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)

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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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4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, malty flavor has notes of caramel, molasses and miso. It pours a barely translucent dark brown with a fairly thick light tan head that doesn’t stick around too long but leaves some lacing. Strong flavor has an overtone that mixes molasses with caramel but is only slightly sweet. There is a touch of hoppy bitterness and a hint of toffee. Thick, full-bodied texture has a little fizz and leaves a malty, molasses, slightly woody finish.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Caramel 60, Roasted malt, and Peated malt. Hopped with Zeus.
OG=24.5° Plato, 10.0% ABV – 7.7%, Calories/12 oz.: 348. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks.

Pours out to a very dark mahogany, forming a thin head which quickly recedes to a scummy little ring around the glass. No retention, no lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is of prune juice, smoke, caramel and burnt marshmallows. The mouthfeel is oily and syrupy with a huge dense body. The taste is very nice...a great balance between the smoke, marshmallow and prunes, with a very light herbal bitterness. Sweet, but not overly so. Much smokier than any traditional scottish ale, but I like this. No perceptable off flavors or aroma.

I really liked this brew. I would buy it again and recommend it.

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4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no apparent date, just a batch, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown head with tons of retention and low stick.

Smell - Bread and coffee. Dark fruit. Thankfully no off or sharp scents. Some noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Slight astringent metallic finish. Other than that, it's extraordinarily smooth.

Mouthfeel - Clean. Slightly acidic. Has an understated effervescence like Westy 12.

Overall Drinkability - Absolutely fantastic. No major flaws. Sum is better than the parts.

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4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A- pours a very deep brown, clear body with a gushing white head thy reduces slowly and leaves some medium lacing.

S- quite inviting actually. Heavy vanilla, sugar cookies, caramel, toffee, maybe some bourbon and chocolate.

T- it tasted a lot better as it warmed so I suggest you warm it to at least 55 degrees. Starts off with molasses, toffee,vanilla, caramel, leads into a nice lightly toasted flavor and leaves a subtle roasty flavor on the tongue. Some banana and spice on the finish. Very little alcohol for 10 percent.

M- medium body, low carbonation. Decent drink ability.

I was surprisingly impressed with this beer - it's smooth, tasty, complex, and balanced. On the sweet side, would go good with dessert or for dessert. Underrated.

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4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a rich chestnut with a bit less head than I was expecting. Slight lacing and decent retention.

The aroma is pretty nice. Immediately after opening it I had a decent idea what I was in for. There was an initial peat blast and alcohol sharpness which while not offensive, nudged at the fact that this was a scotch ale.

The taste is very much like a scotch ale but flipped. While many have underlying complexities and simpler surfaces, for lack of a better word, this had most of it's complexity at the surface and a simpler foundation.

It brings perhaps the most peat I've had in a beer yet and tends to deliver what you'd expect, but more of it.

The mouthfeel is Medium full and a bit less than medium weight. The finish is mildly dry and slightly sticky. Tremendously creamy and easy to roll around.

Overall, at first this seemed like a less balanced version of the style, which I somewhat think is true still, but after seeing that, I found that I really enjoyed the intensity of all the scotch goodness. As much as this style seems heavier to start, this seems like an imperial version of the Scotch Ale.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Wee Heavy pours a beautiful clear brown that lies black-brown in the glass. There's a nice off-white fizzy head that quickly dissapates to a thin film that displays moderate lacing. Lacing (along with flavor) increases as the beer warms. Don't be afraid to let this warm up a bit. This is not a beer to enjoy ice cold.

S- Caramel, toffee, molasses, sugar, fill the nose with a touch chocolate and honey. This is the kind of nose that makes me anxious to get it in my mouth!

T- Sweet caramel, sugar, and candy is immediately overpowered by strong roasted malts. The finish is roasted malts and smoke that leaves a lingering after taste of malts, peat and molasses. This beer is bliss going in, and still manages to leave a wonderful impression on the palate. The 10% ABV is righteously masked, and pretty much not perceptible.

M- There is low-medium carbonation and a medium tongue weight. Although, a little silky, this beer goes down pretty easy.

Overall: this is a "kick ass" brew! Be careful, it combines high alcohol with high drinkability! The look, smell, and taste of this concoction is delightful. This has to be my favorite of the Imperial Series.

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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14.9 nonic. Nice cream colored half-inch head. Color almost black with a ruby hue. Malt and strong peat smell. Big rich, silky mouth feel. Excellent evaporation in the palate, strong aftertaste of peat and caramel. Hints of dried fruits, particularly cherries. Long warm finish. A really superb example of the style and, in my experience, unique at 10 percent alcohol and the peat flavor. Highly recommended. Serving temperature 52 degrees.

Grade A Purchased at Stoney's -- $11.99 per 4-pack

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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark brown beer that looks ruby red when held directly up to light. Two finger tan head dissolves into a thin lacing. Good coating on the way down.

Smell is sweet, malty, green (peat?), and some roasted character.

Love the mouthfeel. Thick, creamy. Milky, but even thicker. Literally the consistency of cream.

Taste is unique - at least for me - and quite nice. Some spiciness, some alcohol. Malts, not as roasted as you'd think for being so dark. A hint of smokiness? The most scotch-like beer I've ever had. The other scotch ales I had were watery and tasteless compared to this.

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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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4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Wee Heavy is an excellent scotch ale and a great sipping beer.

A: Dark brown color... like coke. Small head that fades to crappy lacing. 4

S: The smell is sweet and malty with a little bitterness 4.5

T: The taste is charcoal with smoke and sweet maltiness. Super nice. Aftertaste is Malty with some bitterness. 4.5

M: Frothy. Delicious. 4.5

O: Great for sipping. 4

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4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: A big malt bomb in the nose. First off the peat malt, light smoke, and wood aromas. Dark fruits, sweet toffee, and chocolate. I love it.
T: Follows the nose with tons of malt. Toasted malts, chocolate, toffee that are great. Plenty of peat, smoke, and wood as well. Dark fruits of cherries and raisins brings everything together. Excellent.
M/D: A full body with lower carbonation. So smooth and velvety. Easy to drink. A great beer to sip on.

I love this. Pretty much everything I want in the style, which is my favorite. Plenty of peat, smoke, malt, and not over the top sweet. Which is a big problem with American version. I don't understand the lower scores here. Something I would highly recommend.

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4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a whiff of smoke and a hint of brown sugar as you raise Samuel Adams' almost-black but still mahogany brown Wee Heavy to your nose. As you swirl it in the glass, the dark khaki-colored and creamy head spins, releasing additional notes of dark bread and dark-skinned fruit. It's a nice looking glass of beer, and although the head doesn't hold particularly well, it does leave behind tiny spots and craggy splashes of lace.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a bit of a dextrinous edge. The carbonation is restrained, as it should be for the style, and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor is all that you'd wish for and everything that your nose has promised you! The peat-based smokiness comes through clearly over the almost-burnt sugary caramel and "dark bread" maltiness. A combination of red and dark berry-like fruitiness from the yeast steps in, and in combination with the dark malts, it gives the suggestion of dark skinned fruits - or perhaps, simply the skins of some dark fruits without the juicy, sugary fruit attached. I find raisin and prune to be sure, although there's a suggestion of fig as well. Grassy hops also appear, more towards the swallow, and together with the fruitiness and the very firm, but mostly background bitterness, it's nicely balanced. It finishes dry with a puff of light smokiness, some residual grassy hops, and a bit of long-lingering dull bitterness.

Overall it's clearly an American take on the style, but that lends even more charm to it. Where the Scottish might downplay the yeasty fruitiness, Samuel Adams has bumped it up, giving it quite a bit of additional character, and more complexity. Charming, to say the least!

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4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with less than one finger of tan head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet caramel malt with some notes of alcohol.

The taste is of toasty caramel malt, pretty sweet, very noticeable peppery alcohol presence.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy feel, low to moderate carbonation.

I thought this beer was very enjoyable, the alcohol may have been a little overbearing but it was tasty all the same.

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

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was perusing the wares today at Ayottes and saw "Imperial Series Wee Heavy"... Hmmmm... It was a classic WTF moment... Just had to grab a 4-pack ($9.99). Bottle has a completely different label design as compared to past Sammy offerings. A short blurb on the back gives some history of the style, while the pastel green front has the new "Imperial Series" logo hovering over a middle-ages era castle. I like the new direction; hell, I've seen enough of "Sam" over the years on the label...

Drained a bottle into my nonic... 'Twas a clear, deep, vibrant chestnut, with a creamy, albeit thin, tan head. The liquid was a bit too opaque to espy any carbo within, and the lacing was decent. The aroma, though not in-your-face, was solid, plenty of caramel malts and a hint of peat hitting the olfactories. Body is solidly medium, and the Heavy is quite smooth as it descends, making for a nice mouthfeel.

Lots of malts hit the palate, with caramel and toffee abounding, plus a light hit of some caramelized brown sugar. Sweetness reaches a good level but never approaches the cloying sector. Intimations of dark fruit lurk in the background, while the peat-factor is present in a subtle smokiness. Hops are not neglected here, with a touch of florality at the finish lending a smidge of balance to the mostly malty flavor profile. The 10% ABV is rather well contained, as only a touch of warming is currently felt in the belly. I quite like this new Wee Heavy from Sammy, but will have to watch over it, as Alewife has always had a big-time hankerin' for this style.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 696 ratings
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