RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The next pioneering release in our “Twelve days” series gets its name from the five famous bells of Mission San Diego de Alcala; whose “golden rings” can only be heard in unison once a year. Five Wee Heavy Bells is a smooth, malty scotch ale with rich caramel flavors and a warming finish. The beer’s malt sweetness is balanced by pronounced scotch characteristics; carefully developed by aging the beer on scotch-soaked American oak chips. Whether you enjoy your bottle now or let it age for celebrations to come, Five Wee Heavy Bells is perfect for the holidays.

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rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle, thanks to Chris Stawney. Clear amber/copper beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, fruity, brown sugar, some hops. Toffee flavor, caramel, brown sugar, fruity notes, warming alcohol. Quite nice.

ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 22, 2015
The beer pours dark brown with a medium head. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel and a nuttiness to it. Taste has roasted fruits along with toffee and caramel. It has a smooth finish. Good beer.

J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Rich woody, malty aroma from a deep reddish orange amber body with a thin white head. Dark caramel malt and delicious toffee sweetness swirl around in the first sip. A subtle but noticeable scotch flavor comes up from under this. There’s some nice earthy bitterness that also pops up to mellow the sweetness a bit, but it’s perfectly restrained. Finishes with a warm mellowness and lasting dark caramel sweetness. Definitely fits the Scotch ale profile. I hope they do this one again in 2015 for the holidays.

tightslice (1436) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 6, 2015
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Overall big malt flavors up front with bits of caramel, toffee, and alcohol. The bottom dropped out a little too fast for me on this one though.

SDalkoholic (2424) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from Sprout’s: Poured a mahogany colored liquid topped with minimal formation of foam. Aroma is mild with sweet malts and an odd strain of yeast that reminded me of the smell of Johnson and Johnson baby powder or the scent of baby shampoo--must be some weird wiring with my nose and brain LOL. The drink is perfectly balanced and reminds me how good Ale Smith Wee Heavy beer is which is only a compliment to Karl. Alcohol is nicely masked but the finish lacks any memorable character like other Heavy Scottish ales

MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2015
On tap at 83° in Carlsbad, CA. Clear, rosewood color with a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of toffee, raisins, dates, figs, plums and bread. Taste of toffee, prunes, raisins, dates, scotch whiskey, caramel, plums, oak, nuts, butter, chocolate and banana. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization. The beer has all the complexity, flavors and alcohol level you would expect in a great wee heavy. Yet, for reasons I cannot put my finger on, it is just not as good as I would have expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
On draft at Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest 2014. Clear amber pour, with an off white head. Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, raisin, some oak, prune, sugary, and some weird off flavors. I wouldn’t drink this again.

BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Tap at the brewery, 4S Ranch. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is nutty, toast, and bread malt with dates and figs, light peat notes and maple syrup. Flavor is sweet malt, faint hops and bitterness, dark candied fruits, brown sugar and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Nice dark pour with a good caramel flavor. Nice notes of malt and some fruit as well.

slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2014
A nice brew, though a little spendy. Very malty nose and flavor. Big bodied and smooth. Less scotch comes through than I’d like, but there’s noticeable oak in the flavor.

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