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 daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent a few days in Asheville with the girlfriend enjoying their very healthy craft beer scene and picked up a growler of this stuff before we headed back east. Pours a thick, cloudy brown color with a thin, tan head and lots of carbonation visible. Nose is heavily malty with notes of caramel and smoke.

Tte is well balanced with a woody, smoky subtext to the malt and backing hops. Mouthfeel is measured but plenty thick and savory, like fine gravy. Not an earth-shattering wee Heavy and not as coarse or flavorful as most Scottish versions I've tried but still a nice effort.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid brown color with a low beige head and nice active slow carbonation. Sugary sweet malt aroma with some walnut-like nuttiness in the back. A bit too much on the sweet side with some spicy malt in the finish. Medium bodied with a toasty oaky malt finish and a bit of sweetness and spice on the side.

Definitiely on the light side for a Wee Heavy -- more of a traditional Scottish Heavy (70) or Export (80) in flavor... maybe my growler was just missing the "-er" ;-)

A decent Scottish Ale though.

Tasted: 09/11/06

($10.99 / Growler)

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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 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 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 oberon
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer you can find at alot of restaurants and bars around Asheville,poured a deep burgundy with nice light brown colored head.Heavy on the roasted malt aromas with almost burnt quality along with some French roast coffee and brown sugar,to be expected malt driven brown sugar and dark roast coffee flavors finish with just a touch dry earthiness.A decent wee heavy to be had here not earth shattering but its always good to find a good Scottish ale out there.

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Photo of Enola
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

**I actually reveiwed this as the Wee-Heavy. Wcudwight brought to my attention that the growler said Wee-Heavier and he called the brewer to confirm this was a different brew.

This beer poured with little head. A nice deep brown. It was almost black but not quite. It had a sweet malty smell. The taste was very smooth with a bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth, there was no harshness at all. I could drink these again. Bought a growler at the brewery yesterday. There was some yeast sediment in the growler. No harm though.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Enola for getting me this growler on his visit.
Thanks to pop the cap, French Broad has taken their Wee-Heavy and bumped the abv up to 7% and renamed it Wee Heavy-er. I just off of the phone with the brewer and he said a Wee-Heavy-est is in the plans. He said the Wee-Heavy-er will be a year around release and the Wee Heavy-est will be a seasonal. I'm guessing a winter seasonal. Now to the beer.
Appearance: I opened the growler last night and am finishing it today. It still should be fresh. The color is dark. Porter or stout colored. Nice fluffy head that disapates rather quickly. It stayed longer last night. Thin bubbly lace.
Smell: Coffee, Roasted Malts, Hint of alcohol in a pleasent way.
Taste: Very malty, coffee like taste. Slight chocolate finish, and some alcohol warming. The alcohol is noticable, but not in a bad way.
Mouthfeel: Warming but slightly thin. This could be a result of the 24hrs or so since I've opened my growler.
Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer, but remember this is 7% and not the previous 4%.
This is a good beer and I look forward to trying the Wee Heavy-est when it is released.

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