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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch AleBig Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 395
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 29.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012

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Photo of Josh012012
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is only rated so low because it made by leinenkugel. A sold example of the style. when you imagine a scotch ale this must be it. I will agree that there is nothing extreme about this beer but it is still good.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Limited release, majestic brew with layer upon later of malt complexity." Brewed in the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Limited release in the Big Eddy series, initially released spring 2012, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a short-lived crisp fizzy head of a toasted tan color over a hazy dark brown body. Retention is poor and lacing is light and spotty. 2

(Smell) Strong fruit profile of syrupy dried fruits, dates, raisins, soft fig and plum, meets notes of caramelized malt syrups and soft grain malts with a moderate sweetness. Some delicate fruit acidity rounds out the malt sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Peat and caramel malts forward with moderate sweetness and smokey undertones, followed by tart and syrupy fruit compounds, lots of tart raisin and plum character forward. Fairly clean overall, finishes on the sweet side. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, oily. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over acidic and bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters overall. 3.5

(Overall) A fairly textbook example of a Wee Heavy that falls right in the middle of what we come to expect of the style, meaning I wasn't disappointed, but the potential for depth of flavor is always there, and I could always appreciate a smokier or more robust malt profile than what this beer has here. At over 3 years of age, this ale is still very drinkable, although there is a more profound fruit profile due to the age, unfortunately I have not seen this beer in a vintage other than 2012 in my area, so it may be impossible to see how it compares to a fresher batch. Altogether, it may be worth trying at a respectable price. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut half inch rocky tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin film, some legs.
S: Malt, dark sugars, esters, dark fruit, a touch of peat, no hop aroma, malty caramel, alcohol.
T: Rich malt flavors, peat and a hint of scotch, fruity esters, dried fruit, a little nutty, long lingering malt after taste balanced by some English Hops that are there but not prominent, a little anise in the finish.
F: full bodied, smooth, med-low carbonation.
O: Full and sweet but dries in the finish

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Photo of SackBlabbath
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 2012 into two glasses, shared with a friend.

Deep red, lets very little light through. Moderate amount of head.

Roasted, malty, earthy, semi-sweet chocolate.

Very subtle flavors, especially for the style of beer. Chocolate comes through with a touch of caramel, and a slight taste of dark fruits. Sweet but not sickly sweet, especially thanks to the light mouthfeel. Hard to find the alcohol in this one, clocking in at 9.5%

Moderate carbonation, smooth, surprisingly easy to drink. Initially very light feel and taste, but it picks rather quickly on the palate.

Pleasantly surprised with this beer, one of the more enjoyable scotch ales, as the alcohol is not too in your face. Usually not a fan of linenkugels beers, but this beer was 4 bucks and was 2 years old so I figured "What the hell". Overall, I wouldn't seek it out but it was a pleasant experience and I would recommend picking up a single if you get the chance.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky mud color with bronze highlights and no head to speak of. Streams of carbonation can be seen traversing the periphery of the glass as they meander upward. Amazing bouquet smells of molasses, anise, dark chocolate, charcoal, dark fruit, leather, and a touch of decadent booze.

The taste features a surprising kick of tart cherries up front--if I didn’t know better, I would swear this was a Flanders red. Something akin to nutmeg and anise lend an interesting spiciness that meshes well enough with the tart fruit. The sweetness most resembles raisins as opposed to anything else, though it's merely a character actor in this context. Rumors of leather begin to emerge toward the middle with adequate warming. Alcohol, which is otherwise pretty well concealed, manifests in the finish along with a peculiar tang reminiscent of 7Up (maybe it’s the combination of anise and tart fruit asserting itself). This sounds highly objectionable, but manages to work somehow in context. The alcohol really starts to heat up as the temperature increases. A slightly thin body may not be quite up to the task of supporting the vibrant flavors, but it’s not a major detraction. The carbonation is slightly aggressive up front, but it mellows soon enough.

Well, this beer was certainly an adventure. As a wee heavy, it’s an utter headscratcher, but as a sour ale it’s a rather creative interpretation, with the prominent dose of anise integrating remarkably well with the tartness. The alcohol strikes a good balance between character and concealment, allowing it to remain highly drinkable in spite of approaching double-digit ABV. Leinenkugel’s craft arm has shown promise in some of its other offerings as well, even if they haven’t quite hit the bulls-eye just yet. This is worth trying if only for the novel experience, and even more so for the sour ale aficionado.

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Photo of Mikus
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this at a local shop (2012 vintage) and scooped one up. Not too thrilled when I noticed Leinenkugel on the label (which I associate with the annoying TV commercials about shandy), but got over it. Decided to perform a memory charm (to you Harry Potter fans) to wipe the negative associations away before trying it. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed. Poured a deep, chocolate brown, with ruby edges when held into the light. 2mm of head dissipated quickly to nil. The aromas were v. nice and opened up more as the brew warmed in my snifter. Molasses, tobacco, figs and raisins, a hint of apple. Mellow nose, yet complex. The taste was initially sweet, with strong hints of those dark fruits and the tobacco note, slight breadiness. I'd like to side by side with a fresh one. I have a feeling that this was improved with a couple years on it. Mouthfeel nailed it... smooth with a nice lingering taste. All damn enjoyment here, folks. Try this. I am not going to sleep on Leinenkugel again, though I might hold off on the shandy. Cheers!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Date smeared bottle of 2012 vintage at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt and caramel
Head small (<2 cm), off white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to partial 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown, muddy
Flavor begins sweet and malty, ends sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.125. Final weighted score: 3.25

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Photo of 57md
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 version – aged just about two years when I sampled it.

Pours brown in color with copper edges and a finger of beige head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is an exceptional blend of maltiness and breadiness. The flavor follows the nose. The mouthfeel is sticky and hearty. Sweet notes come on in the finish along with a mild but clearly out-of-place tartiness.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Wee Heavy from Leinenkugel. Pours dark brown to ruby red with light head and light lacing on the glass. Smell of peat, caramel, moderately roasted grains, and a hint of dark plums. Thick mouthfeel with syrupy sweet roasted malts up front, heavy caramel malts, sweet plums, and a light tinged hop bitterness that gives into a nice contrast to the booziness of this Wee Heavy on the back. Complex and earthy. Almost a scotch ale. I hate to say it, but I would think that this beer suffers with the identity of the brewer. It is a solid offering and a great addition to the Leinie's family.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, best before 1/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, cherry, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, cherry, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, light nuttiness, light smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice scotch ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
1.75/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I don't know if the bottle was bad or improperly stored but, this is something i will NOT buy again. The smell was sweet as others reviewed but, this bottle had know malt it was all sour Tartness, not hoppy bitter but sour! I have tasted a few scotch ales so far and this did not taste anywhere near the others. Too thin in the mouth feel. I poured it out because I could not stand the way the sourness was overpowering , it was almost like a sour of something that has spoiled like a dairy product.

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For a Wee Heavy, it is wonderful. Taste very similar to Scotty Karate from Dark Horse, it is a great sipping beer. It starts off with a bitter bite but ends with almost no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and the nose is sublime. Will definitely be enjoying this wonderful brew again.

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Photo of CaptFrothy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
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.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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?!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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