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:
1,223
Reviews:
471
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
209
Gots:
250
For Trade:
14
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

This beer appears a dark brown color, with a medium-sized, sandy colored head and a fair mount of lacing. The aroma is definitely indicative of a Scotch ale. The beer tastes pretty good, and has a nice sweet malt character. Alesmith Wee Heavy is a pretty straight forward brew. I didn't find a lot of intricacies or intriguing flavors here, just a basic, plain Scotch Ale. There is a noticeable warming alcohol note in the finish, though not overpowering. Despite the lack of complexity, I thought this was a decent beer, and pretty drinkable, especially given the 10% abv. Overall, a good offering, though certainly not my favorite representation of the style.

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

CBC 2016. Was hoping for a stout.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Pretty good standard scotch ale. BA version is awesome though.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kiddynamite920
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark red, mahogany with some glowing orange around the edge when held up to the light. Head is a bit sizzly, a bit like the Grand Cru but has reduced down to a half inch of creamy, tan foam. Great color and wasn't expecting much retention in the head.

S: Smell is of sweet malts, sweet fruits and the slightest hint of the alcohol. Apples are right up front for me, a bit of an apple cider aroma. Some grape and cherry. The sweetness of the malts is very nice here. Nice bready aroma with sweet yeast notes. Not overly complex, but not overdone.

T: Some darker malt flavors come out here, deep fruit character with some alcohol to back it all up. Caramel notes with some burnt sugar and a near molasses like flavor. Guessing this is fairly fresh as the bright fruit notes are quite upfront. Great balance here.

M: Drinks just a bit too thin for a scotch ale, carbonation is fizzy and lacks the creamy body I look for in a scotch ale. A bit too sweet, and close to cloying. Lacks depth.

D: Drinks way too easy for 10%. Doesn't really drink like a Scotch ale, I muscle my way through an Old Chub and I find myself polishing this off far too easily. I suppose this falls into the dangerous category. Overly sweet and lacks the heavy, sticky body I expect.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,223 ratings.
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