Wee Heavy
Steel Toe Brewing

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #63
Ranked #10,110
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Steel Toe Brewing
Minnesota, United States
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Photo of Evilyak
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with one finger of white head. Looks good.

Nose is sweet and a bit toasty. Not enough of a molasses taste to bring up brown sugar for me, but definitely sweet.

Taste is the same. Sugary with a hint of hops at the end.

Mouth is slick but rinses clean.

Nice brew.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky brownish orange color with a very thin tan head. The head fades quickly, leaving absolutely no lace.

This beer smells of sweet caramel malt. It has a pleasant molasses aroma with hints of brown sugar. It also has a very subtle toffee aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Nice sweet maltyness to it.

This beer is a little thin in the mouthfeel. It leaves a caramel like aftertaste.

Overall this beer was good. Not great, but good. Thanks Sarah for the hook up.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger cream colored head with low retention. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany. Lacing is spotty with little stick and thin legs. Pretty average.

Nose is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of sweet booze. Really subtle.

Opens sweet and slightly bitter. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, molasses and a tree sap bitterness. Light hop presence lingers in the middle and distracts from an otherwise well put together brown sugar and nutty sweetness. Some syrup and booze towards the end that finishes with an accented green grape and scotch kick. Pretty tasty.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down soft and a bit warm. Finishes slightly messy with a light, sticky aftertaste. Very good.

As a fan of one-dimensional malt-bomb scotch ales, this could use a little time in my opinion. Still, fresh, its pretty good. Nice complexity with a very good feel to put things together.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Fruit hints of apple, cherry, fig, raisin, and dates. Decent hints of leather, tobacco, and peat. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a nicely toasty and sweet malt driven taste with good notes of caramel, biscuit, and fruit. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar and molasses. Fruit undertones of fig, apple, raisin, cherry, and dates. Also some Scotch notes of peat, leather, and tobacco. Light notes of earthy hops in the background. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and drying on the finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall: A very good take on a Wee Heavy/Scotch ale. Good biscuit malt flavor with solid fruit tones and a smooth body.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks!). No discernable bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep crimson hued chestnut with a two finger cap of manilla froth. The head fades completely, leaving no retention and no lace whatsoever.

Smells of caramel, fruit skins, mildly earthy grains and hints of oxidation. Neither smoke nor alcohol play into the nose, a bit of a surprise for the style.

Flavor has considerably more going on than the nose. Caramel, vague fruit- more like apple or pear but slightly dark fruity, toasted grains, nutty, slightly bitter dark tea, a mild earthy grit, burned sugars, English malts, faint metallic notes, a little buttery and some booze. Sweet malts all day long.

Medium full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Caramel, butter and vague fruits play of the palate in the aftertaste.

Steel Toe's Wee Heavy is a respectable take on the style. I appreciate that they didn't go the over used smokey route. Still not enough to make this a style I crave.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At the tap room, into a snifter

A: deep dark amber, with some tints of red around the edges; thin crown of foam
S: somewhat faint, but some sweet caramel, toffee, a little earthy sweetness
T: lots of toasted barley, and fairly sweet due to the caramel, toffee, and some vanilla notes. There's a very faint hoppy edge on the back end, and I get a little mint too. A little more sweet than is ideal for me, and not as much earthiness as I thought it might have, based on the nose.
M: creamy and a little syrupy; fairly chewy. The alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn't get in the way of the tastes.

Overall: solidly constructed and tasty; not one of my favorites for the style, but still a quality choice.

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Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is not big. There is some caramel, dark kettle sugars, and light grain. There is no smoke, no big fruit aromas, no diacetyl, and no big alcohol aromas. It pours brilliant ruby tinted chestnut under a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. Big malt flavors supported with kettle sugar caramelization, English malt spiciness bordering on anise, and a gentle nuttiness. The upfront sweetness dries out somewhat on the finish. Hops are fairly low. The overall palate is clean and smooth. The body is chewy supported by medium to a little less on the carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Had a snifter of this & was moved to pick up a 750ML bottle at the brewery: good stuff at first blush. Now it must face my basement judgment, computer in lap. Split with my wife.

Carefully poured by my twelve year old, the beer is low-carb-ruby, gleaming clear around the edges. Nose is like a caramel nose spray infused with booze, with a low-line of dark fruits. I know some USPS employees who’d like that kind of thing.

Steel Toe Wee Heavy is one of those beers where my first swig turns into two, three, then a long pull. Ahhhh. This is a caramel dream. Deep, bottomless caramel floats across the tongue & beckons the lips to stay on the glass. After that who cares? But I suppose I should at least try: lovely molasses on the back of the tongue, rich rusty sweetness, mildly acidity, toffee. Hint of alcohol. I am drinking this faster than a drowning man sips river water.

So rich, so decadent, so easy to drink, this is turning my crank with both hands. Steel Toe is a hidden gem of the Twin Cities; despite that, this still took me by surprise. Top-notch, this is an excellent wee heavy, & if I ever get to try the barrel-aged version, I’m there. Wow.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Toffee. A hint of oxidation. Caramel with that distinct scotch ale aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Toffee. Buttery. Nutty. Slightly bitter in the back with just a hint of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Tastes good, not very interesting, though.

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Photo of morimech
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with a red tint. One finger of head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Not the strongest of aromas. Get the caramel, toffee, and bready malt with floral and earthy notes. No sign of alcohol.

Flavor is smooth, rich, and clean. Wonderful caramel and toffee flavor. Minor earthy notes. Alcohol is well hidden with barely any warmth. I wonder if the brewer used an American yeast? Do not get much for fruity esters or buttery byproducts.

Big body with excellent carbonation that gives the body a creamy mouthfeel. Well done.

Nothing too special about the flavor of the beer but still well done.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy brown, good head.

Smell: Toffee, earthy, dark fruits.

Taste: Nice sweetness, then fruity-with dark cherry notes. Earthy, leathery finish. Lighter feel than expected for a strong beer.

Overall: Picked up a bottle at the brewery to try. It's a solid scotch ale, hits the spot for a big malty beer for the cold Minnesota winter.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Smell has caramel and toffee . Taste follows nose sweet toffee with spice fruit and nuts with a hoppy malt finish. Mouth feel was sweet with lower carbonation.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Steel Toe Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Dark burgundy brew, deep brown, small, soon-gone head.

Aroma: sweetness first, molasses and brown sugar, caramel and toffee, very nice.

Taste: Rich, dark malt flavor. All that sweetness from the nose comes rolling all over the tongue. And then the booze comes in and kicks it up another notch or three. Mmmm, solid. Just delicious. A hair shy of full-bodied. But next to yummy. A treat in every way.

Just enough hops in this thing, to keep from being a "malt bomb." Great balance, though, as is right for the style, and malt is truly king here. MMM, yum. All that sweetness, plus the balance, and a whole lot of big. Another success from Steel Toe.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep mahogany, translucent with a fleeting head and no lace. Smells of sweet malt and caramel, though fairly muted. Taste is Rollos, toffee, caramel malt, biscuit, malty and more malt with a hint of citric hop. Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice level of carbonation. Overall though it has a rather nondescript appearance and a muted smell, it tastes quite nice and is well crafted and the finish is clean enough to keep me interested. The high ABV is not immediately apparent but it really sneaks up on you.

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Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brownish murky red wine type body, thin finger of off-white head retains briefly, good amount of alcohol legging.

Loads of toasted grain and hard water / brown ale notes, sweet soft caramel qualities, extremely soft and approachable for an 11% beer - zero booze on the nose, maple syrup, earthy faint hops, nice.

Caramel apple, leathery toffee, some fresh tobacco, they warned that the booze was still pretty hefty but I don't pick any of that up... peat moss, a touch of black licorice, easy drinking.

I'm not typically a scotch ale drinker but this is nice.

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Wee Heavy from Steel Toe Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 91 ratings