Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale | French Broad River Brewing

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Brewed by:
French Broad River Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 296
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: French Broad Wee Heavy-er shares the same color as coffee, is free of haze, and is topped off by a thin off-white froth.

S: The nose is well presented, but consists solely of coffee. I was hoping for a few more notes, especially some caramel and bread ones.

T: As promised by the nose, this brew is one noted with roasted barley being overly accented. Wee Heavies should have considerable caramel notes to them, and be somewhat sweet. This one, however, is thin and overly roasted. It's not off-putting, but it's not to style.

M: Thin, light carbonation, and little in the way of texture.

O: I think this brew would fare better as an American Porter, but it is still too simple to make any headway; there simply isn't any depth. That said, as simple as it is, it is tasty. And at $4 a bomber, I really can't be too disappointed.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Backer2004
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new buddy Pete at the Hickory Hops festival said I had to try this one yesterday . . . and tell them Pete sent you. These guys were great, they gave me a nice pint glass and a Girls of the French Broad calendar signed by Miss June (and made it out to my wife as the most beautiful girl in the world.) The friendly demeaner will make me stop there regardless of the beer next time in Asheville.

Anyway, enjoyed this Wee Heavy very much. Nice malt character, dark mahogony and very easy to finish. Need to try an entire pint next time, especially with my new glass.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, fizzy-looking off-white head.

Smell: The aroma holds some fruit, some peat, and some nuttiness. All of it quite faint, though.

Taste: It's a parade of hints! Mild pale maltiness. Faint, almost imperceptible sweetness. Soft peatiness. One drop of sorghum syrup. Just a bit of fruit. Finishes dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly mild and thin for supposedly being so much more heavy-er.

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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopdog
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in trade with enacgee (thanks!).

This one poured all head, and I really mean all head. Settled into a deeper amber color. Aromas of earthiness, wood, roasted and toasted caramel, and some chocolate. Tastes of caramel, roasty, lighter earhy, and chocolate.

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Photo of darktronica
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Asheville Brewey (DL likes it)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Only in Scotland will a 7.2% beer qualify as an imperial-type beer. But in taste and strength, its not just a wee heavy, but a Wee Heavier!

Upon its appearance, the ale is obviously dark- medium brown with shadows of chestnut. As the ale slowly releases a creamy khaki head, it begins to lace immediately. With every sip, a new ring of foam attaches to the glass with impressive consistency.

Firm malt aromatics fill the nose with toast, chocolate, light coffee, scorched earth, and dark wood. Despite its toffee-ish upstart, an aura of floral hops waft above the sweeter and heartier scent.

But to taste, its the malty base that commands attention- toast, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee come to mind as the sweeter grain flavors attach to the tongue. As the sweetness slowly recedes, more earthen tones of chocolate, coffee grounds and chicory play out on the middle palate. A late development of broad spice, peated earth, and mild campfire sets the taste apart from brown ale.

Medium-full in body, the beer seems to beg for richer textures because of its malty weight. But the beer is malty-dry from middle palate on toward finish, keeping a starchy texture of pasta water and malted milk ball candies. Only mild warmth and slight numbing signals the ales slow closure.

Loving this beer- it offers the slimmest of "earth" intangibles without going overboard. It's an American Ale at heart but it certainly has garnered inspirations from the peat-heavy Scottish Whiskeys. Silly Scots- they get so drunk that they find a benefit in burnt dirt.

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Photo of cursive7
4.2/5  rDev +19%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours slightly hazy Sugar Daddy color with a large, sufficient white head. Not sure if it is due to infection, but this one was almost a gusher. Loads of lacing.

Aroma is somewhat fruity; green apple and caramel malts.

Good flavor. Fruity and malty. Some slight berries and red delicious apples. Slight bit of chocolate and other roasted malts. Hints of smoke. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel kind of ruined this for me. Way too carbonated and pretty thin for the style. Aside from the carbonation, pretty drinkable, but I feel bloated after only 10oz or so :(

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Photo of qcghost
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of blackie
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: The beer is a rich, deep brown in color. Good retention of the high off-white head.

s: Earthy, nice toasted malt presence with some notes of peat. Sweet. Nice, just comes across a little weak.

m: Very smooth medium level of carbonation, with a medium-full body.

t: Moderately sweet, with good flavors of peat and toasted malts. Earthy hop flavors with a light bitterness. Quite tasty.

d: easy, ABV well hidden

on-tap at the Bier Garden

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Photo of JDW4195
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/ebony with a sliver of mocha colored head. Zero head head retention & lacing

S: Some smokeyness, cakeyness & biscuitty malt

T: Rich cakeyness, dryness, slight smokeyness & caramel. Dryness & cakeyness as this warms, Finshes sweet with flinty dryness & a hint f leafy hops & toffee

MF: Semi-chewy with minimal carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, this had a lot of nice attributes, but didn't quite pull together...

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Photo of MJ64
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bb-magic
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalmonk
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is rusty garnet with a half-inch soapy head that thins quickly to a crown, leaving jet-trails of lace here and there.

Aroma is disappointing. It's very faint, and what's there is mostly mineral, steely and lightly roasted. Smells like a not-very-exciting ho-hum brown ale, more so than a wee heavy.

More mineral in the flavor, like sucking on a penny, along with faint traces of peat and smoke, with a gentle roasted flavor coating the mouth. Weird, overripe, unattractive berry flavor mingles with light smoke in the finish. Ultimately a pretty bland scotch ale. Where's the beef?

Decent mouthfeel. Somehow I dig it despite being a tad more carbonated than I like this style to be. It balances a soft smoothness at the same time, so at least in this category it exhibits some depth.

An unfocused scotch ale with very little to recommend it. I'd heard good things about French Broad, and since they're somewhat local, I'd pick their stuff up again in hopes that they usually do better. Jury's out.

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Photo of JWhat
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Maltzilla for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice brownish color, very nice carbonation, huge three-finger thick/creamy light tan head, with some awesome thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, dark fruits, caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, dark fruits, slight spice, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, but reminds me more of a BSDA.

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Photo of GlacierSapien
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A good solid wee-heavy
There's much better scotch ales out there but still good and easy to drink

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Smells roasty, stout like. Tastes similar. I don't really get the caramel, burnt-sweetness that I find in these beers typically. It's more of a big brown ale or a stout or something similar. The alcohol is hidden completely though, dangerously. A fair amount of bitterness. I like it, but I dunno if it has all I want in a Scotch ale.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Wee Heavy-er Scotch Style Ale from French Broad River Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 296 ratings