Wee Heavy | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Full-bodied Scotch-style ale with a distinct malty-sweet and fruity aroma and flavor. A light smokiness lurks in the background from the use of peat smoked malts.

40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

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Photo of srw
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into scotch glass in August 2017. There was no bottled on date, but I drank it about 1 week after purchase at the brew pub.

Appearance: Very dark amber/brown with a thick head. Head left almost no lacing on the glass but some of it lasted for a long time.

Smell: Caramel, nutmeg, some spices. There is some hint of fruit and hops as well, but the spices and caramel dominate.

Taste: The spices, malts, and caramel flavors dominate. I also get some citrus fruit flavors. This is a good combination, which I enjoy.

Mouth-feel: Strong alcohol which matches the ABV, but with a very smooth body.

Overall this is a nice, complex scotch ale, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is drinkable and an interesting variety to other beers.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

1/7/17...pours murky brown, dark, with fast fizzy foam that settles out. Light malty smell, slightly earthy. Mostly malt flavor, some peat moss tones. Chewy. Thick heavy mouthfeel. Some smokiness. Rich hearty - heavy beer.

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Photo of Grouchobeer
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MeLoynes
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml into Double Bastard glass.

A: Chestnut brown with 1-2 finger off white head. Decent retention, and settled to a thin cap with some sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, nuts, and some light smokiness. Aroma reminds me more of a brown ale than a wee heavy.

T: Light caramel, smokey peat, and pecans. Not near as sweet as I was expecting which was nice.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture although it's a bit thin for the style.

O: Very enjoyable beer. Thinking that I need to try a few more from Iron Hill.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Media, PA.
Pours with a red-copper body that has good clarity and highlights. Very good head and a good bit of sticky lacing.

Good bitter-sweet balance leans slightly sweet. No sour or other off notes. Some faint peat and vanilla notes and a touch of smoke in the finish and aftertaste. A touch too boozy.
Medium body and soft carbonation.

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Photo of SteveB3014
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 12/23/14 notes. Had on tap at the new location in Ardmore, PA. 4 oz. pour as part of a sampler.

Pours a medium brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Fruity malts, coconut, oak, toasted malts, sugar, burnt malts, smoke, and bready malts. Not impressive, the taste is smokey and lacking. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall not a great beer; wouldn't seek it out again.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ErinnA
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wine taster glass at the DC bottle share. Much thanks to jeff for the bottle.

A good off white head, slightly tan colored with thin contained bubbles. Real nice walnut brown body and large red hues along the edges. Very nice.

Boquet has a first mild nutty sensation, more like a brown ale. Some sweet subtle cream and soft bodied. Not much caramel or large malt sweetness, but still inviting and very enjoyable.

Palate brings a matching soft texture and taste. Soft malts, with a hint of char and caramel. Light brown sugar rolls around nicely in a somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Overall a bit thin and wet for a wee heavy but with some very solid enjoyable qualities nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Wee Heavy from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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