AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BA SCORE
92.2%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 1,230 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:
#1,440
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,230
Liked:
1,134
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.13%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
251
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,230 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As really a Barleywine dressed in Scottish Strong Ale clothing- this heavily malted beer extends beyond the realm of anything Scottish and enters the world of cognac, brandy and Scotch whisky but in the most succulent and candied way possible.

Pouring an ominous tawny bronze color, its mysterious haze allows just enough light to pierce that its brilliant depth of colors may be explored. As a slow and deliberate rise of bubbles coat the surface, they are short lived as the slowly creep toward the edge before holding firm through the remainder of the session. With no lace in sight, the ale instead relies on its sugar laden brandy-type legging to adorn the sides of the glass.

Savory, sultry and undeniably masculine, the aromas of black-strap molasses captivates the nose immediately. Its rich and succulent scent is chocked full of chocolate, light coffee, light mesquite, vinous port, rum-soaked cherries, dates, figs, grapes and cashews. Heading into that first sip, its sweet and powerful scents are nearly as intimidating as they are rewarding.

Its incredible sweetness isn't for those that don't have a sweet tooth. Complex in taste- those deep molasses flavors are caramelly, nutty, and woodsy. Venturing past- other complexities keep building. First, there's a rich Belgian chocolate tone that joins with burnt toffee, and then reels in light Kona coffee, rich nutty taste, light campfire and cola. But then the fruity- winy flavors send the complexities into orbit! Rum-like and spicy, notes of dark, dried and pitted fruits offer up cherry, grape, figs and dates that when joined with a particular saltiness- reminds me of teriyaki.

With utmost certainty, the ale is full bodied and with a lush syurpy texture that layers on the mouth without apology. Its masculine strength offers up a warming tartness gives the texture a chewy character with a certain oily viscosity and makes it much more of a savory sipper that a quaffable drinking beer.

I have no problem with this ale being a "mere" Wee Heavy that's scaled up to Barleywine-type proportions. Forget the style. Forget the rules. Forget its origins and inspirations. One sip changes all that and demands that the beer be seen in a special light- one not meant for the mere entusiast.... but for the connoisseur!

 2,288 characters

Photo of KYGunner
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep cognac coloring supported a thin layer of foam the slowly ebbed away so that the ale actually resembled cognac in the snifter.

The scent is deep with dried fruits with prune, grape/raisin, and dates. The back is chocolatey with a slightness of sweet alcohols.

Chocolate hits the palate first and then the raisin and prune flavor carries near the end. The back is soft coffee that stays on the palate without objection. Dotted throughout the taste is vague tea leaves and malt.

The 10 pct ABV is hidden rather nicely in a lower carbonated setting, making this ale a real pleasure to experience.

 601 characters

Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

 337 characters

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tcblack4d
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mcrago
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chancy14
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dknight75
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of heavenlyStash
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Samaurer23
2/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of Johnny58
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep opaque brownish black. A rigorous pour yields a froathy tan foam approximately 3 fingers worth but quickly dissipates to a thin film. Leaves a touch of spotty lacing on the glass.

S - the nose is deep and rich. Toffee, caramel and hints of butterscotch serve as a base. Notes of cherries, raisins, and plums while hints of dusty cocoa powder and wood add complexity.

T - flavors of silky caramel, whole grain toast, and hints of wood and butterscotch. A noticable yet smooth hint of booze in the center along with flavors of chocolate, raisins and cherries. More malty sweetness on the backend. Medium length finish.

M - full bodied. Creamy texture. High carbonation.

O - interesting take on a scotch ale. While it has plenty of rich malt character there are plenty of other flavors which keep it in balance.

 829 characters

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hopbomber
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.2% out of 100 with 1,230 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.