Thursday, January 21, 2010

205. French Broad Wee-Heavy-er Scotch Ale

Our third from French Broad—another stinkin’ beer from Asheville. We’ve previously run through 13 Rebels ESB and Ryehopper.

Wee-Heavy-er has a sweet, biscuity, and slightly smoked malt nose—it smells smoky like the barbeque place down the street, which always smells delicious. It has a nut brown color—it is more or less the exact same color as the bottle—with copper and red highlights, and a tan lacy head. Wee-Heavy-er has a big malty front with dry roasted flavors. The smokiness comes out in the middle, and while the beer does dry out a bit more in the middle, the sweetness comes back at the end with some low levels of bitterness, and there is a bit of lingering smokiness or peatiness. Wee-Heavy-er has a creamy mouthfeel with a medium body that is also dry and flat across the palate, although there are a range of malt flavors. Wee-Heavy-er has a good balance of maltiness and smokiness—the malt complexity is dry enough to let the smokiness marry with the malt nicely across the palate. Elli then reminded me that this entire experiment had only confirmed her desire to drink IPAs.

From the French Broad website: “Our Wee Heavy-er Scotch Ale is based on our Wee Heavy Scotch Ale recipe, but with a little more-er alcohol. This traditional Scotch Lowland ale is one of our most popular brews. Some of you may remember the original Wee-Heavy from the days when North Carolina brewers could not brew beers containing more than 6% ABV. We would like to take a moment and thank the people of Pop-the-Cap for all their hard work. Thanks, Sean!!! ”

ABV: 7%
IBU: 24
OG: 17° P
SRM: 14.5


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