Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale | French Broad Brewing Co.

Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch AleWee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale
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Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch AleWee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mikesgroove on 11-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another quality brew sent via limesmut in a nice trade, thanks again guy!

Deep dark oaken brown brew, capped with a lacey and frothy tan head. Ton's o' malt and caramel in the aroma, even a pop of piney hop - gentle and enticing.

Sour ale, porter style, quaff with plenty of hops to balance a sweet start. In fact, one of the hoppiest Scotch ales I've ever had - but it works well and slides down like a dream.

Holy crap, see on BA this is a hammer of 9% - more points for it as the alcohol is non-existent, except for the rosy glow in my cheeks.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark brown that shows crimson while held to a light, a fluffy half inch head forms and holds a bit while leaving stringy rings of lacing, quite nice. The aroma needs some more umph to it, or some more compexity. There are some nice grains and the yeastiness is nice, but sure as hell this doesn't say 'wee heavy' all the well.

Nor does it taste very wee heavy either, which complely has to do with the Belgian yeast I'd suppose. It doesn't really taste bad, its actually pretty neat, the earthy, musty yeast fiddling around with the earthy, peaty, musty, roasty malts. The mouth is a bit thin I suppose, but its an easy drinker, and the 9 abv is amazingly well hidden. I can't say I'd try to trade for this thing, but if it were added as an extra, I wouldn't be disappointed.

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Per label "A kicked up version of our popular Wee Heavier",I had the pleasure of trying that brew a few years back while in Asheville and I have to say I liked that one better.Poured into a 22oz nonic a deep amber/brown with a pillowey 2 finger light beige head atop that settled ever so slowly into a frothy mass leaving broken rings of lace behind,from there down hill.Muted aromas slight brown brown sugar and fruit but it doesnt show thru enough,flavors stay with that theme very light with some malt tilted sweetness like brown sugar and raisin but its really light and watery tasting in my mind.Hmm kind of a clunker here was expecting much more from a pretty good small brewery in western Carolina.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a near imperceptible head.

Smell: Dark malt aroma coupled with a full frutiness, plenty of yeast, and distinct note of candi sugar. Only a slight peatiness. Hint of black tea leaves.

Taste: A sweet blend of caramel and candy with a prevalent Belgian yeast character all bound by a thin string of peat. Taste of dried fruits. A medium, spicy bitterness attempts to counter all the sugars running loose. Pepper and a taste of tea linger into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied given a bump by a chewy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Is it good? Yeah, sure. Sure, it's good.

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

Pours a dark cola brown with amber hues, some sediment in the pour, a small light tan head fades to a ring. Aroma is sweet and malty, cola like sweetness, slightly fruity, figs and cherries. Some zesty like graininess in the aroma as well. Taste is sweet cola maltiness with a touch of tangy citrus, a grassy zing towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly cloying sweetness, low carbonation with some lightly spicy / peppery hoppiness in the finish. The alcohol is mostly undetectable. A good beer, easy to drink, I liked it better towards the end as it warmed. Thanks Sean!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a very dark, red-brown with good carbonation, The head is light tan about 2 fingers and leaves some lace.

The smell is interesting but does not cry delicious beer. Some lightly roasted malt and an odd sweetness mixed with yeast.

The taste is a bit off as well. A nice smokey roasted malt, with an overdone sweetness, maybe some honey and dark fruit as well, maybe it all just does not mix right for me.

The fouthfeel is good, better then medium and ok carbonation for a bigger brew.

The drinkability is ok worth a try if this is your thing, but I was not overwhelmed.


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Photo of Enola
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice head sits atop this mahogany brew. The smell is quite Belgian and there is also plums and a host of other fruit flavors. The Belgian yeast adds a different twist to this brew. The taste is very rich with raisens and the yeast being the first things I notice. The beer is smooth and the abv is well concealed. A nice brew to have on a cold day. I am not a big fan of the Belgian type beers but this was a nice treat to see a blend of styles. I would try this again.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'e been interested in French Broad's brews for some time; mostly because we get very few of them in the Triangle. So far I've only been able to sample their Watershed Bock and the Wee-Heavier. They're both quite tasty! So, while traveling back from Knoxville during Christmas I made a point of stopping in Asheville and picking up whatever I could find. The EarthFare, which has a very nice beer selection, had the Wee Heavy-est in bombers, and I immediately picked one up. Bruisin' Ales also had a few of their brews, but only in growlers (which I didn't want to tote home).

What to make of the style of the Wee Heavy-est. Is it a Wee Heavy? Is it Belgian-style? It tastes a little stoutish; is it a stout? It has characteristics of all three. The color is a deep, dark brown– nearly black–with a tan head that dissipates within a few minutes into a bubbly lacing. An earthy aroma is filled with roasted malts, while a slight banana accent and a bit of piney hops can also be detected. The flavor is sweet and dry on the front. Espresso and dark chocolate consume the middle, and a dark chocolate/bitter hops combination make up the finish. There's more of a hop presence at the finish than I expected, although I'm not sure why; I guess that many Wee Heavies I've tried have tended to be more malty and less hoppy. What really surprised me was the similarity to Irish stout.

It's not bid-bodied, although there's plenty for me. I do wish the Belgian part of this beer were a "wee heavier," but I don't want to diminish what these guys have done. This is a fine beer, and I hope to obtain some more…soon!

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours a somewhat unimpressive but not wholly disappointing off-white head that soon recedes to a scant layer on the surface and a decent ring around the glass. The beer is a deep chestnut brown in color.

s: Belgian yeasts bring a doughy aroma to the nose over light notes of peat malt. Smells nice, with very smooth and subtle, if not slightly lacking, malt aromas. Light notes of woody, deep roasted barley and just the right touch of ethanol. Dark baked breads and a light-moderate, tempered sweetness. Light, grassy hop aroma.

m: Low-medium, smooth and delicate carbonation carried on a full-medium body that's exceptionally clean for its weight.

t: The Belgian influence is immediately evident under the subtly flavored malts. It builds after the swallow as a doughy flavor. The malt flavor is very limited, with some notes of peat and warmed, soft whole-grain breads. Quite earthy. Hop flavor is low and grassy, with a gentle bitterness in the clean finish. No ABV evident until it sits in the stomach. More malt flavor would do this beer a great service. Still, an interesting and original concept that nearly warrants a 4.0 for flavor.

d: easy, with the abv well hidden...not a bad bier, either

picked up a couple bottles from Bruisin' Ales

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Photo of wcudwight
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with some ruby hues when held up to the light. Thin whispy head and little lacing.
Nice bananna smell not expected of the style to go along with the earthy aroma.
Heavy on caramel. Sweet. Huge malty flavors with a bit of graininess. Nice interplay between the Wee Heavy style and the Belgian yeast.
Full bodied, a wee bit heavy and filling.
This one is a sipper but a beer I'll definately return to. Solid offering from French Broad.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade!
A - Dark reddish brown with a nice inch off white head.
S - Rich caramel swirl around a nice belgian yeast character
T - Rich caramel notes, sweet ripe fruits and a complimentary belgian yeast effect.
M - Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, creamy and smooth finish.
D - very tasty and easy to drink. Rich and slightly warming to let you know this is a sipping brew.

Yes, a belgian styled scotch ale that delivers that rich caramel effect I enjoy! Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a very nice dark caramel colored brown with a minimal one finger high head.Very quick fade and no side glass presentation left a little bit to be desired to be honest, but we shall see how it progresses.

S - Huge whiff of caramel and a touch of bourbon were what started this one on. A good amount of dark belgian yeast in the back, not real fruity, moe of an earthy sort of aroma.Gradually got a little grainy as it warmed and had a nice rounded aroma overall.

T - The flavor was very smooth with a good bit of caramel sweetness in the front. There was defitly a boubon-esque quality to it and as it warmed it got sweeter and sweeter with the alcohol just briefly popping through. Good amount of yeast here as well. A nice bite to it, with some earthy fruits and grains taking over. Very intresting blend here, as it constanly bounced back and forth between the styles, ultimatly with a Belgian note dominating.

M - The feel was great. Nice medium body with just the right amount of carbonation sprikled through it to make it really nice. A good amount of creaminess to it as well.

D - Very nice sipper. This went very well over a long dinner or while reading a book by the fire. The alcohol was very nicely mellowed and it made for a good time.

Overall this was a very good brew from french broad and I was quite impressed. If they want to keep putting out things like this they are gonna be in buisness in no time. A great brew.

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Wee Heavy-est Belgian Scotch Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
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