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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
In December 1985 Hale’s Wee Heavy became the Northwest’s first designated “seasonal” ale. It is an award winning strong ale that is a perfect match for the cold weather months. Mahoghany colored and rich tasting, with an intriguing hop profile. 7.2% ABV 24 IBUs Malts: 2-Row Pale ~ Crystal 60L & 120L ~ Red Wheat ~ Special B ~ Aromatic ~ Smoked Barley Hops: Bravo ~ Centennial ~ Willamette ~ Sterling Original Gravity: 18° Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottled: unk, vintage 2011 A: dark ruddy copper with little head formation and only a target formation of foam. No lace. S: bread pudding smell with caramelized sugars and some bread and cinnamon. Has a slightly aged smell to it. T: Sweet with the slightest bitter and sharp edge to it. I’ve come to find a nice, subtle alcoholic blade in a Wee Heavy goes a long way to help harden the beer. This is no slouch. Some honey notes and rye bread flavors. M: Medium on heavy with low carb and a semi dry finish. Nothing special, but suited for the style. O: Decent beer. I would drink again in a heartbeat. Great for the season (or maybe a little colder). Serving type: bottle 11-30-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Pours amber with a nice sized light tan head that slowly dissipates. The nose is malt. Very creamy texture, the taste is very malty with some caramel sweetness. A touch of hops on the finish gives this brew a very balance taste profile. Very satisfying brew. Try it with nuts or smoke cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8462) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
12 ounce bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a clear dark amber color with small white head. A sweet fruity big malty nose. A sweet dry dusty, caramel, sweet. Mellow. Berries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Deep copper, clear, beige head. Aroma is hugely malty eith caramel, toffee, bread crusts, raisins, nutty notes, a little toast. Flavor is similar, with toffee, toasty notes, raisins. Nice malty wee heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11610) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Sample at the brewpub. Dark mahogany color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Toasted malt, fruit and hops in the nose. Medium body with flavors of dark fruit, earthy malt and hops. The finish is sweet with a caramel malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Not terrible but i can only compare it to the barrel aged version thar is far superior. Caramelly and somewhat vanilla-y but the finish is a bit untamed. Bitter and somewhat earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crajun (1182) - , Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
bottle in trade from michaelinwa. Nice aroma on this one - malty caramel and dark fruits? nice thicker palata. slight warming alcohol at end of taste (with hops). For me it just didn’t quite all come together - parts better than whole THanks Mike!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a cloudy darkish amber color with a small head that fades quickly. Aromas is a bit faint, caramel malt, toasted malt, grassy/earthy hops, and a hint of nuts. Taste is solid, nice caramel flavor and a moderate hoppiness, which is a tad unusual for this style but I think it helps. Finish is a bit off, leaves a metallic taste. Overall, an ok scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Out of the bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Smell is strong of roasted malts. Taste is roasted but a little thin and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jnanakul (26) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2012
This is one of my go-to, local, winter beers. It’s amber in color with a minimal tan head. The aroma is faint and leaves a little to be desired; medium hop scent and slightly oakey. The flavor starts out a little sweet as it hits your tongue, then a scotch flavor takes over the top of the tongue. It finishes slightly bitter and even a little bit sour. This beer is definitely in the scotch-ale category. It’s warms the throat as it goes down. It’s very cozy and comforting. It’s by no means the best beer I’ve had all year but I would place it my top 5 in the $7ish / 6 pack, winter beer category.

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