Hale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale | Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

BA SCORE
83
good
106 Ratings
Hale's Wee Heavy Winter AleHale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
halesbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of jdhilt
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hale's know how to brew a wee heavy, this is just excellent, slightly sweet, strong malt presence. ABV is 6.8%. It doesn't get any better.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice clear garnet tone. A small brown head becomes a rimming in seconds. This brew smells rich, thick and malty. A bit of yeast and alcohol on the nose as well. I love the blend of alcohol and bready yeast tones in this Scotch. They blend very nicely with the thick sweet malt tones. And the hops add just the right amount of balance and also a perceived dryness. I really like this beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shadowy copper with a thin tan head.
Aroma is full of caramel malt richness along with faint tropical fruit whispers. Light touches of smoke and perfumed hops as well.
Taste begins big and malty. Scorched toffee and bread notes dominate throughout. Peat smoke is fairly quiet, but makes it's presence felt underneath the malts. As it warms, spices seem to materialize. Touches of thyme, orange peel and ginger. Nice! I am having a hard time deciding if this is actually spiced or not. Hops enter and mix in a heavily perfumed, floral hues which grow increasingly bitter. Smoke is noticed once again after the swallow.
Smooth drinking. If I was looking for a reason to knock this, I'd say it was a hair on the thin side, and could actually use a bit more heft from the malts. But that's being overly picky. This is lovely stuff.
Great winter brew. I'd stock up if it was available here.

Many thanks to Bighuge for this.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought in the 12 oz brown "stubbie" Bottle conditioned.
after a fairly vigourous pour i got a half inch off white head..but didn't last though a great lace was left all down my glass.The beer is a deep dark ruby red when held up to the light.
I loved the aroma in this brew..can smell all sorts of dark roasted malt accents..alcohol too is smellable( is that a word?)BUt theres a nice strong fruity aroma too sweet fruits like blackberry, cherries etc.
Lovelly tatseing brew at near room temperatures many different tastes come to light after a few deep sips..the sweetness of the roasted malts is first to appear..after a nice balanced hop bitterness ..in between cocoa, dark esspreso, blackberry, raisins..all come to mind..very well done.
Feels remarkably smooth over the palate.
Quite a drinkable "wee heavy" very well done.te but the taste buds are tingling!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nce deep brown color, that is translucent at the bottom, but the thick brown liquid swallows up light at the top of the glass. Smells mostly of hops and floral aromas. Taste is really dominated by the strong alcohol content that I perceive it has (no listed ABV). Still has a nice hops finish, and a full creamy mouthfeel. I'd be willing to bet this is a one-at-a-time beer, no sessioning for me. Too strong and full-bodied for that.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy brown. Sticky foam with low retention that left flecks of foam in random configurations, not in rings. Appearance was the worst part of this beer. It's also the least important in my opinion.

S: Sweet smelling. Light roast smell. A little woody smelling.

T: Very unique flavor. The combination of sweetness with the roast flavors give it a bit of a fruity raspberry flavor up front. It finishes with a light chocolate flavor and a hint of vanilla. A home run, almost a grand slam if it weren't for the long aftertaste.

M: Again I wasn't a fan of the aftertaste. It had a tongue coating effect that tastes great, but just didn't finish when it was supposed to. Thicker and chewyier than others, which I like in a darker beer , so it was still good.

O: 'Wow' was the first thing I said after the first taste. The fruity, sweet, toasty flavor was amazing. It's clear this beer was purposefully and expertly crafted. A slightly cleaner finish would have been nice.

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Photo of sflefthander
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of americanbelgian
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of William85
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish orange...nose is great...Has some doppelbock like scents of sweet malt...also...dark fruits...big time plum smell.....also blackberry's and blueberrys....

Mouthfeel is about medium...certainly not overthick....sweet, slick feel as you drink like a doppel...

Taste is very good...sweet malt flavor...doesn't taste like a doppel but it has a great malt load...I guess more of a Scottish Ale taste, but I don't get much smokiness of peat...a bit of a try finish which is nice because this could be a little too sweet without it...

I love the nose on this beer, and overall it is a pretty tasty winter beer..

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown color with a thick, tan head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt with a bit of graininess. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the aroma. The flavor up front is sweet malt, which flows to a bready, raisiny flavor. It finishes with a dry somewhat hoppy, metallic finish. It is a decent brew overall, but the metallic finish killed this one for me.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from xmas 1997.
Poured a decent 1 finger head with a cloudy reddish brown color. Fairly strong aroma of orange peels and ginger. Complex, citrus-spice taste mixed nicely with caramel sweet malts. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel.Finished slightly yeasty with a warming alcohol taste on the breath.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma starts off as a rich and pretty straight malt with slight roast and even less smokey scents, but as it warms it begins to take on some character, including a fruity (plum) quality that is quite appealing. Deep red amber, with a mahogany hue. Thin tan head that settles more, but remains paper thin and leaves some lacing. Clear. Nice rich malt flavor without becoming cloyingly sweet. Flavor remains consistent strart through the finish. That moves to a medium long lasting conclusion on the tongue with a slightly dry quality. Full yet soft carbonation feel. Medium body (probably not as heavy as it should be). Also, no alcohol noticable in flavor. Highly drinkable Wee Heavy. Enjoyable, somewhat hearty winter ale.

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Photo of jletts
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Appeared dark, dark mahogany with a yellowish-white head and no lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts and dark fruit, with hints of smoke and burbon. Not an overwhelming nose, but complexed.

Tastes of dark smokey malt, sour dark fruits (maybe cherry and plum), earthy, reminds me of a peat bog in the Scottish Highlands (not that I've tasted one, but this is what I'd imagine one tasting like). Ends on a hoppy note as the hops finally show their bitter faces.

The mouthfeel is nice for the style. Substantial and a little viscous.

Drinkability is good, not sure of the ABV but I'd guess around 6.5-7%. This is a good winter warmer and probably my favorite one by Hales. Good stuff.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Thick brown with a reddish hue. The head was decent and left a little lacing.

Smell – Light smoke character with a faint malt base. There’s not much to smell here.

Taste – The taste though is pretty good. The peat smoke flavor is clean and crisp, and there are just enough hops to balance things out. I can also pick up a small sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and somewhat dry. This one feels good and clean in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is an excellent winter session ale. It went down without a hitch and fit the style nicely. Great effort by this local brewery.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, bottle conditioned. Very dark brown with a leaning to garnet, the clarity is fine. Lacing leaves a few rings on the glass. Heavy head of malt in the nose, smells of brown malt and a deep mix of toasted grain and faint caramel. Maltiness starts off bold but then a quick running of hop character comes through, at first your taste buds brace for bitterness but it lands small but balanced. Then a lingering of herbal minty flavor fades to let the malt take over. Slight sugary note, more brown sugar right in the middle of the toasted malt. Faint amount of alcohol shows up but comes off relatively clean, malty finish pulls towards semi-dry.

Solid, very solid. Easy to drink and a bit of a malt bomb, but balanced. Worth the hunt if you can find it.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a hazy, medium ruddy orange amber. Two finger fine light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, cinnamon, faint hops. Flavor of biscuit malt, light peppery hops, light cinnamon, finishing with the same peppery hops. Somewhat on the dry side and hoppy for a scotch ale, but nicely balanced. Medium body with a pleasant creaminess. I enjoyed this interesting take on a wee heavy with a nod towards a winter warmer. I'll look for this next year.

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Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gkangas
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Zraly
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hale's "Wee Heavy" Winter Ale is warming me up nicely as I type this review.

The initial smell comes off as a slightly sweet but "aged" smell, it teeters on a high-alcohol wine scent. The color is a deep red-brown, Hale's dubs it as a mahogany...and I think that is an appropriate adjective. The thin, beige head was a nice contrast against the darkness of the brew itself, although the head in and of itself was not overly impressive. But, no offense taken.

Remember when you would scrape up your arm when you were little and would opt to suck on your wound for a bit until Mom would bandage it up? (Okay...Well, I did this. heh) Drinking "Wee Winter" reminds me off that a bit...perhaps if you mixed the flavor of blood with a sugarcube. The overall taste is a full-flavored, "irony" bitterness counterbalanced by a hint o' sweetness...it's pretty interesting. I like it.

Overall, I think this brew is a great score for having a nice, hearty meat and potatoes-kind-of dinner. I've got my big, hunk o' beef marinating right now...and I am gonna roast up some garlic to throw in some mashed potatoes :)

Grab a six-pack of this and chill at home with some good food.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +9%

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