Geary's Wee Heavy Scottish Ale | D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's Wee Heavy Scottish AleGeary's Wee Heavy Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Scottish ale with a rich roasted maltiness blended with mellow hoppiness, and an alcohol by volume of 8%. Original gravity ~ 1080; Malts ~ Two row English malt (pale, crystal and black); Hops ~ Cascade and Golding.

Added by Pamola on 12-01-2008

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by BeefyMee:
Photo of BeefyMee
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Great color but a poor head despite my best efforts. Huge malty aroma with notes of rich, sweet fruit. Maybe raisins and dates. Tastes like much of the same with the fruitiness toned down. Seems increasingly boozy. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy. Not the most drinkable beer ever.

This one is worth a try but there are much better scotch ales to be had.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a tulip glass, and it was quite pretty. A very dark brown with some ruby highlights, a thick tan head, little bit of lacing. It had a toffee and floral aroma. Toffee taste, sweet, with a nice hops ending. Just a touch on the thin side. Nice beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern--Plymouth--served into a tulip.

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: caramel, peat, and flower

Taste: caramel, peat, flower, with slight chocolate and earthy bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet with earthy bitterness especially at the end, low carbonation

Overall: The bitterness at the end of this one threw me a bit. This is an average Scotch Ale. The basic flavors are present, but there are several others in the style I would go to first.

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Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Geary's- Wee Heavy

A- Deep dark amber brownish black with a small head.
S- Very sweet molasses with hints of chocolate and oak.
T- Sweet chocolate and oak chips with molasses and brown sugar. Light touch of charcoal and smoke.
M- Very sweet and very thick. Mild and smooth throughout with a big ashy and warming alc. finish.

Overall- Very nice. Smooth and very warming. 1 of Geary's better beers!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits, pumpernickel bread and molasses. The aroma is very malty, smells good.

T- The taste is big and malty with malt and caramel with a lingering sweetness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid Wee Heavy that is a worth choice whenever in the mood for something more on the malty side.

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Photo of ZacMetalFan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slight half fingers worth of fizzy tan head quickly leaves a frothy splotchy lacing... A medium to dark brown head... Some very small very slow paced carbonation bubbles can be seen rising along the sides of the glass upon...

S - Sweet caramel... Sweet toffee... Raisins... Brown Sugar... A very mild peat sensation...

T - Bursting with rich flavor... There is quick sweet burst of caramel and dark fruits... Then comes the smokey peat flavors are much more pronounced and linger on the palette... Also present deep down is a subdued roasted malt which adds character and depth... A very slight alcohol kiss and bitter kick at finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly creamy... Uber rich... Slightly sticky... A hint of smoke... Very mild carbonation...

D - This is a damn fine Wee Heavy and a wonderful introduction to Geary's... I can't say a bad thing about this one... Just a notch away from being mentioned with the top offerings for the style... I recommend and would gladly drink time and time again...

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Photo of theghost3
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a 1-finger beige head. There's just a ring of retention & minimal lacing.

Smell is biscuity, sweet caramel malts. The taste strong of caramel and chocolate malts; vinous. There's some earthiness and just a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and full-bodied; not a lot of carbonation but still somewhat acidic.

The alcohol comes through in this one towards the end, which decreases sessionability. This is perhaps the darkest Scotch Ale I've ever tried. The thickness & chocolate malts make it very stout-like.

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Photo of u2carew
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Dark reddish brown color. Pours with a nice head, then settles quickly to the edge of the glass.
(S) Smells like bread. Has slight medicinal aroma with sweet notes.
(T) Mellow sweetness, not a strong ABV taste, and has a light hop bitterness. A bit of a sour bite in the aftertaste.
(M) A mild feel and the body is not too heavy. A nice dose of carbonation crispness.
(D) A very drinkable Scotch. The ABV is masked well beneath an unique flavor.

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Photo of db12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good dark amber color with a small head that turns into a thin wispy layer on top, not much lacing going on.

Smell has a good strong caramel malt aroma, also picking up some woodiness even though it's not barrel aged, some dark fruit like raisins.

Taste is yikes! Quite a bit stronger than I would have figured, their anniversary wee heavy ale I remember being better at hiding the strength, heavy in caramel malt with an oakey presence, alcohol is rather evident and certainly warms up my belly.

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Photo of MRsojourner
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Reswald
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased and drank a bottle in Annapolis, MD on 7/13/2010.

This Wee Heavy poured absolutely opaque, with a nice tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving good lacing on the glass. The aroma is of malt, laced with some roasted notes and even hints of dark fruit; very inviting. Tasting it, the malt is in the forefront, with just enough hop bitterness for balance. I did not pick up any smoke, though this is optional for the style. The 8% ABV is well-hidden, making this Scotch Ale much more drinkable than some of the hotter versions out there. Good carbonation and a nice finish. I'm a sucker for Scotch Ales, but this was truly a fine one.

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Photo of mn_nuge
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps I had an old bottle. I found the smell to be great but the flavor to be dull and lifeless.

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Photo of shand
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a murky brown color with a finger of head that doesn't retain very well. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel with a bit of a smokey aspect and a bit of maple in there as well. Taste is huge on roasted malts and bitter cocoa powder, with a bit of sticky caramel.

The mouthfeel is huge, thick, and perhaps a little less carbonated than it should be. Drinkability is pretty decent. Overall, a competant Scotch Ale, but nowhere near the best I've had.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-beige head (thin), brown-amber body

S-metallic, plaster smell

T-sweet, toffee, caramel


D-too strong for a session beer but certainly drinkable. I usually associate this with some smoke though. Couldn't detect any.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, bourbon, vanilla, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are several that are better in the style.

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Photo of levifunk
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra.

a - pour is a dark thick brown. 1 finger head forms and retains for a while, but dies down leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

s - fudge chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and vanilla.

t - the chocolate flavor in this is quite large and is present pretty much the whole time. there is a grainy flavor and a large malt flavor that make appearances. dark fruit on the end. little to no hops...which i think it needs.

m - thick and chewy mouthfeel. great carbonation level.

overall - not my favorite scotch ale, but its pretty good. i like the fudge chocolate integration.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, deep reddish brown with a thin tan head that stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is earthy with sweet toffee, some anise, dark fruit (plum/prune) and a hint of woody peat.

The taste is of solvent alcohol upfront, giving way to toffeeish, malty sweetness (towards chocolatey), raisin/prune and a woody, slightly smoky, finish.

It is full-bodied and creamy, with a kick.

Fits style well - malty with some roast and a minimal hop touch. Nice maltiness and drinks well for the boozy kick that is upfront at first(but soon subsides). Nicely done and a good malty, but balanced warming drink!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" orangey tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head falls gradually, with plenty of lace. Aroma is sweet, with wisps of smoke, and warm alcohol notes. Taste starts with a leathery sweetness, goes bit fruity in the middle, then smooths back out some with some peeks of prickly hops. Mouthfeel is pretty good, not quite as smooth as I'd hoped, with similar drinkability. A worthy brew, just not quite the level I was looking for.

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Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- hazed reddish brown with bright red and orange highlights. foam is tan and fizzy and fades without hesitation to a thick ring.

S- somewhat metallic with chocolate and dark fruits, raisin, date, fig, brown sugar, vanilla, leather, and tobacco with an herbal hop presence.

T-vanilla and brown sugar mostly, with fig and date moving in along with alcohol bitterness and some hop bitterness as well. malt is chocolatey and sweet but the sweetness is kept in check by bitter and deeply toasted flavors. finish is long and complex with lingering flavors of damp wood, charcoal, coffee, leather, and tobacco.

MF- full and viscous, warming alcohol, and an alcohol dryness on the cheeks. carbonation is on the low end. residual sugar and alcohol feel.

D- a decent stab at the style, but not my favorite. hiding the alcohol an the 8% and + wee heavies seems to be difficult.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

im drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer has been cellared for about 3 years.
The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with minimal beige fizzy head foaming up and receding to an edge layer almost immediately after pouring into the glass.
The aroma is rich malt with molasses and brown sugar and a little warm booze mixing, I dont get any hop presence.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected and very minimal carbonation, almost cask-like.
Flavor is all-malt as the nose advertised with molasses, caramel, and some brown sugar. I do get a little bit of oxidation so it is good I opened this one up now, as it hasnt negatively impacted the beer in my opinion , just increased the complexity.
There is a little warming booze on each sip but I am drinking this beer fairly quickly for an 8% brew and think it could be a sneaky danger beer.
Pretty enjoyable and worth a purchase.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Deep mahogany color, Slight caramel/smokey nose. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is almost sweet caramel with smokiness, light bitterness and caramel at finish. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Geary's Wee Heavy Scottish Ale from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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