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

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84
good
695 Ratings
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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Duhast500 on 02-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
695
Reviews:
279
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.82%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DavidST
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. This pours a thick dark brown which doesn't much light through with a short lived tan head. The smells are very malts, some caramel, molasses and other malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste seems a little off, I'm not sure how to describe it, the other reviews say peat, there is also some alcohol present along with lots of excessive malts caramel and molasses. I definitely like the old chub more than this.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Complex and unique. The scent off the top is reminiscent of soya sauce, but then nutty malts, chocolate, peat, smoke toffee, leather and caramel come through.

T - Intensely flavoured ale, caramel dominates alongside some cocoa, peat flavours are present, some burnt toast and leather also come through. ABV heat is subdued and the sweetness complements the flavour.

M - Medium bodied, but comes across a tad syropy. Finish is surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty wee heavy and not for the faint of heart. This is a bold beer and should be respected as such. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BBP
4.44/5  rDev +19%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, burgundy color with golden highlights. It had a two-finger, tan head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet maltiness, slightly fruity with some smoke. There was a touch of booziness, too.

T - It tasted of dark fruits and rich bready malt. Some mild smokiness and peat with a boozy sweet taste.

M - It was crisp and fairly smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice wee heavy. Another solid entry in Sam Adams Imperial Series.

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.73 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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