Wee Heavy blind tasting

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  1. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Hey all,
    Yesterday I had some friends over and we did a beer tasting with 9 different Wee Heavy/Scotch Ales. These were all easily accessible to my area.
    This was a blind tasting so nobody had any knowledge of what the beers were until the end when we revealed.

    Here is a picture of all the beers after we finished:

    I added one of my homebrews into the mix just to see if it was any good. Two out of the seven of us had it in their top 3 but most everyone else, including myself, thought it wasn't that great. Can't complain though.

    Anyways, here is a list of all the beers as we had them numbered on our glasses and common descriptor words taken from all of our notes.

    #1 - Kilty Pleasure - Philadelphia Brewing Co. - 10% ABV
    hoppy, bitter, smokey, bourbon, meh (3 of us wrote meh)
    this one was collectively the least favorite, although one of us voted it #1 (must've been a hop head)

    #2 - Claymore - Great Divide - 7.7% ABV
    rum and chocolate were written on basically everyone's cards
    this was our second place finisher, two #1 votes, no one ranked it worse than 5th

    #3 - Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery - 7.2% ABV
    watery and sour were both written twice, caramel, malty
    despite the poor descriptors this one finished 3rd

    #4 - Scotty Karate - Dark Horse - 9.75% ABV
    roasty, malty, caramel, big, boozy
    this finished tied for 4th

    #5 - Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery - 8.5% ABV
    mellow, oaky, caramel, smooth, hoppy
    tied for 4th

    #6 - Old Chub - Oskar Blues - 8% ABV
    smooth, creamy, caramel, chocolate
    our clear winner, four #1 votes, two #2 votes

    #7 - Dirty Bastard - Founder's - 8.5% ABV
    raisins, chocolate, hops
    5th place

    #8 - Homebrew - 9.75% ABV
    booze, nail polish, roasty, chocolate
    tied for 6th, two 3rd place votes :sunglasses:

    #9 - Ol' Red Cease And Desist - Erie Brewing Co. - 10.1% ABV

    stone fruit, light, refreshing
    tied for 6th

    The Final Rankings (w/ BA rating avg.)
    1. Old Chub - 4
    2. Claymore - 3.86
    3. Traquair - 4.16
    T4. Scotty Karate - 3.99
    T4. Skull Splitter - 4.06
    5. Dirty Bastard - 4.03
    T6. Homebrew
    T6. Ol' Red - 3.49
    7. Kilty Pleasure - 3.73

    Hope you all enjoyed this:slight_smile:
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  2. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,430) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Yes I liked that, thanks for posting.
  3. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Poo-Bah (3,935) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon
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    Good to see an awesome style get some appreciation! Would have loved to see how AleSmith Wee Heavy would hold up in that mix. Cheers!
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  4. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,075) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I wish I had a sound track. I'm certain it was "mostly" proper! Sounds like fun.
  5. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Poo-Bah (2,831) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Pic isn't showing but otherwise, cool. I love blind tastings.
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  6. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,812) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    This is hilariously coincidental because I had some friends over last night and we did a blind tasting of barrel aged wee heavies.

    Gravedigger Billy (Revolution)
    BA Big Sound (Cigar City)
    BA Scotty Karate (Dark Horse)
    BA Outta Kilter (Hoppin Frog)
    Backwoods Bastard (Founders)

    Backwoods Bastard was #1 for 3/5 guys and #2 for me. Gravedigger Billy took #1 for me and one other guy. BA Big Sound was the most unique BA wee heavy we tasted -very dark with lots of chocolate cake flavors.

    Its a great style of ale and I'm glad to see others enjoying it as well!
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  7. StoutAtTheDevil

    StoutAtTheDevil Defender (603) Nov 17, 2013 Alabama

    Thanks for posting. I keep thinking I'll find a wee heavy I'll like more than Old Chub, but it hasn't happened yet.
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  8. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (236) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Now I want to drink some of the Old Chub in my fridge but I'm at work.....hmmmm......
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  9. David_Deas

    David_Deas Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 North Carolina

    Alesmith was missing.
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  10. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Love the style, and love Backwoods Bastard as well.

    Yes, Old Chub reigns supreme
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  11. lambpasty

    lambpasty Devotee (426) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    I have a can of old chub from December of last year that I've been saving to see what age will do to it in the can - I may have to crack it tonight.
  12. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Zealot (570) Sep 30, 2014 Illinois

    Interesting results. Though if most of you said "hoppy" for Kitty Pleasure, but no one said "hoppy" for Old Chub, I will be sure to stay as far away from Kitty Pleasure as I possibly can. Old Chub is pure floral perfume to my palate.
  13. wilymobastardo

    wilymobastardo Aspirant (225) Jan 12, 2015 California

    Cool contest. Their Jacobite Ale is the best wee heavy I've ever had.
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  14. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,201) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    It's very nice to see a thread like this for something other than IPAs and stouts.
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  15. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Poo-Bah (2,502) Mar 7, 2013 Canada
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    Nice post. Interesting to see what people picked.

    I can't decide whether that makes me happier as a Simpsons fan or a linguist.:grinning:
  16. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Devotee (414) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    Cool tasting. Love Jacobite and old chub. Alesmith would have done well I bet
  17. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (9,776) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Before I "discovered" craft last year, I had run across Orkney Skull Splitter while on vacation, but when I got home I was not able to find it. This was one of the first revelations of craft for me; distribution varies by location (state). I'll eventually run across Skull Splitter again but thanks to this thread I now have some alternatives to seek out. I have had and liked Backwoods Bastard, without realizing it was the same style as Skull Splitter (though BA). Thanks guys!
  18. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Skull Splitter is a fantastic beer, I was very surprised it wasn't top 3.
  19. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (9,776) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I thought it was the best beer I'd ever had - and was blown away by another revelation; they make higher than 4.2% ABV beers! I was totally oblivious to that up until then. By the time I realized that, I had two (or was it three?) with supper, and was thankful I was on foot rather than driving...
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  20. manfromanotherplace

    manfromanotherplace Zealot (508) May 19, 2015 New York

    Definitely agree, the old chub is a stunner.I love scotch ales....still think the barrel aged Central Waters Scotch ale is the best ive ever tried tho.amazing beer.if you see it, buy it.
  21. Dan_Inreallife

    Dan_Inreallife Devotee (477) Jan 22, 2012 Colorado

    Colorado representing here! Very cool to not only see the collective rankings, but tasting notes as well. Old Chub is grossly overrated IMO too so cool to see I am not the only big fan out there.
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  22. BrewsingBuffalo

    BrewsingBuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New York

    As with all things, explore. But don't second guess Skull Splitter- it's fucking awesome. Personally- and I'm a fan of Old Chub- I think Skull Splitter demolishes it. Not even the same weight class.
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  23. Cnote_crafty_1

    Cnote_crafty_1 Aspirant (238) Apr 8, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I just got Thirsty Dog Wulver wee heavy, can't wait to try it. Possibly tomarrow, I thought Old Chub was not too bad, but not amazing. Skull Spliter did just as the name implys, gave me a head ache the next day the likes I had never felt before. My skull was split right down the middle. Don't try this at home kids.
  24. J_rodriguez86

    J_rodriguez86 Initiate (89) Apr 20, 2016 Wisconsin

    I am trying to put together something similar to this right now. So far I have
    Gravedigger Billy
    Louie's Reserve
    Central Waters BA scotch ale
    BA Scotty karate
    Backwoods Bastard
    Working on a trade to get Wulver and BA big sound. Hoping to trade for some drafty kilt from Monday night brewing. Any other ones I should try and secure? I've been trying to find BA wee heavy from Alesmith but no luck so far.
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  25. Grindelvasdrum

    Grindelvasdrum Initiate (167) Aug 9, 2015 Kentucky

    Blind tasting party is a great idea, thanks!
  26. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,201) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Did you mean "underrated?"
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  27. skiking70

    skiking70 Aspirant (255) Sep 23, 2014 Maryland

    OP thanks for sharing your tasting, very well done. A few others you could add for a second tasting to go with your top three.

    Victory Old Horizontal or barrel aged
    Dogfish Olde School
    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

    Would love to see how those three stack up.
  28. Dan_Inreallife

    Dan_Inreallife Devotee (477) Jan 22, 2012 Colorado

    Lol yes I most certainly did. I'd blame beer, but I haven't had a drop in over a month so I have no excuse.
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  29. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,233) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Old Chub is great but I especially liked the Nitro version.
  30. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,812) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
    Moderator Society Trader

    Those are all barleywines, not Wee Heavies ...
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