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

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Hale's Wee Heavy Winter AleHale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale
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Hale's Wee Heavy Winter AleHale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-22-2002

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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt auburn color with hardly any foam, despite a hard pour; the ringlet leaves a surprising smattering of dots all around

Smell: RIch caramel aromatics; some toast and a vague sense of the hop

Taste: Caramel, up front, but the hops intrude surprisingly, adding an earthy and piney character that balances out the hops, in the middle; the caramel adds a spice cake dimension, as well but, after the swallow, the profile is rather balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, but somewhat flat

Overall: A very unusual beer and certainly not your typical Wee Heavy; still, reasonably enjoyable; just call it a Winter Warmer and it would be much more understandable

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the opportunity

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Photo of sflefthander
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Tiriansdoor
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of americanbelgian
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kevin79
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of harrymel
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk, vintage 2011

A: dark ruddy copper with little head formation and only a target formation of foam. No lace.
S: bread pudding smell with caramelized sugars and some bread and cinnamon. Has a slightly aged smell to it.
T: Sweet with the slightest bitter and sharp edge to it. I've come to find a nice, subtle alcoholic blade in a Wee Heavy goes a long way to help harden the beer. This is no slouch. Some honey notes and rye bread flavors.
M: Medium on heavy with low carb and a semi dry finish. Nothing special, but suited for the style.
O: Decent beer. I would drink again in a heartbeat. Great for the season (or maybe a little colder).

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Photo of gkangas
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber with an off white creamy head and clingy lace. Smell is very light with roasted malt. Taste has the lightly roasted malt with a light hoppy citric twang in the end. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy with good carbonation. Nothing complex, but very enjoyable in these colder months.

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Photo of engisch
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown and cloudy. With an effervescent and lasting tan head. After every sip, tiny bubble replenish the thin head. Makes for nice looking beer aside from the hazy complexion when light hits it. Smells sweet and floral (bit strange/unique for a "Wee Heavy").

Tastes sweet with a nice balancing bitterness. Not typical of most wee heavys, which tend to be more sweet (sometimes sickenly). This is a very unique for the wee heavy category. Very Americanized in terms of hoppyness.

I would definitely drink / recommend this, but don't expect the typical wee heavy.

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Photo of mtwentz
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is for a bottle of 09 wee heavy enjoyed christmas 010:

pours decent enough. a deep brown, almost black. after letting it come up a bit in temperature, it leaves a continent of creamy white head in the center with an uneven ring of the same around the walls of the duvel tulip.
smells raisiny, like iced fig nuten (spl?) filling.
the taste and mouthfeel is smooth. semi-rich sweetness blooms into a booziness. the aftertaste comes back with the iced fig thing (running out of adjectives). a buried bitterness.
Warming, but i wish it had aged a little smoother.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/26/10

Pours a deep caramel brown, settling quite dark; ruby highlights adorn the base & sides of the glass. Giving the impression it might be a tad murky, it's too dark to tell. Billowy foam; two fingers worth initially, then dropping to a puffy island & a collar. Impressive swaths of crackly lace.

Ah, smells like it's heavy on the hops (at least for the style); no complaints from me. Mellow floral tones are abundant; earthy pine notions & a hint of citric solvency are cast just underneath. Further down is a maltiness suggesting dark fruit overtones & lightly toasted bread; solid but supportive of the hops.

Ah, tastes nice & hoppy, too. Here, though, the pine is most appreciable, making for reasonable amount of bitterness as well as a fast-acting dryness. Maybe spot of citrus. The initial dryness melds into a malt bill that softens it some, but never outshines. Dark bread, a hint of chocolate, wisps of smoke, toastiness & dark fruit ghost notes.

Closer to medium body than full; a robust feel, though freely moving all the while. Carbonation is moderate; it never seems out of place. The finish is likewise dry, dry, dry. Piney bitterness, smoke & toasted bread linger.

So, Wee Heavy Winter Ale might be highly hopped for the style. What of it? I really like it & would drink my fair share were I able. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Briken
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark walnut with thin tan head, poor retention and no lacing. Light peat, caramel, and roasted malts. Tea and roasted malt with hints of peat and a bitter bite with a linger of sweetness. Slightly robust mouthfeel with light stickiness.

Not bad for a wee heavy with good flavor although a little heavy on roasted malt on the end. Otherwise easy drinking with no regrets on a sixer although I was ready to move on by the end.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark reddish brown with a tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, with minimal lacing. If you don't have bright lighting, the color would appear to be dark brown. Aroma is full malts, something sweet (I can't place it), and alcohol. I don't smell the hops. Flavor is mainly caramel malts with flavors of fruit (maybe cherry) and molasses. It has an nice combination of sweetness and a slight bitterness. Body is medium to heavy. The 6.8% ABV is not unsually high for a winter ale, but it left a lingering alcohol taste in the finish that I wasn't crazy about. After it warmed up, the alcohol taste was even more apparent.

I would drink this if someone gave it to me. If you can find it, and if you're looking for something different, you should try this. It has an unusual combination of flavors and a heavy body that I haven't tasted this holiday season. Only the lingering alcohol taste kept me from rating it higher. This isn't a session beer, but who wants to keep drinking the same beer over and over again!?! Give it a try.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass

Appearance: Deep red-mahogany with particulates floating (the reason for the low score). Loud, crackling, thick tan head.

Aroma: Immediate presence of alcohol is apparent, but pleasantly mixed with figs and apples.

Flavor: Bittersweet middle contains solventy tones before moving to a woody, earthy finish. Lingering bitterness. Warming, but in a manner that is slightly harsh. Fruity beginning comes out when the drink is warmed, but bitter taste still dominates the end.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, sweet but pleasant texture to sip on.
Probably won't have another unless it is on tap (its always worth a second shot if its on tap)

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Photo of grittybrews
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip with an inch of light khaki head. Nice malty aroma of toffee and a hint of fig.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin, syrupy mouthfeel. Toasty flavor up front with mild caramel sweetness, vanilla, some roasty coffee, and a slightly spicy hops on the finish.

Not too sweet and quite easy-drinking.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, murky brown, with a two-finger, tan colored head, and has fairly creamy lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, molasses, nuttiness, a slightly floral character, and a hint of peat.

T - Taste is of caramel, and roasted/nutty malts, with a solid background of balancing nut bitterness and hops (not in the piney APA/IPA sense, you just know they're there). Well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, with medium carbonation, and a slick, creamy feel going down.

D - A bit heavy for sessioning, but a couple of these or so would be nice.

Overall - A pretty nice, basic scotch ale. IMO, a tad more sweetness, and tad less carbonation would bump it up from a good beer to a stellar beer though!

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Hale's Wee Heavy Winter Ale from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 106 ratings
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