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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch AleBig Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012)
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walkerfrost

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:45:54 | More by walkerfrost
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a sample flight at Backstage EDL in Torrington, CT

Dark brown/black with 1" brown head.

Aroma is amazing. Peat, caramel, smoke(?). Tons of roastiness.

Flavor is similar to the smell, but so rich. Carmel and peat-smoke, brown sugar, plums, creamy richness. To be honest, I didn't expect this to be so good. Especially against the other exotic beers in my sample flight. But this was my favorite. It just hit that spot and blindsided me with unexpected goodness in a glass. Should have gotten a full glass!

Really good on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 16:00:31 | More by nebula1999
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.61/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale has a medium, cream-colored head, a red-brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is rich- dark cherries, some wood, strong barley malt, sweet, brown bread crust, and raisin. Taste is of all those, with smoked wood, cherry skin, raisin, and brandy wine, with a slight bitter undertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty much heavy and slick, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale finishes semi-wet, rich, chewy, and delicious to the hilt. Overall, this is outstanding.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 13:40:11 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cherrywood colored...looks impressive

S-Really impressed here...loads of goey caramel, toffee and nougat....hints of vanilla...as well....really enticing.

T-A bit of a surprise as a smokey malt dimension fires the first blow...I got zero smokiness on the aroma but what a pleasant surprise this is....kind of a smoked meats flavor....the rich malt load provides ample backbone for the smoke to not overwhelm. The more I drink this the less noticeable the smokiness is...

M-Full bodied..barely...not quite as rich and decadent in texture as I expected from the aroma. It is fine. Just for a 9.5% ABV wee heavy I perhaps was expected something a bit more plush.

O-Leinie's Big Eddy series does it again. A wee heavy that ranks up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:22:05 | More by ZAP
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

served in an over sized wine glass

had one of these a while ago, loved it, and never reviewed it (so of course i had to get another one so i could)

appearance: dark brownish, ruby color with little to no head. i don't use this word often for a beer, but when shown up against the light, it looks beautiful.

smell: sweet smell with a hint of dark fruit, earthiness, and a slight graininess.

taste: this is utterly delicious. smokey, deep, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar. mildly complex, but perfectly balanced

mouth-feel: smooth. medium to thick bodied, but in a good way. easy to drink, but not one to chug.

overall: this is one of the most delicious beers I've had in a long time. been getting into scotch ales recently, and this is my favorite thus far. i know it doesn't have the highest BA rating, but it is absolutely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:39:53 | More by alex_hart
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scot_chale

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep brown with hints of red, clear though, with a little sight of carbonation and a thin off brown head that fades quickly. lacing on the glass is very minimal.

S- caramel malt aroma that's mildly potent. some dark fruit notes and a bit of malty wort smell overall. very pleasant. it brings a smile to your face almost immediately.

T- that's a wee heavy. if you've ever had one, you know it as soon as it washes over your palate. it's sweet, it's malty, it's barely bitter, it's just very nice. there is a hint of dark cherry or some other dark fruit i can't put my finger on, but it's buried in malt. very tasty.

M- silky smooth at first, then the carbonation kicks in. it's bites the tongue slightly then washes away. it's not really dry at all, that malt bomb hangs out as long as it wants.

O- first commercial wee heavy i've had since Schell's 2012 Wee Heavy. It's nice, i would have liked a little better head retention to seal the deal, but overall it's almost exactly what I was hoping it would be. I drank it in an oversized wine glass, and I'm gonna try a pint glass and a slightly more aggressive pour to see if that helps the head out. I know I should cellar the rest of the 4 pack i have, but to hell with it, this is delicious. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:15:14 | More by scot_chale
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a small off white head. The head fades fast to leave a thin film on the top f the beer.

Smell –Big aromas of roasted malt are in this brew. These are mixed with some darker fruit aromas of cherry and figs as well as notes of some whiskey and a warming alcohol smell.

Taste – A sweet fruit and malt flavor meet the tongue. They are quite big and bold. The malt has a heavy dark fruit bread flavor. Almost like a fruit cake made of only dark fruits. These flavors are present throughout the taste, but more toward the middle other flavors begin joining them. Flavors of some lighter fruits, whiskey, and a light burning alcohol flavor develop more and more as the taste moves toward its finish. In the end a very satisfying scotch soaked sweet fruit cake taste is left in the mouth. It’s really quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The body of this beer is thick and chewy. It is very fitting for the sweet robust flavor. The carbonation while on the lower end is very fitting and allows the thick and chewiness of the beer coat the tongue with all its flavors.

Overall – This is a really nice tasting brew. A wonderful brew to sit back and relax with; very quite soothing and warming.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 23:37:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at 3 Squares in Maple Grove, MN. Served in 10oz fluted glass.

Transparent ruby color with little head and some lacing. Low carbonation, but a smooth mouthfeel. Definite scotch whisky flavors, smokey, hint of peat and wood, boozy, prune, dark cherry, spicy (cinnamon,clove), orange zest.

Well-crafted example of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 18:31:40 | More by SaxmanRick
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cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful amber.

S - Low hops, lovely malt.

T - Low hops, caramel, malt, molasses, and a peaty finish.

M - Interesting coating on the tongue, the sugars are apparent quickly.

O - Great if near perfect example of a "Wee Heavy" Scottish Ale.

THANKS EVAN, you rule mate!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:48:52 | More by cattersley
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
Appearance- deep dark with alight head that fades quisckly.
Smell- caramel infused with whiskey
Taste- sweet smokey caramel with some hops on the finish
Mouthfeel-smooth medium bodied light carbonation with alcohol well hidden

Overall- very drinkable smooth well balanced sipping beer that tastes like its been aged in bourban barrels.

Not a huge Leinenkugel fan but this was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 17:53:31 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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coopsta12p

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into my etched tulip glass.

A - A burnt amber color with a steady stream of carbonated bubbles rising to the top. Retains a thin layer of head and the lacing is shortlived.

S - Smells like most Scotch ales. Charred oak with a slight citric note.

T - Tastes smokey with a mild sourness. The prominent bitter flavor is balanced nicely with a, slow to arrive, fruity afterthought.

M - Light on the tongue and not as chewy as you would initially think. Does seem to stick to the top of your mouth for a good amount of time (but in a good way).

O - With relatively low expectations I was overly impressed with this Leinenkugels treat. It's refreshing to see a non-craft brewery stepping in and showing they have a true understanding of the brewing climate as it is today and ultimately being a part of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 22:53:44 | More by coopsta12p
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Nice clear ruby color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit and caramel nose, flavor is dark fruit and caramel, hints of the higher ABV. Decent scotch ale. $3.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:09:51 | More by jdhilt
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured bottled 2012 vintage into snifter, off white colored head, color is dark brown

aroma - caramel malts, oak, leather, tobacco

taste - malty sweetness, smokey, caramel

mouthfeel - syrupy, low carb, a bit thick

overall -enjoyable scotch ale, a nice sipper to keep you warm

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 09:18:10 | More by maxcoinage
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a mahogany copper.

Aroma: A lot of caramel malt sweetness.. vanilla and toffee. Some chocolate. Peat and a little roasted malts. Some smoke, but minimal.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and smokey malts. Bacon. Sweet, but roasted. Very malty. Some vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this is was a great wee heavy. I am super impressed with Leines on this one. One of the better wee heavys I have had. It is extremely drinkable for how high the abv. Don't go into thinking this is going to be bad because it's from Leines. It is legit.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:02:11 | More by mothman
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:25:37 | More by Mora2000
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drrone

Utah

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- It pours a nice dark copper/amber color. Little head even with a aggressive pour and no lacing remained afterwards.

S- Great nose, that revealed a strong malt base with touches of delicious toffee and chocolate. Faint waft hops in there.

T- Wow, it really gives you kick. A great wash of malt, plums or cherries and peat flows over my palate. The malt profiles in this are excellent and complex.

M- Medium to full body. Slight alcohol kick. Quite easy to drink for being a higher ABV

O - I really liked this beer. I had an Old Chub earlier and followed up with this to compare. This had a much stronger smell and taste to it. Old Chub is great, but it is more subdued than this beer. The peat and the dark fruit have a distinct presence and make it stand out from the other Scotch Ales I've have. I will definitely drink this again. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:24:44 | More by drrone
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy snifter.
9.5% ABV, 01712 printed in yellow on neck.

A - Pouring gorgeously caramel amber this clear beer becomes a deep ruby color in the snifter; fantastic color derived from a long boil. Big Eddy Wee Heavy retains it's thick light tan head surprisingly well for the beefy alcohol percent. Lace is pretty scarce though.

S - Sticky sweet caramelized malt aroma oozes from the Big Eddy Wee Heavy as it's bold presence unloads estery alcohol. Not to be confused with being boozy, the high alcohol certainly is perceived but brings with it fruity notes of candied raisin and dry fig. Solvent alcohol and faint peat smoke remain in the background.

T - Deep malt complexity drives this beer home though it's certainly not without a little earthy hop balance (albeit, low). Bold amber malt showcases a little toasted dryness while caramel and crystal malt add good kettle caramelization sweetness. The persistent, gently nagging alcohol pushes a Belgian-like fruity ester profile of faint candied raisin that's also found in the aroma. Also joining the party is a light peat smoked earthiness on the finish.

M - Incredibly soft, Big Eddy Wee Heavy has a nice fine level of carbonation that could be mistaken as a lack of bubbles. Hardly syrupy or thick, this well-balanced, full-bodied Wee Heavy keeps it's smooth sweetness in check with a clean dryness and thinning-feeling alcohol presence that never gets cloying.

O - While rich and complex, Leinie's Big Eddy Wee Heavy never gets completely in-your-face or potent, rather, like an introvert, invites you to discover it's depth and balance quietly and patiently. Surprisingly drinkable for it's boastful 9.5%, this Wee Heavy is definitely worth it's weight in shillings.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:58:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Half finger off white head with poor retention on a murky amber brown body. Some lacing. Aroma is very sweet with lots of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and burnt caramel. Flavors of sour citrus, dark fruit mostly plum, burnt oak, roasted nuts, molasses and chocolate. Medium chewy body and moderate carbonation. Very complex and full flavored. One of the better I have had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:12:44 | More by kylehay2004
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany, good initial head, very nice retention, a bit of lacing.

Very malty smell, toffee, caramel, a hint of dark fruit/spices.

Lots of malt, caramel, and a fig/dark fruit note. When cold, a smokey/musty aftertaste lingers, but this disappeared entirely as it sat awhile. A bit of vanilla and spice in there, with a subtle dark fruit booziness to the finish that works well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, seems perfect.

Leine's please: more big eddy.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:43:19 | More by Strix
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Founders snifter
2012 bottle date

A: A nice dark brown-bronze with deep ruby highligts in the light. Poured with a very thin yellow-brown head that lasted about 5 seconds. Not much carbonation rising to the top.

S: First and foremost I pick up some thick syrupy prune and raisin aromas. Then there's a scent that took me a while to pick out of there. After a minute I realized it's smoke. Peaty smokiness that I never expected to find in this Leine's rendition of a wee heavy. I can't really get much else with the heavy dark fruit presence though.

T: Inititally there is a quick wash of that dark fruitiness from the nose, then the peat and smoke notes. Following this is a mash-up of malts. No hops to detect in this year old brew. Alcohol is just not there with the first sips, and barely shows itself even with several minutes warming. At 9.5 percent that quite impressive.

M: Pretty good body here. Slightly touching on a slippery and slick feel, yet it comes off the palate nicely.

O: I'm really glad Leine's surprised me with this one. This is a great example of the style IMO because it really has all the elements it should, particularly the peat and smoke. If they had ramped up the malt profile a bit, maybe with bigger caramel, toffee, and sweet notes, this would have been an out of this world beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:10:58 | More by CMUbrew
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown almost black in color, finger of head which quickly dissipated.. barely any head.
smells of peat smoked grains, charcoal, bandaids, wheaties. the flavor is of bandaids, plastic, smoked peat up front. then sweet malty backbone and choclatey somewhat, smokey and somewhat boozey. medium to full body with a modest amount of carbonation.

this is a nice one by them, one of the few. usually this line is hit or miss, (i do mean the big eddy), so it's nice to have a hit!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:38:02 | More by facundoCNB
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012. Pours mahogany with a very thin head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma literally fills the room - sweet, earthy, caramel, peat, and wood. Tastes are earthy, boozy, woody, peaty, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, smoky, musty, and faintly peppery on the finish. Alcohol is well concealed. Mouth is full bodied; slightly cloying and with the high ABV it's definitely a sipper. Good representation of the style. I enjoyed this one, and perhaps the consistency of this one is off because I did not encounter some of the nastiness that others seem to be getting this this one. Leinie haters perhaps? I thought it was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 16:58:50 | More by barnzy78
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - rich dark milk chocolate high clairity, dark khaki pants thick but small head.

S - bitter chocolate and fig, chewing tobacco. Maybe magnolia

T - abv fusil aftertaste that turns into rich chocolate. Like medicine. Hints of oats and leather. Complex but not forgiving. It does not hold back.

M - decent. Some fusil burn but fine for the style.

D - not for the faint of palate. But enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:36:55 | More by jeranbrews
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 07:49:20 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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CaptFrothy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing the low scores for this, I had to chime in.
Everything you could want in a wee heavy, malty, silky mouthfeel.

I purchased one as part of a mix-a-six and found myself regretting I didn't have another, it's a beaut.

Classic wee heavy taste, mouthfeel, underrated imho.

Wasn't expecting greatness from Leinenkugel, but found it here.

my evening consisted of a Blue Mountain' lights out christmas ale'
a big Eddy wee heavy
a Affligem Blonde
and a 1 1/2 year old Sierra Nevada Narwhal

By far the best of the evening was the Big Eddy.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:16:43 | More by CaptFrothy
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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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