Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch AleAmsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our version of the "wee heavy" ales from Scotland. A blend of five different malts and an extra long boil gives this beer its full-bodied and deep ruby-red colour. The low hop rate allows for a sweeter tasting brew that's suitable to fend off the winter chill and will warm you up from the belly out.

22 IBU

Added by pootz on 12-11-2006

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tapped from the brewey taps and bottled:

Pours a deep dark copper with ruby highlights..decent cap that longers and frosts the glass sides from the lace it leaves.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, cocoa, Mocha, smoke, some light grassyness.

Big dose of chewy toasty malts in the front...some caramel malts give sweeness but no cloying...hops rush in to stave off the sweeetness..mid papate we get smoke, cocoa, some walnut skin astringency....finishes malty with tailing bittering...a good drink for sure.

This has the scotch ale-wee heavy malt-forward/hop-attenuated profile, some smoke as expected but with a nice cocoa flair and breadiness from the 5 malt mix...good Job Amsterdam...a good beer...who cares if it’s not bloody exactly like Edinburgh-made’s still a good wee quaff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with light unrefined grainy notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt which is dryer then I was expecting with light unrefined grainy notes which are more or less pleasant. Body is a bit lighter than average for style with good carbonation. A bit too dry for the style with slight unrefined grainy notes makes this less enjoyable than expected.

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Photo of thteam
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's. Bit dark colour, not much head, not as dark as I have seen this style. Some malty aroma mostly, a bit floral. Taste is Ok but aggressive carbonation. Less than medium mouthfeel. Scotch mixed with malt and nothing special but quaffable.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $5.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice high white head that films out pretty quick. Very dark brown color. Filtered clear

S- Lots of malt here. Tons of malt actually.

T- Malt bomb. Ok and nice as a break that is for sure. Unexpectedly refreshing and light in a back of the throat way.

M- Has a nice creamy base to this beer. Good complexity.

O- Nice brew. Enjoyable long term. Will try again

Food Pairing

This nice little beer paired well with..... Sour cream and onion chips. Just a wonderful beer with a nice crisp chip.


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Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ssmack
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Excellent flavour. Not as heavy and alchololy as others.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Burger Bar in Kensington. A nutty mahogany with a hint of amber, a half finger of white head on top.

Light caramel sweetness with a hint of nuttiness, a touch of raisins. Really thin body, none of the malty sweetness you want in a wee heavy, none of the complexity. A hint of raisins, a touch of earth, light drying finish. Simple and thin, not overly impressive for the style but at least drinkable.

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rebranding of the Tilted Kilt, I picked this bottle up sold as their "Wee Heavy." Don't think anything has changed, except the name. 500ml bottle into a pint glass, consumed Jan 7.

Pours a reddish orange, with a finger of white head. Minuscule collar retains, no lace. Lots of carbonation visible here. Nose of light caramel and fruits, some yeastiness. Taste is more of the same, a bland caramel with a bit of alcohol heat on the back end. Some grain as well, not a lot going on here at all. High carbonated mouthfeel, and too much alcohol for such a low ABV. Moderate pounding ability.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Chaucer's a few weeks ago. It poured deep chestnut, with ruby red hues and a beige frothy cap. Well laced glass. Slightly charred nutty aroma leads into mild brown sugar and roasted malts/rye bread. The flavour profile is something of burnt sugars and toasty rye bread, heading into some semi-sweet caramel, fading into some smoke and perhaps peat. Finishes quite chalky, and perhaps a touch thin for the weight. Still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my coworkers hooked me up with this one. thanks taavi!

12oz bottle, generic amsterdam label.

pours deep red with a small tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

aroma is nice. light caramel sweetness. hint of dms. bread and biscuit malt. touch of alcohol. bit of fruit, maybe cherries?

taste is good. fairly roasty, more than i expected. light caramel sweetness. lots of malt. bread and biscuit. very light bitterness.

mouthfeel is great. fairly big body. nice moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of byronic
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Original 2007 review:

A-3.5: Brown with an off-white head, very little retention, initially leaves a hint of lace.

S-4: Earthy maltyness, with a little caramel sweetness.

T-3.5: Upfront earthiness really hits the style. Modest bitterness, very little hop flavour (also to style). There's a slight nut-shell bitterness that I'm not particularly fond of. The maltyness is there, but it could use a little more depth. Alcohol is very subtle, C'est What lists it at 7% (is it really that strong?).

M-3.5: It's so well-attenuated that it actually seems a little light for its weight. Moderate carbonation.

D-3.5: Its strength is well-hidden, but I'm just not fond of that earthy, nutshell bitterness.

Update - Jan 2013

This beer as certainly evolved over the years. There's a lot more caramel flavour, with the roasted nut taking a back seat. There's a light bitterness and alcohol warmth that pleasantly balances the light residual sweetness (which provides a nicer body).

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $4.50 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear dark ruby beer. Few bubbles and a thin layer of head is poured not top. Some sticky lacing appears as the head makes its gradual descent.

Smell - when cold there's not much aroma at all, a trace of caramel and that's it. Improves slightly with caramel and honey as it warms.

Taste - a slightly sour beer transitioning into a reasonably bitter caramel and unsweetened toffee mixture. A minor taste of honey in there too. Some earthiness and woodiness underneath.

Mouthfeel - smooth, fairly full body and light but sufficient carbonation.

Overall - not a bad beer, but there's not that much to love either. Aromatics are very weak and don't improve much as the beer warms. Overall the beer has a much better feel and bette flavor as it warms. For the price there are better options than this. I like a lot of the Amsterdam beers, but this isn't necessarily one of them.

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Photo of jrenihan
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe it is the same beer, but the "twisted kilt" name is gone. The beer is simply called "wee heavy", an the alcohol level is 6.2%.

Beer is a caramel, dark amber colour. Just about zero head, even with a vigorous pour. Almost no sound on opening the bottle either. Seems pretty flat.

Some caramel malt in the nose, along with a metallic scent that is not very nice. A bit of yeast. Pretty thin. For whatever reason, the smell screams "artificial" to me.

Taste is also very thin. Some caramel malt, a bit of toffee. A bit bready. Relatively sweet. The aftertaste consists of the same unpleasant flavour that was present in the nose. Pretty weak.

Beer has basically no carbonation. Totally lifeless. Light bodied and a bit cloying.

Overall, a pretty weak beer. A reminder that although Amsterdam has been coming out with some very high quality beers over the last little while, the bulk of its portfolio is still not so hot. I won't be finishing this bottle.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

tap at the brewery

Pours a deep clear brown with an off-white lacing for a head.

Aroma is lightly roasted and oaked.

Flavor of roasted malt, oak, and brown sugar.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Solid above average brown ale, somewhat bland aroma. Drinks easy, worth trying if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint at Volo.

Pours a clear brown/red, thin tan headm settles to a ring, some lace spots. Smell is sweet, toffee, some citrus and floral, bready. Taste is sweet, some toffee, buttery diacetyl, always seems to be a problem with this brewery, citrus and floral, not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, a nice drink. Amsterdams last two releases, this and the Oktoberfest, have surprised me. Not great but certainly better than in years past.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Amsterdam Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Amsterdam Brewing Company
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