Wee Heavy
AleSmith Brewing Company

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From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #11
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,019
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
778
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 30, 2022
Added:
Apr 19, 2002
Wants:
  232
Gots:
  254
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.59 by doctorgary from New York

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle, kindly shared by abemorsten. ABV is 10%. Very dark ruby colour, nearly black. Low beige head. Aroma of malts, dark dried fruits / prunes and caramel, maybe a hint of smoke. Very rich and malty flavour, again with caramel and prunes, and maybe a hint of smoke. Powerful stuff.
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nace4 from Virginia

Dec 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by DarrellK from Florida

Oct 12, 2020
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Look - dark brown muddy color with a slight film rim
Smell - sweet caramel booze with some fig
Taste - a lot like the scent
Feel - a lot of body light carbonarion
Overall - great tasty beer. A lot like a barley wine
Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Sep 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jun 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.31 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Apr 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.03 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Mar 22, 2019
 
Rated: 2.08 by jeschaefer from Texas

Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.29 by CJNAPS from California

Aug 28, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had this when I was visiting the old brewery. Pours a dark mahogany and chestnut brown almost leaning into black territory. We're talking ~ looks similar to an imperial porter at this point. Tan colored head, 3/5". Good retention. Solid looking beer. The aroma is a mixture of earthy malt, toffee bitterness, booziness and mild smoked caramel sweetness.

Taste is chewy but not thick. More of that brown and smoked malt (in a minor way, not rauchbier levels) aspect. Mingles some dark fruit like influence. Mouth feel then gives more nuanced complexity in that you start getting more of a nuttiness angle to compliment all the other stuff. Moderate heat, which means at a double digit abv, it hides the alcohol decently. Thinner body than the appearance and taste would seem to indicate normally. Carbonation on point. This seems like a good candidate for an evening around a fire, especially campfires.
Jul 11, 2018
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Probably my favorite Wee Heavy. Perfectly balanced, nice and boozy, just the right amount of sweetness and not overly malty. This is one of my go-to's when visiting Alesmith and it remains a menu standard because of its consistently world-class brewing. Good stuff.
Jul 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jun 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

May 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zanico from Ohio

Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.61 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Feb 09, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle. Poured out a semi-opaque, black color with brown highlights and a khaki-colored head of foam. Smelled peaty and smokey with roasted malt. Big, strong roasted malt flavors with smoke and peat.
Feb 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2018
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
An excellent Wee Heavy. Poured from a 750 ml bottle with silver foil around the neck into a tulip glass. Huge dark cream colored head with great head retention and bands of lacing on the glass. The brown color is dense but there are reddish highlights coming through. A great looking beer!!!! Aroma is sweet, malty with traditional toffee and some oak as well. Taste is more of the same. A delicious rich malty, sweet beer with toffee, oak and warming alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth with a slight alcohol "burn" and a little oak bitterness. This is a bit expensive, but a great beer.
Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.26 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.68 by RabbleRouserRye from California

Nov 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Oct 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Skabiski from Maryland

Sep 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.66 by Treefig33 from England

Sep 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by Johnnyrafer from California

Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by kinggimp from Wisconsin

Jul 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jtransel from Illinois

Jul 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by maltznhopz from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.
Jul 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by MJSFS from Florida

Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Houser from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Jun 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Jun 10, 2017
Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1258 ratings