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RATINGS: 1442   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 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.

   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."

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1755) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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?

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