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 Wamesit
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep red with a light tan head that gives way to mild lacing.

S - Burnt toffee from the crystal malts leads the pack with undertones of both smoke and alcohol.

T - Sweet malts (toffee and caramel) mix with a thick smokiness from peat malts that both mix with a vapor-rich alcohol. The sweetness is kept earthy throughout, which make this Scotch Ale robust and grounded.

M - Medium/full. Lush. Carbonation is enough to keep it from turning into syrup.

O - Delicious. A well-done Scotch Ale. One of Sam Adams' best.

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Photo of Monkey962
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours almost inky black, and light that passes through appears cherry red. Produces a tan, bubbly head about two fingers tall, which leaves thick lacing and rings down the glass.

Smell: I don't get any bitterness off this, just the malts that smell like roasted coffee and sweet maraschino cherry.

Taste: One of the most complex beer taste experiences I've had to date. The sweetness of the malts is experienced first, and is represented as a sweet cherry flavor. The smoked aspect peeks in only for a moment before subsiding into a balanced, bitter flavor that I could describe as both bready and earthy. The aftertaste is peppery and bitter.

Feel: Very silky. When the head subsides, it becomes a thick, creamy film that assists the smoothness of the feel.

Overall: Very well balanced with lots of big bold yet complex flavors. I like to think of it as an alternative for an imperial stout.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big smoky beer!

Pours deep mahogany color with light tan head that is thick at first, then settles to a thin rim layer. Nose is rich with roasty malt, smoky malt, and baked desserts. On the palate the smoked malt is quite a whollop on the palate, dark caramels & toffee, and leads to a roasty dry finish. Aftertaste of toffee & smoky flavors just lingers and lingers. What a savory beer!!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for quite a few years now. This bottle may very well from the first batch of this that was released nationwide, or at least that was available for purchase in Ohio in 4 packs. Decided to finally crack this open tonight. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color with just the slights hint of deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, but this beer really doesn't seem interested in letting in any light at all. The tan head was well over an inch thick when first poured, but settled to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some big cluster film layer swirls of surface foam along with excellent lacing. Aromas of toasted, smoked, bready, sweet caramel malts along with some molasses and peat. Also some hints of toffee and dark fruits such as plums, raisins, and dates. The taste pretty much follows suit, with toasted, smoked, bready caramel malt sweetness along with some peat. Hints of toffee and molasses add a bit more complexity and is rounded out with touches of plums, dates, and raisins. Whatever hop presence may have been here when this beer was first made is totally gone now. The 10% ABV is well masked here indeed. Has a fairly crisp, somewhat prickly and chewy, slightly syrupy, also smooth and slightly creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. has a very clean finish, and the flavors really like to linger on my palate after each sip. This one aged fantastically!

Eric

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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 YouSkeete
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost bronze around the edges. No head whatsoever, very very partial lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, caramel, oak and wood, mild fruity sweetness. Hints of dry hops and bourbon as well.

T: Big nice malt character right off the bat. Roasted coffee and espresso beans, dry hopped malts, and a mild scotch bite. Hop character and alcohol is well balanced. Caramel sweetness is just a little tiny bit on the strong side, though it creates a great balance with the rest of the body. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate and candied fruits follow.

M: Sticky and milky on the palate, full body with moderate carbonation. Oaked scotch and fruity sweet aftertaste.

D: Easy as hell for a 10%abv. A great addition to the Imperial Series.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came out the bottle very dark almost black with a reddish tint. Nice white head with quickly dissipates.

Smells peaty and malty almost like a fine scottish whiskey, toffee, caramel.

Powerfull stuff, you can taste the malts, smokiness, peatyness. Slight taste of alcohol a very interesting taste.

Feels pretty smooth, a very slight carbination. Feels thick and creamy.

Overall a heavy and interesting beer, I've never had a beer like this before. I'd probably buy this again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice beer!
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was a dark reddish/brown color with a tan head. A bit of thin lace.
Caramel/roasted malt aroma. Sweet, smoky. Lots going on here.
Toffee taste. Smoky/peaty. Warming. Don't taste the alcohol.
This was a full-bodied beer with real depth. The flavors worked well together.
Gotta have more.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant chestnut crowned by a 2” tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Fruit and malt aromas.
T: A malt driven beer featuring rich malt flavors with plum to prune, a dash of fig, some kettle sugars, caramel, a hint of port. Mild hop presence.
F: Medium full to full body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A flavorful, well balanced wee heavy.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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