Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale | French Broad Brewing Co.

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style AleWee Heavy Scotch Style Ale

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French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stirgy on 05-06-2003

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winner of the Gold Medal - 2003 World Beer Championships, Chicago.

Personally I'm not sure how since this is a relatively week Scotch Strong Ale. Maybe they brewed a different batch for the Chicago show since IL doesn?t have the same ABV restrictions that NC does. I will be sure to revisit this beer as it is available on tap at 1st Draught House near my home as well as Old Towne Grille and Tap Room in Greensboro. I was so excited to see something new at the pub that I jumped all over this Scotch style ale. The color and nose were right on casting beautiful, deep brown color with a decent, 1/4 inch head. The nose promised toasted malt and sweetness that I couldn't wait to enjoy. The taste is very malty, toasty, and with a certain sweetness. However, the strength was not there and there was a water middle to finish that I did not expect or enjoy. Upon further review I no longer detected the watery middle I had previously experienced. I don't know if I got a bad pour previously, but the second tasting was much better. Still a little week for a Scotch Strong Ale but I think it is weaker because they have to keep it fewer than 6% ABV due to NC laws. Not a bad beer by any means, but I expected more out of this gold medallist.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

caramel color with a small head of off white that hung for a good long while before settling down. Lots of malty goodness on the nose right away. Caramel, nice earthy tones with an almost peat like touch to it as it warms. Nice body, a bit undercarbonated for me, but still decent. Warm bready malts, a light touch of grain and a smooth, rather dense caramel flavor wash over the palate. Intresting blend of flavors, but nothing really show stopping

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Photo of ecmoon3
4/5  rDev +13%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a somewhat opaque brown with a hint of amber. Off white head is not very strong and dissipates quickly, limited lacing with no strength grabbing the glass.

S: Weak aroma, really hard to pick much up, slight roast and sweet malt, but very slight.

T: Again very muted, there is a sweetness there with some roast but muted. That said it is very clean on the finish, not really dry but clean. Pretty smooth with some flavor.

F: Pretty light mouthfeel. Carbonation is also limited. Just a touch of cloying sweetness.

O: Okay, so this is no world class Wee Heavy or Scotch Ale, but not a bad brew. Some taste, very clean, smooth and easy to drink. I will call it a decent session scotch ale.

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Photo of Enola
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a smell head. It was a light mahogany color. The smell was similar to a red ale. The taste was good for the style. It was a little thin bodied and had a macro type aftertaste. I could drink these again. A decent Scotttish Ale. This beer should not be confused with the Wee-Heavier Scotch Ale. Two different beers, two different styles.

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Photo of John_M
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's the other night.

The beer pours an amber brown color with OK at best head retention and decent lacing. On the nose I'm surprised by what I smell. While attractive, I normally don't encounter the sort of roasty and smokey aroma I'm picking up. The beer really smells more like a robust porter, with smoke, roasty sweet malt, and something of a tootsieroll aroma. Hmmmm.... Flavors generally replicate the nose, with the flavor profile dominated by the dry, roasty smoke flavors. It's not terrible, but is not what I was expecting in a wee heavy scotch style ale. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the flavors drop off a bit on the finish. Drinkability is OK, with the alcohol not at all noticeable.

An interesting effort, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like French Broad's attempt at a Wee Heavy in a state that makes brewing the style quite difficult, i.e. by limiting alcohol content to 6%. Their offering is quite nice, with some great Scottish flavors that seem to float out of the malt foundation of this beer. A very slight butterscotch-type note makes the beer quite nice.

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Photo of greeniedgator
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear medium amber body and a slim head that leaves no lacing

Smell: Weak caramel malt nose with a slight note of piney hops in the background; sure doesn't smell like a Wee Heavy

Taste: Caramel malt flavors are quickly subsumed by piney hops with a building bitterness; crisp with some fruitiness in the middle; in the finish, the sweetness returns as the bitterness fades in intensity; sure doesn't taste like a Wee Heavy

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick body, almost chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer but it ain't a Wee Heavy; I don't even think it tastes like a Scottish Ale; I would put it more in the category of an alt or an amber ale.

Why does this brewery want to confuse the market in this way?

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a growler of this at Greenlife in Asheville.
Poured up an amber color, very clear and bright. Not much head, a think layer that disappeared quickly.
Some malt smell, with a touch of sweet bread.
The taste was similar to the smell, with a nice malt flavor being the dominant one, with some hop near the end, more sweet or light syrup than hop.
Possibly due to the growler, but not much on the carbonation side. Smooth, somewhat creamy, and easily drinkable.
Not a bad beer, but I thought it would be a bit stronger. Actually, I was hoping it was a post 'pop the cap' creation, but sadly, it was quite a bit under the 6% cap. Still, I would order another one from the tap if it were a warmer day.


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Photo of John1985
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville: Deep dark brown color with a slightly creamy head. Rich malty flavor that had some complexity with a smooth aftertaste. Hops stayed in the background but balanced nicely. Very pleasant and not too filling. I'm not too experienced with Scotch ales but this seems fairly true to style.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is light amber with a good persistent head. There was not much aroma present. The aromas that were present were low levels of malt sweetness. The flavor was toffee and slight chocolate. The beer finished dry, crisp and bitter.

To me this is more of an English Bitter. The hops are slightly overdone and the maltiness cannot shine through. Definitely not a wee heavy, closer to an 80/-.

Notes from the SMA Holiday Beer and Bluegrass Festival read:
"A hearty traditional Lowland ale with British Kent Golding and American Cluster hops."

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of RochefortChris
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of finepaws
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Poured a dark amberbrown color with a tannish sudsy head. Not much on the nose, maybe some toffee smells, but the taster took over. Nice sweet malt flavor that had touches of caramel and maybe coffee/chocolate. Had a good grassy hop bite towards the end. Easy drinking with a crisp light mouthfeel. Not very heavy, but a nice try for a scotch ale.

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Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale from French Broad Brewing Co.
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