AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic Scotch Ale. Scotch ales are typically sweet and malty, with a very subdued dose of hops– just enough to provide balance. AleSmith Wee Heavy is a wonderful interpretation of this traditional Scotch style.

Added by Jason on 04-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,227
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
251
For Trade:
13
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Photo of kinggimp
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maltznhopz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 10/15/15 poured into a tulip.

A - pours a dark brown opaque color with an off white head.

S - lots of sweet caramel roasted malts, toffee and oak.

T - more caramel sweetness, toffee and nuttiness. Also get some smokiness on the back end.

M - silky smooth and creamy. Finishes clean and smooth with some noticeable alcohol warming.

O - this was a great sipper and definitely one of the top Scottish ales I've had.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADG2995
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a thistle, the appearance has a dark brown close to brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies at a nice pace; lacing is extremely light and tries to cling but spider webs and slides; the aroma has a nice assortment of caramels, chocolates, the normal light peat that usually comes in a Scotch ale, slightly boozy; the taste is sweet through the previously mentioned flavors; nice boozy somewhat chocolatey aftertaste; the finish is really interesting actually, I get the sense that it wants to be dry, hmmm....but comes across slightly smooth and sweet, maybe even somewhat sticky; on the palate, this one sits about a medium in body; sessionable - not really, more of a sipper; carbonation comes across slightly smooth; overall wow, I really like this Scotch Ale.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber with a bottled on date of 10.2015. So 1.5 years old

L - Dark brown, 1/2 a finger of head and no lacing

S - Raisons, brown sugar, dates, and definitely ...booze!

T - Sweet up front and throughout, sweet potato, raisons and dates, brown sugar, and licorice. The brew changes as it warms up. Excellent

F - Thin body and well carbonated

O - A very complex beer. So much goodness going on, and every sip you discover something new. Fantastic job Alesmith

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Photo of FreshZ
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown, with a light tan head. Initial impression is smoky roasted malts, dark fruits, and caramel, with some earthiness in there too. Mouthfeel is quite thick and sticky. Carbonation is fairly low. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelmingly so. Finish is dry, sweet, and finally a little bitter. Not the best Wee Heavy I've ever had, but pretty tasty!

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Photo of DrKarl
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themegamancave
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daem3384
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bwood06
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this to share with a buddy of mine who, like me, is a huge dark beer fan. We wanted something to go along with the Speedway Stout that I also bought so we figured this would be a good option. I've been wanting to try this one for a while now and finally got the chance to do so.

This beer pours a reddish brown hue, almost a light mahogany color that is clear with light carbonation visible. The head is off-white and frothy, dissipating to a very thin lacing that becomes non-existent rather quickly. 3.75/5 The aroma is quite typical of the style with a bit of caramel and dark stone fruit coming out, providing a nice sweet beginning, and then being backed up by peat moss, musty hay, and an earthy hop character. The balance leans more towards the malt with the peat and hay really coming out strongly. 4/5 The flavor, as with the aroma, is heavily balanced in favor of the malt. Caramel and toasted white bread start things off with a grainy/sweet profile that quickly transitions to a rather heavy does of peat moss, musty hay, tobacco, and leather. This is a rather earthy beer that has a good sweet, malty backbone. There is a bit of dark stone fruit that comes through, balancing out this earthiness. An earthy hop comes through at the very end, providing just a small dose of bitterness that lingers only lightly after swallowing. 4.25/5 This is a fairly heavy beer that is full bodied with a moderate carbonation burn on the front end. Thus burn quickly transitions into a wet and coating nature that is just on the wet side of sticky. There is no drying and no lingering dryness. 4/5 This is a very good Wee Heavy, if not the best Wee Heavy that I have had to date. More often than not the peat really takes over this style and drowns out anything else that the beer has going on, but no so with this beer. Very well crafted. 4/5

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A touch heavy on bourbon notes but otherwise very flavorful and awesome. Smooth finish.

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