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%
 
 
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209
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250
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Photo of claspada
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased over a year ago. Let's see how it's aged...

Pours a dark, chestnut brown with a small head reminiscent of frothed milk. I hoped to agitate some head by swirling but got only a small soapy cap which quickly dissipated.

Aromas begin with a nice sweet caramel maltiness with a decent amount of dark fruits, freshly picked figs and raisins. Maybe that has developed with age. Peat it light and comes across more as earthiness than smoke; good I hate smoked beers. Some light maple syrup and toffee emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with a clean sweet caramel maltiness which blends effortlessly with the dark fruit flavors. Again, a bit of earthiness enters into the equation. A bit like a nice tawny port fruitiness; I am really digging the fruitiness here. The peat flavors and minimal hops, though present, are restrained and unobtrusive, allowing for the dark, wine-like fruits and sweetness to dominate (though, at no point is this beer overly sweet). As it warms I get some additional flavors of cocoa and toasted vanilla beans. Not a drop of alcohol, anywhere which is stupid for a 10% beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation; wish there was a tad bit more but the flavors hold strong enough that I don't really care. Finish is middle of the row, not too sweet or dry or anything really just balanced and so very smooth. Not a drop of alcohol

Overall, this beer is a real treat and by far the best overall Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy I have ever sampled. Prefect balance of dark caramel, dark fruit and light earth/peat flavors. Drinkability is stupidly off the charts as I could easily down this 750ml in short time if necessary, although I will choose to enjoy it here.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spilt this with my boy AJ

A- dark brown almost black

S - vanilla, caramel, graham crackers, touch of sweetness

T- delicious, toasty vanilla, toffe, figs & raisins almost reminiscent of fig newton filling.... In a very, very good way. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- thick and a wee bit heavy

O- one of my favorite beers! Toasty and delicious, almost tastes like a barrel aged beer even though it's not!!! I love it!!!

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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%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split 3 ways

A: Black, with only the slightest reddy-purple when held up to the light. Small beige head, minimal carbonation.

S: The first impression I get is of over toasted bread, yeast is especially prominent as well. Hints of smoke, plum and malt.

T: This beer is amazing. First of all I get the toast, then it changes straight to grape jam spread on shortbread. The finish tastes like rich caramel fudge. There isn't much hop character but you definitely don't miss it.

M: This beer tricks you into anticipating a rich full bodied beer, but it has a deceptively thin mouthfeel.

O: This beer wowed me. Alesmith has delivered once again with a fantastic beer. If I were to nit-pick, I would have enjoyed a little more smokiness but this is an extremely minor fault. Sweet, malty and completely satisfying.

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