Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Samuel Adams Wee Heavy

Samuel Adams Wee Heavy
10.0% ABV
The Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
12 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 8/27/13

This scotch ale pours a medium soda-like brown color with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell consists of malt, alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruit, mild hops, cough syrup, cherry.

Taste consists of malt, syrupy cherry, alcohol, dark fruit, brown sugar, touch of hops, tobacco, burnt toast.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry and bitter on the palate.  Syrupy kind of feel making it feel like it's sticking to the mouth.

Overall, interesting Scotch ale that's full of interesting flavors even if they don't all quite mesh together.  Malt, alcohol, and a syrupy cherry flavor are the dominant tastes here, and it comes through as fairly dry and bitter.  Flavors of tobacco and burnt toast provide accents, making the whole package a bit uneven.  Uneven, though, doesn't necessarily mean bad.

My score: 90

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