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:
1,225
Reviews:
472
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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209
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252
For Trade:
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Photo of BucBasil
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a large snifter.

A: The beer is a very dark brown with faint touches of amber here and there shining through when held to strong light. Head is tan and reached 2.5/3 fingers and has good retention.

S: The smell of this beer is exactly what I have grown to love from the maltier end of the spectrum. Nice big roasted note with dark bread and hints of caramel. Slight booziness and then a nice dark fruit note with some spices, almost fruitcake-like in depth. Excellent.

T: A lot to pick out here. Big roasted character, and a whisky note. Plenty of rich bready malt and a hint of molasses. Caramel comes in for a bit and then becomes a bigger toffee note. Alcohol makes itself noticed and felt over the course of the whole sip and the effect is like drinking what I would imagine whisky ice cream might taste like, boozy but creamy at the same time. Like Rum cake, but with Scotch whisky instead. Cool.

M: Super smooth and a bit drying from the alcohol at the end. Very good.

Overall: Definitely recommended. Alesmith fails to disappoint again. This would go brilliantly with a dessert or with a cigar (as many have pointed out). I'll pick this up next time and give that a go.

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Photo of Phelps
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during a tasting of Scotch Ales and poured into a small tasting glass.

Pours a deep mahogany with maroon highlights and a tiny, frothy light tan head. Spotty lace dots the glass, but there's not much of it.

In the nose: cola, light grape, prune, caramel, light toast, toffee and coffee. It's almost like buttered toast with jelly.

The flavor is similar, though more complex: cola, port wine, prune, coffee, toast and jam, raisins, dark rum, toffee and caramel. Very toasty and very boozy, but also very good.

Medium-bodied and very smooth with a subtle carbonation. The alcohol is hefty, numbing the tongue and appearing as heat in the nose and flavor.

An obvious standout of the tasting, Wee Heavy is a paragon of the Scotch Ale style. Sweet, complex and incredibly drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of Casterbridge
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willjschmidt
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Stone RIS glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with a reddish undertone. Lots of lacing left behind by the thick tan head.

S: A good dose of sweetness in the form of caramel, some dark figs, along with a bit of alcohol.

T: A very interesting beer. It's slightly sweet with the dominating flavor being caramel with a touch of dark fruits. However, it's nowhere near the amount of dark fruits found in a Belgian Strong Dark. The alcohol is apparent but it's not overpowering as one might expect in a 10% beer.

M: Creamy, smooth, and warming.

D: A great end-of-the-night sipper. I paired it with some dark chocolate and dried apricots for a great match.

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Photo of Joestradamus91
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown, hints of red when held up to the light. Fizzy, thin beige head quickly dissipates into a thin, soapy beige cap. Sticks to the sides of the glass, though no real lacing. A more aggressive pour yields a bigger, fluffier beige head with better lacing.

Nose is rather boozy, with notes of molasses, caramel, brown sugar, apples and pears. A bit toasty.

Taste is toasty, with dark molasses, caramel, and brown sugar all showing through. Notes of more apples and pears as well, with an earthy, alcohol-infused bitterness balancing the back end. Warming, and rich.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, sticky, with a crisp, somewhat coarse carbonation at first that by the end is softer and more restrained.

An interesting beer - reminiscent in some respects to a dark tripel with less yeast influence. Delicious.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared from 750ml bottle with two others. Poured into Guiness pint glass.

Appearance is good, deep color with slight head. Smell is excellent, peaty roasted malts and burnt caramel sweetness. Taste is very good, sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness in the background and finish. There is definitely alcohol in there, and you get a nice burn from it in the finish.

Excellent version of a style I really like.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012. Carmel sweetness with malty backbone. Aged very well.

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Photo of Gmann
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a tight and dense khaki colored head. Very thick took its time dissipating and left a nice wall of lacing as it settled. You can feel the heavy as you poured it. The aroma is of raisins and figs, quite sweet. Hints of a roasted malt. The taste is of brown sugar and raisins, tobacco and roasted malt, hints of sherry and mocha. There is a lot going on in the flavor profile. The feel is way full bodied, nicely carbonated yet smooth; finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. WOW, wasn't expecting this. This is a wee wee heavy, almost stout like. Great look, great flavor profile, great range of flavors. Like to see some smoke flavors in this but other than that a very excellent brew.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkhara12
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Honeybourne
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainHate
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Scotch ales. Picked this up on a North Carolina trip in September but it is readily available here in Ohio. Served at around 50 degrees being stored in a closet in an unheated room. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Gorgeous reddish brown color but not much of a head which dissipated quickly. Nice rich boozy sweet smell. Tasted licorice and other interesting flavors operating under the alcohol burn. Feel has the requisite heft for this style. Would gladly have this again and plan to in the future.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with some reddish hues and a tan head.

S - Dark fruits like prunes and raisins and dried apricots. There is also some coffee in the nose as well.

T - Mellow roast flavors with a hint of sweetness. The dark fruits in the nose also comes through. In addition, there is a slightly woody flavor. The finish is toffee with subtle dark chocolate.

M - For the abv, it is rather light bodied. The carbonation is low, which makes this easy to drink.

O - This is a great brew. The flavor is really great and the drinkability is nice, especially for the abv. I could drink this everyday without a problem.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, orange/brown in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, caramel, earth, alcohol--a very malty smell

Taste: caramel, earth, bread, alcohol, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: moderately sweet borderline very sweet with some bittering alcohol tones, medium/heavy body

Drinkability: My first beer from them and wow is this a winner. This is a nice and super complex malt bomb. This is a great beer regardless of style. I like this a lot.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared courtesy of expatsteve after a tasty pot roast dinner.

Pour: deep ruby/mahogany brown, nearly opaque under a couple fingers of khaki foam that stick around for a while

Nose: chai tea, rich spices, molasses malts, vanilla, sugar cookie dough

Taste: rich caramel/molasses malts, aromatic spices, tea leaves, light smoke

Feel: rich but smooth with a hint of brewed tea grit

Drinkability/Overall: A rich and spicy wee heavy full of sweet and roasted malts. Booze held in check for 9.5%. Nothing but solid from Alesmith.

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

Appearance: Deep mahogony brown, with a small, persistent tan head, and thin, fine lacing.

Aroma: Peat, smoke, molasses, and sweet alcohol, classic for the style.

Taste:Rich, malty aroma at the open, beneath which there is an earthy, peat note, which carries throughout the taste. The alcohol note is quite whiskey-like - or should I say whisky - and is prominent from start to finish. The taste closes with a lingering smoked peat note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example of a superb style, very, very well done.

Many thanks to Bill for generously sharing this wonderful Scotch Ale.

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

A beautiful Beer in the Glass. Deep mahogany brown colored beer with a light brown colored head.

Smell is malty and fruity with lots of fig aromas to it. Spicy alcohol scent carries the smell of whisky, smoke, vanilla and nuts to my nose. Fairly sweet smelling but more in the whisky is than beer.

Taste is semi sweet and smoky in the first sip. Some sting from the alcohol level here, you can in fact detect it. Quickly this beer becomes smoky and full of the flavor of walnuts with a pleasantly mild bitter after taste. Significantly warming in the chest as you drink it, this would make a great winter beer experience. This is an ale that is nuttier in flavor than fruity, much like a sherry wine.

Mouthfeel is good and thick, almost milky.

A good tasting ale here that is near great but is a little light on the malt for the beer style. This would be an awesome Christmas beer to share with the family at holiday time.

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

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours dark brown with reddish hues at the edges, produces a finger of creamy head that recedes to a wispy layer, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Aroma of caramel, molasses and fruit as well as smokey, peaty notes.

T- Sweet, slightly boozy flavor, lots of caramel and dark fruit. Also some smoke, peat and oak.

M- Full-bodied, thick, creamy, smooth feel.

O- An awesome wee heavy, very tasty and pretty damn drinkable for such a big beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can see as this beer is poured into your selected glass, that it has a deep chestnut red color but the end result has a look of deeper brown. Ruby high lights pour into view along the edges. The foamy tan cap is smallish but quite dense with a long retention, leaving long lacing about the glass.

Aromatics are rich sweet malts, some roasted malts and maybe hints of burnt toffee. As the beer warms the aromas mingle nicely releasing some more flavors such as candied sugars and molasess.
Possibly some peat but that could be suggestive I think.

Very malt forwar brew here.
As the beer warms flavors come and go, there is alot going on here. At the first sip you taste the rich malts toffee and roasted malts. But as the beer warms other flavors become apparent like candied sugar, dark fruits. The end ends with warming alcohol, quite strong.

A rather thick beer with a smooth mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy as it warms further. The alcohol also become more intense as it warms.

A good beer to sip along with through the night but I do feel that the alcohol is a bit stong for me. Perhaps if this ale was toned down abit it would excel even further.

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

Dark, but decidedly brown in color. Ruby highlights all around, while the tan head is tinged with some orange. Cap is creamy and tough, doesn't leave any lacing or retain its shape very long but definitely sticks around in the form of a millimeter thick collar.

Somewhat understated aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, and a hint of molasses.

The flavor profile is bold and aggressive, leading with tons of malt flavor and not backing down on the alcohol one iota.

Particular notes I found were (in order of appearance): roasted grain, figs or caramelized raisins, brown sugar, fusel alcohol, and a whiff of smoke.

Must be a little age on this bottle, since the alcohol manages to convey a sense of latent power in the alcohol arena, but also comes across as a such a smooth pup. The fusel alcohol characters are all there, but the finish barely betrays them, and in the mouth they're combated by so many other great flavors.

This side of a fresh Scotch ale on cask, this is the best mouthfeel I've experienced for style. Chewy and full, without sacrificing the palate to the gods of Sweet. When it was cold, I was a bit afraid of what it could turn into as it warmed and thickened, but when it did it merely opened up and grew more lush. The carbonation is spot-on so that there is a scrubbing action, without compromising the body.

Silky, powerful finish that leaves notes of coffee and peat smoke along with a slightly sweet caramel edge. Unbelievable wee heavy: I still have awesome memories of drinking local, fresh wee heavies in Scotland, but honestly none of them actually tasted this good.

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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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Photo of emyers
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a 1 inch light brown head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Rich caramel, toffee, molasses. Hints of smoke and peat. A bit of raisin. No alcohol presence. Complex.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with caramel/toffee, molasses, peat, and dark fruit. Quite rich. It's sweet, but with enough bittering hop presence to keep it far from cloying.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. I could probably do with a little less carbonation, but it's a minor complaint.

Overall: Exemplary wee heavy.

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

AleSmith Wee Heavy | 750 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Glass: snifter

Appearance:
Sludge brown with a rumbling khaki head. Every swish encourages hundreds of tiny bubbles to appear. Delightful.

Aroma:
Deeply roasted malts and thoroughly good chocolate. There's no question that a bit of scotch is hanging in the background.

Taste:
It's hard to describe the taste as separate from the mouthfeel. Thick, viscous even, is the first thing I think. Then the deep, chocolatey malts kick in. Roasted, lactose-infused, dark, whole-wheat malts. It's a great sipping beer, though the 10% ABV is not that noticeably, besides a nice scotch tinge in the background.

Mouthfeel:
Refer to taste. IT IS THICK. Very nice though. Carbonation could use a slight boost.

Harmony:
Very, very nice collection of flavors. The deep roasted malts are predominant, almost to a fault. Although with a beer this tasty, balance is overrated.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: July 12, 2011

Price = $13.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,225 ratings.
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