Review: Wee Heavy Winter Ale, Hale's Ales

Wee Heavy Winter Ale
Hale's Ales — Seattle, WA

  • Style:  Scotch Ale  (Wee Heavy)
  • Bitterness: 55 IBU
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Sturdy Winter Ales have often been referred to as 'Winter Warmers' — Wee Heavy certainly fits that bill nicely.  This strong beer has a big malt backbone, created by a complex blend of roasted specialty malts, and is complemented by a moderate but interesting hop profile.  It's overall design is to keep you warm—it will!" — Hale's Ales 

Random thoughts:   This is the tenth of my winter seasonal reviews

The tasting:  Very dark reddish brown with a tan head that dissipated fairly quickly, with minimal lacing.  If you don't have bright lighting, the color would appear to be dark brown.  Aroma is full malts, something sweet (I can't place it), and alcohol.  I don't smell the hops.  Flavor is mainly caramel malts with flavors of fruit (maybe cherry) and molasses.  It has an nice combination of sweetness and a slight bitterness.  Body is medium to heavy.  The 6.8% ABV is not unsually high for a winter ale, but it left a lingering alcohol taste in the finish that I wasn't crazy about.  After it warmed up, the alcohol taste was even more apparent.

Rating:  3 star.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.   If you can find it, and if you're looking for something different, you should try this.  It has an unusual combination of flavors and a heavy body that I haven't tasted this holiday season.  Only the lingering alcohol taste kept me from rating it higher.  This isn't a session beer, but who wants to keep drinking the same beer over and over again!?!  Give it a try. 
Have you tried Wee Heavy Winter Ale?  What did you think of it?

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