“It may have come from a right old recipe but Wee Heavy fits the bill today as much as it ever has. It is a classic Scottish heavy but has a lightness of flavour and a great reddish colour in the glass. Cracking stuff if we do say so ourselves.” 6.5% ABV
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my nonic. The color is a dark reddish-brown. Standard head-light brown and frothy. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.
Sour, skunky lagery scent, similar to Heineken. Also, very faint malts.
Medium-thin bodied and easy going down, with some light bitterness. Skunky initially, with just a bit of general malted barley sweetness. The sweetness does linger on the palate.
SKUNKY BEER ALERT!!! Well, I got skunked for the first time. That’s quite disappointing, considering the good things I’ve heard about this beer. But, with no freshness date offered from the brewery, and being bottled in a clear bottle (which I have no idea why they would do that for their import brews), I have no qualms about some negativity being thrown about. Maybe I’ll try this brew again, but more than likely I’ll just reach for a similar style from a brewery that offers it with a freshness date/brown bottle. Eerily similar to Heineken, which is the type of beer that turned me off from beer for such a long time. 3/10
Belhaven Brewery – Dunbar, Scotland