AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BA SCORE
4.16/5
1,231 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,441
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,231
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
251
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 1,231 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Hudson2508
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark opaque mahogany with a rich, thick, tan head. Good head retention.

Toasty and nutty. Light fruitiness. Toffee. Quite complex.

Rich and toasty. Lovely hazelnut and toffee notes. Thick dried fruit character. Stunning.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Excellent.

A stunning beer. Well balanced and so full of malt.

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Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmzl
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Year old bottle.

Look: Dark, golden pour with huge, thick (small bubbles at start), creamy, light mocha head. Has medium speed retention (small bubbles breaking down into bigger ones and then collapsing), goes down with some sticky lacing, leaves creamy, puffy top layer. The layer leaves some fine lacing when you drink it. It's clear, deep, dark amber, can barley see through.

Smell: Rich yet smooth and fresh. First association are raisins in sugary scotch. The fruity part is mostly dark fruits, white grapes, plums and some dry fruits like raisins. It creates most of the fresh part. Malt character is also very well developed - burned and brown sugar, honey, molasses, light smoke, milk chocolate and roast. Nothing spikes out, it's smooth and pleasant. Also some oak and earthy notes to play with the present alcohol, scotch notes. Alcohol/fusel is noticeable, but suits the overall complexity and is not distracting.

Taste: Medium heavy molasses, honey, caramel, chocolate start, continues the same path to full-on molasses with smoke (ash; stronger than in smell) and roast sweetness. Dark, dry fruits, raisins with scotch/rum stick around. Ends with light alcohol/stronger scotch and medium sweetness - that creates medium bitterness with light sour. Also some oak comes out in the after-taste. Lots of caramel and molasses sweetness stays on your lips when time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Full medium heavy, melting carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Light warming of the alcohol at the end, but goes with the overall concept and it should be there.

Overall: Probably one of the best examples of this style, the alcohol notes are present but get a bit annoying only in the taste (that last spike of bitterness). Smell is rich and smooth, could smell it all day, the taste is smooth enough and makes me appreciate the scotch ale style a bit more (not my favourite). The appearance and mouthfeel are superb. A bit of ageing could probably make it even smoother.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sits a very dark brown reddish Amber in the glass, opaque in the center and clear around the edges. Smell is heath toffee a touch of caramel and alcohol vapors. Taste follows the smell but there is a hint of vanilla. Sweet on the front end but balanced nicely by just a hint of bitterness. Also a touch of alcohol burn. Feel is a bit heavy. Overall an excellent interpretation of the style with the unique touch of vanilla.

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Photo of colts9016
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Brew from my cellar this beer is 4 yrs old.

The color the beer is jet black the head is off white to a light tan. The head is rocky and has decent retention. The head left some lacing on the glass in a incomplete pattern. Every now and then you see a light tan bubbles traverse from the bottom of the glass. This is just the caliber of what this beer should look like.

A rich roasted malt, with vanilla, coffee, chocolate char, and toast. A subtle yeasty and bready note lurk in the murkiness. The background some caramel and perfume notes dance effortlessly.

A rich roasted malt, caramel, coffee vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and toast. The yeast, bread, caramel, some perfume, pine and resin.

A rich mouth coating that is chewy.

This is a superb example of a heavy scotch ale. I really enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany with copper head that rises quickly and leaves a nice lacing

smells of caramel, butterscotch and prunes

Sweet tasty malt , fruit and candy , hint of alcohol but not bad for 10%

Sticky but not thick

Would like to see this in 12oz bottles/cans

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Photo of Jstonerock24
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeedHops
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL capped bottle shared with Phatz, weeare138 and Beerbeing.

A: The wee heavy is a thick mess of a beer, pouring a milk chocolate brown with a moderate-sized head.

S: The aroma is a big malty cereal blend with a strong smokey body.

T: The wee heavy is just that, thick and heavy. The malts are sweetly delicious with caramel and toffee notes. They are supported nicely by a strong smokey flavor that reminds of a nice cured bacon or ham. The malts, as the bottle was consumed, became more expressive, showing a sweeter grain element.

M: The big malts and smoke are a well-paired combination. One could almost chew this beer.

D: This is easily one of the best American wee heavies, providing a big punch in a well-packaged bottle.

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Photo of dln646
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with a stunning looking tan head, heightens three inches and subsequently cascades fairly promptly. Presently at the gazing outset the beer is very nice-looking.

Tidy and medium odorous, however malty nose, brings my thoughts to slightly burned and roasted malts – chocolate malt, caramel malt and various teeny bits of yeast. It is a grand complexity that amuses my nostrils with chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, extremely nuanced smoke aroma and to some extent stony graphite. The depth is remarkable and as with other AleSmith beers I've tasted, this doesn’t make me the least bit dissatisfied.

On the palate the beer is sweet soft with a tight concentration. There's this particular attractive balance between chocolate malt and caramel malt. Very appetizing, it's much more subtle and delicate then over-the-top, even though the body is great. The beer is passing from beginning to end with an parallel flavor intensity and brings very chewy fruit characters alongside a middling carbonation. The finish is well thought-out and marked with bittering hops and that delicate lingering mineral-like tang.

What electrifies me with this beer is the great malt complexity together with the overall well-focused structure, flavor intensity and well thought hopping. It isn't awe-inspiring, but it’s pretty darn good – so far the best I've quaffed in it style (Scotch Ale). Unique and well-made with high drinkability even though it’s overall weight. Merry Christmas! http://quaffable.org/?p=138

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from the source, another big-brown growler of an AleSmith gem. It pours a beautiful deep, darkish burgundy red with a half inch of a creamy tan head. Nice delicate lacing, trailing behind each sip.

The smell is sweet and of ripe dark fruits...malty and strong in alcohol. Hops don't come into play in the smell here.

The flavor is a thick and chewy, caramel rich toffee roasted malt. Again, dark ripened fruits set the stage with a healthy dose of alcohol, running away with the act. Finishes a bit thick and earthy with a potent kick to be reckoned with.

Not a style that's a crowd pleaser, but a damn good sort of ale that I truly enjoy...even more-so in the barrel aged version.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark mahogany with a light tan head. The head settles to a ring around the edges of the beer and leaves little notes of lacing.

S - Alcohol and sweet malt

T - this Wee Heavy has it all. Dates, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of smoke. Very little hops but perfect for the style.

M - Thick and chewy

D - The alcohol is present but doesn't have the 10% burn I would expect. very tasty for cold nights.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle when I drove back from LA.

A: Pours a very large, maybe four finger head that takes it's time settling, and leaves a lot of lacing on the way down. The beer is opaque, maybe translucent with hints of reddish brown showing through. Can't tell if there's haze or active carbonation, it's too dark.

S: It fills the area pretty well with a malty beery aroma. In depth there are lots of dark, bready, fruity aromas. Not really caramel, much darker, almost like chocolate bread. I'd like some more vanilla.

T: Ah, there it is. I get tastes of baked vanilla and fruits, like apples or something, all in a pastry. Maybe a little more roast than I detected in the aroma. Not terrible sweet, which is both a nice change of pace but also a lack of something I look for in a scotch ale. Perhaps some more caramel and herbalness would be nice.

M: Smooth, not overly heavy but in no way light. Perfect carbonation.

D: Very very good, a good "I don't like beer" beer.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a creamy Dark chocolate color, A small tan white head. slight smokey and malty nose. low carbonation and a little thin on the Palate. Some bitterness, little hop presence before, chocolate, roasted, and perhaps some smoked malt making it balanced. Nothing overpowering, perhaps some yeast esters.... Peat? Alcohol is well hidden. Taste has a mixture of sweet dark fruit, molasses and a bit of light hops. Pretty good, but There are a couple more I rate higher.

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Photo of gwood
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown with ruby accents with some backlight. Tan head comes on nice but doesn't have much retention and just a slight bit of lacing.

The nose is full of sweet malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, and hints of alcohol. The nose gives away most of the wonderful tastes of this beer. Sweet malts with hints of black molasses, middle is malts again, finishes deceptively dry with a hint of smoke with increasing alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. What a great sipping beer!

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Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium reddish brown color. Head is small. Aroma is very malty and slightly smoky. Nice beer. Malts are peaty, smoky and very smooth. Very well balanced. Nice wee heavy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. The 9% alcohol is not very noticeable. NICE scotch ale
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Photo of Goliath
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with big ruby hues in the light. A thin tan head forms and lingers with decent retention leaving a soft collar around the glass.

The aroma is quite nice. A big malty nose with notes of caramel, cereal, grain, raisin, and booze.

The taste is pretty good. Big and malty on the tongue as well. Sweet caramel, and booze soaked grain are big players. Raisins are also on the tongue. Really tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied, and is nicely carbonated with a gentle fine bubble that leaves a cleansing tingle on the way down.

Drinkability is high. It's tasty, a little boozey, thick and malty. How could you not like it?

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a super dark brown with reddish brown highlights that had a finger a khaki colored head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was quite boozy but was able to sniff out dark fruits especially raisins, some chocolate malts, caramel, toffee, and some faint coffe notes; pretty complex nose

T: the brown sugar notes are more potent on the palate and the booze is much more hidden as well. It still had coffee character, dark fruits, and caramel accents.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, boozy, and silky finish.

D: it drank really good and is very tasty for the style. This beer has definitely been above average every time I've had it and I'm glad I have access to it on a daily.

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,231 ratings
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