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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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Ratings: 697 |  Reviews: 280
Reviews by divineaudio:
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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint glass.

a - pours a murky, deep garnet color. forms a thin cap of tan head that dissipates quick leaving only a thin film behind. no lacing.

s - heavy on the carmel, faint peat, notes of raisin, apple, sherry.

t - big, sweet carmel malt up front with notes of smokey peat and dark fruits. has a sort of grassy hop character and the smokiness lingers well into the finish. no trace of the 10% in the taste.

m - full bodied and bordering on syrupy. medium co2 profile contributes to the syrupy quality.

o - pretty enjoyable, though i don't think i'd ever drink more than one in a night. halfway through the glass and i feel the 10% abv kicking in. seems to hit all the style points as well. worth a try for sure.

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Photo of DeRusto
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark hazy brown with a brown foamy head. Tons of lacing along the sides of the glass

Smell - Caramel, Chocolate, Toffee, Peated Scotch, Burnt Malts and Yeasts.

Taste - Caramel, Peated Scotch, Whisky, Roasted Malts and Chocolate. Aftertaste is a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor and has absolutely no boozy taste. Very robust and rich flavor

Mouthfeel - Very thick like molasses; Very creamy, smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall - For a 10% ABV Beer, this is incredibly easy to drink and there is no alcohol taste what-so-ever. I'm not sure on the availability of this beer, but if you see it I would definitely pick it up

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bamadog
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Always happy to pick up a new bottle of Sam Adams. Review is from notes taken on 5/10/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep and dark cola brown with some rich, dark ruby highlights when held up to the lamp; starts with a short 1/2 finger tan head that fades immediately to nothing other than a scant, thin and uneven skim on the surface; only two small spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Quite nice and robust -- lots of big maltiness with aspects of caramel, and I'd swear a touch of butterscotch; bit of a wet, mulchy and bready scent to it; very slight touch of alcohol to it, but it's pretty well masked in the nose for something that clocks in at 10%.

Taste: It's good, and I like it -- I see it doesn't get a whole lot of love, and I can kind of see why due to the name associated with it and the sweetness, which is a tad much, but overall, I think it's a pretty solid interpretation of the style. Lots of big and sweet malts up front that match the nose to a "T," and the hearty, wheaty and mulchy breadiness; alcohol comes through clearly in the mouth, but I feel it blends pretty well with the sweetness and earthy malty overtones; bit of a cola-like sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and comes with a thick and sticky coating all over the mouth, and I feel it's even creeping down the back of the throat; carbonation is present, but soft, kind of like a cola that's been sitting out for a little while; alcohol is warming to the belly and the gums are left a little tingly.

Overall: I like it, but the sweetness becomes a bit much and the alcohol would definitely limit too much in any one sitting, and I probably wouldn't put one away to age due to the already massive sweetness.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rhf9120
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this one straight out of the bottle. Smells of smoked malts with hints of sweetness and alcohol. The taste matches with a very smokey flavor with subtle sweetness through out. This was my first of the Sam Adams imperial line of beers and I definitely enjoined it.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of barleyroad
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, no really dark. Ok this is brown. Smell is smooth with hints of smoke. Mouthfeel, sits well and leaves the mouth very smoothly. Taste is special for a dark brew. The flavors blend well and leave you wanting to have a little more. Overall for an Wee Heavy style of Imperial is good. While this maybe a one and done it is a must have. Say cheese...

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Photo of BigFatOgre
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BostonHops
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a nice chestnut tone with ruby hightlights, yields a foamy, tan head with decent retention and good lacing. nice presentation. nose is lead by caramel malts, a discernible smokiness with a touch of peat, and some light woodiness; also a bit of a metallic note in the background.

wow, flavor is extremely assertive, really packs a smoky, malt-forward punch; the metallic element that was a secondary note in the aroma is more pronounced here. the first sip is a bit abrasive, but as the beer warms it definitely improves, with the caramel malt, peat, and woodiness opening up. still, the beer never really finds its way, and in the end winds up as a middle of the road wee heavy. definitely a good dose of booze, primarily in the finish. mouthfeel is a strong point: medium-bodied and creamy... average carbonation.

overall i think this is an OK brew. (E for effort?) some elements about it are worthwhile while others i could do without, but ultimately it just doesn't rise to challenge some of the better scotch ales/wee heavies out there.

originally reviewed: 04-10-2011

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep dark brown with garnet highlights. A 1.5 tan head sinks into a thin cap. Delicate lacing towards the bottom.

S - Old lacquered church pews. Dark fruit-figs and prunes sit underneath a smokey peat and alcohol soaked wood.

T - Sour and smoked wood, slightly salty, roasted nutty malt, boozy dark fruit, alcohol invades the entire mouth. Finishes tangy with a woody alcohol-type dryness.

M - Full bodied, viscous, smooth carbonation, alcohol is bold and heavy even for this style.

This beer has great character and deep flavors. The alcohol was screaming through this beer. It had nice low level bitterness. There was no hiding it. It actually develops levels of flavors but was on the verge of taking them over.

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Photo of BigFatPanda
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a real dark copper ruby with a 1 finger dense slightly tanned head. The head sticks around for a few minutes leaving a thin covering and some lacing on the sides. Light only gets through the edges of this beer.

S: Carmely sweetness blends with dark fruits and roasted malts. Smells like a full bodied brew. Can get a hint of alcohol at the end as a whisky scotch like aroma.

T: Dark fruits come to the forefront of this beer. Reminds me of a doppelbock. Loads of malts and a strong booze presence. Lingers with a roasty malt.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. A little hot with some bite from the alcohol. Is just a touch sticky from the carmely malts.

Overall this is a pretty bold beer by Sam Adams. Takes the style by the horns and really amps up from their usual selection.

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Photo of DM1293
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice brown color...but thats where my enjoyment of this beer stopped. The smell is so...light. Just faint smoky peet and malt. The taste is pretty rowdy, with up-front smoky peet and malt doing nothing about it but letting it work. Nothing really after though, it sort of comes and goes on a bland note. For a 10%, its not as bitter as you think, but its definitely got an alcoholic tinge you can notice.

These beers are meant to be had semi-warm aren't they? I'm fairly sure I had near the right temperature for these (not too cold but not room-temperature warm), and it just wasn't...much of anything great. I was expecting something malty and strong, with smoky and earthy tones. What I got was just earthy tones with a watered down malt.

I'll admit this is my first Scotch Ale, but even so, I was expecting much more from this.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Docer
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: (3.5)
- Super dark filtered rootbeer brown brew.. subtle finger of light tan head which has quickly fizzed down to a medium ring, and a thin island over the brew.

Smell: (3.0)
- Nice roasty caramel, earthy, woody and chocolatey grainy malt.. bit of strong alcohol aromas, a little like rubbing alcohol. Overall smells like a Wee Heavy blended with a little stout or porter.

Taste: (3.5)
- Smokey caramel, smokey chocolate, and overall quite smokey in the flavor. The smoked malt doesn't quite show like this in the aroma. Sweet esters, little fig, and some alcohol. Not too bad but seems to be outside of what I feel the style is.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Medium bodied, bit syrupy, slightly dry, regular ale yeast-like carbonation. Bit cloying as well.. not too bad.

Overall: (3.0)
- Can't say this is really that great of a beer, but it is a nice strengthy offering from Samuel Adams. I was hoping it would turn out better than my opinion of their other beers.. but it really hasn't. It seems to be unique for sure, but doesn't touch what I think the style should be. Wouldn't really buy this again I think.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a Pilsner glass

A: Not very impressive tan, finger width head with short retention time. Dark ruby-red color is nice though.

S: Subtle coffee smell, roasted malt. Smells rather nice actually.

T: Chocolaty, bitter malt, lingers on the palate.

M: Nice and thick, not the smoothest, I detect bits of graininess but not badly.

O: Nice job Sam Adams.

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Photo of Missilegorilla
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 697 ratings