AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,218 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
Ratings:
1,218
Reviews:
469
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
248
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,218 |  Reviews: 469
Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wee heavy, my butt . . . this stuff is just plain HEAVY....
beautiful thick creamy, rich HEAD on top of a super dark brown and thick liquid. malty aroma; malty and sweet to the point of wondering if this ought to be classified as a dopplebock....what IS the difference between a wee heavy and a dopplebock, anyway?
some bitterness at the front, the sweet aroma is definitely taking a back seat to this bitter 'twang'. thick and heavy, bitter and twang-y. I guess the 10% abv is why it's so difficult to quaff down... maybe a good storage in a bourbon barrel would do it some good....
overall, it does its job. and a good job it does. it's decent, it's not terribly difficult to drink, and at 10% that's an admirable quality. but the higher abv does seem to make a difference and maybe this one can stand to make an improvement? or, maybe at a BA score of 93, it doesn't need to improve itself.... it just seems a bit 'thick' to me. but still a great finished product!

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Photo of gbrill
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great beer. had it at story tavern in burbank, ca.

appearance: super dark, almost pitch black

taste: very full bodied scotch ale. bit on the sweeter side though. hints of berries and
sweat candied fruit. light warmth.

mouthfeel: thick and not to carbonated

overall its great but i think it would be 10x better if it aged for 6 months to a year.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dgilks
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,218 ratings.
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