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

Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Duhast500 on 02-24-2010

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Ratings: 696 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of greenengineer
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in my Opa-Opa Pint Glass
A-deep brown, cola colored. Head is very dense. Small bubbles
S- Malt and alcohol
T- maltiness comes through first, some hop bitterness eventually. nutty, sweet flavor - pecan pie. hints of a burnt taste. Porterish
M- sticky, not a lot of fizz
O- I want to like this, but it is a bit disappointing. Don't think I need to buy this again.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of IIKaRuII
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a bubbly dark chocolate brown. has a great finger length head that fades quickly leaving alcohol legs.
Smell is a little tart, figs, and cherries. very rich and sweet.
Taste is quite bitter. Bites very hard and leaves a sour taste in your mouth. drinking more you can taste the caramel maltyness. and slighty fruits. alcohol leaves its mark after.
i would say slighty full bodied. moderate carbonation. drinks slighty like a wine.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SawDog505
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with a two inch light tan head that hangs around awhile, leaving some attractive lacing. Smell is carmel, tobacco, dark fruits, smoke, and some booze. Taste is very smoky threw out, carmel, bread, and hints of chocolate in the middle, and a little warming booze in the finish. Body is really nice, thick but silky smooth. Nice carbonation and very drinkable for it's high ABV. I really enjoyed this beer even with the powerful smokyness.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Feels like about 6 years since I've had this style. Maybe not that long, but I was due. And it looks a beaut. Blacker than probably any other beer I've had calling itself a wee heavy, the head is a washed-out tan, or dirtied white, and it doesn't last long but my oh my, the color is promising.

Plum, fig, raisin, cherry pipe tobacco and alcohol mingle in the nose. Probably a smidgen tame, for the bigness of the beer, and then with warming probably a smidgen alcohol-dominant.

Delicious. And I think what makes it delicious is not entirely a taste thing, but a feel thing. So smooth and creamy and round without any heaviness or stickiness. And it's an appropriate textural delivery for the huge fruits here (again, fig, plum and raisin dominant); smoky cherry continues to remind of pipe tobacco; a more general/generic smoke flavor nicely sneaks in with warming; and there's a milky chocolate essence entering into the flavor that I didn't detect in the smell. The only thing that keeps this from an even higher taste rating is the alcohol, which threatens to overwhelm everything else. It never totally does, but teeters a little too close.

Quite the treat, this has a burly attitude and is a definite slow sipper, but it never quite veers out of control. Well-made, well-played. Well worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shane for this one.

A: Pours a very dark brown, practically black color, with slight ruby colored highlights when held up to the light. Small tan colored head with minimal retention and spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is a combination of dark fruit, slight smoke, alcohol, caramel, and roasted malt.

T: A little bit of alcohol in this one with some dark fruit, roasted malt, and burnt caramel/sugar. The finish has a smoky flavor to it and a slight metallic flavor.

M: Surprisingly light, but a bit heavy on alcohol. Moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not something I would probably reach for again. An interesting take on the style with the smokiness, for which I give it some props.

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Samuel Adams Wee Heavy (Imperial Series) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 56.9% out of 100 with 696 ratings
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