Thursday, May 9, 2013

Crossroads Wee Heavy

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (876) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2013
I 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. 
Grade: 7/10