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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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 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 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 tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of caramel with hints of toffee.

Light full bodied with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks the intensity and complexity to be outstanding. Balance is world class. Basically, you get a blended one dimensional flavor - weak caramel / subtle toffee. The middle brings a subtle bitterness. The finish has a subtle sour undertone. Get Founder's Dirty Bastard instead.

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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 barczar
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is caramelly, with a touch of fruity specialty malt. Fairly nutty, as well.

Flavor is fruity, wIth a nutty caramel malt backbone, and a bitter finish.

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Photo of ordybill
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a very sweet malt and vanilla aroma.
Appearance- This beer is a light brown color with a small tan colored head.
Taste- Has a mellow malt flavor with a mix of vanilla, i did not care for the aftertaste.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation and an oily texture.
Overall- I have not jumped on the "Scotch Ale" bandwagon yet. I have tried several and none of them have blown me away yet. I will try this beer again once I have sampled more of this style.

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Photo of KajII
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium caramel brown with a pillowy off white head and has notes of sweet toasted malts, caramel and a light herbal hop. It has a lightly malty sweet carmel taste with a small dark fruit presence at first, then a decent bitterness slips in to balances it out... https://www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.03/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

French Broad Wee-Heavy-Er Scotch Style Ale has a thin, beige head, a red-brown, somewhat bubbly appearance, some ascending bubbles, and minor lacing left behind. The aroma is of an odd sweet-sour, some peat, a touch of smoke, caramel candy, and brown bread crust. Taste is of the same strange sweet & sour sauce, moderate bitterness, lemon, lime, and bread. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and French Broad Wee-Heavy-Er finishes mostly dry and not unlike Bud Light Lime, in some respects.


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

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with almost a hint of dark brown to it, moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet toffee malts with light to moderate aromas of light fruit/green apple and just a touch of toasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet toffee and toasted malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness. The sweetness fades into a light to moderate flavor of light fruit/green apple and apple cider. Just a hint of earthy hops in the finish which lend just a touch of bitterness which fades quickly. Hints of booziness but not much.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy drinking considering the strength of the beer and it has a nice complexity to the flavor with enough but not too much sweetness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Total Wine & More in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.49
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 15, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany semi-opaque color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-tan frothy lacing. Healthy dose of bubbles coming up from the bottom at lots of different locations. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled dark apple, caramel, toffee, red apple, Scotch whiskey, dark sour fruit and apple juice. Apple I tell you. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose. Got dark apple, red apple, apple juice, caramel, toffee, light butterscotch, Scotch whiskey, honey and more dark sour fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol was well hidden. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a better than average scotch beer, although I feel like I slightly overrated it (without looking at the eventual ratings). (Overall - 3.75)

3.65 | 83 | B

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -14.8%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.
From the CAN: “Wee Heavy-er Scotch Ale is a rich, malty session beer designed for food, friends and fun.”
The thing about these French Broads is that they often show up in (at least) pairs! I like that this one is a Wee Heavy. Er.
The Crack! revealed a well-filled French Broad who was a Wee Heavy. I picked her up and gave her an inverted Glug to kick off our time together. There was a nice pseudo-cascade which settled into three fingers of dense, light-brown head with good retention. Color was Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = 14.5) and the preciseness is due to the brewery including it on the CAN. Thanks! The nose had an earthy sweetness, sort of medicinal, like Geritol or along those lines. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full. Taste was quite vegetal, mostly earthy and not at all pleasant. The BJCP app tells me that this is allowable due to the use of peaty malt, but I was not digging it. We used to be admonished NOT to review based on style due to brewers’ interpretations, but if I rated this just on its merits, it would do very poorly. By taking style into account, it at least gets a fighting chance. Finish was semi-sweet but that vegetal taste was going to linger with me for a while. Ugh.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a snifter. the body was a dark dull brown with purple edges.
s - dark fruits and toasted malts.
t - raisins, chocolate, toasted bread.
m - medium and slick.
o - good beer, not up there with some of the other scotch styles i've had but good nonetheless.

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

A: Dark brown, Finger of beige head fades fast, semi-opaque but filtered, slight red tinge when held to the light.

S: Coffee, dark toasted malt, slight scotch scent, rye- pumpernickel bread, cigarette breath.

T: Coffee, rye-pumpernickle bread, cigarette, sweetness on the end. I think of dark lagers like the one from Portugaul, but more sweetness and other elements. Biscuity and bready.

M: Medium body with some syrup quality as well as medium high carbonation.

O: Not like Old Chub which is my fav so far in this style, but fair. Fine by itself or with some Haggis or turnips.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is a beautiful reddish-brown, quite dark and clear, and sports a nice thick foamy head with some really good retention and lacing. Somewhat mild nose with light notes of toasted malt, hazelnuts, and toffee.

Medium body, firm feel, and a malt-forward flavor. Not as rich as some Scotch ales, but still a fair amount of toasty goodness. Some bread and biscuit notes up front are quickly accented by raisins, toffee, and then by just enough of a hop kiss to provide some spice on the finish. Very drinkable and food-friendly beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick bubbly ring behind.

S- Mild roasted malt brings notes of cocoa and vanilla plus the usual Scotch ale mustiness.

T- The malt is even more mild in the flavor, dropping to more of a toasty level. Slightly sweet with more notes of cocoa and vanilla. Alcohol is well-hidden and everything is smooth but there's not a whole lot of character in the taste overall.

M- A tad dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- It's important to note that there are very few Scotch ales I've met and liked. That being said, this one isn't bad IMO since it's drinkable and unoffensive, but I would be reaching for something else if it wasn't for the fact I got this for free and have nothing else to drink.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bomber into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: really deep caramel color. looks opaque brown at first, but it is not. great clarity. off-white head with good retention. thick lacing.

S: a mild chocolate and even more roast. virtually no hop aroma. smells dry as more and more roast comes into play.

T: chocolate and dry roast similar to the nose, however I am getting the faintest acrid smoke flavor as it warms. undetectable at first, but opens up a little with warmth. I would say chocolate is the biggest presence here. maybe a little vanilla? slightly sweet finish, but mostly dry.

M: moderate to low carb. medium body.

D: not a bad brew, but not a wee heavy to me at all. too roasty, chocolately, and not enough malt complexity to be to style for the wee heavy. they have a great base going here, just need to add some more unfermentables and build more caramel/body. imo of course.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has a lot of manly body as it poured a frothy, foamy head that had real retention. The mahogany coloring was deep and rich.

The nose was high in barley and bran with a grainy backbone. The interesting thing was the soft roasted coffee tones I detected.

If the coffee aroma was interesting the taste was truly surprising. There's a lot of roasted grains barley malt and some dry maple sweetness. The flavors are not immense but it has good diversity.

There's a higher than moderate carbonation but it's not abrasive, I just think it should have more thickness as a wee-heavy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, amber color with a small head of foam. It smelled earthy/peaty with some toffee and caramel. Very malty and sweet with a mossy/grassy presence. It was crisp and smooth.

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Photo of csparace
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

So from the start the smell seems a little off. Its like a wetish peat smell. The taste is super super mild. Overwhelmingly mild. I have to look for the scotch for sure and it doesn't have that warming quality that I like in better scotch ales. Carbonation levels are appropriately low, but since the taste is, well watery, it doesn't really satisfy me. You can get a bit of an earthy woody feel with this beer, which is kind of attractive, but should be much stronger.

I picked this up at a gas station for $4 bucks so I'm still content. Definitely not a bold beer by any measure, but probably a good beer for anyone starting out with the genre or with micro brews in general.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new brewery for me. One of my favorite unheralded styles, and one that helped get me into craft beer.

Pours deep coffee brown, a hint of red, and dark enough that it's opaque but for the edges. Two fingers of big creamy light tan head, foamy, dense, delicious-looking. Relaxes slowly to a thick ring around the surface, creeping up to meet the abundant lacing. I don't know if that description paints the picture, but it's pretty.

Smell is malty and earthy with a bit of smoke. Dank, dark mud, a little musty, with figs backing it. Nice, if a litte on the soft side.

Taste is a bit flat. I don't have anything bad to say about it, but there's just not enough there. Very earthy malts, peaty, but they drift away too quickly, leaving only a lingering mild bitterness. Could be better; mostly I'd like to have more varied flavors from it.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-heavy body, carbonation that rises up in the middle stages, right when it's needed, and a smooth finish that slides gracefully away.

A decent wee heavy. Definitely earthy and peaty. Main complaint is that I just want more flavors, more variety/depth/complexity, out of it.

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