AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
93
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1,224 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
Ratings:
1,224
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
209
Gots:
251
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,224 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of Bogdawg
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbigcat
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainHate
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Scotch ales. Picked this up on a North Carolina trip in September but it is readily available here in Ohio. Served at around 50 degrees being stored in a closet in an unheated room. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Gorgeous reddish brown color but not much of a head which dissipated quickly. Nice rich boozy sweet smell. Tasted licorice and other interesting flavors operating under the alcohol burn. Feel has the requisite heft for this style. Would gladly have this again and plan to in the future.

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Photo of groleau
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
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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Photo of Amguerra305
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Jerk_Store
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of REDAMI
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Dark golden brown pour, medium off-white head.

S-Treacle, tobacco, peat, roasted grain.

T-Brown bread, treacle, tobacco, peat, mildly sweet.

F-Coating, moderately carbonated with the alcohol well-hidden.

A top notch scotch ale. Well balanced with proper flavor notes for the style. Warming in all the right ways.

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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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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 PugsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wee bit on the heavy side, I think. A beautiful beer, with a dark, rich mahogany color. Poured into a pint to give a nice dark beige head but little lacing. Rich sweet smell. The taste is strong and boozy, dark cherries, caramel, toffee. The bomber is best shared!

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Photo of aknalley
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mattboyer182
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 48°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 10Oct15) into a thistle. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 16Aug16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and sweet bread intertwine with mild aromas of figs, sweet plums, raisins, sweet cherry, alcohol, and bittersweet molasses along with subtle aromas of tree nuts, bitter black tea, sweet chocolate, and campfire.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: A strong sugary goodness instantly rushes on to the palate with flavors of caramel and sweet bread. The initial sweetness is intensified as mild flavors of figs, sweet plums, bittersweet molasses, raisins, sweet cherries, and sweet chocolate immediately follow. Some balance is presented as subtle flavors of tree nuts and campfire join in while the flavors of cherry, raisin, fig, and plum grows slightly stronger. A successful balance finally forms when mild flavors of alcohol and subtle flavors of bitter black tea enter as campfire and tree nut flavors grow to mild.
4.25 out of 5.
NOTE: This was a wonderful example of the style. It had a strong, yet balanced sweetness that still allowed the other flavors to shine through. The alcohol perception was personally too high for me. I've had stronger beers that have hid their alcoholic heat better.

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Photo of guitarcec
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpgrif2
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,224 ratings.
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