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)
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:
696
Reviews:
280
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.82%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
42
For Trade:
2
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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown amber with a soft, thin lacing of off white head

S - earthy, vanilla, candy sugar, alcohol

T - alcohol, diacetyl, sugar, caramel, peaty

M - smooth, warm, medium to full bodied

This was a very nice scotch ale. If I were to have one complaint it would be that it was slightly too sweet. Beyond that this was a really solid beer. It had great malt character and for the ABV it had great drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

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

No bottling date on the label; but, this beer has aged about one year.

A: A fairly slow pour into a standard pint glass produced one finger of head that was khaki colored and dense. This head lasted several minutes then became patchy. It also left a very good lacing as the glass emptied. The brew is a deep mahogany and just barely translucent when held to the light. There are also plenty of visible carbonation streams rising to the top.

S: The aroma is a rich blend of bready yeast and a touch of clove, grain, malt sweetness, and earthy hops.

T: The taste has some booziness and there is a good deal alcohol heat combined with some bready yeast, a bit of clove and grain, along with some malt sweetness that is balanced by an earthy hops flavor.

M: The body is toward the heavier side of medium, and there is a good amount of carbonation.

O: After aging for about a year, this beer becomes a top tier Wee Heavy. The first bottle of the four-pack from about a year ago was an absolute fireball: The overwhelming alcohol heat blunted everything else. After a year this beer is still very boozy. However, the booziness now blends with and compliments a pleasing yeast combination of breadiness and a little clove; and, the grain provides a very nice richness to the flavor. There is also a very pleasant balance of malt sweetness and earthy hops. This beer is in the top tier of Wee Heavies, but, it is somewhere is middle of that top tier.

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Photo of jagada
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a snifter.

A: A dark wee heavy. The head is a light brown/tan with moderate lacing and a little bit that sticks with it throughout the drink.

S: Hello Alcohol. I rarely venture in beers under 7.5%. That said, this one surprised me by the amount of alcohol on the nose. A little roasted malt scent but definitely more of a scotch smell than malt.

T: Again you definitely catch the alcohol on the front end. There is a little bit of that malt flavor throughout the beer but it just creates sort of sweet alcohol taste almost like the flavors were added after the beer was brewed. It would serve this beer well to let some fresh bitter notes come through on the back end to clean up the palate and refresh.

M: An oily alcohol texture. Surprisingly little body for a beer this size and sweetness. If it is going to be sweet it might as well stick to my ribs.

O: I have to first say that while I might be a beer snob I don't discount Sam Adams carte blanche. Some of the beers I cut my teeth on were Sam Adams and I don't mind their beers. This one though is a one trick pony and gives into an unrefined alcohol taste over some added complexities of a beer worth sipping. I like wee heavies, their my session beer style of choice ;-) This beer is average with quite a few others that represent the style better.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours like cola into my Great Divide glass. A thin, tan head disappears immediately and leaves just little whisps of lacing around the glass. Nothing much to look at.

S- Smokey, malty sweet, vanilla bean, raisins, dried cherries, and hints of dark chocolate.

T- Smoked peat, chocolate covered caramel bites, toffee, dark raisins, fig jam, freshly scraped vanilla bean, and sweet malts. Damn this is nicely done! Bitter cocoa, sweet dark fruit, caramel and just enough smoke.

M- I love the subtle, smokey notes and the way they hang on the tongue. Nice bitter chocolate melds nicely with the slightly sour/sweet dark fruit... nice caramel/vanilla candy sweetness. Better than I expected.

O- I'm not gonna say this is fantastic... but it's not far off! Subtley smokey, amazing caramel sweetness, nicely cocoa bittered, deep dried fruitiness. So why did it take me this long to try this one? Well done Sam... well done indeed!

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a deep red mahogany into the glass. A one-finger head of dense khaki foam disappears at a moderate rate, leaving a thin film of very tight bubbles across the top. Beer is quite opaque, but shows a clear, deep ruby red when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Well-toasted malts, rich caramels, brown sugar, and scorched caramels from a creme brulee. Hints of smoke and bacon along with subtle dark dried fruit. As it warms in the glass, the nose really opens up toward a peaty Scotch poured over a warm cube of caramel with almost burnt bacon on a plate somewhere in the room. This went from intriguing to distracting. I like to find myself drawn to spending time with my nose in the glass enjoying how a beer smells, almost having to force myself to drink it, and I liked doing this less the more time I spent with it.

T - Dark caramels, molasses, and hints of chocolate on toasted, almost roasted malts. Really dark, dried cherries and raisins with a touch of vanilla and prunes. The alcohol is well-hidden. Floral and pine hops in the background are just enough to balance the sweetness. If tasting blind, I might find myself settling on a wee-heavy by process of elimination, but there's a bit too much fruit/sugar and not quite enough toasted/smoked malts for the style it claims.

M - Smooth, but not creamy. Just enough carbonation to define the body. Rich, almost velvety without being dense. Moderately short finish, where eventually some chocolate and alcohol linger. Nice construction.

O - I'm very surprised this clocks in at 10% ABV - there's no pop or heat at all that pushes through. Interesting take on the style, as the chocolate notes suggest more of a rich cocoa porter and the fruits suggest more of a Belgium strong ale than the wee-heavy Scotch ale that it is. In the end, the deep, rich caramels and dried, smokey fruits define the glass. This would make a good alternative for an after-dinner drink. It also reminds me of a deep, rich, dark chutney. It made a tasty nitecap, but it's definitely a small-quantity, sipping libation. Recommended to experience, especially if one thinks the best Samuel Adams can do is the Boston Lager the corner tavern recently added beside the Bud taps because everyone's asking for a craft beer these days.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into provided shock top hefe glass at mellow mushroom covington, LA. Pours a deep amber color with some slight off white head and nice lacing. Really strong scotch aromas...malty peat. I mean like the single malt kind. Taste is very boozey but full of peaty scotch malts. It was harsh at first, but the flavor profile really developed, still harsh, but nice flavor. Overall, a good wee but not amazing. I guess its good considring the abv.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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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