Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Duhast500 on 02-24-2010

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for quite a few years now. This bottle may very well from the first batch of this that was released nationwide, or at least that was available for purchase in Ohio in 4 packs. Decided to finally crack this open tonight. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color with just the slights hint of deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, but this beer really doesn't seem interested in letting in any light at all. The tan head was well over an inch thick when first poured, but settled to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some big cluster film layer swirls of surface foam along with excellent lacing. Aromas of toasted, smoked, bready, sweet caramel malts along with some molasses and peat. Also some hints of toffee and dark fruits such as plums, raisins, and dates. The taste pretty much follows suit, with toasted, smoked, bready caramel malt sweetness along with some peat. Hints of toffee and molasses add a bit more complexity and is rounded out with touches of plums, dates, and raisins. Whatever hop presence may have been here when this beer was first made is totally gone now. The 10% ABV is well masked here indeed. Has a fairly crisp, somewhat prickly and chewy, slightly syrupy, also smooth and slightly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. has a very clean finish, and the flavors really like to linger on my palate after each sip. This one aged fantastically!


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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark brown, amber edges, head is tan and presents at least 1 inch thick and remains quite well, nice lacing.

Smell is booze and then some heavy caramel and toffee, with some light chocolate and hints of peat.

Taste is a bit sweet, with some heavy raisin, toffee, hints of cocoa and some light peat. booziness is noticeable but not detracting from the flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the sweet/cloying side, but still at 10% abv and with the heavy load of caramel malts it can be expected. There is a bit of drying that wants to occur but it is weighed down by the cloying sweetness.

Overall, this is a big, sweet, strong beer with a nice presentation.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep brown producing a 2+ finger, mocha, frothy, somewhat lasting head leaving a sticky, streaky web of lacing. Aroma is roast & dark chocolate malt, smoke, molasses, some butter & nut notes. Taste is smokey chocolate/ caramel/toffee, dark fruit, butter & a hint of spicy hop undertones & bitterness. The bitterness may be as much a function of the peat smoked malts as it is the hops, perhaps more so. Finishes with a tongue biting spice, butter & alcohol that fades to a smokey, bitter, alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy but with lively spice on the tongue. A more robust version of Dirty Bastard & more alcohol prominence. A rustic, grab you by the throat Wee Heavy. I'm pretty sure William Wallace never had a brew approximating this, but he should have!

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Photo of Aoyoc
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant chestnut crowned by a 2” tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Fruit and malt aromas.
T: A malt driven beer featuring rich malt flavors with plum to prune, a dash of fig, some kettle sugars, caramel, a hint of port. Mild hop presence.
F: Medium full to full body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A flavorful, well balanced wee heavy.

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Photo of Eziel
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Scotch ale is a dark brown-red, deep violet hues shining in the translucent body. The head is a creamy tan cap about 1/4 of a finger at its peak that leaves a foam and some spotting on the glass.
This one smells sweet, lots of caramel and nut with a touch of peat smoke and a little bit of black pepper.
Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar start up front and make this a very sweet beer as they never back down. There's lots of malt here, and the smokiness comes into the middle but I'd like more heft. A bit of herb and grass flash a ghost of bitterness but can't quite cut the malts.
The body is full and even thick even as a heavy carbonation tries to cut it. It leans cloying, but the crispness helps some and it isn't too syrupy.

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Photo of ravenscraft
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jlabs
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought over a bottle of Samuel Adams Wee Heavy to share. I don't think I've had this one before, but I'm always down to try a new Wee Heavy, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes a little with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice mahogany color that took on some slight crimson edges when held to the light with a finger and a half of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up with the caramel malts coming through nicely and it moves right into a a lighter amount of a medium smokey peat aroma. Up next comes the dark fruit which are nice and no single fruit sticks out the most and there's just a slight alcohol like aroma coming through in the background. This beer had a good aroma, it seemed to have nice balance.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they still impart those nice caramel malt aspects and this time they are followed by the dark fruits which are just a little lighter than they were in the aroma with still no single fruit sticking out the most. Up next comes the smoke which has a nice smoked peat flavors to it and it shows up just a little more than it did in the aroma and it carries into the aftertaste with pretty much no bitterness, a slight alcohol and some caramel malt and light dark fruits also showing up. This was a good tasting beer, I liked the complexity the smoke malt added.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it was a good example of a Wee Heavy, it took the non traditional smoked malt aspect and I didn't mind that, in that aspect it seemed to be pretty similar to Dark Horse's Scotty Karate. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, slightly sticky, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think one would be the perfect amount for me, but I wouldn't rule out drinking two, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the complexity, it was fairly complex for the style and I liked that. What I liked the least about this beer was that the body just wasn't a little thicker, but in the end that wasn't a big deal. I would buy this beer again and I would't mind seeing how it ages. I would recommend giving this a try if your a fan of the style, especially if you like the Wee Heavys with smoked malts. All in all I was happy with this beer and i think it might be one of the best beers from this series that I've had. It's not my favorite Sam Adams beer or my favorite Wee Heavy, but I would say it's just a notch under Scotty Karate. Nice job guys this, was a good beer, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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