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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Mahogany in color, rich and mouthfilling, the warm flavors of this winter ale are a hearty match for the cold weather season. Hale’s Wee Heavy was brewed as the brewery’s first "Seasonal" beer in the winter of 1985. The term "Wee Heavy" is a traditional Scottish name for a strong ale. Pale, Crystal, & Black malts. Cascade, Cluster, & Mount Hood hops. Original Gravity: 1.070 I.B.U’s: 55 A.B.V.: 6.8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Brennan’s Country Farm Market in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy dark copper brown colored brew with a thick off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark pitted fruits, roasted caramel malt, some dark bread dough, some floral hops and a hint of toffee. Taste is full bodied, soft texture with flavors of caramel malt, roasted nuts, a hint of vanilla and floral hops. Finish is malty with minimal bitterness with a touch of alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
highibus (721) - Vail, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours a nice chestnut brown with decent tan head. Aroma of cherries and alcohol. Flavor is deep chewy malt with some more dark fruit. Clean finish with just a hint of the alcohol. Best beer I have had from hales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. I remember trying this brew at the pub about 9 yrs ago and it blew me away. In the age of barrel-aged, high gravity, double everything, this beer shows a complexity and drinkability that is unmatched for a lower gravity brew. Nutty, malty, and delicious. The perfect Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Murky orange brown with a beige two finger ringed lace maker of a topper. Aroma of toffee, caramel, grains and sweet bready malt. Taste of toffee, malt, sticky buns, and a touch of both citrus and alcohol. Mild bitterness in finish, not a bad brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 2009 12 oz.Bottle Rich rocky off white head.Clear dark bronze red color.BC sediment dust.No haze.Floral mild hop toasted malty vanilla nutmeg front.Sweet dry rich toasted black cherry malty sweet dark fruit mild toffee body.Dry mild hot hop EtOH clean end.New Amped Brewer. Hale’s Ales, Limited--Wee Heavy Winter Ale--Limited Edition Release--Bottle Conditioned--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 25 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin light lace light tan head. Thin pour. Bottle Conditioned haze hint thin amber bronze color. Chocolate hint toasted light hop peat hint front. Mild dry sweet fully fermented thin textured roasted sweet Scottish malt hint mild fruit body. Crisp toasty roasty mild hop end. Sampled 10/15/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $7.79 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 10/15/2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle... Poured a cloudy burgundy with practically no head. Sweet, juicy aroma of fruits and malts. Very grainy in initial flavors with caramel and prune fruit flavors. Doesn’t stand out too much for a winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopDuvel99 (39) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Reddish-brown with no head. Roasty/malty aroma. Full-bodied. Malty at first, hoppy finish. Bitter aftertaste. Quite hoppy. Not bad, but I obviously got an undercarbonated bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottled from the ’07-08 batch. Poured rich reddish-brown with a creamy cap of beige head.. sticky lacing followed it down. The aroma was sweet with darker fruits, caramel, and light sourdough bread with prickly alcohol and yeasty accents.. warm and quite enjoyable. The flavor was sweet as well, showcasing the dark fruits.. light earthy and fruity bitterness graced the edges, amplified by alcohol warmth.. finished sweet and lightly toasted with more dark fruit. Medium-bodied with heavy carbonation on the palate.. spicy and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle Pours deep, deep brown - almost black. Complex, balanced malty flavor. Liked it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11132) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Unanimous choice of five tasters at the brewpub for best beer of a very disappointing session. This one made the effort worthwhile.

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