AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a preface, I am not very familiar with “scotch style” ales, whatever that actually means. This had a very amazing chocolate and malty smell that only got better as the bottle got lower. The taste was malty and good but not alcoholic despite the high ABV. My friend said he tasted peat and smoke but I tasted no such thing and I feel cheated. This was still a pretty good beer. Damn you Alesmith!!!

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexJ
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, muddled chestnut brown with a very thin, but persistant head of khahi. A swirl of the goblet reveals thick, syruppy legs.

Aroma is a heavenly overature of malty delight. Sticky caramel and scorched molasses toffe with warm, booze-soaked fruit compote, baking spice, and soft floral tones dripping with nectar. Undertones of prunes and oaky port get my tastbuds ready.

Flavor is absolutely lush and indulgant. Massive caramel infused fruit cake and berry-plum preserves with undertones of faintly smoky-sweet candied citrus peel anh honey drenched florals. Alcohol is known, but smooth. Finish is honey sweet and slightly toasty with a touch of bitter, Earthy hops. Methinks that Bruskiator has been sitting on this a while?!?

Body is huge, slick, and slippery on the tongue. Low carbonation lends to a heavy mouthfeel and chewy texture. A sipper, but definately worth the anticipation.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating scores are an average of two vintages: 2014 and 2015. I have to say that the 2014 did not age well. It lost its head retention (typical though) but most importantly it lost its warming smooth toffee character. It did however smell much better then the 2015. If only I had a fresh 2016 pour to compare to.

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

One of the many regrets I have had in life, as I sit here typing, is that I have never had the opportunity to try the barrel aged version of this beer, as I think strong scotch ales lend themselves especially well to the wood. But I digress...

Pours from the bottle a lush reddish-black color, with a decent little beige colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark brown sugar, caramel and a little smoke. On the palate this one is creamy and full bodied, with smokey malt, warming alcohol and dark fruits. Excellent.

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This liquid is a very dark amber/brown color. It has a decent head, which is about one finger thick, that is the color of espresso foam. This recedes to a foamy surface covering of varying thickness. The lacing is fairly full and quite sticky.

The nose is full of roasted malt notes. It has a very nice level of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Hints of butterey (english) toffee. Light touches of dark fruits are underneath. I'm getting traces of toasted coconut also, which is unexpected, but seems to work really well. Light notes of earthy nuttiness.

The roasted malt notes dominate the flavor. They are offset by a good amount of caramel presence. Minor hints of brown sugar are noted. It has a good deal of tobacco mixed in with the nuttiness, with a touch of leather. Light hint of dark coffee, with a touch of cream and sugar. Mild vanilla notes. It has an almost bourbon-like element to it, flavorwise, which really makes me want the B.A. version of this one, even more.

This is full-bodied and has a low-to-medium level of carbonation. I'd like to see the carbonation level 'tweaked' to get some creaminess into it. (But that's just personal opinion.)

This is very tasty and easy-to-drink. The 10.0%abv, while well disguised, is not subtle at all with it's effects though. I'm barely to the halfway point of this 750ml and am already starting to feel it(!).
Another great brew from Alesmith.

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Dark brown, with a medium tan, off-white head.

S: Smells of caramel malt, molasses and peat.

T: Big malt notes, some whiskey and bourbon, peaty, went great with BBQ, a great tasting beer.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth, and robust, you know you're drinkin' a beer.

D: A great Wee Heavy, smooth and tasty, robust but easy to drink, I really enjoyed this beer.

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

Bottled 02/11/14.

Burnt sugar and toffee. Kinda like boozy butterscotch. How have I not had this before?

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color (traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light). It poured with a thin off white head that completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of caramel and toffee in the nose along with some hints of smoke.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some additional flavors of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fruity esters come on strong and ripe. Dark fruit, plums and overripe purple grapes.

Appearance: Deep brown that showed clarity only with strong backlight. A tan head lasted about half glass and left some lace.

Flavor: Deep toffee malt with a grape jam heavy fruit. The grape and plum flavors are really strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium low carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fruity malty monster of a beer! Really clean overall taste for such a big beer. Just hints of peat and smoke deep in the malt. Good stuff.
Big thanks to Bill and Kim for breaking out the 750ml!

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,227 ratings.
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