Beer #17 – Samuel Adams Wee Heavy
I am really enjoying the Imperial Series from Samuel Adams. While some of their mainstay beers don’t quite do it for me, their forays into big time flavors and styles have been quite good. I sometimes get put off by huge alcohol contents because of their flavor, so I was a little wary of their Wee Heavy, but decided to pick it up and see if it could warm me up during the winter. It’s been sitting in my fridge for a while since I didn’t really know when I had the time to enjoy a 10% ABV beer, but the time came, so here it is.
Samuel Adams Wee Heavy,
Strong Scottish Ale, 10.0 % ABV
Aroma: Intense sweet malt aromas, hints of honey and roasted malt with whiskey scents.
Appearance: Dark brown, nice tan head of foam, pours thick, decent lacing.
Flavor: You can definitely taste the alcohol in this, but there is a nice caramel malt profile, very slight hop bitterness on the finish, some aspects of roasted grains.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, nice carbonation, alcohol astringency.
Overall: This is a very nice example of a strong scotch ale. Very nice malt complexity in both flavor and aromas. Not a session beer by any means but a good beer of intense flavor and high alcohol content.