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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our Wee Heavy-er Scotch Ale is based on our Wee Heavy Scotch Ale recipe, but with a little more-er alcohol. This traditional Scotch Lowland ale is one of our most popular brews. Some of you may remember the original Wee-Heavy from the days when North Carolina brewers could not brew beers containing more than 6% ABV. We would like to take a moment and thank the people of Pop-the-Cap for all their hard work. Gold Medal - 2002 World Beer Championships, Chicago

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3.5
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2008
22 oz bottle. Poured a dark orange/brown with a thin tan head that gave way to lots of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt dark fruit and some earthy notes. Flavor was peaty with toasted malt and a slight hint of hops. Body is somewhat thin, but carbonation was good and the beer had a crisp mouthfeel.

2.9
Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Some smoke. berries, earthy noble hop bitterness comes to play in the flavor. Not bad, but nothing special

3.3
JPDIPSO (6300) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Initial enormous head of canvas colored bubbles that settle slowly to a thin covering and catacombs of lace. Slightly hazed umber color. Grain and toasted malt aromas. A hint of green peat and mild earthy hops. Seems a bit too zippy in the body. Toasted malts dominate. Background of herbal, dry hops and a bit of earthiness. Acts more like a stronger brown ale than much of a wee heavy, and actually a very good brown ale compared to most. Easy to drink ale. Finish has a nice toasted malt component and just a bit of herbal hops. Thanks to my summer secret santa.

3.5
DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2008
22 oz. bottle on 10/17/2008. Quickly fading beige head with spotty lace over a clear, deep ruby/brown body. Dark fruits like figs and dates, burnt toast, roasted nuts, and some earthy, peppery spice in the aroma. Medium body and carbonation, pleasantly smooth, but with a hint of astringency, and and a softly dry finish. Dark caramel and molasses dominate the flavor initially, but a sharp, peppery bitterness quickly ensues. I’ll admit that I’ve never quite understood Scotch ales, bu this is seems pretty good, very drinkable, and not overly sweet.

3.6
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
22 ounce bottle from Sam’s in Durham. The following is my review from cvillebeergeek.blogspot.com

Appearance: This pours a slightly hazy reddish-tinted brown color with almost no head. What head is there sticks around atop the beer and leaves tiny specks of lacing. 3.5/5.0

Aroma: Not surprisingly, there are strong caramel notes in the aroma. There also also some fruity notes, including apple, peach and coconut. Certainly very interesting. 4.0/5.0

Taste: Primarily toasted grains, with some of the same fruity notes and a slight hint of peated malts that give the beer a nutty vibe. Bitter finish. 3.5/5.0

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied and has fairly vigorous carbonation. Otherwise a smooth feel. 3.5/5.0

Drinkability: This is a 22 ounce bottle at a well-hidden 7% abv, so take appropriate caution. Perhaps not the closest adherence to style guidelines, but still a very tasty brew. 4.0/5.0

Overall: French Broad is not distributed yet in Virginia, but is fairly readily available in North Carolina. This bottle came from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. If you ever come across their beers, definitely try them out. I’ve never been disappointed. This one is a fairly straightforward, pleasant beer. 3.45/5.0

3.8
jrob21 (3889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
This is one style I would love to see more of. Bottle back from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Pours a deep mahogany color with very little head. Nutty, toasty, and sweet are the best words to describe this flavor. Aroma is nutty again with a little bit of purple fruit, plum and prune, hiding in the background.

3.2
rman18 (314) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2008
I was not all that impressed with this one. The flavor was just off. It was a dark copper color. It was smokey and I did not taste any hops. Nice aroma was better then the taste.

3.1
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2008
I loves me a good scotch ale, but this was just already. Didn’t really pack the rich maltiness that I love in my scotchmen.

3.3
freekyp (2470) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Pours a gorgeous copper with a massive frothy beige head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma is earthy, but not peaty, with a nice nutty character. Flavor is a bit sweet with a snap of bittering hops in the finish and aftertaste. Fully bodied, this one is so drinkable its dangerous. Very good, but I’m still missing the smoked peat flavor typical of the style.

3.1
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours a dark and murky brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Soapy spots do their best to stick to the glass, but most fail. The aroma is more toasty than most Scotch ales, scorched caramel malts and dark biscuit showing where peat smoked malts normally would. Earthy, grassy hops lend bittering balance to the mix. Flavors continue, more darkly toasted caramel and biscuit coming through, along with those same earthy hops. Medium bodied, this one is slightly over-carbonated and underwhelming overall. Decent, but pretty boring on the whole.


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