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Beer of the Month: Alesmith Brewing Wee Heavy

December 29, 2011|By Charles Perry | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • Alesmith's Wee Heavy
Alesmith's Wee Heavy (Richard Derk / Los Angeles…)

Alesmith makes this brew all year, but strong, malty ales of its sort really come into their own in cold weather. "Wee Heavy" is the traditional name for a Scottish ale style that is something like a Gaelic cousin to bock: rich, malty and viscous with lots of caramel flavors, relatively low in hops.

This one pours medium brown with a tan head. The nose is milk chocolate crossed with carob, plus something grainy or grassy. The palate is molasses-sweet with just a hint of hops, and the finish is long and sweet. Think of it as liquid dessert with a punch (10% alcohol by volume).

It's a beer for winter dishes — beef stew, roast pork, Welsh rarebit — but perhaps mostly for sipping before the fire.

Quick Sip

Style: Rich, malty and caramel, with a punch

Price: $10 to $11.50 per 22-ounce bottle

Where to find it: Wade's Wines in Westlake Village, (818) 597-9463,; Red Carpet Wine , 400 E. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, (800) 339-0609,; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,; Beverages & More,; and Total Wine

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