AleSmith Wee Heavy | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Wee HeavyAleSmith Wee Heavy
BA SCORE
92.2%
Liked This Beer
4.16 w/ 1,229 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,439
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,229
Liked:
1,133
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
9.13%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
210
Gots:
251
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,229 |  Reviews: 472
Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip glass. Pours a deep mahogany color along with a thick medium head that lasts throughout. Deep caramelly malty flavor with just a hint of smoke in the finish. The aroma is sweet and voluptuous, reflecting the flavor with malt familiar with the Scottish style, hop and yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel Lush, full, rounded, almost chewy mouthfeel. A good wee heavy style that I rarely drink.

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

One tasting beverage.

A: One and half fingered creamy khaki colored head that exhibited great retention forms atop this transparent dark brown bodied brew. When the head finally settles a thin foam remains atop the brew throughout the tasting and leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Loads of sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits. A little more subtle than expected scotch profile. Hid the high ABV very well.

T: Follows the scent very closely. As the beer warms however the scotch flavors intensify along with a great nutty undertone.

M: Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation that allowed the beer to remain creamy yet crisp. Very easy to drink.

O: Was very impressed with this Wee Heavy. Semi new to the style, but I liked it more than Founders' offerings. Can't wait to get a BA version.

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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown with some light beams in the shallow end. Off white cream head stays low on the border.

S: Like brandy and scotch, whew! Don't know what to think about this as those are the only flavors i get on the nose.

T: Less brandy and even less scotch, but some port, peat, pinot noir, caramel malts, and finally some dark fruits. ->That's drawing a lot out of it, the taste is overall mild.

M: Low carbonation and could actually use a little more of it.

O: Meh, probably won't buy again, but it is really a decent beer.

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice. poured well into my glass with nice carbonation, lazy and steady. small head at about 1/8". nice lace down the glass. rich roasted malt smell. nice silky taste that matches the aroma. this is a nice glass of relaxing beer. $12.99 for 1 pint 9.4oz is just fine with me since it is very good and a one bottle enjoyment!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

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Photo of BHopp12
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ML Bottle

A: Black with an almost slight reddish tint with a small off white head with little carbonation

S: Some roasted notes, bits of vanilla, getting the hints of malt and bit of alchohol

T: Slight smoke flavor with hints of caramel and malt flavors with a nice finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well

M: Low carbonation with a borderline think feel

O: As expected I was not dissapointed at all in this beer! I was expecting a lot from an AleSmith and I was impressed! Very good beer.

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Photo of claspada
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of rrryanc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of troutfish23
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of liveKarl
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of 11amoreno72
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of grantino9
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of captgus
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of therobot
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

AleSmith Wee Heavy from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.2% out of 100 with 1,229 ratings
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