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RATINGS: 1439   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle tasted at lbaren - thanks to Martin. Brown/red - white head. Sweet very malty, ryebread, roasted, caramel, noy any obvious hop-flavour. High carbonation. A very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7395) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- my bottle courtesy of fordest. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. Nice aroma with lots of malt and hops along with some wood, brown sugar, toffee and alcohol. Flavour of sweet malt, lots of hops, spices and alcohol. Nice medium to full body. I must say I was a tad letdown but only compared to many of Alesmiths other fantastic beers, Its still really good and I imagine will get even better with some ageing -- I will revisit it again in the future.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Its a perfect day for an IPA, and this bottle should be aged for a couple more years, but what the hell - Im not going to encourage him to save the bottle for later. This is a big beer, the aroma starts with my glass still at arms length. Pours a nearly opaque reddish brown with a rocky tan head. The aroma is tootsie rolls, roasty chocolate and prunes. The body is full, lightly syrupy. The taste has the sweet toffee/molasses notes, along dried fruit and a bit of smoke. Nice clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2006
A couple of things to say here before the rating. This is the last of the "accessible" Alesmiths (those with a ton of ratings to try anyway, theyre not really all that accessible!) I have yet to rate. I owe 100% of the chances to try them to Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, two great ratebeerians and friends who have been very generous with sharing the fruits of their very active trading. These guys are big credits to this site and awesome guys to share a brew with! And second, Im not sure any American Micro has consistently blown me away across their entire lineup. There is so much good stuff going on in the U.S right now with micros that I encourage people to step back a bit and appreciate what they have - these threads discussing how just about every good beer I have ever tried is a bit ridiculous. Anyway, here goes. Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, Jerc, and Blankboy, courtesy of blankboy. Sweet malt, alcohol, in very muted aroma. Dark brown, syrupy looking, not really any head. Strong alcohol and malt taste - not much else. Very little hops, all alcohol. Wheres the smoke? The earthiness? The complexity of a fine Scotch Ale? Maybe this is a very young bottle? I was not expecting something so one dimensional from Alesmith. I enjoyed drinking it, but in comparison to their other offerings, and given my expectations for what they could do with this style, this is a big letdown. I look forward to revisiting in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7713) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 750. Huge, creamy, chewy, delicious beer. Pours opaque brown with a beautiful sudsy tan head. As usual, AleSmiths tasting notes dont steer you wrong; sweet malt, smoke, toffee and raisins on the nose, with chocolate, molasses, and smoke on the palate. The body is impeccably modulated, just showing real girth but not collapsing into syrup. Theres enough carb there to keep it something like refreshing--as refreshing as sips can be, anyway. Tons of flavor, completely satisfying.
These notes apply to an 07, which gets a 6-4-6-4-12. 750, capped, thanks, Kim! Mild sweet caramel and CO2 nose. Dark brown body with amber highlights; thick foamy tan head. Light caramel and toast on the mid-palate. Clean light malt sugary finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5678) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Aged 6 months. Pours dark brown into a tulip. Significant conglomerate head slowly recedes with large carb hugging the rim. Alcohol and roasted caramel notes. Full bodied and creamy with upfront smoked coffee, chocolate and caramel syrup and a lasting slightly bittersmoke finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev, blankboys bottle. Poured murky brown with a small foamy head. Boozy, sweet roast aroma with some fruity/spicy/yeasty character, but the aroma was quite muted, even after warming. Taste of dusty toasted malt, booze, with light spice and yeast and only a hint of peaty earthiness in the alcohol-bitter finish. Slight weak-bodied, and only lightly carbonated, the primary character of this one seemed to be "booze" - its nice, but the bar is set very high for me with Alesmith and this one didnt meet my over-amped expectations; but its a high-ABV beer, and Ive been told by experienced Alesmith fans that this one needs to be aged at least 2 years, so I will put away the 3 bottles that are en-route to me right now and revisit this in 2008. Original rating 6+3+7+4+15 = 3.5 *** Re-rate Feb 6/08 with garthicus. Damn, age turned this mellow - SO much better, the booze is pushed way back, the smooth scotch ale is all you want, lovely smooth mouthfeel - VERY glad I have 3 bottles of this left, another year or so and I may bump again!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Brought back recently by Noah from Jungle Jims in Cincy. Ive been looking to try this for a long time. Sadly, it (or perhaps my bottle) didnt live up to the hype. I was expecting viscous, and it came off a bit thin. Theres honey and brown sugar to mesh with oak and dark fruit. Is it the best scotch ale out there? Again, perhaps I had an off bottle, but I recall being blown away by Town Halls Wee Heavy back in February of 2004, and I was expecting similar things here. The depth of flavor wasnt the same, nor was the finish. Its solid, just not overwhelming.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
This scotch ale is awesome. The Wee Heavy had many of the same aroma and flavor characteristics that the Speedway Stout has. They are not the same by any stretch, but you can definitely taste the similarities. The pour was a dark reddish brown with a huge head that stuck around for a long time. The aroma was of sweet chocolate malt, and a faint hint of coffee. There is a good smoky characteristic to the nose as well. The taste is very smooth and malty, with little in the hop department. The flavors are sweet malts, chocolate, and the coffee again. Way too easy to drink for a 10% ABV beer. The best scotch ale out there for sure."

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Pours a deep dark reddish brown...pretty much opaque with a shortmedium tan head that turns to a creamy film. The aroma is pretty big: molasses, grape juice, chocolate, dates,and sweet malt. The flavor also holds a more semi-sweet chocolate, some light smokiness, more sweet malt, and dark fruits...very sweet and savory. Rich over the tounge with a bit of carbonation...a bit flat at times leading to a excellentsmokey/sweet finish with just a touch of coffee like bitterness. This is one big malty beer, although I cant but to yearn for a bit more smoke/peat in here, but its still delicious despite that factor. Perfect for this breezy 74 degree weather day in the shade.


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