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:
1,222
Reviews:
471
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rockernino
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Martyrob
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of MooseBoose
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ogasnor
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, with a hint of redness to it. Held up to the light, it is hazy and cloudy with what light manages to get through. Pours with a generous two fingers head, which falls away to non-existence. There is not so much lacing as this beer sticks to the side of the glass forming legs.

S - Dark fruit: Caramel and toffee, dried cherry, figs, dates, and raisins, swimming in a dark, sugary alcohol aroma. Smells reminiscent of black rum, rich with molasses, smoke and the bitterness of burnt sugar.

T - It is as if a caramel and toffee malt bomb went off in my mouth. Tastes the same as it smells, molasses, rum and the full spread of dark fruits. The finish is a little bitter, like earthy smoke and burnt sugar dancing with dark cherries.

M - The near lack of carbonation makes this a very thick beer; combined with all the sweetness, you might think it would be syrupy or cloying. But it isn't, mostly because there is just enough alcohol to overcome the sweetness, and leave just a bit of warmth.

O - This is, without a doubt, a big beer. There is so much going on that it could have been a jumbled, incoherent mess, but instead, the flavors work with each other, and then give way to the next set of tastes. If I didn't know this was a Wee Heavy, I could believe it was a Quadrupel, or perhaps a Barleywine.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gkatsoris
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark oaky in color. Very thin whispy head that faded straight away.

S: Wood. Vanilla. Oak. Malt and bread. Buttery. Toffee. Butterscotch. Chocolate chip cookie dough.

T: Vanilla wood. Vanilla oak. Alcoholy. Doughy. Grass. Buttered bread. Malts and malts. Cookie dough. Vanilla brownie.

M: A little thin, although it leaves a slight coat on the tongue. Not foamy at all. Super balanced.

O: Best Wee Heavy yet.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful ruby brown color with an off-white, 2 finger head. Nice lacing retention.

Smells of dark roasted malts, caramel and toffee.

Taste quite the same with a subtle hop bitterness.

Great beer. Pricey but taste great!

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Almost opaque deep brown. Honest light brown head becomes a ring. Big malty aroma, no compromise. You can feel it in your bones that this is a scotch ale, caramel and toffee in abundance. Almost smoky at times. Close to flowery hops. Terrific blending and mutual flavor completion. Just a light alcohol hint in mid-mouth. In mouth, simply put, the beer tastes good. It has everything you wish your scotch ale to have while never being too sweet thanks to a generous (but restrained) hop profile, somehow grassy. Hints of candy, cream, coffee, chocolate. Fantastic creamy mouthfeel, rocking smoothness, this is an easy 5 for texture with so soft carbonation... Awesome, even with just a few months of age. Cheers rodolito!

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Photo of weeare138
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a dark, dense mahogany with a beige head that fades into a small cap and bubbly collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light smoke, banana flambe, and rum cake.
Taste is of the same aromas with a standout of cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warming, & laden with caramel, vanilla, toffee, and a light smokiness running along the palate.

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Photo of stewart124
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2009

Poured into pint glasses this was almost like molasses. Rich brown color with ruby red hues and a centimeter of tan head.

Nose is slightly smokey with lots of currants and bread.

Taste is chewy with a very rich caramel character. More light chocolate malts that has just the slightest amount of smoke. Full bodied with a bold punch from the malt bill. Just a great malt character in general. Toasted bread comes through and fades a bit. The raisins and prunes really linger and there is a nice residual sweetness left.

Very nice for a nightcap. Great to just sip on. Some alcohol is present but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.

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Photo of becktone
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes 4-7-09

Done horizontally with Founders Dirty Bastard

Eye: Extremely dark and deep red in color, garnet. The beer appears to be very clear, but with the color such a dark shade of red its really hard to tell. Head retention in this tulip isn't great (seems its hit and miss with this glass). Still it looks better than the Dirty Bastard, when first poured there was a nice sized head, though now its fallen leaving only some thin lacing behind and a thin film over the beer, but thats still better than the Bastard.

Nose: The strong aroma fills the room as this is poured. Alcohol is detectable. Subtle malt aroma that whispers of complexity. Soft warm maltiness with interwoven hinting at dark fruits that fade away as soon as they are pictured in the mind's eye. Smokiness and chocolate aromas come through. Dark fruit aromas are not as prevalent in this brew as in the Dirty Bastard. The aromas weave in and out of each other, one moment somkiness and chocolate are prominent, the next a nice caramel aroma. The caramel aroma in this beer really makes it, always supported by a subtle smokiness. In the end all aspects of this beer come together to create an awesome aroma. This one takes some work to decipher, complex.

Tongue: First thought I had was dark fruit, which was quickly followed by an intense caramelly maltiness supported by roasted and black flavors and some smokiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor. This is just as complex as the aroma, everything weaving in and out of each other. Nice aftertaste on this beer, but it isn't quite as long lasting or strong as the Dirty Bastard, yet it is just of better quality.

Edit: In terms of the taste of the beer itself, Alesmith is much darker and heavier, more complexity in terms of flavor and darker flavors. Much less esters/phenols. The Alesmith is crafted much better than the Founders. After drinking the Alesmith and then going back to the Founders I find quite alot of bubblegum phenols with a much weaker overall flavor profile and much less complex as well. The Founders can stand on its own, sure enough, but the Alesmith can stand up to others. That is all the difference. All in all the flavor is much more subdued in Dirty Bastard than in the Founders. The Founders pales in comparison. Compared to the Alesmith the Founders is more watery and much less flavorful.

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is semi-dry on this beer, the malt giving it a sweet finish while the roasted and smokiness help out the dryness. Body is medium and again I feel with this one there is too much carbonation, it isn't as sharp or prickley as the Dirty Bastard but I just feel that there's too much. It takes away from the mouthfeel. This is an awesome beer. Definitely one I'll pick up again, though the price of it, $12.99/750ml, is higher than a sixer of Dirty Bastard Its worth it. Though in the long run I'll prolly go with the Dirty Bastard over this one, because for me its easier to get my hands on and is cheaper.

Edit: After going back to the Founders it is clear as to which beer is of higher quality and just better overall. The price is definitely worth it. When in the mood for a good scotch ale I'd go for the Alesmith every time.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nicely malt forward with a dark mahogany color, it also contains tastes of dark raisins, malt and toffee. Unfortunately, there isn't much smoke that comes with this beer, although that might be overpowered by the great malts of this beer! If you’re looking for just the right amount of peat smoke for your beer, I recommend Sprecher Brewery’s Piper’s Scotch-style ale and even Belhaven Brewery’s Wee Heavy.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I wish AleSmith's prices would go down slightly because I'd drunk them all the time. This is an unbelievably great brew. Pours a two finger, creamy head and an orangish to dark brown color. Scents of pears, peet, apricot, come to the nose. Such a smooth and full bodied wee-heavy. Big alcohol but absolutely undetectable. Chewy and thick mouthfeel. Caramel and mild ripe fruit taste with ample hops to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

One of the most enjoyable wee heavies I've had in awhile. Nose is soft, but reveals a rather complex union of bready biscuit malt, rich medium-dark caramels, and hints of a leathery peat. The taste is more of the same, as fully toasted malts finish with dark caramels balanced by just enough hops to eliminate any cloying but also not make it bitter. It also softens up a bit as it warms in the glass, adding touches of toffee and lighter caramels. This is one fine beer.

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Photo of RogerWolfe
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Phatz
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer so much (though I am happy to have shared it with my friends) I could easily have consumed the bottle by myself. This one I will pay the $20 price tag if I can get my hands on it again.

Appearance: Pours an opaque ruddy crimson brown with a creamy tan head and notable lacing.

Smell: Spectacular aroma of dark malts, caramel, molasses, hints of chocolate, peety smoky Scotch scents, and burnt toffee.

Taste: Suggestions of cocoa, sweet malt, toffee, caramel, and burnt brown sugars start a complex path doth the adventure that is Alesmith Wee Heavy. WOW! Exceptional. I love a good wee heavy and that it is. Ripe fruit and alcohol round out the mouth and it leaves you with a hint of smoke still on the palate. A bit of alcohol compliments the flavors but does not flex to strongly.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievable smooth and silky.

Drinkability: I love this beer. Next one is going to be paired with a Padron 1926 cigar. MMM. It is a perfect night cap!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Twotonsandwich
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught: I had a sample of this at the brewery. It poured a somewhat mahogany brown color. A decent off-white head. I get the aroma of caramel malt sweetness, with a hint of peat and smokiness. There are similar notes to the taste. A full, rich, complex taste. Lovely.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a fan of Wee Heavy or Scottish Ales but this was beyond GOOD. Pured a deep amber color with a dirty white head that was very fluffy. The nose was very compex. I could smell caramel, sugar, dried fruit, vanilla and heavy malts. Taste was superb. Complex and better than any Wee Heavy I have ever had. It really matched the nose. Mouthfeel was malty, brown sugar came out and so did the thick caramel and maybe even molasses.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Caramel, toffee malty deliciousness! Nice medium to heavy body makes for more of a sipping beer. Layers of complexity to appreciate with each sip. This was a fantastic scotch ale.

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Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,222 ratings.
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