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Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brendan13 on 08-28-2008

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red-brown colour, quite hazed, with a frothy, but bubbly head of yellow beige. Very light body to it, and the carbonation streams with such brazen carelessness. It looks a little bit unsubtle and a bit unrefined, and not necessarily particularly interesting.

Nose is more pleasant, with a sweetness cut by a robust smokiness through the centre. Around it is something a bit organically sweet, a bit like appleskins, which is slightly less pleasant, but the smoke is more robust than in many other examples.

Taste is darker, and roastier than I expected, with a pleasantly charred character and still that aromatic smoke coming through. The body is really quite thin, and this, coupled with the rather low level of sweetness mean that it doesn't feel like a particularly big beer at all.

Yeah, it's actually pretty nice, but not entirely what I expected. The smoke character is much more pronounced, and it's rather pleasant. The lack of body is a bit of a shame, especially given the sweetness on the nose, but it has enough to interest me.

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Photo of dgilks
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany pour with a fluffy light tan head. Great head retention.

Sweet, sticky toffee aromas with a hint of peat. Fruity notes come through as well. Almost no roastiness.

A tasty malt focussed beer with some good balance. Up front is a fruity, sweet malt with good caramel notes. This is followed by light peat and a light herbal hop bitterness. A good tea-like tannic bitterness also comes across nicely and there alcohol is well hidden.

Big mouthfeel with below overage carbonation makes this a solid warming winter beer to savour.

This is a big beer but it is dangerously drinkable with this 8% beer going down really easily. A tasty, well-crafted brew that is certainly worth drinking.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a large off-white head.
Aroma is richly malty, with loads of smoky peat as well. Caramel, treacle and raisins are all noticeable, but the peat threatens to overwhelm everything else. Some alcohol is present.
Flavours are similarly peaty and malty, with lots of caramel and soft alcohol.
Body is rich with creamy carbonation, though a little high.
Overall, a bit too peaty but otherwise very nice.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle, undated. Poured on a cool late October evening (World Series Game 6 on the tube) to a curvy, super-engineered Sam Adams glass. Bottle was received from awesome Aussie BA dgilks (thanks, David!) at a brief meetup in Portland last July.

8% = '2.1 Standard Drinks'
Arcing atop the label: 'Don't Trash Yourself or Your Planet - Drink Responsibly - A Wee Heavy Brewed in True Scottish Tradition - "Slainte"'

A: Appropriately caramel brown - a deep chestnut, actually. Murky, tinged red. OK, VERY murky! LOTS of sediment, a fine mist of whiteness that maybe I could have avoided by leaving the last ounce or two in the container. The fallout is roiled continuously by plenty of carbonation - boosted, undoubtedly by the bottom-of-glass etching. Whatever it takes. Nice little head, a tight 1/2 finger of sandy cream, then a ring with some percolating skim.

S: Sweetly spiced, like roasted nuts dusted in cinnamon. Fat raisins, plums, dates. A subtle woodiness, with malty 'whiskey' hints. Only gets better as it warms.

T: Chewy fruit and an almost meaty woody/husky graininess fill the mouth. More plum, fig and raisin and a slightly 'cherry' twang. Some molasses and toffee in all that spiced wood. Good roast in the finish dries it out just enough. Complex and pretty interesting.

M: Rather smooth, mellow, pleasant. Slightly thin, but a slowly-growing silkily coating mouthfeel. Body never really develops and flavors seem to trail off rather wistfully.

O: A pretty good wee heavy. Subtly warming without being boozy - dangerously drinkable! Mine is *maybe* a little sweeter and mellower than when at its freshest, but that's ok (certainly this is a sturdy style that can handle some age). A pleasure to try this Down Under version of a favored style of mine.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of heygeebee
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half-finger head over a dark brown/red body. Head dies too quickly to a film.

Aromas of sherry, rasins, toffee, but with an unwelcome burnt/smoke adder.

Tastes like smell, well aligned to style, but I'll pass on the roasted/burnt aspect, thanks.

Mouthfeel quite light and creamy. Not too much carbonation.

Not sure if I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a hazy reddish amber colour, with an off white head that reduces to a film after a couple of minutes.

S - Quite sweet with a bit of malt and molasses

T - Nice malts up front followed by a little cocoa and maybe a little stewed dark fruit with a very boozy finish.

M - Slightly over carbonated and medium to full body.

D - A little too much booze for me, but not a bad stab at the style.

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Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 330ml bottle poured into a pint glass a cloudy deep, dark mahogany colour with a 1.5cm off white head that falls away fairly quickly into a thin whisp.
S - First thing to hit the nose is sweet toffe/caramel aromas, followed by some light peat notes. Some vauge sweet, fruity tocuhes are also in there.
T - Sweet toffee and caramel taste, peat is a bit more evident in the taste along with some dark fruit notes.
M - Medium to full bodied. Slightly sticky, syrupy feel with a pretty low carbonation.
D - A sweet, malt heavy 8% beer isn't something I'd drink often but this seems to be a pretty decent attempt at a style not often done by Australian micros. Well worth a try.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of my excellent beer trade courtesy of dgilks - cheers again David!

Poured into a nonic glass, and enjoyed on one of the more humid days I've encountered since getting back. Not really the ideal beer for a day like this, but it's been burning a hole in my cellar since I got back from Oz.

A rich, sludgy, murky brown brew, toffee-coloured when held to the light. Left behind a nice sturdy off-white head, with some lacing flecks.

The nose is a pure malty delight: caramel, toffee, fresh bread, cracker, a touch of peat and leather. Smells exactly as one would expect from a well-made wee heavy.

As complex as a mid-range bottle of scotch, Seeing Double sports an impressive flavor profile. It opens with a nice malty blast of caramel, bread, biscuit and dark fruit, before settling in to a lovely dry peaty-leather finish, with only the faintest traces of hops. The alcohol content, which is quite high, well-masked: a very dangerous thing indeed. No doubt one would certainly be seeing double after a few of these bad boys. The leather/peat character lingers long on the tongue.

Slightly creamy, light but spritzy carbonation, thicker bodied.

A great example of the Wee Heavy style, in fact I'd happily rank it alongside some of the better Scottish offerings. A study in malt, but with a nice diversity of flavors to make for an interesting and enjoyable sipper. Not something I'd recommend more than a bottle or two of at any given time, but certainly well worth seeking out if you're Down Under. Great stuff indeed!

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Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mulder1010
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

A-- Poured a dark reddish brown color, half finger head that died quickly and was just a little larger than a light brown film. Lots of bubbles at first until the beer settled down.

S-- Malty and sweet. A very earthy smell. Dark chocolate and cherries. Smells thick and do get get the alcohol smell but it is hidden some. Molasses and stone fruit. Great nose!

T-- Sweet, malty and thick. Molasses hit me off the bat, also dark cherries and some dark chocolate or cocoa. Alcohol is there in a big way.

M-- Sits with you for a while and does have a bit of a burn ofter going down. Dark cherries are very strong in the mouth and in the finish. Much better beer warm and far more potent at room temperature. Not very carbonated and in a way syrupy.

D-- Yes the Alcohol is very evident in this (8%) but very drinkable. Would suggest this for the late fall and winter. Very warming and mouth filling. Have to like that this style was even attempted. More Kudos for that. Worth finding and trying. Very nice and does show that Australian brewers can do some really good things but the problem is have to go dig for them.

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Photo of hopnerd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cs1987
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark red, pretty much opaque. 2 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Strong, lots of tempting malts.

Taste - Very malty, almost up to English Barleywine levels. Good malt balance, with little detectable hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, a little cloying, a wee bit heavy (sorry, couldn't resist).

Drinkability - Pretty good for the style and ABV.

Overall - This is a fine beer. It didn't quite make me see double, though.

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Photo of WHROO
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark browny in appearance...nearly identical to the Coopers Vintage...minimal head, but it does linger.

Smell is smoky & sweet malts

Taste begins with big smoky aniseedy medicinal malty hit (as mentioned in other reviews the smokiness nearly overpowers - my wife couldn't go near it cos of the bacony smoke flavour - is there wheat in this?)...a little sweet malts that comes across quite sharp.

Mouthfeel is creamy & good carbonation

drinkability is interesting...if I had more I'd enjoy cos it's quite different, but If I had no more I wouldn't be too bothered either - weird (as the beer).

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Photo of Mendicant
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Stew41
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There’s no doubting the style; positively screams Scotch Ale. Body is light brown / orange in colour and quite light in body. Nose shows plenty of cola and roast, together with a striking whisky / peaty note. Similar to taste, although I found the peat, together with some heat from the abv, just a touch hard going.

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

Poured into a tulip

A- Pours a dark brown with about 1 cm of head which subsides to a thin film. Not too bad at all.

S- a whole bunch of sweet malt. a touch of dark fruit, but this thing is super malty. nice.

T- Straight up again theres a heap of malt, caramel and raisiny dark fruit. a little bit of warming alcohol makes its way in there, but adds to the flavour. the bitter finish really rounds things out nicely.

M- this one is pretty thick, but with some prickly carbonation on the tongue. nice length.

O- a very malt strong beer, a sipper for sure, but on a cold, wet shitty night like tonight im glad there is something like this in my glass.

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baumaxx1
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance -
Cloudy brown colour, with suspended particles. Pours a 1cm mocha head which is lasting. Leaves some lacing.

Smell -
Coffee roast, chestnuts, peaty smoke, oak, dark fruits, port.

Taste -
Berries - raspberry, blueberries, blackberries. A bit of hop bitterness. Some sourness and red wine tones. Dark chocolate. A peaty after-taste and ends with a bit of alcohol harshness - almost spirit-like

Mouthfeel -
A slight tingle, clean and slightly creamy, smooth on the way down, leaving a bit of a whiskey warmth afterwards.

Overall -
A complex brew, which is extremely drinkable and has a full flavour to enjoy. One of those to sit down and take the time to savour like a good whiskey or wine - too good to drink with food or for a session.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the BrewBoys brewpub, a must-see if you're in Adelaide and want to check out the local craft scene!

A- Pours a dark copper, slight haze with an off-white head

S- Strong scent of fresh, ripe cherries

T- Sweet malt flavor, plenty of cherry, peaty aftertaste to subdue the smoke. Complex with malt flavor, lots of residual sugars from unfermented malt

M- Smooth, silky texture with some body without being too heavy

D- Very drinkable despite high ABV

Another great beer from BrewBoys; looking forward to trying the rest of their lineup!

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Photo of JayAhhDee
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a tulip, poured with a nice medium head that dissipated very quickly. Very dark ruby red in colour, almost black under poor lighting.

Aroma: Not a huge aroma coming off the beer, slight smell of hops and malt, the aroma doesn't give you any warning of the flavour you are about to get.

Taste: Coca, coffee, malt and lots of em. Little bit of hops towards the end. Very full flavoured and has a real linger in the mouth. Slight warmth gained from the ABV but not overpowering, just a little hint in the mix.

Feels like a heavy beer and tastes like a heavy beer very nice after dinner beer, easily in my top 5 Australian beers.

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