DocJitsu (306) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark amber with a light taupe head, perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Chocolate fudge nose, some cinnamon, with a lot of alcohol invading the olfactory. Aroma is reminiscent of FW Double DBA. Viscous mouthfeel that ads to the richness of the beer. Thereís certainly an Oktoberfest on steroids with this one. Spicy, chocolaty, fudgy, creamy, smooth. Not much to dislike.
aleph (231) - - APR 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ AleSmith. Dark dark brown with off-white bubbles along the circumference. Murky surface. Caramel, nuts, malts, yeast, raisins, toffee and brown sugar. Low carbonation, medium body.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another good English yeast alternative to the regular Cal ale yeast offering. Malty and smokey with a nice sweetness.
Lagunitasfan (1308) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Thin black pour with disappearing tan head. Nose is super rich and sweet. Raisins, vanilla, and fresh bread. Taste has more bite/sharpness than nose. Bit of tart malty sweetness. Nondescript mid sweetness. Enjoyable.
iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Phone rate. Tap at Alesmith. Wow, loads different. Hazy dark brown with a thin beige ring. Nothing rouses after agitation. Fruity nose dominates with solid toasty nutty chocolate behind. Flavor is much the same. I feel like the fruity yeast is adding to the perceived sweetness here, and is just getting to be a bit much, and Iíve just got a taster (since thatís all theyíre doing. Semi-dry, bitterness at a 2, light alcohol. Big body with a slight tingle of carbonation. I appreciate the variation, but I was not a fan. Also, an FYI--the guy serving said they use a Scotch ale yeast for the regular Wee Heavy, not 001.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at AleSmith. Dark brown and slightly viscous with a small tan head leaving a ring. Very nice aroma, malty with some roastiness, peat smoke, and toffee. Really good flavor, with a great complex malt base, chocolate, toffee, peat, and caramel. Really tasty. Medium-plus bodied with carbonation on the lower end. Very smooth and slick on the palate. A very impressive beer overall. Glad to have ticked it.
BMan1113VR (7380) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Sampled next to the standard version (which I slightly prefer, but that is my favorite high octane Wee Heavy by a mile, so that is high praise for this version). What a difference the yeast can make going with English over 001. Pours with a very deep brown body with a tan head. Aromas are quite a bit different than the original (possibly better). Huge grainy, rich malt, cereal aromas. Brown sugar, mild esters, some caramelization. Flavors are not quite as good as the original. A bit of a harsher flavor and quite a bit fruitier (estery) than the cleaner normal version. Grainy, molasses, burnt caramel and a light bitterness. Medium bubbles, rich and thick. Tasty.
DeputyAndy (626) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Alesmith. Black brown pour with little head. Aroma is non-existant. Vanilla taste, almost full out creamy. Very smooth with dark, savory malt flavors that arenít too sweet. Really interesting.
hivemind (658) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Alesmith with Andy, James and Dallas for Dallasí bachelor weekend. Black pour with caramel-colored head. Aroma is disappointingly malty and of rice. Mouthfeel is creamy and there is a sweet aftertaste. Moderately bitter palate. Not impressive relative to their other great samplings, but this was not bad.
jredmond (4023) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Alesmith tasting room with Andrew, Brendan and the big boy daddy dad Bachelor, Dallas. Pours a deep brown body with light brown lacing. Aroma is light and sweet molasses, wheat, yeast. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet molasses, malts, yeast, brown sugar, slightly fruity.