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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Robe brune fonce surmonte dune mousse beige mince. Armes de torrfi, de caramel et dalcool. Saveurs de caramel, de chocolat, de torrfi et de levure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2006 sampler at brewery. Buttermilk, caramel, vanilla and prunes in the aroma. Poured a smokey dark red and tasted mainly of malty caramel with some vanila and raisins. The palate was not overwhelmed with alcohol but instead was pleasantly warming and suprisingly refreshing. Finished slightly smokey (thumbs up) with sweet caramel and hops. (fresh from the brewery i gave it a 4.3) Retasted and rerated from bottle: Now its double a beer and half a wiskey!... The alcohol overwhelmed in the bottled version, and the sweet malts were much more noticeable with less complexity in flavors. I guess it doesnt age well.. especially in GREEN glass bottles.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1702) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2006
I cant really get much aroma out of this. Slight caramel and alcoholic. Flavor is the least smoky and meaty that Ive had for the style and I like that a lot. Way smooth Lots of caramel and some slight alcohol burn on the back of the throat. A great sipping beer and quite refined. For a bad style this is definitely out of this world.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
bottle. big thanks to cmubeerman for this tasting. had it on tap at alesmith, but this is a lot better. currently having side-by-side with the barrel aged. surrprised with the chocolate in the aroma. a very tiny amount of dark fruit and a very tiny amount of alcohol. flavor is good. bbut nothing exceptional. not that much alcohol in the flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Bottle (side by side with a barrel aged). Dark amber, amaretto color with a thin white head. Nose is alcohol and dark fruit with a bit of alcohol, vanilla and cream. Flavor is fulll and slightly bitter with more alcohol notes and a big spicy/vanilla bite. The finish is sugary and bitter and malty all at the same time. Super buttery on the palate with perfect little bubbles. A huge beer, very nice (thanks to CMUBeerMan, yet again). Rerate: Dark reddish brown pour with a fine beige/tan head. Alcohol right up front in the aroma - raisins, vanilla, nutmeg, caramel malt, resiny/floral hops. Smells like a ginger snap cookie. Round flavor with all the classic scotch ale components. Smooth and warming in the throat. Great round flavor and well balanced, not that Id expect anything less from AleSmith.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On tap 6/7 @ the Brewery: Pours a dark ruby color with and off-white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of chocolate and fruits. Flavor has hints of chocolate, caramel, raisins, plums and molasses that leaves a warm sweet smoky finish. A powerhouse of a brew!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Dark brown with a small, dense, tan head. Nose of rich, roasty malt, smoke, peat, earth, sweetness, and subtle alcohol. Flavor adds caramel/toffee, pine trees (the whole tree),and some almost doughy yeast. Full, smooth, soft palate. Excellent. Whos got my barrel aged bottle?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3034) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Re-rate, 12/09, 2yr old bottle - wow, a complete train wreck after aging, just like the Grand Cru and the Weizenbock, dont let AS age beyond a year! Total English Style Barleywine / Old Ale at this point, maple, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, ick. All bad. Please, no more old AS bottles, please! Leaving the ratings the same, per fresh bottles, but there is no excuse for beer gone this bad! Re-rate, 3/07: Same appearance, aroma was caramel, coffee, and chocolate, some doughy-ness. light grass. The flavor was much the same, some faint peat smoke in the flavor along with a light presence of dark fruits. Mouthfeel was smooth. Within style, Im not convinced this beats out Bellhaven anymore, but it was nice. The smoke is so faint, that this comes off more like a doppelbock than a scottish ale, imo. Original rating: This beats out the Bellhaven in my book. Poured a nice dark brown with reddish-mahoganey tints and hues. The aroma was the most complex Ive ever whiffed within the style. Lots of liquor type aromas mixed in with coffee (Kahlua-like) and some dark fruit type scents. Flavor is much the same with a thin mouthfeel and a definite alcohol presence. A vinous aftertaste, this one was good stuff. A tingling of hops in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Wow, this is a godlike beer. Had a moderately aged bottle which I decided to tuck into. Lovely deep brown/amber body with a smallish head. The aroma is huge and complex, giving you a sense of how rich and multi-faceted this one is. Dark malts, dried fruits, a wee bit of hops, and a few chocolate notes to give it real smoothness. Truly exceptional work from Alesmith.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2006
750ml bottle - Poured dark, reddish brown with a creamy, moderate sized head that left excellent lacing. The assertive aroma is a wonderful blend of yeast and malts with dark fruit notes. The intense flavor matches the aroma and throws in some coffee and chocolate notes in the dry finish. This ale has a big, full mouthfeel and little alcohol presence given the high ABV. Its a truly excellent ale. The smiths have done it again.


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