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Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Scotch Ale
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bottle: Pasteurised, export only.
Belhaven Wee Heavy has a rich deep flavor. A beer to be sipped, savoured and fully respected.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewcat (5) - USA - APR 4, 2004 does not count
Pours a brilliantly clear and crisp mahogany/red copper. A nice dense tan head quickly formed and retained fairly well fed by a continuous sprinkle of small CO2 bubbles. Body had a relatively smooth texture that was interrupted by a fizzy CO2 burn. I'm not sure whether I liked the contrast or not. Malty/fruity sweet aromas seem to dominate and fit somewhere in the cherry/vanilla cola world. Carmel, maybe woody/sherry but not smokey. Palate compliments the aromas well, but only with a general sweetness and mild bitterness. The short finish is my only slight criticism of this one.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2004
Mahogany pour with a small white head and spotty lacing. Wine grapes, malt, sourdough, caramel, toffee and grapefruit aromas. Smoky. It covers everything besides the alcohol. Too much smokiness!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Great big off-white head of fine bubbles. Very creamy. Funky but good aroma. Notes of cookie dough, sweet malts and some other stuff which eludes me at this time. Color is an excellent dark red mahagony. Flavor is rich and malty with roasted grains, caramel and a bit sweet. Finish is smooth and creamy with very little aftertaste. A very good quality scottish ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark red look with thick head and good lacing. Sweet smell with a caramel kicker. Taste was more of roasted caramel with a hint of fruit. The finish was really fizzy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Sampled at the Peoria Int'l Beer Festival. Dark amber in color, it reminds me of the chunks of dried amber from Jurassic Park. I expected to see a mosquito suspended in the middle of the glass. Head is very thick with very nice lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Lightly roasted malt flavor, with peat and wet hay rounding it out. Highly carbonated. Finishes sour (straw).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 12, 2004
500 ml. brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Loud pfffttt when opened. Poured out a mahogany red color, deep and dark. Slight, tannish colored foamy head that left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of malts, and more malts. Slight smokiness to it as well. Hops are subdued in both aromas and tastes. But, not so much in tastes. There is a bitter tang to the finish of this beer. Rich mouthfeel fills the mouth with a smooth maltiness, followed by a smoky bite towards the end. A truly well made beer from the Scottish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Got a bottle as a gift, aged a few years before I drank it. Very aromatic and carbonated when first poured. A beautiful amber color when held up to the light. Good flavor, but I agree it's a bit light for a beer called "heavy". Certainly enjoyable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1560) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Deep copper color with a small head. Sweet malt and toffee aroma. Lots of carbonation behind a smoky, peat-like taste that was well infused with dark fruit flavors. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slightly bitter finish with a fair amount of earthiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mephistefales (47) - USA - MAR 3, 2004
Good beer with an honorable complexity. The other reviews are right. This is one smokey beer. I like the finish. nice caramel permeated aroma.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5392) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 I have an aversion to overly smoky things which in times like this can present a problem when dealing with scotch ales. +++Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer pours a deep brown color with a huge tan head that lingers a long time. The scent was relatively faint, but slightly smoky. The flavor is strong smoke, malt and nut. The smoke flavor is a bit overpowering and overshadows the other flavors of beer, leaving only the lingering taste of smoke. "if Scotch was make into beer this would be it" was noted at the table.


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