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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

RollTide7, Mar 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

KC9LDB, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

kylehay2004, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of scot_chale
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

scot_chale, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

ferrettman687, Feb 18, 2013
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice brew that really packs a punch. No doubt it is cloying. The nose is full of floral and caramel notes that lend well to the style. Mouthfeel is very sweet. Lots of sugar left behind. Overall a big cloying brew... but not in a bad way. Liked it.

merryjoulton, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

JackRB, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

BigFatPanda, Feb 03, 2013
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KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ssimpson89, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of maxcoinage
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
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

maxcoinage, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of phishsihq
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Eddy Wee Heavy actually weighs in at a slightly higher 9.5% ABV, and it continues the series of BIG beers from Leinenkugel's. The beer pours a cola-brown with ruby highlights, a thin tan head, and plenty of lacing. A rich malt nose showcases dark flavors including raisins and molasses, as well as a touch of caramel, toffee, and booze. The sweet maltiness extends to the palate, with the initial flavors reminiscent of toffee, raisins, and syrup. The richness fades to a very slight citrus hop finish and a touch of alcohol warmth noticeable as well. Medium-light in body, this Big Eddy series brew has an elevated amount of carbonation for the style.


phishsihq, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

BEERchitect, Jan 18, 2013
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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.