Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Body-medium to dark brown, patchy film of bubbles, medium ring of bubbles. Nose-stale LME, solid. A very enjoyable beer.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pretty dark. Nice malts and belgiany. Solid beer, hard for me to.describe.
jhliesen (655) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber--wow, so much better than wee-heavy. Kind of an amber brown color with a frothy head. Aroma of smoke, yeast, malt and brown sugar. Flavor was very matte with some caramel and molasses. Kind of an alcohol and surgery finish excellent. Brewery, 4.00.
chinchill (1012) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle served in March 2012 in a Unibroue snifter. Different label and higher ABV in this 2010 or 2011 bottle: 10.1% ABV. Poured dark mahogany with some nice red and orange highlights. Had a creamy beige head that was too short-lived but left lacing on glass.
Smells earthy; yeasty, a bit sweet and fruity, with a touch of smoke. High ABV is well hidden if cold. Aromas blend nicely; more so than the flavors.
Taste: Earthy and yeasty, with a strong dose of dark malt and some spicy hops. Hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, Scotch and a good bit of peat. Mildly bitter. A lightly smoky flavor of dark malt, Belgian yeast and spicy hops lingers on in the aftertaste. High ABV is well hidden. Smooth but not quite creamy; slightly dry and astringent finish; the high ABV is fairly well hidden.
O: Interesting, complex and true to style -- not the Scotch Ale style but rather, as proclaimed, "Belgian Scotch Ale". Both styles are clearly evident in this hybrid ale, and with about equal assertiveness. FBB didnít make them blend together seamlessly, but at times it seemed that they meld more than they clash. Worth trying, although I prefer FBBís lower cost and lower ABV Wee-Heavier. Improved with warming.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Thanks to goRideYourBike, who included this in a trade as an extra.
A: dark brown, nice off-white one inch frothy head that leaves some sticky lace
S: caramel, belgian yeast (yum!), chocolate, candied fruits, alcohol
T: Iím impressed. This is a fine beer. I didnít know what to expect. Chewy caramel and mild chocoaltes, but not too sweet. Nice and malty, rich flavors, slight alcohol in the finish. The Belgian yeast smell is terrific, and keeps me coming back for more. What an enticing aroma.
M: mouthfeel is nice, smooth, slightly chewy caramel aftertaste
D: Iíd like to get a few bottles of this for the cellar and pull them out every so often. This one would probably age nicely for a year or two, though Iím enjoying this fresh bottle just fine.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light malty aroma, toasty roasted flavors, light Belgian influence. Malty finish. Alcohol well hidden. Very unique.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. This explicitly says 10.10% ABV on it and is named "Wee Heavy-est Belgian Style Scotch Ale."
4.0 A: Pours a dark brown color. Just about two fingers of frothy beige head that retains about as well as can be expected from a brew of this nature. A small ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Rather, the main contributing aroma is a dry, dusty nuttiness. The Belgian yeast comes through well, lending a clove and pepper spiciness. A good bit of toastiness and a vinous fruitiness with white grapes and plum. A little odd overall and certainly out of place for the supposed style, but not bad.
3.5 T: For the most part, this follows the nose, but adds hints of caramel. Toasty, nutty, and perhaps a bit musky funkiness. Clove and pepper again from the yeast. Again, plenty of nuttiness. Not nearly as vinous as the nose. Instead, the fruitiness comes in the form of fig, raisin, and plum. The finish leaves an almost charred roastiness.
3.5 M: Medium body and fairly light for the style (I guess the Belgian yeast influenced this to a degree). Good moderate carbonation. Slanted more toward dry and dusty than creamy. Still, it goes down easy.
3.0 D: Not too bad, but this isnít a beer to reach for if you want an actual wee heavy. Iíd call this a Belgian brown ale if anything.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-10-2011 21:43:35
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours carmel brown. Nose is Belgian yeast, some smoke and dried fruits. Taste was not what I expected. This beer lacked the sweetness that I typically enjoy in this style. I did not feel that the addition of the Belgian yeast did must to help this beer.
bhensonb (9817) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours really dark brown with a creamy light tan head. A floral and chocolate aroma combo? Med+ body. Flavor seems quite floral, I do get chocolate, along with some heavy malt, but itís a bit spicey and finishes not all that sweet. Quite surprising. Iím liking it.
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a weird beer. Has this gone bad, oh no it is a Belgian scotch ale. The yeast added a whole lot to this Scotch ale, but that does not mean it tastes very good.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. What the hell is going on here? This...borders on brilliant? Terrible? The nose is extremely fresh, floral, downright delightfully odd. A little bit of caramel malt peeks through. Taste follows closely but is slightly less pleasant. Ummm, what the hell did I just open? Even with the explanation of "Belgian yeast" I donít follow how you get such a curious nose out of.a boring scotch ale.