Malt Monsters: Wallace, Wee Heavy
The Fort Collins Brewery

Malt Monsters: Wallace, Wee HeavyMalt Monsters: Wallace, Wee Heavy
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 15.19%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
24
From:
The Fort Collins Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  7
SCORE
87
Very Good
Malt Monsters: Wallace, Wee HeavyMalt Monsters: Wallace, Wee Heavy
Notes: The first of the Malt Monster Series to be released, Wallace, WeeHeavy is an intense, malty brew that put our system to the test. A six hour boil gives a deep rich caramel complexity with a slight nuttiness and hints of roast, complimented with a clean, smooth, warming quality that provides exceptional balance.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep mahogany color with a lot of ruby coming through. No head, no lacing. Syrupy sweet malts in the nose and tongue with lots of warming alcohol. Almost a cinnamon spiciness about it. Great sipper, I really would love this in colder months.

Aug 03, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Malty, Viscous, Boozy

We need more Wee Heavies. Like this hazy, dark copper beer, with a creamy tan head and its malty, bready, nose with big raisin, grape, and boozy aromas. Pours thick and syrupy, near viscous, with a malty sweet foundation, toffee, coffee, honey, bready, earthy, grape, coin, blood, a mild floral bitterness, and a raisiny bite with pepperly alcohol across the palate. A damn fine example of the style, but take heed as this malty, booze monster will sneak up on you.

STYLE: Scottish Wee Heavy | ABV: 9.8% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

Jul 07, 2015
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superspak from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2014. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, nuts, toasted biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, spicy, roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, nuts, toasted biscuit, brown bread/crust, licorice, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 9.8%. Overall this is an amazing wee heavy! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish; amazingly soft feel. Perfectly balanced between super rich malts and fruity English yeast complexity; with mild earthy hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and world class style example. Really blew me away vs expectations, one of the best I've had in the style. Aged wonderfully after 5 years. Best beer I've had from them, so it's unfortunate they closed. Really enjoyed their big beers.

Jun 27, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a beautiful bubble show, the head settling in at two inches above the ice tea colored liquid

Smell: Treacle, raisins, fig, brown sugar and woody tones

Taste: Treacle drizzled over raisins and fig; earthy, woody elements building through the middle; the finish is sweet with dried fruit undertones

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A fairly impressive Wee Heavy; lacks some peat and other elements to bring depth but still quite good

Nov 12, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a pinky of fast-falling tan head. Nice thick look to it. Near zero head retention & a little bit of lacing

S: Breadyness, slight smokeyness

T: Peaty, leafy hops, figs & raisins up front. Figgyness, slight peatyness, some booze warmth as this warms, also some leafy hops, a little bit of cherry juice as well. Finishes warming, peaty, with leafy hops & figgyness

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, warming, needs to be a little thicker for the style

Drinks easy for the style. A nice one to try, but not one I would buy again

Dec 24, 2014
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JMBSH from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jul 22, 2014
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 04, 2015
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark fruits and tons of malty goodness in this one. Tasty!

Mar 19, 2015
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 10, 2014
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Oct 24, 2014
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BoilerUpNavy from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Aug 18, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, deep reddish-brown color; crystal clear; respectable one-finger thick, foamy head. Solid malt grain scent; caramel, brown sugar; molasses. Huge malt flavors; toffee and currants; boozy component; syrupy. Heavy bodied; residual sugar oomph.

A heavy-duty Scotch ale, big on malt sweetness and well-complemented with a well-tempered booziness. Yeah, I would agree the beer lives up to its series name. The fact that there is some even-handed blending of residual sugary sweetness with the high ABV is a winner in this case. I'd like to have had a thicker, denser head of foam, but that's a minor quibble when (for me), taste and feel are the core of any beer. A great initial offering for (what I hope) is strong series of malt-forward beers.

May 07, 2014
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denver10 from New Mexico

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours maroon with an amber hue. An off white head forms but immediately quickly exits the building, leaving no trace of its existence behind. Unimpressive appearance. Aroma is definitely malty with molasses, toffee, nutty, raisons, and definite sugars. A touch roasty too. Flavor follows suit with the addition of some alcohol that benefits this beer greatly, imo. A flat, medium bodied mouthfeel, which works for this beer. Overall, not my favorite style but FCB did a nice job with this one. Enjoyed it and would drink again.

May 11, 2014
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blindpiggie from Colorado

3/5  rDev -24.1%

May 12, 2014
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irongator from Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lotsa malt but no hint of smoky peat. Dont get me wrong... it's quite boozy and balanced!

Dec 08, 2014
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Lelampp from Ohio

2/5  rDev -49.4%

Jun 26, 2014
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skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Jul 05, 2014
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KJ2013 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Jun 26, 2014
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Waveoff from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jul 03, 2014
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Sean32 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.6%

Jul 28, 2014
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mt2mtl from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%

Aug 13, 2014
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NjalThorgeirsson from Colorado

5/5  rDev +26.6%

May 07, 2014
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matt_duthie from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Oct 06, 2014
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farondb from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +15.4%

Nov 16, 2014
Malt Monsters: Wallace, Wee Heavy from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 24 ratings