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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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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Photo of brianh78
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: 3-finger head which dissipated very quickly, reddish dark brown and cloudy

Smell: stone fruits, very malty sweetness, slight vanilla

Taste: malty sweet, syrupy, slight vanilla, and slightly earthy

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy

Drinkability: filling and sweet, I could only drink one

Despite the sweetness of this beer, I thought it to be a great scotch ale. Due to the decently high alcohol content and filling nature of the beer, I would only be able to drink one in a sitting.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear medium amber brown with a tannish moderate head which was frothy and long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly malty with a nutty presence and a toasty aspect. The caramel in the aroma was strong and pleasant. A bit of chocolate was notable as was a lightly fruity character. Still the emphasis was malt, malt and more malt.

The flavor was malty with a bit of a roast and a bit of smoke. The malt was well rounded and had some chocolate character. The amount of smoke became more intense as the beer warmed, but was never out of style. The malt was toasty and nutty and had a strong caramel presence without being sweet. Some flavors of alcohol were present, but not distracting.

The finish was dry with lasting malt, light roast, and phenolic smoke into the aftertaste. The body was almost full and with a lower than expected carbonation. The warming from alcohol was low after consumption, but was present nonetheless. A very nice wee heavy/strong scotch ale.

750 ml capped bottle.

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

750ml into large tulip glass, as suggested.

Poured a deep brown with mahogany edges - only seen when held to the light. Faint head, as anticipated with the ABV. Fades to film, with just a hint of lacing.

Aromas start off with sweet fruits - apricots and cherry. Then move along to molasses and a good scotch-whiskey-like alcohol.

For such a strong aroma, this one has a tremendously smooth first pass on the palate - almost Guinness like. Molasses, chocolate milk, and caramel sweetness dominate the flavors up front, with a light hoppy pull in the middle. Tangy, yet thick fruit finish. Little bit sticky in the finish.

Drinkability scores really well here for the style. Inviting aromas, great flavors, and incredibly smooth swallow all make for high marks here! Will most certainly be picking up more for some good aging.

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

Pours a dark brown, with deep red tint. nice tan frothy head and minimal lacing

S- Sweet, fruity, almost and apple juice aroma.

T- similar to the smell, sweet malts, fruity, mild hops balanced well. and very slightly smokey

m- smooth, medium bodied and carbonation.

overall this was a pleasantly nice beer, tastes better than it smelt.

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Photo of LAp
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown (garnet around the edges) with a half finger mocha head. The nose is bourbon at first (which surprised me, given the lack of barrel aging), but develops as the beer warms to the more anticipated toffee and caramel. The palate opens with deep malt sweetness that takes on a more dominantly toffee note than the caramel-infused nose. These further give way to dark fruits along with the slightest hint of fig. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium-thick, with minimal carbonation.

Overall, very impressed with this beer. A very different take on the style than Wulver, but in a decidedly respectable way. Not quite as impressive as the excellent Gravedigger Billy or Backwards Bastard (the bourbon influence just pairs too well with this style). Nonetheless, this is a meaningful point in the history of the style and an exceptional beer that has no problem standing on its own legs. Truly outstanding.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a 3 finger tan foamy head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is somewhat lighter than I expected. It has sweet caramel malt, smoke, hops, and cocoa. Hopefully the taste is more robust.

The taste is more robust. Caramel, smoke, cocoa, hops, and dark fruit. Sweet, malty, and just the right amount of hop flavor combines to make this a really nice Wee Heavy.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, and properly carbonated. The alcohol is well disguised for 10.00 %. I recommend trying this beer, if you have not already.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Malty-sweet aroma with caramel, dried fruits, smoke, and nuts. The flavor is intense, with caramel, dries fruit, smoky earth, and just tons of malt. there are hops there, but good luck trying to pick them out. Full body with medium carbonation with small bubbles. Really good stuff. A quite refined sipping beverage. The balance makes it very drinkable for it's strength. Only marginal alcohol is detected, though you feel it if you drink to fast.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown with hints of red and decent clarity. Large tan head that settles down quickly and doesn't leave much lace.

S - Malty sweetness, roasty notes, and a bit of alcohol. Some dark, rasiny fruitiness and maby a hint of smoke.

T - Smooth coffee and caramel flavors with smokey roast malt and significant hop flavors. Notes of rasins, dark caramel syrup, and roasted nuts. The finish is reminicent of chocolate covered coffee beans.

M - Medium carbonation with some astringency. The body is fairly heavy but the finish is dry.

D - This is a very full flavored and bold ale. It is well balanced and satisfying, though the aroma does not match the complexity of the flavor.

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

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

Bottle courtesy of BrewerB - thanks!! Split w/ a friend, with my portion poured into a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, cola-colored body, and you can tell its filtered only if you hold it up to the light. Lots of relatively slow, fine-bubbled carbonation crawls up around the sides of the glass, contributing in sort of a bubble nest fashion to a thick, healthy collar of foam. That, some waves and erratic swaths of lace, and a thick, persistent dusting of snow. Good stick, good lacing (though it does get more glittery and runny as this one warms), and a decently-hued body make for a pretty attractive beer.

Aroma: Sweet, dark, toasted notes, strong brown sugar, caramel, rum-soaked, caramelized pears and/or apples (heavier apples, you know, the ones w/ the red skin), a few darker, toasty molasses notes. Pretty pleasant smelling.

Taste: A very well-rounded taste. Roasted malts dominate - molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, and toast, fairly clean, though with perhaps a hint of earthy dirt in the very last seconds of the finish. The fruity notes aren't far behind, though - both dark fruits (raisins, figs) and light fruits (apple skins, pears, cherries) explode all across the palette. A few spicy notes, as well, Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: A surprisingly thin body. That is to say, it's not thin, at all, but I would imagine a 9.2% wee heavy to be, well, thicker. There's also a ton of effervescence, both soft and crisp, but it adds to the whole cola-esque feel of this brew - uneven, crisp, and bubbly.

Drinkability: A pretty solid brew, and a big, bold, large wee heavy. The 9.2% is well-hidden and integrated into this one, and though it's a little uneven and too spicy, the array of flavors and aromas here is nice, pretty complex, authentic, and all in all solid. It's no Speedway Stout (which I think I said about the last AleSmith I had that wasn't the Speedway Stout, heh), but it's still pretty tasty.

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

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Thanks to Otey!

Pours a deep brown mahogany with thin off-white head. Nose is super dark and brooding. There's some aroma there that reminds me of the "band-aid" thing, but I don' think it's off. Maybe heather?

Palate is slick and sweet and a little prickly from booze. Flavors of dried dates, figs, burnt caramel, heather and top soil. Long long finish. Sweet but not cloying.

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

A: Deep brown, heavy lacing. Poured into a tulip. 2 inch head holds for several minutes, then receding leaving lacing behing.

S: Brandy, plums, raisins, roasted carmel. Very nice and pleasant to smell. Could be mistaken for a dubbel at this point, not complaining about that.

T: more caramel, Booze, yeast, and raisins.

m: quite light for a beer of this size. Again Beligan like.

O: I have to knock it down a hair, just because it really does seem more like a Belgian Dark Strong or Dubbel than a Scottish ale. A fine beer, nonetheless.

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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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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,234 ratings
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