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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

1Adam12, Sep 05, 2012
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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap yesterday at Tyler's in Durham.Poured a deep amber-brown with a nice sticky 1/2 finger off white head,nice color defination and a nice head to the pour.Alot of caramel in the nose it seemed to dominate a bit,lighter dark fruit and even a little faint wood/smoke wich was nice.Caramel toffee/butterscotch flavors abound wich isn't really a bad thing but it was dominant,there is a decent woody/earthy notes in the finish.My first Big Eddy try and I thought it was pretty good,a little sweet but not bad.

oberon, May 28, 2012
Photo of walkerfrost
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a a very dark brown with just a touch of red when the light hits it just right. It has a medium light head to it with a nice darker almond color when it is there. The lacing can be a wee heavy(pun intended) and linger on the glass. It smells of burnt brown sugar (ala creme bruľe) with the slightest touch of peat. The taste overall is kind of sweet with a bitterness that hits the back of your tongue with a Smokey peat flavour that lingers and completes the experience. The mouthfeel is thin but hints at syrup with a touch of carbonation. Over all this is a delightful beer especially for those who enjoy a a touch of smokiness in their adult beverages.

walkerfrost, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

tbryan5, May 02, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

warnerry, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a root beer golden brown. A half-finger head of loose light mocha foam disappears quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass and a large swirl of fine lace on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a saturated cinnamon/rosewood red and just a tad fuzzy short of clear, with several columns of bubbles rising from the bottom center.

S - Big nose of rich, syrupy caramels on a foundation of the ABV during the pour. In the glass, the nose is caramel-forward and backed by moderately toasted malts. It's a soft nose, and the ABV is hidden. Notes of butterscotch and toffee slide forward and combine with the caramels. It opens to the sugars as it warms, but slowly, and the ABV becomes more prominent. At the end, there's notes of leather, like a new wallet.

T - Malts are on the well-toasted side. Hints of dark molasses rum. ABV is surprisingly muted. Butterscotch and caramel drip over the sides the tongue as the beer flows by. There's almost a dried, dark fruit quality in the profile, like chewy raisins and dried black cherries. Finish presents an almost-burnt quality in the malt sitting beside the dark sugars, suggesting smoke.

M - Rather fizzy. More than an adequate level of carbonation in the quaff. Medium body with viscosity that's smooth across the tongue. Components are properly integrated with a flexible structure. Finish is moderate and not cloying although sugar-based, and lingers across the tongue.

O - A pretty tasty take on the style. I would have liked a bit more fullness in the nose to savor, especially with that big ABV available to deliver it. The level of toast in the malt bill does a great job of balancing the sugars so they don't make this beer too sweet to enjoy. I know I liked it enough after the first couple of bottles to make a point of grabbing a second four-pak. What's interesting about this beer is the way the burnt wood shows up only in the back-end of the finish, giving it a campfire feel.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear, orange-brown in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: alcohol, toasted malt, peat, and brown sugar

Taste: follows the nose--alcohol, toasted malt, peat, and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet with alcohol burn at the end, heavy body, high carbonation

Overall: I really loved Big Eddy RIS so I was really looking forward to the Scotch Ale. Unfortunately, I found the alcohol to be a bit overbearing and the rest of the flavors to not come together as well here as in other Scotch ales. I will finish up more four pack, but will not rush out to get this again.

tigg924, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a medium brown with a tan head. The aroma is very nice and exactly what I want in a wee heavy. I get a lot of dark fruit and some peet malt, as well as some caramel and some alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. The alcohol and dark fruit notes are dominant, with the caramel and toffee malt and a little bit of smoke hiding in the background. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bpfrush, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

rwilde, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The hard part to get over is Leinenkugel's is making craft style ales that are up nearing 10% abv yet they pour like fizzy yellow carbonated beers. The color is nailed a deep ruby nearly mahogany body with a light khaki head forming thick, and dwindling and fading fast, specks of lace are said...this beer misses the boat on appearance. Aroma has tart fruit notes, dark ripened raisins a bit of booze marinating those plump jewels of shriveled grape. Definite caramel notes a hint of smoked malts, and a tart apple cider lingering quality in each sniff. Flavor harsh acidic grape juice with ripened raisins and fake oak chips with a strong booze overriding the whole experience, each sip makes want to gag, this is truly the worst pseudo craft sin I've come across yet I will drink a six pack of the Anheuser Busch Wild Blue before I ever reach for this again. I honestly have a headache from the first sip, drain pour with a capital D, get out of here cloying gag inducing sips of unrefined malt sugars floating around in a watery substance. Prolonged alcohol burn in each sip, burns the back of your throat down to your gut. Overall get out of dodge stay the fuck away from this beer, please do not enter...truly horrible creation and a sorry excuse for any beer let alone something attempting to be a craft beer.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a Piraat tulip

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a small and short-lived off-white head. The head left a decent coat of lacing.

Smell – Sweet and sour fruit; slightly boozy.

Taste – Rich and flavorful with very little smoke and more plum and dark fruit than typical.

Mouthfeel – Medium+ body; medium-low carbonation; mild alcohol harshness and warmth.

Overall – fruit forward with limited dark malt presence

chinchill, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mrosenfeld32, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

beenitty, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking like a Wee Heavy, this beer is a red-brown color, completely clear. Off the tap, it forms a smallish light tan head that retains itself pretty well but does fade, dropping some legs as well as spotty lace.
Caramel and dark fruits show in an appropriately malt-heavy beer. Alcohol isn't shy. While big, the aroma isn't quite as complex as the flavor until it's allowed to sit and open up, when the peat and smoke-like characters, as well as a light banana note under the ripened dark fruits and caramel sweetness, are allowed to come out. In the flavor, the light smokiness sits gently and pleasantly underneath every sip. Alcohol, while strong, avoids going fusel.
The body is medium with enough going on to stay interesting. It's a bit smooth but not completely, with a touch of a crisp note just in the front. It goes just a touch thinnish, likely from the alcohol.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

KrittyKratz, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

DruC4, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

A - poured a dark brownish amber with a big, dense, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - heavy apple aroma with some faint caramel

T - a bit sweet, a hint of sugar, faint caramel, big apple fruitiness

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a mediocre Scotch Ale. The apple notes are intense in both aroma and flavor. It's much better than the usual Leinenkugal offerings, but I probably wouldn't have this again.

tdm168, Jul 12, 2012
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2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown with almost no head at all.

Aroma: Smokey, malty, and some dark fruits.

Taste: Beer is big and malty with some burnt sugar, dark fruits, and a weird rusty after taste.

Overall: Heard a lot about this beer and mostly good things. Not a big fan. While I love Scotch ales, this one's after taste is just too rusty and weird. I have always believed that good beers do not linger after a sip for more than 20 seconds. This one lingered too long. If you like Scotch ales, and I do, go for the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Old Chub or the Belhaven Wee Heavy...even the Dogfish Head Indian Brown ale is sort of a Scotch ale. Cheers!!

dahlen22, Jun 14, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a wonderfully rich caramel, licorice and cotton candy.
The taste delivers with a high sweet rating dominated by caramel with the mildest lemon bitter. A fairly short finish with some alcohol heat, which is nice.
Smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and good.

Fatehunter, Apr 09, 2013
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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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