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RATINGS: 1372   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Perfect-looking brew, Iíve been enticed by both the body and the aroma of this one. Incredible, highly fruited aroma, much like a barleywine: figs and cherries abound. The alcohol is obvious, but itís not unpleasant, burning or astringent: itís simply a nice warming feeling. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Dark burgundy color, with sticky white lace - powerful aroma of figs, plums, a little smoke and scotch whiskey - fruity up front, with dates, raisins and plums - later, chocolate, caramel and toffee make appearances - finishes with some alcohol warmth and lingering plum - aggressive, but not overpowering - very nice progression of flavor - well-balanced all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Rating # 500. Pours a deep and dense mahogany and has a small layer of creamy head. Aroma reminds me of a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream but also has additions of blended nuts and toffee. The flavor is much more broad and is a rich profile of lightly roast malt, caramel, toffee, and again with the blended mixture of assorted nuts. Has a sweet syrup and coffee like aftertaste finish that makes this a lovely scoth ale to be enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 Thanks to Indra for this vintage bottle. Black foil at the top. Dark red with a hazy khaki head. Lots of lacing, lots of foam dots. Aroma is smokey, lots of malt and some dark fruit. Taste is sweet caramel malt at first, some dark fruit, and a smokey finish. I have another bottle, so I will certainly re-rate. RERATE Silver foil on the 750ml. This bottle has been open for a few hours and is probably @ 73į, which is the ambient temp in my basement today. The first 4/5th of the bottle was very enjoyable. Aroma is woody and smoky with some raisins, caramel, and alcohol in the aroma. Smells good, but the Skullsplitter I had before this was more complex and had a huge malty aroma this beer seems to lack. The taste is wood, smoke, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, alcohol, and rum. The mouthfeel is nice. This is very good, but imho, not one of the best scotch ales made. I did move the overall up to 17, moving the total score to 3.9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2005
750ml Bottle, 2005. Pours a nice black color with a foamy light tan head. Nose is a malty, chocolate, light roast and nuts. Taste is very malty, quite a bit of chocolate and a nuttiness.Roastiness appears and leads to a nice light alcohol warming. Feels very smooth and pleasant on the palate and finishes with a bitterness to wake you up from the soothing features on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2005
[bottle at LCRBM] Liquorice, mollasses, a little port, slightly roasted. Thick, good warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
Dark brown beer. Lovely aroma with lots of good spices, roasted malts, chocolate..Sweet taste, followed by roasted bitterness. Very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2005
RATING #500.

Thanks to Marc for this beer.

This is the first beer for which I ever traded. Not sure of the vintage, but I believe itís at least a year old. Poured dark brown with ruby highlites with a small creamy light-tan head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, cherries, wood. Interestingly, this is the first scotch ale Iíve had that has a nose somewhat reminiscent of scotch. Taste is mildy sweet caramel, molasses, touch of piney hops... has a dry evanescent whiskey character, which, according to the bottle, is to be expected of an older vintage. Very pleasant and complex flavor. Body is slick and moderately carbonated. Surprisingly elegant for the style. Iíd be interested in trying a fresher vintage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
Bottle. Really lovely stuff. Drier than most scottish style ales iíve had, but thats not necesarily a bad thing. Some light sweet caramel and vanilla in the start, with some licorice and roasted malt towards the end. Slight tart bitterness in the finish, extremely tasty stuff, i want more. MASSIVE THANKS TO CLARKVV. Glad i got the chance to share it with everyone at the Low Countries Gathering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
No#15. This is my first alesmith so looking forward to it. Aroma is reaosnably fruity with a nice balanced sweetness. Taste is quite different with malt and some bittering hops making for an excellent little beer.

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