Name: Wee Heavy
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV (%): 6.50
Brewery: Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
Another BevMo grab. I love the texture of Belhaven Scottish Ale, and something about it is just very satisfying. I also haven’t found a Scotch Ale I didn’t like, so this was a logical choice! This was poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass.
This guy definitely doesn’t share the head of the Scottish Ale. That guy maintains its head forever! This one was gone in 30 seconds. I had high expectations for the head. Even the Beeradvocate guys carried on about it. They were wrong! Also, nothing special about the color. Thick caramel, but not as lacey as I was expecting.
Doesn’t smell like much. A little yeasty. Similar to Samuel Adams Scotch Ale, but weaker. A bit of wood.
But oh, the taste! I’ll admit, standards dropped when I stared and sniffed, but it’s still quite tasty. Yeasty, like I said, but the scotch malt notes are definitely there. It’s an odd clash of flavors, really. I’m conflicted. The malt is delicious. Not too sweet, definitely not overwhelming. The bitterness is a perfect balance, which I’ll admit, I find unusual for some Scotch Ales. The yeast is what throws me off, and I must admit, it sullies the rest of the flavors.
The mouthfeel on this is almost as good as the Scottish Ale. I know I shouldn’t compare the two, but that’s what I really love about this brewery. It’s quite smooth and creamy.
I’m not against yeasty beers, but this just doesn’t do it for me. How do I rate this on drinkability? On the one hand, this isn’t a beer I would ask for a refill on. On the other hand, I definitely could use a Belhaven Scottish Ale! This beer set me up!
This scored almost 2 points lower overall. My recommendation is, if you want a Belhaven, grab their flagship beer. If you want a Scotch Ale, grab a Moylan’s Kilt Lifter.