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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2012
From tap at the brewpub. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty and caramelish. Sweet caramelish, light spiced and toasted malty. Sweet caramelish and smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle. Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown color with a half-inch of beige bubbles. The aroma is on the sweet and malty side with toffee, raisin bread and figs being the predominant notes. The taste has more of a smoky, iced tea flavor to it in addition to some caramel, toasted malt and citrus rind. The hops characteristics are mild but definitely balance out some of the stronger malt notes. Fairly smooth and easy drinking for the most part.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark, hazy amber color. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, and bitter alcohol. Flavor is malty with a great backside of hops. I dig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Pours very dark, nice head, light malty aroma. Taste is subtle notes of raisins, figs, toffee. Finish is slightly on the bitter side. This is a respectable winter ale, and one that I could have again, and I probably will seek it out. I’ll age a few, and try the next one at 2 years. Update 11/2012: sampled a cellared bottle one year old, and as expected it aged very well. Now has a more pronounced malt focus, less busy, and the aroma is considerably improved. Highly recommend this one be tried with a year on it. Given the ABV, I doubt it will go much beyond that, but I’ll check in one year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snegurochka (389) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2011
Sampler Tray @Blue Star, Seattle 19.Dec.2008, with Stefan. Burgundy coloured body. Sweet and pleasant aroma of caramel, chocolate and a hint of plum. Full bodied and complex. Sweet and lingering finish. Perfect on a snowy Seattle evening! Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours dark mahogany with a thin beige head. Aroma of biscuity malt, dark fruit, a hint of alcohol. taste is sweet with some bitter hops and roasty malt. Medium thick body, full carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2010
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Dark brown with a nice brown head. Surprisingly hoppy scent. Very smooth for a Scotch Ale. I may need to get more of this beer. Yummm!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
pours dark amber with a creamy off white head and some nice lacing. bready, somewhat bitter aroma. fruit forward and oddly hoppy flavor. bitter, grapefruit finish. This is a nice beer overall but I had no idea scotch ales could get this hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
Deep cola-colored ale with a fine off-white head. Aroma is herbal, burnt caramel, light peaty notes and a hint of bitter hops. Flavor is sweet, earthy, spicy bitter hops with warming alcohol in the finish. Medium body with a oily texture. Nice warming wee heavy overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5799) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2010
12oz bottle. Opaque burgundy-brown, with a respectable beige head. Smooth malt aroma, not much that I can discern, pretty mild. Big malt-centered body with lots of flavorful, sugary dark malt tones. Mellow, soft carbonation, quite true to style in it’s body. Rich and full, with some sticky, piny hop bitterness. A pretty nice Winter Ale in my opinion, well crafted...love to have it on tap.

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