poured a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date
on the bottle, though I assume it’s fairly fresh as I got from the
brewery at TAP New York Beer Fest. My bottle was number 105. It cost $5 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark brown out of the bottle, but appears to be a stout-like
opaque black in the glass. Forms a large, dark tan, foamy head which
retains and laces well enough.
Smell: Surprisingly light nose of dark malt, but not smoke or roasted notes.
Taste: I applaud breweris that take chances, but brewing something
daring does not equate to brewing something amazing. Crossroads Wee
Heavy is a good example of what I mean. This is a small brewpub that
doesn’t bottle on large scale, so this is a curious choice for one of
their first bottled brews. They didn’t make a bad beer, they made a just
plain good one.
Crossroads Wee Heavy drinks more like a strong porter with a
malt-forward body and some significant toasted/roasted malt character.
Not much in the way of smoky or other abrasive flavors. It’s not overly
sweet or cloying, which is nice. Mild bitterness throughout with a
slight increase at the apex, coupled with some burnt toast taste on the
finish. The alcohol adds a subtle warmth throughout plus an additional
fruit flavor (red grape and raisin), but that’s mild as well. Overall,
this is a fine beer, but an odd choice for a small brewery to bottle.
Drinkability: What surprised me about Crossroads Wee Heavy was the ease
with which it went down. The texture is soft and smooth (almost
velvety), which made it extremely easy to drink, though the aftertaste
is a tad bitter. For 8.2% ABV, there’s not a lot of alcohol presence,
which makes it rather quaffable since it doesn’t feel as heavy as it
name would imply. I had no trouble drinking the entire bottle myself.