Wee Whale | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

Wee WhaleWee Whale
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 16 ratings
Wee WhaleWee Whale

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yen157 on 04-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by yen157:
Photo of yen157
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could barley force a fleeting 1/8” head out of this guy. (750ml OTOP, by the way.) Alcohol, overripe plums, and cocoa in the nose. Plum, tootsie rolls, fig, and caramelized dark raisins. As the head would indicate, very light carbonation, but adequate. This may need more time in the bottle. That aside, the body was great. This would be divine cask conditioned! I don’t remember it too well, but much better than the Broth IIRC.

 431 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip type glass. The beer poured a deep brown/amber color with a nice thick active tan head and good lacing. This one has an aroma of raisins and a pleasant lightly toasted malty nose. The taste is enjoyable as well with a balance of a chocolately malty front punch and a backbone of hops that makes this brew stand up well. The body is medium and despite the high abv this is a fairly easy beer to drink, but not too quick. It is worth enjoying.

 482 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby hoghlights work their way through a deep-mahogany, almost black, body. The head is short and not long for life. In the nose it's malty and subtly roasty. In the mouth it's creamy and smooth with a full/medium body and restrained carbonation. The flavor is full without being overdone, revealing caramel, a mild roastiness, a suggestion of cocoa, fruit, and a thin slice of alcohol. The bitterness is balancing, leaving it malty but not overly sweet.

 454 characters

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is alcohol, raisins, molasses and mild cocoa. Body is dark brown with a thumb thick compressed tan head. I get licorice int he fore followed by raisin, earthy malts (Peat?) burnt caramel and dark fruits and a perfumey alcohol flavor. Very malty, but I would have welcomed even more intense burnt notes of licorice and riasin. Didn’t taste all that Scotch Alesish to me...more like a Baltic Porter/Belgian Strong cross. Was good though.

 442 characters

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure I've said it before, but surprise, surprise, another solid effort from Heavyweight.

The Wee Whale pours a nice murky deerp amber to brown colour with a pillowy head that hangs out for a while and leaves little residue once gone.

There is a nice sweetness in the aroma which is of a caramel nature. There's a bit of berry fruit in the mix as well as some earthy maltiness, alcohol (whiskey? rum perhaps? I can't tell, but i'm leaning toward the latter.) and even a hint of chocolate.

The flavour is basically more of the same but with the alcohol (definitely leaning toward a rum flavour now) more prevalent and mixed nicely with the fruit flavouring. The finish has a bit of roasted malt to it and is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is slick and oily for the most part as carbonation is kept to a minimum here.

I enjoyed this one. It's a nice example of the style with some twists here and there. As with all OTP beers, it's extremely limited so make sure you grab a botle or two if you see it.

 1,005 characters

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light brown head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head holds steady, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is worn leather, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste mirrors the nose, with the sweet rich grains upfront having a slightly smoky flavor, fruitiness making a fleeting appearance, and then closes with somewhat obscured alcohol and the warmth of a nice crackling fire. Mouthfeel is superbly smooth, and drinkability is pretty nice for a Scotch-style ale. A treat, for sure.

 602 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a super thick creamy 3"+ high head.

Smell: roasted malt, faint chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: caramel, mild roasted malt, sweet plums, weak molasses, hint of peat moss, and light alcohol tones. A nice combo of sweet and toasted, along with mild bitterness and spicy alcohol for the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, and the finish is smooth and lightly dry. The flavor profile lasts briefly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: great. You can easily handle more than one bottle in a session, but the alochol levels are nicely hidden and can creep up on you.

 664 characters

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

thanks steve, er, ste-vee, for this 750ml bottle.

decanted and settles slowly in a cascading fashion, leaving a three finger head of shiny, tight brown bubbles atop a dark surface of equally nocturnal beer. the foam stays rather thick and rigid, presenting nicely in my sammy summer glass.

smells of medium-roasted chocolatey malts infused with the slippery off-kilter note of grape juice. butterscotch infuses, grape dies, and even the subtlest lead paint whiff can be caught. in the end, the malt dominates and it keeps coming back to that. complex, accidentally it seems, and strangely enjoyable to sniff and dissect.

great mouthfeel of cream silk with bubbly joy. even better tasting. initial sips introduce caramel backed with hops, slightly bitter malt husks and a beefy metallic flavor that doesn't bring any unwanted tartness. warmth evens out the highs and lows, and cuts some lighter molasses flavors into the mix. still, there is something juicy and almost soda-like in the finish as a result of that grapey/light-sweet tinge mixed with larger carbonation levels. starts like a caramelly scotch ale, finishes like sprite.

alcohol is high but not too noticeable, probably due to the odd melange of flavors.

all in all, a valiant effort and an interesting (to say the least) take on the style. perhaps this needs some time to chill out, and that's why i got another bottle. not sure about that, but it's worth a shot.

 1,442 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dark roasted scent that boasts of crystal, roasted, and peated malts. It's dry and earthy with a burnt toffee aroma. The taste is great. It has a rich malty flavor that boasts of crystal, roasted, and peated malts. It has a warm burnt toffee taste that goes down easy and finishes with a slight smoke flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Scotch ale. It's full flavored and easy drinking even at 8.8%.

 579 characters

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml flat bottomed brown glass Belgium flask. Simple brass colored crown cap and no cork. Single main obverse gray & white label has the letters OTOP rotated 90° counterclockwise with the word beer superimposed over it on the right hand side. To the left of this in the top corner the words “Wee Whale” with the words “Scotch-style Ale” and “8.8% abv” above and below a happy looking Sperm Whale.

Appearance: Black on the pour, even when held up to the light it’s still dark and brooding with a deep dark mahogany body, streamers are visible but you have to look carefully to see them. The conditioning is finely dissolved, Belgium-esque in nature. Settled tan colored head is uniform and never less than ¼- ½” throughout the drink. Self-confident gorgeous looks with an appealing, almost cocky, Stout-like swagger.

Nose: Roasted malts with some Bonfire toffee and heavily distilled molasses. Warming nose with some spices and a Belgian yeast hiding in there somewhere.

Taste: Lightly smoked malts with some Scotch peat inlaid to add some complexity. Roasted malts pick up in the middle with a Bonfire toffee richness. Hints of dark chocolate add a malty bitterness whilst the finish is dry and the peaty-smoke aspects get one last chance to poke through again at this point. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Subdued dry roasty texture balances the creamy feel. Carbonation is perfect with a soft input which satisfies and adds a “comfy slipper” like relaxing effect.

Drinkability: The 8.8% doesn’t really do anything, which is good for Drinkability but *really* bad for getting up for work the next day. Like most of the Heavyweight 750ml bottles, I rarely seem to have any problem taking the contents down to the dregs and wondering why I didn’t pick up a couple of them instead of just the one.

Overall: Cost all of $7.99 from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, Bar-GAIN!!! Super stuff, and I know why so many will dearly miss HW when, (if, perhaps?) they close and peruse new frontiers. I feel lucky to have tried this.

 2,059 characters

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep bown in color-some muted ruby highlights when held to the light. Nice, tan head on top that starts out big and tends to last at 1/4 inch down the glass. Nice aroma-somewhat peated malt. Raisens and molasses going on as well. Big malty flavor-sort of a burnt treacle flavor. Sort of espresso like as well. Good blend of the various flavors. Has that "homebrew" sort of flavor going on as well. Good full mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Dont know how much of a wee heavy it is to style but thats ok its a damn good beer.

 537 characters

Photo of beertravel
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tom and the W.H.A.L.E.S. certainly had a hit with this one. Everybody loves this beer it seems. The complexity of the flavors...peat, malt, fruit, plum, raisin...really sets it off as a unique beer. I put some away to age and see what happens to it, but it is tough not to drink it all now! I believe it is all gone now, so, if you can find some, buy it now!

 358 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours brown with ruby highlights and a huge (like two thirds of the pint) fizzy "snap, krackle & pop" light tan head. Its like Classic Coke with a longer lasting head. For some reason it just brings back memories of trying to drink the foam on my Coke before it dissolved when I was a "wee lad".

Big cocoa in the aroma. Not what I was expected, but damn good. Nutty too.

Taste has a big cocoa aspect too. It's malty too, but its not especially caramelly sweet, its more like dark chocolate. Fruity middle (plums perhaps?). Some peat shows up late.There is a very mild, well-hidden, alcohol sweetness near the end. Sweet finish, but fairly clean aftertaste.

Full mouthfeel, nice and chewy, and creamy too. Exceptional drinkability.

Not quite like any other scotch ale I've had, and one of the two best. Far exceeded my already high expectations. Tom and Peggy, don't take too long to get to your next phase.

 918 characters

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 for a bomber @ oak tree buy rite, edison/south plainfield nj (man I love living a quarter mile from this place...)

this one glugs into the glass like pouring heaviness from a bottle. 1/4 of a finger of off white head, sticky also, not uber sticky but moderately sticky and moderate lacing. pretty dark, nearly opaque even, if you put this in front of me without knowing I would bet porter...

malty whiskey barrels, hints of peat, some roasted tones buried under that malt mat, the alcohol is right there, this is like sniffing a malty jack daniels.. and it is intense. hell, it almost dryed out my nose smelling this thing. really assertive, I like it

taste etc...
barely any carbonation, it barely achieves being not flat. a bit watery on the mouth. The alcohol is not hitting like a ton of bricks, in fact this almost has a strange chocolatey finish from the roasted flavor. It leaves the mouth dry with a hint of bitter notes in the back. Very smooth actually.

a bit light and seemingly uncarbonated but a nice flavor profile that is rather easy to sip. Worth a try if you are into the style, the nose is very good on this...

 1,176 characters

Wee Whale from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81.3% out of 100 with 16 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.