totally not to style but not bad. I think it is showing a touch of oxidization as well.

M: A little on the lighter side of the style. Carbonation is low.

D: Not bad. I am spoiled because I usually have this style on cask. A different take on the style that I think might have suffered a little bit from it's journey. Very drinkable however. Thanks again stonequarrywest for the opportunity!

Edit: I thought this beer was underpreforming so I let it warm for a while. Still about the same thing/ Put it on the back porch for a while and SHAZAM! After the upstate NY eisbock process I started to get a bit of leather and tobacco which added to the complexity. Bumped the scores accordingly.

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Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-cask in a clear pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.

A: Auburn with 1-finger beige, fine bubbled head with nice cascading and several scalloped lines of lace.

S: Fruity berry-like aromas mixed with a light peatiness and light herbal, floral hops note. Pretty soft profile overall.

T: Unassuming fruity maltiness with nice toasted character, soft peat and smoke, and floral hops to finish

M: The cask feel is really smooth and creamy with medium body -- this combo could be deadly over a session at 8.6% ABV.

D: Very deceiving ABV in a solid brew. I wish the hops were toned down a little more to let the maltiness come through a bit more. The cask treatment lends a very creamy feel that couples well with this no-nonsense ale.

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Photo of cdrummer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA.

A: A moderately thick head of beige foam set atop a rich mahogany body of coursely carbonated beer.

S: Bisuity malt is the first followed by a pleasing smokiness, dark fruit, hoppy spice and a slight yeastiness. Overall, it possessed a rather floral quality too.

T&M: Smokey and meaty, this viscous brew exhibits a sticky fruitness, especially in the mid to finish. Velvety carbonation brings out the hop spice and bitterness along with yeast and peat flavors which are all quite well balanced with the caramelized malt.

D: Very approachable and unique, albeit a bit hoppier than I imagined from the advertised 30 IBUS.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Comes a filtered reddish amber, crisp and clear, very Autumnal looking, capped by half a finger of light tan head of average retention. Carbonation is diffuse, medium to large in size, and relatively fast. The lacing brings this one up a notch - sticky and thin sheets coat the sides of the pint glass on this one pretty thoroughly.

Aroma: Raspberries and citrus notes dance over a slightly smoky, heavily roasted and caramelized, toasty and aromatic.

Taste: Very clean and balanced. Light fruity notes - with hints of pear, raspberries, black cherries, and perhaps pineapple - dominate up front. The malts are well attenuated, providing a solid and relatively dry foundation of toast, well roasted. Slight hints of gummy bear. Also, a few earthy spice notes, pleasant and well integrated. The most unique thing about this one are the smokey, peaty overtones - for the first time, they don't remind me of meat, and they're very well blended.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bodied, with plenty of large effervescence, making for a big, fluffy, even, though crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If not their best brew, it's good, and Blue Mountain continues to impress with above average offerings. If you like your wee heavies on the lighter side, slightly fruity, and well-balanced (with or without smoke!), then give this one a shot.

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Photo of hchinaski
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Brewery's tasting room, Feb. 9. Think that was the 1st day, as the Bartender said that it had just replaced the Full Nelson on the draft list.

Appearance is light to amber-ish color with medium head and retention

Smell was not a giveaway for the flavor. Slightly biscuity and toasty

Taste was not much to my liking. A bit hoppy for the style and not nearly balanced with malted goodness.

Mouthfeel left me a bit cotton-mouthed. It was neither rich nor creamy

Drinkability was not much of an issue with me. I took 3 or 4 sips then gave it to the wife--she semmed to like it a good deal better with me.

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MacHayden's WeeHeavy Scotch Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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