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%
 
 
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209
Gots:
251
For Trade:
13
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottled in June 2013 poured into a tulip.

A: Chocolate brown color bordering on black. Carbonation is not evident immediately upon pouring, but makes itself known within 30 seconds with a brilliant pillowy 1/4-inch head. Lacing is average.

S: Toffee, smoke, biscuit malt, and caramel. Very malt-forward nose with almost no hoppy notes present.

T: A very complex, yet well-balanced beer. Caramel and toffee sweetness are at the forefront with smoke and stone fruit in the background. I was surprised at the hoppiness of the beer. It's definitely not a Pale Ale, but they managed to get just enough earthy hops in there to balance out the sweet notes of the beer. Exceptionally balanced.

M: Amazing. It's definitely a heavy beer without being syrupy. It's an easy-drinking 10-percenter.

O: I'm a big fan of this beer. It's probably AleSmith's most balanced offering. It's malty and sweet without being cloyingly so. It's a high ABV beer without being syrupy. The taste profile is really complex, yet everything works in harmony. This is one seriously underrated beer. Highly recommended.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a blackish brown with a nice beige head.

S: Thick mapley maltiness, caramel, burnt sugar, grain husk, soft and sweet.

T: Taste brings smooth vanilla, toffee, mild fig and raisin notes, a bit of roasted barley.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation, very silky. Awesome feel.

O: A fantastic scotch ale. Love this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 04/04/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of light tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty malt driven aroma with big hints of caramel and dark fruits. Toasted malts with big hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, yeast, nuts, smoke, and some peat. Some roasty hints of chocolate as well. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Big dark fruit presence with hints of raisin, fig, prune, dark cherry, dates, and lots of juicy grapes. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very good malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big malty taste of sweet caramel, toasty bread, and lots of juicy dark fruits. Toasted malts with a taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, smoke, peat, nuts, and yeast along with a slight roasted chocolate note. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Lots of dark fruit taste with notes of grapes, raisin, fig, prune, dates, and dark cherry. Subtle undertones of earthy hops in the background. Slight booze taste. A very good malt driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very juicy. Smooth with minimal alcohol heat felt.

Overall: A very good take on a Scotch Ale. Good toasty malt and smoke flavors. Great presence of dark fruits that almost make it seem like a Dubbel.

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