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AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 1349   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This Scottish-inspired deep mahogany-colored ale showcases a rich, malty flavor profile of caramel and toffee offset by hints of roast and subtle smoke. The complex malty sweetness includes notes of dark fruit balanced by a subdued hop bitterness. Wee Heavy is incredibly nuanced and in a class of its own in terms of balance and sophistication. It ages very well and will keep improving for years to come.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (966) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Taster at the brewery. Dark brown color with beige ring. Aroma is not too strong, mostly toffee. Taste is a complex nutty-earthy flavour explosion without being sweet-malty. Well-balanced, as always. Amazing take on the Scotch Ale style!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2811) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Scotch ales arent my thing but this was decent. Amber brown color with no head. Aroma is tons of nuts, light oxidized notes, and caramel. Taste is moderately sweet and a bit harsh but you really cant taste the 10%. Good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChemaMartinez (25) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 20, 2015
Un capricho de cerveza. Tostada, con un aroma a caramelo muy equilibrado. Y con alcohol, como debe ser.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danlo (1597) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
750ml bottle. Dark brown colour, beige foam head and aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, roasted, woody, nutty. Taste is sweet malty, roasted note, bready, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins, nutty and earthy spicy grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering malty finish. Nicely drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (421) - Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bomber to a tulip. Deep Amber brown with light tan head and loose lacing. Rich notes of fresh bread and toffee, spice, dark fruit. Smooth, flavorful, balanced. A delicious Scottish style ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2015
25 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown, and forms two fingers of pale tan head with fantastic retention. The head itself leaves almost sheetlike lacing on the glass as it recedes, and the rest of the lacing is appropriately thick as well. Smell: Thick, heavy toffee and caramel, sweet and bready, rush out of the glass like kilt-clad highlanders in Pictish war paint howling a battle cry as they charge downhill, swords in hand. There’s a hint of some raisin in there as well, like the wrinkled old highlander marching behind them, playing the bagpipes, caring not that he’s walking into a battlefield unarmed. He’s crazy, that raisin. Oh, and you can smell faint leather as well, which makes sense, because baldrics and boots and such. To battle! Taste: That aforementioned toffee and caramel? It came to fight. Those are the first flavors that greet the tongue, the vanguard of the assault, before the rank and file troops hit as a wall of warm dark bread. Somewhere in the swirling chaos of malty melee, that raisin rings out, like strains of Scotland the Brave played within the roar of battle and the screams of the dying. As the beer moves along, tones of leather and damp, peaty earth appear, fitting for a field of war soaked in sweat and blood. The ABV also makes an appearance towards the finish, a sudden surge of heat as the victors set fire to the homes and lands of the fallen. Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, full, rich, and sticky, this latches on to one’s teeth and does not let go easily. Overall: Quite a good wee heavy, with intense malt flavors and just enough earthy bitter, and the mouthfeel and appearance one wants from this style nailed perfectly. The only complaints I have, if one can even call them that, is a relative paucity of dark fruit complexity (I get only raisin from this one), and some unconcealed heat from the ABV. It’s still a heck of a wee heavy, and a heck of a beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1120) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Tap. Brown pour with a big white head. Caramel, oak. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fspirit (52) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
Brown to black appearance with small head. Heavy matls, nuts, dark fruits, coffee on the aroma. Full bodied and sticky with medium sweet and salty taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8804) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 Keg, Brewdog Leicester. Very dark with an off white foam. Aromas are molasses with earthy peat and rich coffee. Nutty with marzipan alcohol and dark berries. Plummy with raisins and herbal liquorice. Flavours are sweet dark malts with dusty cocoa and black grape skin. Warming alcohol with marzipan and woody aspects. Raisins with dark toffee and leafy, herbal notes. Earthy on the finish with more underlying sweetness. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1809) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
Bottle from BrewDog Liverpool. Aroma is christmas pudding, spices, and sweet malty caramel. Appearance is Deep dark ruby with off white head. Taste caramel sweet, plate is thick and creamy.


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