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:
1,218
Reviews:
469
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
248
For Trade:
14
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rinhaak
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Pouring a pretty deep black with a fine foamy head, the beer has aromas of black licorice, sweet plums, dark rum, and ice cream. Very warm and boozy in the mouth, it drinks more like a digestive. There are flavors of dark plum, dark roasted (but never burnt) malts, and dark rum.

A lovely beer to end the day with, AleSmith Wee Heavy is also great beer for the colder months.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark, amber brown with a moderate tan head that goes away fairly quickly, leaving some nice cotton lacing. Very pretty beer.

Toasted malts, dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of yeast. Sweet but not overly so, makes me want to take a sip ASAP. A touch of alcohol too.

Much like the nose, the taste comes through in about the same order - toasted malts, a kind of raisiny / plum fruit flavor, mixed with some caramel malts. Almost goes the medicinal alcohol route, but stops just short, thank god. I'm really digging the roasted malt, stout character of this that isn't usually there for the style - works really nicely. Even a touch of bitter hops on the back end. Quite a bit going on here.

Thick, heavy, syrupy but not overly so. Good carbonation bite to offset.

While not my favorite Scotch Ale, a very unique and very nice take on the style, and super enjoyable. Well crafted and delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue, almost completely inscrutable. Head poured two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which subsided, over time, leaving a nice layer of lace on the glass. Nearly perfect.

Smell: big, sweet malt aroma with a big caramel character. Nicely crafted and appropriate to the style.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a little bit of vegetal hops in the mix. Malt character emphasizes the caramel, with little hints of breadiness coming through the sides. Good, and appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a huge carbonation and massive creaminess. Great for this or any other style! Wonderful.

Overall: quite a good beer. If you like gargantuan malt bombs, this beer is for you.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of rarbring
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clear deep chestnut, has a dark tan head that settles slowly leaving good lacing and having good curtains.

Smelling of fudge, butter scotch, dried dates, apricots, Marzipan, almonds and Sherry.

Tasting of sweet brown bread, dark dried fruits, Sherry and almonds.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a huge body. A very smooth dryness.

In small portions, mostly after dinner, with a good dessert, why not Crème Brûlée.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors of Berkeley, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe in Sydney, Australia.

Pours a lovely clear, deep cabernet red, with a frothy, pancake-bubbled head off bone white. Lacing is fine and speckledy, but solid for that. Body is thick and heavy, and leaves streams of fine carbonation when tilted. Looks pretty damn good.

Nose is brusque and deep, without a lot of sweetness, but with a hint of raw booziness and a heady, slightly spicy and intoxicating character. It has some currants and raisins to it, but also a peppery, dusty age to it. It's pretty good stuff.

Taste is also very good. Here, the currants come out a little more, with a fruity, dark sweetness powering the locomotion of the palate as a whole. Notes of pepper, tannic wine and a boozy richness fill it out. Finish is quite dark, but it feels like it's the tannins rather than a true roasted malt character which makes this happen. There's so much going on in here.

Feel is smooth, but constantly peppered by that lightness and astringency.

Overall, this is really good stuff. I know I shouldn't be surprised that AleSmith gives really good stuff, but this is excellent even by their high standards. This is a Wee Heavy in the rich, thick and juicy variety: not the type created by a slight hint of peat. I feel like this is the better.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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%

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