1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch AleBig Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
View: Beers (34) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 327 | Reviews: 94 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Tone
Tone

Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color. No head, lacing, or retention. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight syrup. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, and slight syrup. Overall, very weak appearance, good body, and decent aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 21:46:50 | More by Tone
Photo of nebula1999
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
Photo of SaxmanRick
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
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 10:45:19 | More by tdm168
Photo of Phelps
Phelps

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Tops in a tasting snifter.

Cola-brown with good clarity, sparkling crimson where the light hits it. No head at all.

Sweet aroma. Tons of caramel, sugared dried apples, a hint of peat and alcohol.

Much more toast and peat in the flavor, which work really well with the deeply caramelized malts. Caramel, a little apple, toast, peat. Sweet and rich through the swallow. Good stuff.

Smooth medium body with moderate pinching carbonation. Just a little fizz as it moves. Alcohol is like pepper heat on the tongue and lingers long after the swallow.

A solid scotch ale. Displays the all-important smokiness. I enjoy it much more than the other Big Eddys.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 18:22:30 | More by Phelps
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 20:46:57 | More by oberon
Photo of homebrew311
homebrew311

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a snifter at Lucky Monk. Appearance is a deep red/brown with minimal head and lacing the nose features sweet molasses and caramel. Zero hop character present, a hint of smokiness present. Taste is very sweet with some candied fruit, caramel, toffee, and a touch of breadiness. The mouthfeel is light and thin, seems off for the style and abv. Overall, this is a lackluster wee heavy. The flavor is minimal and watered down, this certainly does not meet the level of quality that the Big Eddy RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 00:13:36 | More by homebrew311
Photo of vette2006c5r
vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wee Heavy Scotch Ale poured a darker brown color, with nice sized head that quickly disapated. The smell was a bit lighter, and a little boozy. The taste had a nice sharp bite, and notes of black licorice, but was a bit watery. Flavor could have been fuller, but wasn't too watery. Overall not a bad beer, better then other lenienkugel beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 23:18:50 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Mora2000
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
Photo of Brenden
Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:40:48 | More by Brenden
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

Ohio

1.8/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 03:05:21 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of CaptFrothy
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
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby-brown with a thin, wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of toffee, dark fruits, especially black cherries and raisins. Slight peat smoke is in the back.

The taste is of sweetened black cherries and raisins mixed with toffee. It has warming booze and a touch of peat smoke in the finish.

It hits full-bodied, or close enough to work. It leaves a sweet, minty aftertaste.

On the sweet, fruity side of the style-spectrum. Just enough peat to balance it. This is an enjoyable sipper!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:49:57 | More by jwc215
Photo of thecheapies
thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mud cola brown with a tiny ring of cream foam. Not attractive.

Strong concentrated grain stew, dark caramel maltiness, oak, burnt sugars, some roast bitterness, vinous notes, and a faint whiff of sweet mossy smoke. Phenolic and a little fruity. Notes of rum raisin, black strap, and date.

Sweet malt, dark sugar, peat, treacle, wet smoke, date sugar, light maple, medicinal notes, and faint crabapple tartness. The latter note plays into that oaky vinous note. Tinge of tartness is, actually, relieving. Tasty thick malty middle with a semi-tarnished unripe cherry finish.

A little stinging, but it's the tartness, not the booze. Alcohol level is right, wee heavy. I like this warmth. The carbonation is slighted, however. The body is okay, but some more effervescence would really elevate the overall mouthfeel.

Best Leinenkugels beer I've had, to-date.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:07:06 | More by thecheapies
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
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
Photo of RonaldTheriot
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
Photo of buschbeer
buschbeer

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass
2012

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. It had a fleeting inch of tan head.

S - The smell is toffee and caramel. It smells like a malt bomb.

T - The taste is sweet. I taste some caramel and toffee. The alcohol is hidden. There are no hops to speak of.

M - Moderate. It is a little thinner than I would like.

O - This is a flavorful beer with the flavors being sweet and malty. This is a decent beer. It is a tad sweet for me though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:23:25 | More by buschbeer
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, and slight smoke aromas. There is also a slight funk smell that I am getting as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with smoke and band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is quite sweet and sugary but it doesn't really show in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:47:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jeranbrews
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
Photo of Juuroumaru
Juuroumaru

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark caramel brown and when held up to the light gives off a reddish hue. Head retention didnt hold very well.
S- Very sweet almost like dark candied fruits, also gives off a watered down scotch profile.
T- Dark fruits with a sweet malt background and a hint of scotch.
M- Lightly carbonated, coats the mouth well and is very satisfying.
O- very enjoyable. havent had many of this style so cant wait to expand.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:10:33 | More by Juuroumaru
Photo of deadonhisfeet
deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It pours out very dark, but clear. It's mahogany in color with a hint of red and has a nice finger of head that dies off pretty quickly, leaving a ring of foam on the boundary of the surface. Nice nose. Lots of sweet malt, nutty toffee, and some smokiness. There's also a hint of vanilla as well. Really nice.

Medium-full body and malt-forward flavor. Lost of bready malty notes up front, but they're not as deep as I was hoping for. I get a faint lemon tea like character that comes in around mid-palate and disrupts the malt party, lending a bitterness that is a bit excessive for the style. Moderately dry finish and no hint of the alcohol.

Overall a nice beer, but not as rich and flavorful as some other Scotch Ales. The lemony notes provide a pleasantly dry finish and some balance, but I don't believe it's necessary in this style. It should be all about deep, rich malt flavors, even at the expense of a dry finish. I prefer a Scotch Ale with a sweeter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:05:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours an off white fizzy slightly creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some lines of lacing, over dark ruby molasses reddish brown colored beer with some ruby light coming through barely.

Nose has lots of candy malts, candy syrup, candied apple, caramel galore, toffee, a bit of a fruity aroma like candied apple kinda fruit, a light bready chewy malt, as well as toasty reddish malt, don't get much else though, maybe a faint fruity hop.

Taste starts with the chewy malt, plenty of smoked malt actually, a chewy smoked not quite campfire malt but definite smoked and thats like 90% of the flavor, a smoked cheese kinda flavor. Then a light bready chewy candy malt, little caramel and molasses like syrup. This all combines with a fair bitterness, a chewy slightly spicy hop bitterness, kinda balanced but not quite since the smoked malts dominate so much. Very light warming booze comes through the slight sweet syrupy taste. Finish is sweet a bit sticky, more earthy slight herbal hops, smoked malts are plenty lingering.

Mouth is med bod, light warming booze, fluffy decent carb, bit syrupy.

overall meh, nothing special, too much smoked malt that doesn't go far, and nothing else really. Hops try to do something but can't even compete, everything else pretty much drowns out. Is this a smoked malt beer or a scotch ale?!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:36:27 | More by jlindros
Photo of LiquidAmber
LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark orange-brown amber with a fine one finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of plum, dark stone fruit, sweet caramel malt, peat, lightly sour. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark stone fruit, light bitterness; malty with a nice hint of peat. Oddly thin in the finish. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A reasonable domestic take on this style, but not as full flavored or complex as I expected for such a high ABV ale. Fun to drink, but not quite a top scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:58:30 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of cattersley
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
Photo of dahlen22
dahlen22

New Jersey

2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 22:03:27 | More by dahlen22
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.