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
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Photo of lackenhauser
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, ruddy orange color. Very little carbonation-almsot seems flat. Nice heavy aroma. Quite vinuous and winey. Sharp tang to it-slight alcohol tinge to it. Fruity and slight sourness in the flavor. Some oak and vanilla. Plenty of bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel. Lacks some of sweetness I have seen in other scotch ales. An ok beer overall. Enoyable-better as it warms. Thanks to callenak for the Secret Santa sample.

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Photo of JMBSH
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Photo of Vylo
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black cherry red body shows a high level of carbonation and hosts a deep tan head with large bubble concentration. Nose is very fragrent with strong tones of dark chocolate cherry and malt. Screams for a sweet ride ahead. Lichtly burnt malty goodness enters toe mouth. Very seet as previewed by the nose. Body is long and noticeabley high in alchol. Many characteristics resemble port greatly. Malty feel is doninent throughout and almost syrupy twords the finish. A extremely sweet over the top Scotish style. Mouthfeel is of sweet burnt malt. You couldnt drink much more than one of these 25 oz. 9% alc. bottles.

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Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 jshusc
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Dogleg
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone (probably spycow) for sharing this at Bryna's recital / beer auction.

A - It pours a ruddy mahogany hue, and is capped with a tawny froth that is quite short-lived.

S - The nose is very raisin-y, with some sweet caramel and spicy molasses notes; dried medium and dark fruit is also suggested, maybe even the whole bag of trail mix, nuts and all. Unfortunately, there is a slight cardboard thing with the nose which is holding back my estimation of what is an otherwise nice aroma.

T - The flavor delivers more luxury than the aroma does; where the aroma is interesting, the flavor prefers decadence. The booze is noted, the dark fruit and caramelized sugar is ramped-up, and the general intensity is a degree more. There is a semi-strong note of oxidation that takes away from the rest of the palate, but the brew tastes delicious nonetheless.

M - The feel is just ok; not enhancing nor detracting. Medium-bodied.

O - This did not blow me away, but I certainly enjoyed it.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich coffee color with a nice tan head.

Nose has rich roasted malts, chocolate, ripe pitted fruits, molasses, very subtle hops and peppery alcohol.

Taste has dark plums, figs, toffee, cocoa, smoked malts, cloves and herbs.

Medium to full body is well carbonated. Great example of the style from Alesmith. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: pours an incredibly deep, dark copper color, nice frothy head that dissipated to a thin veil
S: medium nose, slightly disconcerting sour plum nose, oxidized?
T: well-balanced deep roasted malt and nice hop finish, might be turning as some sourness is evident in finish, EtOH is very warming in finish
M: very smooth beer
O: I don't know if this is a beer that's slightly turning (I've had it for 2 years) or is how it's supposed to be

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Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HalfFull
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the Wee Heavy pours a deep brown in color with ruby highlights and is somewhat translucent. A rocky inch of tan head sits atop the pour, keeps for much of the glass, and yields spotty lacing.

Dry cocoa on the nose with roasted malts and a bit of brown sugar. Tending towards chocolate and a hint of hops as the head settles down.

Taste follows the nose with lingering cocoa and chocolate on the finish. Just a hint of alcohol on the tongue though well hidden on the nose. Dark sweet cherry and plum notes with some warming. Nicely complex and with a light effervescent carbonation. Rich body initially, which does thin just a bit after sitting for a while. Smooth and solid on the feel and with a solid drinkability, limited somewhat by the sweetness and hefty ABV. I don't pick up any smoke or peat flavors here, but this is a relatively fresh bottle with no aging. 10.0% on this years bottle.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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