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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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, purchased from a very reputable bottle shop, date code on bottle, but unknown, however it is 2011 production.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter (Signature glass)

Pours a nice ¼” head, which quickly reduces to a thin cap. Nice lace though.
Very, very deep amber, all but black, color.

The aroma is one of rich malt, with that distinct Scotch Ale yeast, then there is some noticeable smoke, but not overdone, IMO good. A somewhat complex aroma.

Very rich, full bodied, malty entry on the palate, followed by smoky malt, a sense of very full body, and medium sweetness, which seems in balance with this ale. Nowhere is the 10% ABV noticeable.

Long finish of rich, faintly smoky malt.

Somewhat of a surprise from this brewery, which certainly is not known for cutting edge brews, and while this is not breaking new ground, I have to appreciate what they are trying to do here. Good job Samuel Adams.

The bottom line is that this is a good example of the style. In particular I like the very balanced and well integrated smoke component of this ale. Very drinkable, and yes I would like another.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a SA perfect pint glass.

Brew poured a super dark brown, almost black, with mahogany tints around the edges. A 1" frothy light brown head faded to a light ring in a few minutes.

Smell is very good with roasted caramel malt and dark fruits, mostly prunes. Brown sugar and sweet scotch.

Taste is very smokey right out of the gate with that "wee heavy" flavor. No mistaking that one because it's unique to the style. Prunes and cough syrup and boozy sweet alcohol heat. I like it!

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a decent carbonation and a lingering alcohol finish.

Overall I really liked this beer. The first time I had it at IX beerfest in Cleveland, Ohio I was very impressed and I knew I needed to revisit it. Thanks to my wonderful wife for picking this out for me on a whim. The only problem I have is that I want to drink more of it and if I do...10% = FAIL

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a anchor bar pint glass

A-very deep brown. small head. some carbonation. retains thin head. creamy colored head.

S-smells of maybe some toasted malt. sort of like a slight oatmeal/coffee but for subtle. not much hops to it. can smell slight alcohol in it.

T- definitely taste some coffee/oatmeal upfront and through. finishes very smooth. a hint of chocolate at the end. not much hops. pretty straight forward.

MF- creamy. leaves a good creamy residue.

O-very good. nothing exceptional. might not get again due to the price but very good and worth this try.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with a bit of lacing, over a very dark chocolate brown color with hints of rosy light coming though.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, tons of dark crystal, caramel, bit of roast and chocolate, a creamy like essence, light herbal earthy hops, hint of peat smoked malts, a bit of booze, some other bicuity malts, a bit of cocoa and caramelized brown sugar.

Taste starts a bit rich and heavy, creamy malts, plenty of dark malts again, a bit of chocolate and cocoa, hint of roast, some earthy charred malt flavors, a smoked malt with a bit of peat, caramelized brown sugar and caramel, a hint of earthy and light herbal hops, fairly bitter more from the malts at first, but then some bitter hops later, a slight minerality, some boozy flavors and warmth bringing a slight boozy phenolic taste. It finishes with a bit more warming booze, still slightly sweet, some cocoa, and light earthy bitter hops.

Mouth is heavier bodied, some warming booze and decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a decent wee heavy, and I'm glad to see a wee heavy that actually is wee heavy, not a measly 6.5% kinda thing, it does get a bit of boozy phenols, and I'm not a huge fan of the herbal hops but that goes with the style, overall pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Clear dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit nose, flavor is dark fruit and hints of caramel, smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.35 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.73 out of 5 based on 696 ratings.
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