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:
1,222
Reviews:
471
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
208
Gots:
249
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,222 |  Reviews: 471
Photo of Hesscabob
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Miccal
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pants678
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LaGuarns
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdrickCS
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thebooyakid
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of argelyn
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Brew from my cellar this beer is 4 yrs old.

The color the beer is jet black the head is off white to a light tan. The head is rocky and has decent retention. The head left some lacing on the glass in a incomplete pattern. Every now and then you see a light tan bubbles traverse from the bottom of the glass. This is just the caliber of what this beer should look like.

A rich roasted malt, with vanilla, coffee, chocolate char, and toast. A subtle yeasty and bready note lurk in the murkiness. The background some caramel and perfume notes dance effortlessly.

A rich roasted malt, caramel, coffee vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and toast. The yeast, bread, caramel, some perfume, pine and resin.

A rich mouth coating that is chewy.

This is a superb example of a heavy scotch ale. I really enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of Muss42
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark ruby brown, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like rich malty dark fruits, dry cocoa powder, toffee, caramel, and just a hint of tobacco.

This is possibly the best non-BA version of this style that I've ever had. It's so rich and bright with flavor, with concentrated sweet dark fruits, bittersweet caramel, dry cocoa powder, raisin-studded cinnamon bread, tobacco, and toffee. There's just a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. This is absolutely wonderful.

This is medium bodied, pretty rich and surprisingly crisply carbonated.

An absolutely wonderful and stellar rendition of this style which can often be way too sweet. This was perfectly balanced and surprisingly dry.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,222 ratings.
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