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

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wcudwight on 01-16-2006

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Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear chestnut brown. It was served to me with a small creamy cap.

s: Earthy toffee and brown sugar with hints of chocolate and muted fruits.

t: Mildly sweet up front with restrained flavors of peaty toffee, brown sugar, and hints of raisin. The finish adds a touch of warmth with a little cocoa and some dry, leafy bitterenss.

m: Medium bodied and kind of creamy.

o: Just a spot-on medium sized Scotch ale imo. I enjoyed my $4 dollar bomber just as much and I'm kicking myself for not getting more to bring home. I love the subtlety and restraint shown with this beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: half finger rapidly dissipating head on an excellent clear deep amber body. A very attractive beer.

S: roasted and toasted malts, burnt toast and caramel.

T: flavor follows nicely with more toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, nuts, nutmeg and brown sugar. hints of smokey notes

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very clean taste.

Overall: This beer is very attractive, incredibly easy to drink and very flavorful. The ABV is well hidden, a very nice beer and one of my favorite for this style. Its simple but that almost makes this one better.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown with a huge tan colored head. A great amount of lace was left down the glass, and the settling of the beer was a fantastic site, grat pour, looked perfect. Smell was sweet right away. Lots of sugar and caramel smells, hints of grains and breads and even a light hop presence rounded this put nicely. The taste followed right away, but was alot more hoppy then I had envisioned. Lots of caramel and sugar flavors

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes dramatically different between the first crack at the growler and the second one a day later. So, if you have a growler, plan to drink a few pints and invite some friends. This review is regarding a fresh growler, purchased before it even made it to the shelf.

The ale is a reddish brown with a khaki head. Smoky sweet aromas abound. There is also a clean yeast smell in there. The first taste that hits you is a carmelly sweet malt, immediately followed by a toasty malt with a touch of smoke. Both have an organic graininess that lets you know this is the good stuff. I feel like I am in with the brewer smelling the beer as it is being made. The flavors are that clear. I am sure this is a pale malt beer with just a touch of chocolate or roasted barley to add a unique dimention of flavor. The result is absolutely unique. Also unique is the yeast. The yeast comes through at the end tying things up with a clean, dry finish. It is amazing how the yeast, being so clean, still comes through. This is perhaps the easiest drinker I've found at over 7%.

It is a tried and true favorite in and around the Asheville area and has now become one of my own tried and true favorites.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beverage in Durham. Oh and pint night. Lets go

Pours murky brown with a thin white head. No real carbonation.

Smells like a German Dunkel. Toasted corn, sweet caramel, and toffee come to mind. No bitterness. Honestly, I swore it was a Dunkel and still do.

At first, I get a mild bitterness. Then the sweetness sets in. Smooth feeling. The caramel and corn syrup really take the forefront here. Toffee comes in later.

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, dark ale with aromatic flavors.

Carbonation is very creamy in the mouth. Attractive head and dark amber color in the balloon glass. Surprisingly dry. Very fragrant in nose as well as flavor. Yeasty dinner rolls. Caramel flavor but not much sweetness. Lots of roasted malt smoothly melting together with a touch of hops. Some bitter aftertaste and a little back of the mouth dark chocolate. Clean and refreshing.

$4.25 for 22 oz-- can't beat it. Very drinkable while delivering a lot of interesting flavors.

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Photo of ewright
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber into a Douglas Scotch Ale glass, more than a finger of head forms and slowly recedes with some clumpy lacing. The beer is a clear medium brown color with light effervescence.

S: Rich peaty smell mingling with dark fruit and toasted malts.

T: Mmm...Big malty flavors up front with hints of smoke flavor in the background. Hops show up late and give a nice balancing bite in the back of the mouth. A little more bitter than some scotch ales, but I like!

M: Medium body, light and fine carbonation. Good crispness late from the hops and a slightly dry finish.

D: Fairly complex scotch ale that is a pleasure to sip.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Peace St Market, I've always enjoyed these guy's beers on trips to Asheville and am Psyched to see an increased presence 240 miles away here in Raleigh! Pours a crisp dark brown with ruby hightlights when held to light, the beer sports a thin lasting head. Aroma is dominated by caramel malts, not much else there, but still fragrant. The taste is also a nice showcase of caramel malts, as expected for the style. The beer is on the light side of medium with low carbonation and well hidden alcohol. As a hophead, I'll admit I have to be in the mood for a Scotch ale, but this is one that certainly does not disappoint.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tea color with minimal head (from a growler).

Aroma is rich with roasted malts and smokey peat.

Taste is sweet roasted dark malt and lots of smokey peat to compliment it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but aftertaste remains clean with just the memory of the smoke.

This is an excellent example of a Wee Heavy.

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown opaque with a decent tan head.

Aroma is of deep rich maltiness mixed with a slight hoppiness.

Taste, again with the rich maltiness and balanced with a hop bitterness that is just enough for balance.

Mouthfeel is solid medium-bodied with average to low carbonation that adds to the smoothness of the beer.

Overall, an enjoyable malt-driven scotch ale that I would drink again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

undated 22 oz. bottle; recently purchased near brewery in Asheville, so no reason to doubt it is fresh. Served in a large Austrian Ottakringer mug.

A - deep mahogany with a huge creamy white head that lasted and left a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Mainly medium malts, but a bit of floral booziness, about typical for 7% ABV.

T - Very well-hidden alcohol! This drinks like a 4% brew excepting some subtle and pleasant alcohol esters. Plenty of sweet-side components in here -- brown sugar, malts, molasses, caramel, toffee -- but enough hops have been added to make this rather neutral on the bitter/sweet spectrum, and to add a bit of spiciness. A light smokinesss and slight dryness in the finish. 4.25

M - medium-thin bodied, good carbonation. A bit thinner than optimal but exceptionally soft and creamy for style.

O - a VERY drinkable beer; this bottle went down fast. More like a brown ale than usual for style, but has sufficient maltiness and light peaty smokiness to fit the Scotch ale category.
One of the best beers I've had in this category. [4.25]

{rating confirmed with 22oz bottle in May 2012)

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Photo of drperm
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Support your local brewers" is such an easy admonition to follow when one lives in the Asheville vicinity, and French Broad is by no means among the least of those we have to choose from.

Now that they are bottling a few of their brews, it's even easier to give them patronage.

The Wee-Heavy-er is perhaps not their greatest creation, but it's a solid strong Scottish ale (any Scotsman will tell you, "Scotch" is a pejorative term best left to describe adhesive tape, whisky notwithstanding) that is definitely worth seeking out --- and returning to.

In the glass (right now, a wide-bowled red wine goblet), it has the semblance of a well-carbonated old ale. It's a shimmering dark brown, the tone of strong tea and yet quite translucent.

On the nose, it's a bit funky. Not Belgian farmhouse funky, but more like strange maltiness with lots of sugars funky. Not so much to be off-putting, but enough to say, "Our 7% ABV means business." Lots of caramel muscle here, with just enough hint of bitterness to lure me in...

The taste is solid. Not spectacular, but soundly solid and firm. As one would expect, malt is front and center here, with just enough hop-bittering snap to make it well-rounded. Not too sweet, and a wee bit of a near tartness that leaves me craving more. It is sweet enough to pair well with dark desserts, or something with plums...or how 'bout a nice cavendish pipe? Almost too thin, but it wins me over with its Gaelic charm.

Palate is smooth and silky and perhaps my favorite aspect of this one. Goes down easy, much easier than you might expect from a Wee Heavy. No viscosity here.

Overall, this is one to seek out and try. For me, I'll gladly have another, especially since it's available at my local small-town otherwise-stuck-in-the-1980s IGA market.

Best pairing yet: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream with a Butterfinger bar crumbled over top. Yowza.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. As expected, the aroma is full of malt, with heavy amounts of toffee and caramel, as well as a hint of chocolate. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and caramel, as well as some peat malt notes, a hint of smoke and some light amounts of dark fruit. The alcohol is also present in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived across the kegorator clear brown with and off-white froth and persistent head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a toasty character coupled with chocolate and a moderately fruity aspect. Caramel malt was present and the caramel character was notable.

The flavor was chocolate was a fruity malty presence which contained a sizeable caramel which was biscuity and toasty. The caramelization was strong and well done.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel malt presence into the aftertaste. The body was medium wth a creamy mouthfeel due to the carbonation. A good beer with a finish that was just a bit dry and with a body that could be just a bit more viscous.

Pint at French Broad Pubhouse.

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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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of a clear, dark amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark toffee with just a touch of roast.

T - Soft caramel and dark sugar up front. Smoky caramel in the middle with a finish of dark, smooth malt and a touch of red apple.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Well done, the balance is excellent and the beer hides its strength quite well.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Backer2004
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
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 jjboesen
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Asheville-brewed poured into my tulip glass purchased from Trophy Brewing (Raleigh, NC) with a quick head that soon subsided into a ruby body. There is little lacing with a sparse and flimsy head. There is a subtle malty nose; the palate detects a sweet plum flavor with a malt base. The balance is superb and the mouthfeel is silky and smooth.
Highly drinkable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jack of the Wood in Asheville

A - deep amber bordering on dark brown with a reddish hue; thin lacing of off white head

S - creamy, butterscotch, caramel, toast

T - caramel, butterscotch, creamy, mild hop bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a good example of the style. It has a nice flavor profile and good drinkability. It's worth cehcking out.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ours nicely with a bigger head than most Scotch Ales, and that familiar deep amber color. Toasted malt and toffee are coming through in the aroma. Rather inviting. Surprising amount of chocolate in the flavor. Toffee and smoked malt are rather noticeable, as well. Hops provide just a bit of a bitter and dry finish, but don't overpower anything, just as it should be with Scotch Ales.The 7% ABV give a bit of heat in the flavor and warmth in the finish.

I like this Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale. Perhaps not quite in the top tier of the style, but the chocolate gives it a nice twist.

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Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown that you can see through with a nice tan head that leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is malty, leather notes, dirt peat like notes. Some nice fruit notes with touches of vanilla hidden around.

Taste is wow lots of malt, lold leather peat notes, light smoke. Tobacco flavors from the hops that are present and brought out by the carbonation. Finish is little more hoppier then the style should be but I like it and enjoyed this one a lot.

Mouthfeel is different seems chewy at first but lightens up when the hops and carbonation kicks in.

Drinkability is good will be buying this one again.

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Photo of Spider889
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ryan011235 at the second Central Ohio Tasting.

Dark caramel color with good clarity and nice carbonation.

Smells sweet, with caramel/toffee type fresh leather notes. Nice roasted malt backbone, with some mild smoke as well.

Good roast flavors, chewy malt, warming and drinkable.

I normally find Wee Heavy beers to be rather lackluster, but this one gets the job done.

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Photo of blackie
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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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