Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale | French Broad Brewing Co.

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style AleWee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
frenchbroadbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wcudwight on 01-16-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
290
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
30
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of weareallfalafel
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skagerrak
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid Scottish style ale. Has a small head, clean malty smell, and not overly hopped. It's good from the can but if you're lucky enough to find it on draft, don't pass it up.

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Photo of MJ64
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hman43
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours brown with a light brown head.

Smell: It has a sweet, malty fruity aroma. It has a heavy plum and sweet malt aroma. There are also toasty elements.

Taste: The initial flavor is sweet. It has flavors of caramel, sweet grain, and heavy on the plum.

Feel: It has a moderate body and a sweet finish that is highlight by fruit, especially plums.

Overall. It has a sweet flavor from start to finish. The grains are sweet with sweet dark fruit.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like sweet light caramel and sugar daddy, with some milk chocolate and raisin and buttered honey biscuit.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and fig and honey biscuit, with some copper hops and milk chocolate. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a really nice scotch ale with intricate scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol. Not earth shattering, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This Scotch Ale looks the part: a few shades shy of deep brown, clear and sparkling with a large, pebbly light-tan head that leaves thick slabs and microcells of lacing. The nose is light-medium, leading with cinnamon-like spice followed by toasty malt, behind which lurk hints of cherry and chocolate over a modestly complex, if not terribly deep, sweetish caramel character, all underpinned by a modest boozy undertow. The palate is a mildly-bitter, seamless melange of the notes found on the nose; it lacks the layered complexity typical of the best of the breed. Alcohol character is light-moderate. The finish is a significant hit of booze-tinged caramel, and the linger is a mildly bitter grassy, slightly caramelish toast flavor that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the medium body, and the texture is creamy and very slightly peppery from the restrained carbonation. (12 oz can, no code date)

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Photo of JDW4195
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark copper, no head.

Raisin, toffee, and charred malt aromas.

For a Wee Heavy, especially a kicked up version of one, there's not much flavor here. It's surprisingly light, a little tangy, with nutty caramel.

It basically comes across as an amber.

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Photo of MECove
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure of the "look" as I drank it from a can. Ditto with the smell as I only caught the metallic aluminum. The feel is crisp! Not bubbly with too much air pockets, but enough for texture. The aftertaste is its best feature, a nut brown not creamy and not bitter, but a nice blend and balance of the two. It's a session, which is a style that I've come to appreciate only recently. IBU 24 and 7% but I don't know what SRM means...14.5. As a Scotch Ale, it's not too thick or rich.

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Photo of Bamarooster
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwbetts
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDocT
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.5: Pours out a very attractive chestnut brown. No head to speak of. Poor to no lacing.

Smell 4.25: Very nice bouquet. Roasted grains, light hops and a deep caramel. Promising!

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet. Middle is watery and a huge disappointment. Some slight hints of malt here. Finish is where most of the flavor resides and what is there is good: caramel malts, light hops and some general residual sweetness. Aftertaste is nice: a slightly caramel/candy sweetness and some roasted, smoky notes.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Much too watery on the palate and displays a general lack of balance.

Overall 3.75: An uneven experience. This is like a friend's brew that you taste and think, "Hey! This isn't that bad! But, wow, is this a weird version of (fill in blank)." This is a good beer, but has some big gaps in its style profile. Still, it is a good Scotch ale in a pinch and that's what led me to buy it: the only Scotch ale I could find at the time.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A brilliant cherstnut poor rouses a 1” light tan head that quickly recedes.

S: Malty aromas with kettle sugars and traces of peat smoke.

T: Creamy, dark malt sugars, kettle sugars, lightly sweet, some drying from unmalted barley on the end with a touch of tartness. Lingering sweet dark sugar.

F: Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.

O: Although a little light, a decent and very drinkable wee heavy.

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Photo of cnealc
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JWhat
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of target88
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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