AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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:
#1,490
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
1,237
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
252
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 1,237 |  Reviews: 473
Photo of TrilliumFan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 PugsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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 +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msscott1973
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpgrif2
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johng19751
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Probably the most boozy and least smooth wee heavy I've had to date

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9 month after bottling in a Teku

L: Murky amber with deep ruby highlights, 1-finger tan head,
S: Malty, sweet caramel, almost boozey
T: Malt dominates - roast, caramel, some dried fruit, a bit of smoke
F: Creamy, full bodied, some heat evident
O: A great beer that I have wanting to try for a long time - worth the wait - will seek out again

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roybert
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhyzy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,237 ratings
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