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AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,231 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of bwood06
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this to share with a buddy of mine who, like me, is a huge dark beer fan. We wanted something to go along with the Speedway Stout that I also bought so we figured this would be a good option. I've been wanting to try this one for a while now and finally got the chance to do so.

This beer pours a reddish brown hue, almost a light mahogany color that is clear with light carbonation visible. The head is off-white and frothy, dissipating to a very thin lacing that becomes non-existent rather quickly. 3.75/5 The aroma is quite typical of the style with a bit of caramel and dark stone fruit coming out, providing a nice sweet beginning, and then being backed up by peat moss, musty hay, and an earthy hop character. The balance leans more towards the malt with the peat and hay really coming out strongly. 4/5 The flavor, as with the aroma, is heavily balanced in favor of the malt. Caramel and toasted white bread start things off with a grainy/sweet profile that quickly transitions to a rather heavy does of peat moss, musty hay, tobacco, and leather. This is a rather earthy beer that has a good sweet, malty backbone. There is a bit of dark stone fruit that comes through, balancing out this earthiness. An earthy hop comes through at the very end, providing just a small dose of bitterness that lingers only lightly after swallowing. 4.25/5 This is a fairly heavy beer that is full bodied with a moderate carbonation burn on the front end. Thus burn quickly transitions into a wet and coating nature that is just on the wet side of sticky. There is no drying and no lingering dryness. 4/5 This is a very good Wee Heavy, if not the best Wee Heavy that I have had to date. More often than not the peat really takes over this style and drowns out anything else that the beer has going on, but no so with this beer. Very well crafted. 4/5

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A touch heavy on bourbon notes but otherwise very flavorful and awesome. Smooth finish.

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Photo of shelby415
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbigcat
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainHate
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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 groleau
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating scores are an average of two vintages: 2014 and 2015. I have to say that the 2014 did not age well. It lost its head retention (typical though) but most importantly it lost its warming smooth toffee character. It did however smell much better then the 2015. If only I had a fresh 2016 pour to compare to.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sits a very dark brown reddish Amber in the glass, opaque in the center and clear around the edges. Smell is heath toffee a touch of caramel and alcohol vapors. Taste follows the smell but there is a hint of vanilla. Sweet on the front end but balanced nicely by just a hint of bitterness. Also a touch of alcohol burn. Feel is a bit heavy. Overall an excellent interpretation of the style with the unique touch of vanilla.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of REDAMI
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Dark golden brown pour, medium off-white head.

S-Treacle, tobacco, peat, roasted grain.

T-Brown bread, treacle, tobacco, peat, mildly sweet.

F-Coating, moderately carbonated with the alcohol well-hidden.

A top notch scotch ale. Well balanced with proper flavor notes for the style. Warming in all the right ways.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CBC 2016. Was hoping for a stout.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown (garnet around the edges) with a half finger mocha head. The nose is bourbon at first (which surprised me, given the lack of barrel aging), but develops as the beer warms to the more anticipated toffee and caramel. The palate opens with deep malt sweetness that takes on a more dominantly toffee note than the caramel-infused nose. These further give way to dark fruits along with the slightest hint of fig. Mouthfeel is appropriately medium-thick, with minimal carbonation.

Overall, very impressed with this beer. A very different take on the style than Wulver, but in a decidedly respectable way. Not quite as impressive as the excellent Gravedigger Billy or Backwards Bastard (the bourbon influence just pairs too well with this style). Nonetheless, this is a meaningful point in the history of the style and an exceptional beer that has no problem standing on its own legs. Truly outstanding.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wee bit on the heavy side, I think. A beautiful beer, with a dark, rich mahogany color. Poured into a pint to give a nice dark beige head but little lacing. Rich sweet smell. The taste is strong and boozy, dark cherries, caramel, toffee. The bomber is best shared!

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AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,231 ratings
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