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

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RATINGS: 1188   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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirstyrabbit (1065) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2014 Edit: This is a rating for the 7,4% version. Somehow it was decided that the 6.5% and 7,4% versions are exactly the same beer and ratings got merged. I don’t agree with that. Small bottle. Dark copper body, medium head. Jammy aroma with liquid caramel and a hint of booze around the corner. Sweet jammy/caramelly taste with some berries. No peat/smoke that was present in the 6,5% version. Low hoppiness. Sugary finish. Sticky and cloying without the booze warmth that would offer some balance. Very unbalanced.
Earlier Rating: 9/10/2013 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle. Deep dark red/mahogany body with a small head. Earthy aroma with some berries and smoke. Thick malty mouthfeel. Taste has peat and autumn leaves (not the song). Finish has smoke dryness. Probably nice with certain kind of foods but too chewy to drink it by itself.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/25/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, herbal, light smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Low-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome scotch ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (8997) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 27, 2014
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Stinky sweet aroma. Anna gets some diacetyl. Nice deep red, small beige head. Now I get the diacetyl. Sweet malts, a little sticky. Pretty dull ale, but the sugars cover the alcohol very well, there’s no sign of 7.4%.
Earlier Rating: 6/28/2007 Total Score: 3.5
500ml bottle. Rich brown, few red tints. Thick doughy head, laces well. Malty grain aroma, slight metalic tinge, quite ’savoury’. Smooth fullbodied malty taste, full of strange curiosities which I can’t quite place. Gravelly bitterness. Well balanced, certainly. Covers the 6.5% easily. Let it warm up to room temperature to appreciate its full body. It’ very tasty in big swigs, but probably rather dangerous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2130) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
5/14/2011. From bottle. Deep amber color with an off-white head. Malty and spicy aromas with caramel, dark fruit. Nice flavors of fruit and spices with a slightly bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (3700) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - APR 19, 2014
Bottle 33cl. A clear dark amber beer with huge head. Nose is on toasted caramel and dark candy sugar. Aroma is sweet with creamy blond caramel and chocolate notes, very nice body, long sweet chocolate and blond caramel finish, light vanilla touch, slightly peated.
Earlier Rating: 8/7/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle 50cl. A clear dark amber beer with high carbonation and good creamy head. Smell is on caramel, sweets and alcohol. Aroma is on caramel malt, some orange astringency, note of smoked or whiskey malt or spice, vinous presence too. Hop character is low, relatively dry, some metallic flavor at the finish.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MarkoNm (409) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - APR 14, 2014
Pours a clear, dark red/ruby color and is topped with a relatively small tan colored head. The aroma is mild - just some malt and perhaps a little fruit and wine aroma. The taste was a kick in the head - strong and bittery all the way through with the wine-feel to go with (not what I like). I don’t really like this one, too bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (6776) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, süß, würzig, nussig, Karamell. Geschmack röstmalzig süß, nussig, Karamell, Gewürze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1640) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is woody, earthy , caramel and nutty. Taste is sweet with a quick bitter/tartness that segs back into sweetness. Medium bodied, thin but slick texture.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
zoucrew102 (465) - - MAR 29, 2014
500 ml bottle. Roasty, borderline smoky aroma with notes of caramel. Pours caramel colored with thin tan head and some lacing. Taste is sweet caramel malt at first with maybe some dark fruit sweetness. Finishes with a peaty smokiness, but doesn't seem to be the right flavor for the style of beer. Wonder is the beer went off. May try it again when opportunity arises.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2014
Backlog, tried bottled a number of times. About as archetypical for the style as any beer i’ve had, a solid ale.


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