Wee Heavy - Barrel-Aged
AleSmith Brewing Company

Wee Heavy - Barrel-AgedWee Heavy - Barrel-Aged
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,111
4.32 | pDev: 7.64%
Yesterday at 10:35 PM
Apr 08, 2006
This matured version of our Scotch-Style ale, Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy, is matured in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to add layers of complexity to its rich, malty flavor profile. Notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon from the barrels combine with the beer’s profile of caramel and toffee to make this an utterly unique beer that we think you’ll love. Enjoy it now or let it mature in the bottle for years to come.

Improves With Age: YES
Serving Temp: 50°-55°
Serving Glass: Tulip / Goblet
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Rated: 5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Yesterday at 10:35 PM
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2022 version poured from a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup. I didn't enjoy the rum element as much as I'd hoped.
Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by retry4z from California

Feb 14, 2023
Rated: 4.36 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 vintage. Pours dark brown with mild lacing. Notes of dark fruit, caramel, and bourbon barrel on the nose. Taste follows suit with the same flavors. Light to medium bodied, strong boozy presence. Tasty.
Dec 06, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 04, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by doctorgary from New York

Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Like the port barrel-aged version I had recently, my inclination is that this is a 2016 bottle based on the mixed case that this was included in. A sweet, syrupy wee heavy kicked up a notch with that smoky, buttery, bourbon flavor. Seems a bit past it’s prime as it is quite mellow, but delicious nonetheless.
Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Budlum from Maryland

Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2017 vintage.

A: Deep mahogany brown color. Thin beige head settles out rather quickly and leaves no lacing. Not unusual for barrel aged beers.

S: Sweet corny bourbon up front, though there is no alcohol kick. Soft oak. Loads of malt depth. Brown bread and crust, fig, raisin, caramel, candied nuts. Touch of black cocoa. Subtle undertones of sherry and paper are beginning to develop, but aren't yet too noticeable.

T: As in the nose, the bourbon is up front on the attack, but not hot whatsoever. Corny-sweet, with an oaky vanilla backing (which is augmented as the beer warms) and kiss of barrel char. From there, deeply complex malt flavors blossom. Rich caramel, toffee, and treacle syrup. Cola. Faint smoke. Brown bread and toasty bread crust. Fig and golden raisin. Somewhat of a tootsie roll/fudgey note. Evidence of oxidation is super subtle, but there is a bit of sherry. Faint whisper of alcohol. Drying crusty finish with some lingering chocolate covered raisin and a bit of oak tannin.

M: Very heavy, thick, and rich. Full-bodied with a sense of pressing weight. Rife with residual sugars, but it stops barely short of being syrupy. Carbonation is moderate, and pricks a little at the tip of the tongue. Wonderful coating, silky, and pressing malt texture.

O: I live for beer like this. The malt complexity is so deep, layered, and nuanced, and the barrel flavor profile fits like a glove. Everyone loves to chuck an imperial stout into a bourbon barrel -and that's great- but I've always thought that scotch ales were sneakily the best beer to bourbon barrel age. Case in point right here. This beer is an all-time great as far as I'm concerned.
Jan 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Orca from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750mL (vintage 2013 based on my notes) into a tulip. Pours a deep dark mahogany brown w/ a 1/2-finger head that settles to a narrow beige collar. Looks dense and chewy in my glass.

Aroma is rich and complex. Bourbon, vanilla, rum-soaked pipe tobacco, toffee, dates and figs. Pretty much what one would expect from a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale/wee heavy, old ale, or English barleywine (all of which are pretty close together in my mind). Surprising how many notes are readily apparent while this is still fridge-cold, and I look forward to observing some changes as it warms.

Taste is likewise complex, rich, and exceedingly well balanced. Very malt forward but not syrupy or cloying. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, sweet stone fruits, and a nice chest-warming booziness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is chewy and and the heavy side of medium. Lingers on the palate.

Overall a really outstanding scotch ale/wee heavy. Better than I'd expected for some reason.
Sep 07, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Nov 14, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Oct 06, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by QuakeAttack from California

Jul 08, 2019
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My reference point for a bourbon barrel-aged wee heavy or scotch ale is Central Waters' annual release, which I've had a couple cases of over the past few years. This is better in every way but the price. Rich, decadent, bursting with barrel oak and whisky booze, but without overwhelming the malt, vanilla, and floral hop character of the base beer. Fabulous, likely my new favorite for the style, but not one I can find readily or indulge in regularly.
Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Docrock from Illinois

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

May 13, 2018
Wee Heavy - Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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