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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - 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 (788) - 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 (242) - 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 (4708) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2010
Draft 12/09 at brewpub. This one surprised me, in a good way. Creamy body with light spicing. Not over the top in the ’winter’ vein. The hopping balances everything nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours dark gold to brown, almost iced tea color. Head is thin and does not retain for long. Nose reminds me of herbs & iced tea, and those hard crusty cinnamon sticks that are sold to go with coffee (biscotti?) Palate has brown sugar sweetness, alcohol, iced tea bag, some cinnamon, and finish has alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (986) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2010 Bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown-amber in color with a short beige head. Shortish retention and decent spotty lacing. Fruit, floral, and caramel malts on the nose. The sweet flavor is mostly malty with a touch of roast of bittering hops. The fruit is there too. Nice mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-thick texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter, oily tasting finish. Good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16117) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Aged in brandy barrels. Clear brown beer. Nice smooth brandyish malt. A little banana at the end. What’s not to like?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
robdogg (4) - Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 wow.. like other commenters, not sure how to describe the taste.. but one thing came to mind was "mildewed tree bark" - you know the odor you smell when walking through heavy Northwest forest in the wet season? that’s really what it reminded me.. quite malty as well, which I am not a big fan of.. so maybe that was part of it.. thankfully the palate was fairly light, and the taste didn’t linger too long.. was hard to finish..

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