AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BA SCORE
92.2%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 1,229 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:
#1,442
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,229
Liked:
1,133
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.13%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
251
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,229 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of capnamerica
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown, hints of red when held up to the light. Fizzy, thin beige head quickly dissipates into a thin, soapy beige cap. Sticks to the sides of the glass, though no real lacing. A more aggressive pour yields a bigger, fluffier beige head with better lacing.

Nose is rather boozy, with notes of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, apples and pears. A bit toasty.

Taste is toasty, with dark molasses, caramel, and brown sugar all showing through. Notes of more apples and pears as well, with an earthy, alcohol-infused bitterness balancing the back end. Warming, and rich.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, sticky, with a crisp, somewhat coarse carbonation at first that by the end is softer and more restrained.

An interesting beer - reminiscent in some respects to a dark tripel with less yeast influence. Delicious.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pagriley
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this at The Beermongers here in Portland....

- Nutty dark solid brown... barely see through it... thick 2 fingers of mocha head as I even poured it slow, tumbler glass at a 45. Leaves a nice amount of drifting foam and lacing all about.

- Rich and roasty malt, caramel... candied caramel, and burnt caramel.... some spice, and a bit of hop bitterness.... almost a touch of coffee... but coffee with lots of milk and sugar.

- Smooth malty goodness right from my cellar at 55 Deg. F. Sweet candied caramel, light bitter hopping... smooth sailing, and warming.

- Little chalky, medium bodied... watering sweetness.

- Great drinkability and the alcohol is only later warming in the gut. Overall its great, but just a tad too sweet. Perhaps it would be better to let it sit longer to balance out.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a powerful tasting ale. When poured, it showed a medium hazy brown color with no foam to speak of. The smell of sweet candies and spices filled the nose, with a hint of chocolate.
Same goes for the flavor. Sweet spices, chocolate with a great balance of bitter sweet taste of the palate. Another winner for Alesmith, if you can find their ales. I got mine while in S.D., on vacation.

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Photo of bruachan
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 from hudson's acme

possibly the best aroma i've found in a beer. sweet caramelized malts with a deep rich tastiness. a touch of vinous darkfruitiness

dark garnet with a thin bubbly film. i coaxed a half-finger head out of it with an aggressive pour, but the % killed it off

fairly full-bodied, with a smooth alcoholic finish and a hint of smoke. complex in all facets. smoke and roasted barley in the background, nutty flavors and big caramel up front

this is a great beer. hard to sit down with a couple on your own, but a great example of the style and wonderfully drinkable. after this, and if speedway is what people say it is, i'm buying a t-shirt

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JandJMD
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Big fig, plum, and raisins flood the nose. Just a hint of rum with some cocoa. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Ruby red hazy pour with a low tan head. Head retention is good. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Smoky sweet bread character with a firm peppery bitterness. A hint of maple with earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with some raisin-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol, creaminess, or astringency.

Overall impression: A big and bitter Wee Heavy. Nicely done Alesmith!

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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 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 sprucetip
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into tulip.

Deep amber with reddish highlights. Clear with thick off whilte head. Good retention then leaves a ring around the edge. Short lived, spotty lacing. Very attractive.

Booze is most prominent, malt, cararmel, slightly peaty and a bit of malty sweetness. Nicely blended with exception of prominent booze.

Boozy, caramel, malty sweetness and a wee bit smoky. Largely balanced, but the booze is most notable. Clean, slightly dry finish.

Perfectly restrained carbonation, thick, full, pleasant texture. Dry, but not overly so, finish. Strong alc warming.

Full bodied, assertive and bold. A savoring, sharing sipper. Really tasty, but no attempt to hide the booze. Would be interested to see what happened to it after a couple of years in the cellar. My brother found the booze overwhelming and left me the chore of draining the majority of the bottle. I enjoyed it, was up to the task, but it took a while.

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Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of n2pux
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of bamadog
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kels for splitting this one with me - the final beer of the night, but it it's definitely going to be a good one. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown with some hints of light tans and browns when held to the light; comes with a nice 2 finger head that is a light khaki tan and has strong retention as it slowly fades down to a thick, uneven, and chewy looking skim floating on the surface; body, while very dark, seems to have some sediment floating throughout; some loose and scant lacing is present in random spots on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is pretty amazing and quite strong - I can smell it from about 4 feet away, and it smells wonderful; deep and dark roasty/caramel-like malts that are also very toasty; some hints of brown sugar; overall, I think the best part about the smell is how easy it is to pick up and how robust it is...

Taste: Holy crap - this one might be setting the bar for me in terms of Scotch style ales, beating out some really stiff competition from 3F and Founders... The flavors are strong in the malt department - coming across warm, roasty and toasty, sweet caramel and a bit of a bitter/nutty aspect in the back of it; there is a presence of alcohol in the flavor as well but it's masked fairly well by the strong malt profiles and actually serves more as a compliment.

Mouthfeel: Very substantive - a wonderfully thick and chewy body let's you know that you've got a solid beer in your mouth; definitely sticky as it covers the ENTIRE mouth and really holds all of the strong flavors on the taste buds, continuing in the drinking pleasure; the alcohol warms the mouth, chest and belly a bit, but also makes the mouth (particularly the gums) tingle, really giving the mouth an additional dimension.

Drinkability: Well, everything is great about this beer - it's nice to look at, smells incredible, tastes even better and it feels great in the mouth; however, the ABV is a bit high to make this something that I would want to try to get through, but kels said it best: "if I'm having trouble sleeping, I'll just crack into one of these..." Good stuff overall.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Micasa tulip. This beer is best with a meal- vegetables, chicken, fish, or a lighter meat such as lamb, and enjoyed with friends. An excellent quiet winter night beer.

There is very little head. The color is a dark black plum, which is dominant in the smell. The finish is a bourbon chocolate- which is more pronounced as the beer gets warmer. The mouthfeel is slightly malty.

After drinking the first pour, the beer is better appreciated in 2-3 ounces at a time when its true character stands out.

I will buy another bottle and age it for 6- 12 months. Highly recommended.

Cons: in the Boston area it's pricey and difficult to find. I could only find it at Martys( $17) and Ball square wines( $?) in Somerville.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent dark brown color with a thin fizzy light tan head that's gone in a flash leaving little lacing. The smell is very nice; a rich molasses caramel and a bit of the alcohol. This one is marked 10% ABV. A real sipper, there is a bright tang from the alcohol while a light sparkle of carbonation lends a creaminess to the mouth feel. Full flavored, with a unique blend of cocoa, caramel, molasses and toffee. It finishes with small mocha-toffee aftertaste that is ever so lightly smoked. That is really well done. Definitely a winter warmer with a whole bunch to consider. Highly recommended.

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Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of chefbigjon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mtomlins
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Alesmith Wee Heavy
Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends
(4/4/4/4/4)

Pours clear and very deep, dark brown with a thin creamy head that falls fast and leaving bits of lacing. This beer has a massive nose full of ripe pit fruit (prunes, plums) and raisins, sweet chocolate and caramel. On the palate, the rich, dark fruit stars, but lots of sweet chocolate and milky nugget. The finish dries out a bit and ends relatively clean, a really nice surprise! It has medium body and low carbonation leaving this beer smooth and silky. A really nice wee heavy!

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Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.2% out of 100 with 1,229 ratings
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