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Beer Review: Dry Dock Brewing, 3 Heavy Wee Heavy

If you live in the beautiful state of Colorado, you have no shortage of options when it comes to beer.  You grab your growler, head to your local brewery, but have no clue what to get.  Sometimes it can be downright overwhelming.  I’m taking the guess-work out of it for you and giving you a sweet, malty brew that’s out for a very limited time.

Today, I’m going to review the 3 Heavy Wee Heavy, which is an award-winning, winter seasonal from Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, CO.  It pops up during the cold months and is available on draft at the brewery and tap houses around town, while also making appearances in 22 oz. bombers at liquor stores in the Denver area.  But, if you’ve pay attention and are on top of your game, you’ve got a rare chance to grab some today.  Yeah, I realize it’s the middle of summer, but read along and find out how to score some right now!

The 3 Heavy Wee Heavy recently won a Gold Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup in sunny San Diego, CA.  The World Beer Cup (WBC), is the BIG one.  The Great American Beer Festival is up there too, but the WBC is an international event held every other year in a different city.  The international aspect, makes it even tougher for breweries to bring home a medal.  The 3 Heavy Wee Heavy is a back-to-back winner, as it brought home a silver medal in 2010.

Poured from a 32oz. mini-growler into a Dry Dock tulip glass.  Deep, dark copper in color, with just the slightest touch of cloudiness.  The beer has a 1/2 finger, creamy, tan head that leaves very little lacing around the edge of the glass.  A moderate stream of carbonation rises from the bottom.

The aroma is caramel, sugar, maple syrup, with a touch of raisins and dark fruit.  Overall, very sweet.  Smells like candy.  Mmm, beer candy.  On to the taste!

The first small sip is malt, caramel and rock candy.  Nom, nom, nom!  A second larger sip reveals a dark fruit flavor.  Boozy fruit.  I’m thinking fruit soaked in rum.  Oh, delish.  In the background, I taste biscuit, a pinch of bitter hops and the slightest hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.  The 8.8% ABV hides itself pretty well.  The hidden alcohol combined with the smoothness, makes for a very drinkable beer.  Full flavored and complex, but still, very drinkable.

Careful not to let the 8.8% ABV sneak up on you.  This is a beer you should pull out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you’re actually ready to drink it.  Allowing it to warm up a bit, will give you more flavors and aromas to explore.

The perfect beer for sipping next to a roaring fire in the middle of a snowstorm.  Wait!  Snap out of it man, it’s JUNE!  Flip on the Rockies game and throw a hearty steak on the grill.  This beer is sure to pair well.

I don’t want to be an advertisement for the 32 oz. growler, but I like the little guys.  I’ve gotten a few in trades from Cigar City out in Tampa, FL and it’s nice to see them make their way out west to us non-humidity lovin’, mountain folks here in Colorado.  TRVE Brewing founded their Cvlt around them and Dry Dock Brewing just started selling them last week.  The smaller size gives you a chance to actually finish a beer with a high alcohol content level, like the Wee Heavy, before it goes flat.

The 3 Heavy Wee Heavy is the masterpiece from brewer Lachlan McLean over at Dry Dock.  Get some now while it’s making a rare, summer, encore appearance.  This batch was brewed to celebrate the recent WBC Gold Medal and won’t last long.  Grab a 32 oz. growler fill for $12 or a 64 oz. growler fill for the low, low price of $20.  Miss out now and you’ll probably have to wait until winter to try it again.  Don’t let Mother Nature dictate your beer drinking schedule.  Get some!

Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014.  303-400-5606.

Cheers!

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