Wee Heavy | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a dark amber color. The head was big and fizzy but retained itself for the entire beer as you drank it. The smell is earthy with sweet malts. The taste is sweet with malts, some aramel, earth and pete on the tongue. A very nice tasting Wee Heavy. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a light carbonation. Overall the I enjoyed this brew quite a bit. Surprised to see it's retired since I just bought it.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of chinchill
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 woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 04 Dec 2010. This was a IH Newark beer served at IHLNC.

Again, a wispy head, but I was taking my time on Winter Warmer afternoon and this was simply the price that I would have to pay. The nose had a tropical bent to it, like banana and coconut. Color was a slightly hazy reddish-brown. I immediately got the smokiness of the peated malt on the nose and I then sneered at the Cheat Sheet, which characterized it as "slight". Slight like John Holmes, RIP. Mouthfeel was medium-to full and swirled around on my tongue nicely without losing any of its viscosity. Finish lingered with a smokiness that, for me, was surprisingly just right. Usually, I am the stereotypical American, striving for more or the most in just about everything. I could easily drink more of this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Rich aroma of caramelized kettle sugars, fruit, smokey peat, and a dash of cocoa.

Taste: Sweet, malty caramel with a ripe fruitiness. Distinct smoked peat flavor. Hint of cocoa. Quite warming on the peaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Nice! A very solid example of a scotch ale.

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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of recieving a grolwer of this in a BIF not too long ago, and needless to say I was thrilled. Poured out a crazy dark brown, damn near opaque with a huge tan head on the top that only gradually settled down before finally coming to a rest with at least an inch left on the top and tons of side glass lace all over it. Really full looking for a wee heavy.

The aroma was rich, lots of malted sugar and caramel aroms with a hint of some earthy tones underneath it all, really quite big here as well. The flavor was masterful, almost tasted like a stout, and definitly had the feel of one. The rich sugary notes were huge, and mixed in well with tons of caramel and earthy grains. Rich dry finish really was just the icing on the cake for me.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever had from the style. Truly a top notch brew if I have ever had one and I would love to be able to try this one again anytime.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark amber, maybe amber color with a huge off-white head.

S: Surprisingly fruity on the nose. There's a lot of carbon dioxide aroma to it which sort of detracts from the other aspects. Some nice toast and toffee, though.

T: Good stone fruit flavors with a hint of smoke/peat. Plenty of toasted bread/malt with a moderate caramel and toffee flavor giving the beer its sweetness.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: Good, but the excessive carbonation lessens the enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of InspectorBob
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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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark brown with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades out. Lots of sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of rich caramel, toffee, hints of cocoa, light smoke, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice, malty, caramel flavor, and ripe fruit, along with a touch of smoke and cocoa.
Mouthfeel is solid, medium bodied, chewy, semi-sweet up front, and a solid finish.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at Iron Hill West Chester over a year ago. Since then, it has been aging quietly in my cellar.

A: The wee heavy has a dark tawny color, more brown than red. The ale has a bit of a cola appearance, white head notwithstanding.

S: The nose malty, livened by a touch of peaty smokiness. The aroma is strong but not Bamberger strong; nonetheless it is very enticing.

T: Subtle smoked malts really define the ale. They are oh-so-soft, flicking at the tastebuds with burnt, cured flavors. They never rise to the meaty, smoked bacon level but do just fine on their own. The mouthfeel has a noticeable lack of carbonation that mutes the flavor a touch. The grainy, smoked malts leave a pleasant taste in the mouth long after the sip is gone.

M: The cured flavor is tough to beat, thick with a tasty meaty body.

D: The alcohol is well-hidden, allowing the malts to take charge throughout. The smokiness is divine.

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Photo of DrJay
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, deep reddish brown colour with a thin cap of light beige bubbles. A little spotty lace clung to the glass. Rich malty aroma with intense cereal and grain notes. Same in the flavour, with very low bitterness and a hint of fruity esters in the background. Sweetness was more malty than caramel or toffee. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, quite smooth. Alcohol wasn't evident in the flavour or nose. Quite drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -1%

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 xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large snifter glass

Pours a clouded mocha brown with some lighter hues towards the bottom. A beige head slowly dissolves into a layer of film with a nice collar around the glass. Some spots of lacing are also on the glass.

An intricate nose with elements of sweet caramel malt, molasses, smoky peat, and boozy warmth.

A decent element of scotch and sweeter roasted caramel malts up front. Syrupy molasses mixes with the backbone for a slightly sweeter overall profile. Hints of smoke and peat create the familiar scotch ale flavor. Suggestions of candied fruit and burnt sugar. Finishes with some alcohol heat and lingering stickiness.

Fuller body, rather smooth and easy on the tongue, decent carbonation and a bit dry and sticky. Drinks well, and the alcohol is about where I'd like it to be for the style. There's definitely cheaper examples out there, but this still a solid beer.

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Photo of ROGUE16
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

Draught in Phoenixville: This had almost no head whatsoever. It poured a cloudy, dark caramel color. The nose is caramel, spicy and somewhat sweet. The taste is quite good. There is some smokey peat, caramel and roastiness flavors. The finish is slightly sweet. Very Good!

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Wee Heavy from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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