AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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:
1,227
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
251
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,227 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallu
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is amazing in this beer. It smells like a French flan (not the mexican gooey thing), meaning caramel and custard. Very different from most Scotch Ales which tend to smell too similar to a Belgian Trippel or something. The taste is strong : you feel the 10%. Quite winy, dark fruits, and dry. The smell is better than the taste. But that smell is so amazing it's worth buying the beer just for that.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – The beer poured a dark murky brown color.

Smell – There was a big sweet malt nose with this beer.

Taste – The initial impression is a dry malty backbone. The taste evolves into butterscotch, drier malts and a caramel sweetness. The aftertaste runs very caramelly. The sweetness is not overpowering, but I might use this as a dessert beer.

Mouthfeel – To go with the caramel, the beer is very sticky. The taste has some staying power.

Overall – This is an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of Nunya
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craftbeerrevolution
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tsgooch79
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of WCKDVBZ
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alarmclock314
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4oz bottle, dated 7/1/14, drank on 3/12/16. Pours slightly hazy red with a medium sized off-white head; some lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel, sweet malt, and some dark fruit; very pleasant. The taste is less intense and has lots more dark fruit and some oxidation (paper, sherry); reminded me of a Barleywine. Good amount of dryness in the finish. The age seemed to significantly weaken/change the flavor. Great thick body and below average carbonation. Overall, I'll try to revisit this one again since it seems like a very promising Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1 pint 8.4 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark brown color with an off-white 2 finger head. Decent lacing with good retention.
Very fruity malty taste with a subtle hop bitterness (just right).
Great beer, but a little pricey. Would have to reserve this one for special occasions.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NorCalBrewBuff
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of redfish2942
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fthegiants
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viperman1316
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,227 ratings.
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