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RATINGS: 1441   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This Scottish-inspired deep mahogany-colored ale showcases a rich, malty flavor profile of caramel and toffee offset by hints of roast and subtle smoke. The complex malty sweetness includes notes of dark fruit balanced by a subdued hop bitterness. Wee Heavy is incredibly nuanced and in a class of its own in terms of balance and sophistication. It ages very well and will keep improving for years to come.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
750mL bottle, no date, acquired from ABUSEDGOAT. Pours a hazy dark ruby with a slowly fading two finger creamy light beige head. Aroma of light smoke, toasty malts, a little nuts, chocolate, oak/vanilla, and some alcohol. The alcohol is much more apparent in the taste. Very sweet with molasses and brown sugar, though towards the end it gets moderately bitter with some earthiness, and goes into a dry, lingering bitter finish. Other aromas show up in the flavors as well. Full bodied, light-moderate carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2006
750ml bottle that Ive aged for another 6 months. Dark golden hues complement the dynamic smooth hoppy aroma. Great opening taste of hops and malt with some musty chocolate undertones. Very lively and extremely potent! What a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
750mL bottle. Murky dark brown with yellowish edges; light tan head, attractive lacing. Plenty of maple syrup / brown sugar and roasted malts in the aroma; slightly hot. Full, chewy mouthfeel: plenty of roasted malts, caramel, and maple syrup; some citrusy hops; sweet at the front, with a lengthy finish showing nougat and chewy malts. Hides its alcohol much better than some of Alesmiths other big beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Pours an extremely dark amber color with almost no head. Aroma is a meld of maltiness, spice, molasses and a hint of peat/smoke. The mouthfeel is a nice viscous texture. I initially thought this beer to be a bit hoppier than most Scotch Ales, but this mellowed out as the beer warmed. Other flavors were more apparent after some warming. The alcohol is somewhat apparent, but that adds to the character of a Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Beer no. 35 at Bill and Steinys. A very malty aroma (expected). The taste has a little hops and isnt too malty, thankfully. A good Scotch with tons of mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
750 split with Dan. Dark lightly hazy amber. Medium carbonation. Aroma of caramel malts, light chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Taste is initially of caramel hops with a touch of chocolate, light roast, dark fruit/plums, with some light roast and decent amount of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle, split with NachlamSie and Tronraner. Pours dark ruby/brown, thin off-white head. The aroma is so thick, crunchy is the adjective I first thought of, even if it doesnt make sense. Anyway, lots of oak, and sweet, rich chocolate/caramel-like malts. Flavor is again, loads of oak, caramel, and a very warm finish. Nice spicy hop notes pop up throughout. On a side note, my bottle did not say anything about being J.P. Grays Wee Heavy, did they change the bottle recently?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2006
750. Recently purchased from Liquid Solutions.<P> Beer is very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small, white, frothy, very small, mostly and rapidly diminshing head.<P> The aromas inital impression is big, cloying and musty. Its malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of roasted grain, moderate caramel, toasted crusts of bread. Over-powering, heavy vitamin B-spikey blackstrap molasses; Hoppy with a heavy note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a moderate note of basement, traces of dishrag and dough; Light miscellaneous notes of cardboard and alcohol, moderate brown sugar.<P> The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a long, heavily bittersweet and grippy, moderately warm finish. Big, unpleasant molasses in the afterward.<P> The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft-to-flat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ibrew2or3 (8392) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 On Tap @ Brewery. Dark brown color with creamy tan head. Aroma of rich caramel and molasses malts. Wow, full flavor maltiness from caramel, molasses, some chocolate malts and vanilla. In spite of this and the high gravity a surprising amount of piney hops remain from midway to the finish. The best Scotch Ale Ive tried to date by a wide margin. I thought Id had a couple of really good ones too. I really like Pikes Kilt Lifter on tap and the Wee Heavy blow it away. Its not even close. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3383) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle split with Muenster, Tronraner. Pours red/brown with a mild head. The lacing is spotty. The aroma is comprised of very hearty, oaken notes. Its mildly chocolatey, smoky, and has pronounced vanilla scents. The flavor profile is well done filled with charred oak, tame vanilla, hints of pork chop drippings. The mouthfeel is just average, but the alcohol is decently hidden or perhaps simply blends so well with the rest. This started off on a very, very strong note, but became just a bit less exciting as I adjusted to the "just kind of big" flavor. None-the-less, this is certainly an excellent beer.

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