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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2000
A winter warmer for sure! a strong ale for sure, world class a given. Dark brown, malt at the start, and a nice hop spicy finish that lingers, lovely beer to be sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 22, 2001
Simply magnificent. A winter warmer for men who like big beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2001
It was 27 degrees here in St Augustine last night and I couldn’t have picked a better beer to enjoy by the fire. This is one HUGE BREW!! Very reminiscent of a Barley Wine. Reminds me a bit of Sierra Bigfoot. Loaded with dark crystal and roasted malt flavor and backed substantially with a spicy hop profile. The alcohol % was not on the label, but it is VERY evident. I would guess about 10%. Very warming but not harsh at all. This is one to be enjoyed almost at room temperature like a good bordeaux or port. What a treat!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A pleasant surprise to find this in Minnesota. Most of the best liquor stores in the Twin Cities area didn’t have it. Extremely well-balanced with a very tasty sweetness, cut with moderate bitterness and a good, but not overwhelming, alcohol bite. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (2301) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2003
bought in the 12 oz brown "stubbie" Bottle conditioned. after a fairly vigourous pour i got a half inch off white head..but didn't last though a great lace was left all down my glass.The beer is a deep dark ruby red when held up to the light. I loved the aroma in this brew..can smell all sorts of dark roasted malt accents..alcohol too is smellable( is that a word?)BUt theres a nice strong fruity aroma too sweet fruits like blackberry, cherries etc. Lovelly tatseing brew at near room temperatures many different tastes come to light after a few deep sips..the sweetness of the roasted malts is first to appear..after a nice balanced hop bitterness ..in between cocoa, dark esspreso, blackberry, raisins..all come to mind..very well done. Feels remarkably smooth over the palate. Quite a drinkable "wee heavy" very well done.te but the taste buds are tingling!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2002
This one has a fuller, richer flavor and palate. It kind of brings gingerbread to mind. It could be a sipping beer, but it is dry enough that doesn’t seem to heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Big, thick, malty, slightly smoky aroma. Color is deep amber with ruby tones. Light carbonation, dense creamy head. Looks great in my thistle shaped glass! Deep, malty flavor profile. Slight fruityness. Little, if any hops. Robust, full body. Sweet, malty, slightly smoky taste. This is a very good beer, I would recommend to anyone! In response to beermatrix's post, "wee heavy" is a term for the darkest, strongest of Scotch Ales, Scotlands answer to an Old Ale or Barleywine.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamidwyer99 (49) - Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2000

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