Wee Heavy Scotch Ale | O'Fallon Brewery

Wee Heavy Scotch AleWee Heavy Scotch Ale
25 Ratings
Wee Heavy Scotch AleWee Heavy Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brownbeer on 06-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with no real head.

S: Primary aroma is of Alcohol with a hint of dark fruit and malt. A nice clean smell, not overpowering.

T: Has a mild sweet malt taste with a nice smooth whiskey flavor and has a clean finish.

F: Fairly full body, creamy, smooth. Nice touch of warming alcohol.

D: Very enjoyable, a nice sipper on a winter night. I let this "age" for about 6 months to make sure there were no rough edges. Too bad this was a one time batch. I hope they reconsider and make another batch at some future date.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish, almost tea-like color with little to no head.

The nose is rich, raisiny, and has a root beer candy like presence. A little bit of smoke and alcohol as well.

The taste is fairly sweet, balanced by heat that you can feel even after it hits your belly. Again, raisin, faint smoke, and caramel malt flavors are there. There is a noticeable syrupy feel to the body and the carbonation is quite low, not that either of those are bad in this case. Pretty good offering, and a good start to the series. One and done for me.

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Photo of schoon
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy Lunch for sending me this one in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter. Poured a murky red-orange with a minimal off-white head that subsided to none quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, peat, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, subtle wood, peat, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I will be the first to admit that Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales is not my favorite style out there. However, this one was really quite nice. All of the flavors on this one were very well balanced with one another and none seemed to be very palate invasive. A pretty well rounded brew that I would suggest to just about anyone.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy mahogany, theres only a sprinkling of a head, and it's gone before I can sit down with it. No lacing, no bubbles. It just sits there being lame, but with the ABV, it's forgiven.

There's some initial spicy booze notes. A tinge of caramel, and booze soaked white grapes. There's also other fruity esters such as plum and raisins. Definitely spicy and astringent.

Taste is rather pleasant, sweet malts, darker fruits, caramel, and a hint of hops maybe that is attributing to a slight sharp taste at the end...seems almost tropical. The finish is also where the warming alcohol comes into play. It's however nicely subtle.

Feel is medium bodied, very little carbonation, and creamy.

Good drinkability, mighty tasty, and a well hidden alcohol. This doesn't have to be a sipper.

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Photo of compass40204
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours flat, with a scant film of bubbles on top. Kinda hazy (apparently this is an unfiltered beer) with a rich, almost glowing, shade of amber. Smells strongly of sweet malt and some kettle caramelization, nothing else. Hops are probably in there, but in Scotch Ales they're supposed to be hard to find. No lacing at all. I take a swig and it seems to leave my mouth sticky. It feels a bit light bodied for a beer this strong. It's a decent Scotch Ale, but it could use some bite, or something to give it another dimension. The info card says "Seven different grains along with malt extract (really? extract?) and brown sugar... malty sweetness... small amount of hops... balance the malt sweetness... velvety, caramel sweetness..." I dig Scotch Ales, and I guess I had fair warning, but I expect more than just unrestrained, unmitigated sweetness.

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Photo of fryman
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color. No head at all.

S-Alcohol smell is quite apparent but not offensive. Sweet malt is in the nose with a woody oaky note and faint notes of ripe fruit. There is also a faint smokiness.

T- Alcohol burn is welcome and sits on the pallate like a nice scotch. Complex malt profile with some nuttiness and very mild date kind of flavor. Earthy graininess comes at the end. There's some woody flavor too.

M-This brew is nice and heavy and coats the mouth. Very mild carbonation that suits it nicely.

D-Another would be tasty but being heavy and at 10.4% ABV, definitely not a session beer. More of a sipper.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, and makes little head presentation, which is light tan in color, but vanishes really quickly to nothing. Copper colored body, and mildly hazy.

Aroma is slightly cherry in character, a little sourness possibly imparted from rye. Hints of boozy bourbon, earthy, and a bit woody. Good complexity altogether for the sake of aroma.

Prune dominates the taste upfront, with a hint of graham cracker and cherry together in the middle, and an herbal finish.

Lightly carbonated and a bit full in body. Not too oily and actually leaves the palate moist except in the end the booze cuts through and dries the palate a bit.

I like this brew, but needs a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of wnh
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a muddled orange-tinted mahogany with a there-and-gone-again light tan head. Quite still, in fact, with sense of heaviness.

Nose is rich and subtly complex, balancing sweet malt (toffee, iced breakfast danish, walnuts) with an earthy wood smoke aroma. Lightly leafy and berry-ish. I can't seem to detect the alcohol, even at over 10%, but this smells like a beer that's hiding something. Overall aroma is something akin to bread pudding. Nice.

Wood smoke comes to the forefront on the palate but manages to stop well short of rauchbeer territory. My mental image upon first sip is that of a wood stove inside a thatch-roofed hut somewhere northerly (Scotland, perhaps?), which seems like a fitting place to enjoy this beer. Smokiness is big, so the malt has to be quite big itself to not be overwhelmed. Rich and dense and heavy. Certainly sweet, but restrained.

Thick and viscous, heavy-bodied. Soft and round and delicious. A top-notch beer from an increasingly top-notch brewery. I'm taken aback, really.

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Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark and nearly opaque garnet red color. At first a two finger beige head forms with good retention considering the alcohol. As the foam recedes, light lace is left behind.
S: A very nice aroma of toasted malt and sweet toffee. Lots of dark fruits come out as well. Chocolate covered raisins, plums and cherries. A smoky and woody aroma lingers which makes for a great amount of depth in the nose.
T: Big toasted malt and grains. A big toffee sweetness that becomes just a bit cloying after a while. Though it does not ruin the beer at all. Some maple syrupy. Dark fruits that follow the nose with some dry woody flavors as well.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. Though not under carbonated at all. Slightly syrupy. incredibly rich, creamy, and smooth. So easy to sip on. There is some warming alcohol, but just a decadent treat to sip on.

An excellent beer, and a well made Wee Heavy. It comes up just short of being in the top tier for the style. Though that is not something you should hold against this. Wonderful, and highly recommended.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy/murky dark brown color with a small, white head of bubbles. There was minimal lacing left behind.

S - It smelled boozy and malty with notes of raisin and moss/peat. Really smelled like a nice wee heavy.

T - Very sweet malty flavor with grassy/mossy touches. There are mild raisin and plum tastes underneath the sweetness.

M - It was sticky and chewy. A medium to heavy mouthfeel but that is to be expected from a 10.4% Scotch-style ale.

D - This is a pretty good brew from O'Fallon. One of the better ones they made. I'm glad they been licensed to brew bigger beers.

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Photo of Benvarine
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hwwty4
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. This bottle has been sitting in my kegerator since I bought it a couple months ago. This beer pours a dark amber with almost no head. Really kind of surprising. No head whatsoever. Its served at the right temperature, right about 42 degrees. No head, and no lacing. The nose is boozy up front. Quite a bit of alcohol. Right behind the booze comes dark fruit, sweet over ripe apples mixed with raisins. There's definitely what I like to describe as a "fruity pebble" aroma. Its a generic, sweet fruit smell. Also just a hint of toffee. The flavor is big malts. Lots of toffee and caramel. Over ripe dark fruits. Big plums and raisins, over ripe apples. date and plums. Not quite raisin sweet. Very little peat or smoke. The mouthfeel is a little light for my tastes but that's not surprising to me. When I originally had this, I remember having several issues with it, but right now, its about perfect. It's starting to feel like fall in MO, and Wee Heavy's hit the spot.

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Photo of Troy_P
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Goliath
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with absolutely no head on the pour.

The aroma is decent. It's lightly sweet, with some caramel tones as well as some nice grain characteristics. Also kind of boozey.

The taste is decent. It's kind of boozey, with dark grain characteristics. Some caramel and a light coffee as well.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, lightly creamy, and basically still (no carbonation).

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is high, but well incorporated. The flavor profile is decent, and I don't mind a still mouthfeel on a beer of this style. Not the best, but decent.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown screw cap, no date; O'Fallon's labels are very hit or miss w/me, but this one's pretty nice.

Appearance: A heavy pour into my Duvel tulip produces a nice burnt sienna beer with pretty good clarity. A very attractive antique ivory cap rests atop this beer and sticks around for a bit before fading to a thick ring and patchy film. Not too surprising, I suppose, as this is way at the high end of the abv. range for this style and is pretty big in general.

Smell: Starts out rich and caramelly, dark, sweet, and slightly burnt caramel notes predominate. As this warms up a bit, I'm starting to get some definite smoke, first more of a slightly meaty (German-style) smokiness, but soon peat-smoke notes really begin to come out. The smoke is really pretty prominent; I just looked this up and it says there is some cherrywood-smoked malt in here. This is fairly balanced between burnt caramel/toffee and smoke, at least until you give it a good swirl, and then the smoke pretty much takes over. Even if it isn't traditional, strictly speaking, this is pretty pleasant overall. Very little sign of the booze.

Taste: Less burnt caramel than in the aromas, though there's definitely (very) sweet caramel here. The smokiness is what this beer's about though. In the flavor, this does definitely seem more like a German character than a typical peat smokiness. Still a little bit of hot alcohol here (though at this abv. it's pretty well disguised), and some mild dark fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: Not huge, but smooth, fairly silky, and pretty rich

Drinkability: This is one of those "one at a time" brews

Conclusion: Let me first say that I am not opposed to a bit of smoked malt in the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy style. I know it's not traditional, but these beers have often, due to fermentation processes, had a bit of smoke in the background. If you want to brew a bit differently and add the flavors in a different way, so be it, at least as long as you're not claiming that this is some kind of ultra historically-accurate representation. That being said, the smoke is just a bit much for me here. It seems a bit more like a smoked beer than a Wee Heavy. The smoke is a bit salty, w/just a hint of meaty character, and that's really all you're getting at this point. I bought this four-pack; I'm gonna let the other 3 chill out for 6-8 months in between drinking each of them to see if this changes a bit, and will re-review later if necessary.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly peaty in both flavor and aroma, but a bit too sweet. Seems somewhat underattenuated, almost cloying. Wouldn't know it had such a high abv, as the harsh alcohols are hidden nicely in the sweetness.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely hazy amber-brown. Very small head that disappears quickly, leaving not even a thin ring behind, nor any lacing. A good bit of sediment floating around.

S: Very malty, baked bread, dark fruits, caramel, and something that resembles cat food. Just a hint of earthiness and smoke in the background as well. Complex, but just a little off, in my opinion.

T: Starts off slightly sweet, with hints of cherry and caramel. Transitions to a bready and slightly funky middle, with a bit of an off taste. Finishes with a rather pleasant roasted cocoa and a bit of a spiciness.

M: Fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation that tickles the tongue and throat. This aspect of the beer is really nice. Slightly drying at the finish.

D: Despite the overall positive review, there is an off flavor that throws this out of balance and really hinders the drinkability. Alcohol is slightly detectable at the finish as well. Not sure I would drink another one, but I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of abrand
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany/copper color with a thin quick fading head. Smell is sweet with malts and lots of alcohol. Some raisins and dark fruits are also present. Taste is heavy with alcohol. Cherries and plums are on the palate as well as plenty of malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and boozy. Overall a decent Scotch ale. The alcohol needs to settle to make this really enjoyable.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 28 Oct 2010. Served in the ~0.3 L Beer Passion snifter.

Small light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear dark rust in color. Aroma is syrupy and fruity, dates and prunes. Taste is similar. Syrupy with dark dried fruit, dates and prunes. Medium body, somewhat warming ethanol. Becomes a bit smoky at the end.

Ethanol lingers and builds.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle does not have a bottling date nor a best by date. Pours a muddy/ruby/garnet like color. Has very little carbonation, no head at all really & no lacing to speak of.

The nose is of sweet malt, smoked malt, caramelized sugars, & a faint cinnamon smell. Very sweet indeed. The alcohol is noticeable in the nose too.

The first sip is of toffee, chocolate (oddly enough), & molasses No hop presence here. Has a butterscotch tone too. Not much though, just slightly there. Is quite sweet. The middle of the beast has some burnt sugar as noticed in the nose. A bit boozy & warm on the back end of this from the alcohol. Has a good finish that lingers. This one is just a bit too sweet for me. Seems like there are too many unfermented sugars present.

The body is medium to high. This has a HUGE malt profile that is actually a bit sweeter than I was expecting. For me the drinkability of this is medium to low. It's just too much for me fresh. Good thing I bought a 4-pack to see how this drinks in a year or two after cellaring. You really have to be careful w/ this beer due to this alcohol content. Prosit!

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Photo of CMW
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark, copper brown color with little or no head.

S - Roasted and caramel malt, butterscotch, and dark fruits.

T - Heavy malt upfront that mixes with a smoky flavor that was not detected in the nose. Nice sweet notes through the middle and finishes with little alcohol burn.

M - Definitely on the chewy side, good consistency.

D - Although the alcohol is well masked, you feel it afterwords and I would be reluctant to have another. The first one goes down very easy though.

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Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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