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

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84
good
695 Ratings
THE BROS
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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%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
41
For Trade:
2
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Photo of WhiteOak
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark cola brown, with a light brown head that settles quickly.

S- Smells of heavy peat smoke, otherwise very medicinal & herbal. Not what I consider an inviting aromatic presentation.

T- Smoky, burnt peat moss sod, roasted malt, stout-like carob and toffee.

M- A touch sticky, andCO2 moderate, with the ABV well concealed.

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of cmannes
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of godmare
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of otto251068
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of CrashOverride
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of lufra1983
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of poisonpythons
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Polycarp
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of k3v1k
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of twkirkby
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of sneekee22
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown hue with plenty of haze. Head poured a rather inconvenient four (!) fingers of rich tan foam. Nice.

Smell: big malt with a huge smoky, medicinal character. Is this an Islay Scotch ale? I like it a lot, if it is a bit one-dimensional.

Taste: big malt flavor with some Imperial Stout-like roasty and alcoholic fruit flavors. The smoke remains heavily evident -- a bit much, I would say, even for the style. Still, quite tasty -- I don't see enough real smoke in big beers; I like it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and a silky smooth creaminess. It works well for me.

Overall: this is a huge beer with a giant smokiness which is really too much for the style. That said, it's a smooth, smoky, malty monstrosity which, style be damned, I personally really like. Kudos to Boston Beer Co!

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a bit darker than others of the same type I've had, which I like. Exceptionally dark brown with some lighter shades of red trying to sneak through. The head is beige and huge. Retention is amazing. When it finally starts to fall, it's a creamy foamy mess on top with sticky lacing all over.

There are some notes of rye in there, but it's not dominant like other beers. Mostly it's roasty scents and caramel and wood. Very earthy.

Caramel and toffee and smoke and licorice and alcohol. I'm not a fan of the style, but this is not bad. In the grand scheme of beer, I would not give this a 3.5 for taste, but for the style, it's one of the best ones I've had.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. A lot of sweetness that isn't quite as subdued as I'd like. It's got a spirit taste and feel to it, which I don't really care for, but it's par for the style. A little heat and bitter in the swallow, but the sweetness is slightly too much.

As I mtntioned, I'm not a fan of the style, but this is something I could tolerate. It's sweeter than I can appreciate, but overall, it's a good rendition of what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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 FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brownish red color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Once in the glass, the beer was almost pitch black with hints of light penetration along the surface of the beer.
One finger off-white to khaki color head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma has a lot of malt notes, with hints of smoke coming through upfront. Lots of malt variations in the nose. Hints of dried fruits; like dates and raisins with hints of sweetness. Some molasses and licorice notes were also coming through intermittently.
Taste is oh so malty. Layers upon layers of malty goodness. Sweet caramel notes upfront coating the palate very nicely. In the middle the sweet caramel notes turn to a slightly roasted/burnt caramel. The mouthfeel is almost of burnt brown sugar mixed with smoke residue from a bonfire. The finish is almost dry, which is a stark contrast to the full-bodied mouthfeel. This is a hugely complex, yet delicious brew from Sam Adams. One of the best takes on a Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale. Perfect sipper on a freezing cold evening. However, I must admit, the alcohol is hidden so well, that it is hard to tell it has 10% ABV and I found it really hard to actually sip it considering how tasty this brew is.
I would definitely recommend this beer, especially if you enjoy a good scotch ale which has a lot of malt complexities.

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

This Wee Heavy pours a deep caramel brown color with a slight creamy head. A muted aroma of malt, peat, oak and a tad of alcohol. Creamy on the palate, with some prickly alcohol. That alcohol warms the chest. Mostly malty flavors mix with that alcohol to provide some balance. Sweetness is extensive, but not overpowering.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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