Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
08-17-2013 02:47:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
While the Big Eddy series are among the best brewed beers (and biggest beers) of the Leinenkuegl family, their stab at Scotish ales shouldn't prove grand results. But after first sip, I must reassess...
Medium brown in color, the beer further pours a semi-dense texture that projects a head of tannish foam and froth. Complementary coloration of deep amber and mahogany. It's foam stance rises quick but dissolves just as quickly.
Rich malty aromas of brown sugar, sorghum, and buckwheat all fill the nose with earthen sweetness of peat, vinous grape, maple syrup, and medium toast. It's rich scent is varying but with light depth of complexity.
Strong sweetness of buckwheat and earthy peat deliver the strong grainy sweetness of sorghum, burnt toffee, cocoa, and coffee grounds., Spicy and smoky peat clouds the taste with an aura of ash and oak. that's similar to tobacco and cigar. Cherry-like esters, chicory, and woodish hops contribute to the beer's complex taste.
Malty-sweet the texture- the beer's supreme residual maltiness steers away from the drying texture of authentic versions and holds onto its rich textures more like a barleywine. Its fatty middle equalsits roundeed malt texture for a long lasting linger of sweet smoked peat that extends well into the next sip.
Though the dry peat taste is moderate and the malt sweetness is lumbering, this beer is indeed complex and strong, and the peat influence is strong- all of which create a sense of power and complexity.
01-18-2013 07:54:33 | More by BEERchitect
4.14/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
03-01-2013 01:12:44 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a dark amber-hued body, fair clarity, and a small, abruptly short-lived, off-white head.
Smell: Darkened, sweetish malts, a bit of honey-scented cereal, finely-ground spice dusted atop, and a fruityish sniff of almost imperceptibly earthy cherrywood-smoked malt, but also some added dark fruits and a little peppery alcohol hint of sweet vermouth. Reminds me of a pipe tobacco I had a couple years prior. Kinda.
Taste: Pale, toasty malts given a crusty sliver of roastiness and coating of sweet, nutty brown sugar. Then, a fairly bright, noted fruitiness from the smoked cherrywood, but also some raisin and baked, spiced apples. Low hint of herbal-toned hops, very low bitterness present. Some rising mouth-throat-belly heat from the alcohol presence. Little hint of Jamaica pepper. Sweetish finish with a bit more fruity, a bit more spice, and, then, a bit more alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not exceptional, but a very decent effort from Leinie.
04-09-2012 19:34:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
This beer poured out as a nice looking deep brown color with a tan head on top. The lacing was a little sticky and the retention was pretty good too. The smell of the beer had a lot of earthy smokey malts on the nose. The taste of the beer was a little smokier than I expected. I think that the smoke in this one is a little too heavy for this style. The sweetness of the beer is spot on though. The mouthfeel is oily and thick with a gentle carbonation to it. Overall I liked the beer, I can't see buying a lot of them but I didn't love it or hate. It's worth trying in my opinion.
05-15-2012 03:21:47 | More by Knapp85
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-28-2012 20:46:57 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
Served in a Duvel tulip glass.
He's big, but only a wee bit heavy... ...sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-brown topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, clove, brown sugar, light molasses, a pinch of black pepper, and a smidge of fig. The taste brings in more of the same at the start, but as things progress a definite sense of strong banana weaves its way betwixt all the other flavors. It gets pretty damn strong at times, competing directly with the spicy roast for my tastebuds' attentions and detracting from the overall wee heavy experience. Near the finish, this banana bit starts to appear a bit toasted. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decently solid Scotch ale, but one whose banana character holds it down.
10-26-2012 15:09:20 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of smoke and peat. Great earthy notes.
T - It tasted of smoked malt, peat, toffee and some caramel. A touch of bitterness added some bite.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a warm alcohol presence.
O - This is a nice wee heavy. The Big Eddy series is pretty good.
07-17-2012 02:45:44 | More by zeff80
1.8/5 rDev -51.4%
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.
03-15-2012 03:05:21 | More by WVbeergeek
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours an effervescent orannge/brown with a pinky of fast falling tan head. No lacing or head retention, nice viscious look to this
S: Some caramel & toffee, nice boozey notes as this wwarms
T: Follows the nose, a touch leafy hops & a bit of peat & whiskey up front. Some boozeyness as this warms; a touch of toffee too along with some oak.
MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation
This is pretty run of the mill as wee-heavys go. So far big Eddy has failed to impress me. This is a stye I love, but this one is noting special, but would do in pinch
06-23-2012 05:26:14 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Limited release, majestic brew with layer upon layer of malt complexity. 9.5% Alc./Vol.
Clear, lightish brown, crimson highlights, ring of cocoa-tan foam hovers over.
Rich malty nose, high on the sweet side, some toffee and vanilla in there. Quite lovely.
Taste: rolls smoothly and seductively off the tongue, over the palate, down the throat. Tasty malt character, minor to no hops discerned, medium bodied, soft, but lingering finish. Some caramel and toffee malt flavors, Rising sweetness. A little bit of raisin, just a touch of rum. Clean, easy drinking.
Nice as it is, though, I'm not overly impressed. A solid offering, and another nice one from the Big Eddy series. Nothing wrong with it, I could use a little more in there. Also, the high alcohol is not having any effect, until…whoa, here it comes...
05-22-2012 04:26:38 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
Beer poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is brown and clear, ruby / crimson, tan head, small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention.
Aroma is boozy and strong, it is very malty.
Beer is malty and heavy with a thin forward with alcohol, very boozy, strong on the palate. It is a big big beer, not for the light hearted, a very big Scotch ale. It is probably not a repeat for me but I did enjoy it.
05-23-2012 19:16:17 | More by drabmuh
3.44/5 rDev -7%
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?!
07-13-2013 01:36:27 | More by jlindros
4.23/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
04-20-2012 02:25:37 | More by Mora2000
3.79/5 rDev +2.4%
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!
03-21-2014 22:49:57 | More by jwc215
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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