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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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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%

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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Photo of nebula1999


4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
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 walkerfrost

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
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
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:15:14 | More by scot_chale
Photo of merryjoulton


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 07:51:01 | More by merryjoulton
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

Serving type: bottle

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


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 15:56:07 | More by phishsihq
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 07:54:33 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BEERWOLF1951


2.15/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Deep ruby with thin to no head.

Smell - Sweet with smokey peat.

Taste - Raisens, slight malt, toffee and then the unmistakable peat-smoke flavor, which I am not a fan of. Somewhat clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin for the style.

Overall - I would really enjoy this beer if the peat flavor (correct for the style) was less apparent.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 13:47:28 | More by BEERWOLF1951
Photo of TMoney2591


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 15:09:20 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of philbe311


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A full finger's worth of active fizzy khaki colored head that quickly fades away leaving a mere splotch of lacing in the center of the glass and the slightest of collars... The color is a completely translucent sleek and glossy medium brown... A slight bit of carbonation can be seen moving at varying paces within...

S - A definite malt bomb... Caramel... Loads of toasted malts... A hint of vanilla... Some woody character... A bit of peat... Just the slightest touch of smoke... A bit of brown sugar as well...

T - Caramel... Toffee... Brown sugar... Some light wood and smoke notes... Toasted malts... Bread crust... Some light chocolate notes as well... The finish has notes of dark fruit and cherries... The after taste has a very slight, but not unpleasant medicinal character... Well rounded with nice depth and complexity...

M - Medium to full bodied, but closer to full... A bit sticky... A bit chewy... Even and consistent... Limited carbonation... Sleek...

D - A very nice Wee Heavy here from Leinenkugels... There Big Eddy line of brews has some very nice offerings... This one is a sipper... A nice brew to sit back and unwind with... I would gladly drink again and recommend to fans of the Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy style...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:29:39 | More by philbe311
Photo of association330


2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours murky brown with no head

Smells vaguely of toasted malt, but the strongest smell by far is bacon. It's smoky, but it's a "meaty" smokiness. I have no other way of describing it.

Tastes oddly sour, with that same "bacon" finish. I typically hate rauchbier (smoked beer), and this tastes similar.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the style.

I think I might've gotten an infected bottle or a bad batch. Either way, this was pretty nasty, and not a scotch ale I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 17:08:44 | More by association330
Photo of matttttYCE


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tan head, about a finger high, but recedes quickly, leaving a tiny ring around the glass. Slight lace. Color is a murky brown with a purpleish hue.

Very malty aroma, as expected, mostly sweet roasted malt, caramelized, and some light smoke in there, with a good deal of sweetness, molasses, leather, brown sugar, peat notes, toffee, cocoa notes, dark and pitted fruits, hints of tobacco, also hints of caramel apple. Very complex aroma.

A bit less malty than the aroma, more toasted qualities, caramelized malts, molasses, toffee, light smoke and peat notes, tobacco, slight leather, less sweet than the aroma as well, light candy apple, hints at pitted fruits and cocoa notes. Not quite as good as I expected from the nose.

Medium-heavy body, viscous, nearly filmy consistency, low carbonation, and medium length finish, dry, a touch alcohol heat.

Overall not a bad scotch ale / wee heavy. Would definitely drink this again when I'm in the mood. It wasn't amazing by my standards, but it wasn't bad by any means. If you enjoy a big, malty beer I think that this is worth your time, at least once.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 08:11:45 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of SaxmanRick


4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
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 blatherbeard


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Never had the chance to try the Big Eddy series before so when i saw this one on the shelf i had to grab a 4 pack. I like wee heavys as well, so on with the review!!

(poured from a bottle into a sam adams sensory glass)

Appearance is very good, minimal lacing, decent but not overly heady, nice dark brown color.

Smells great but ive smelled better(and worse!) Good earthy and peat notes for sure.

Taste was above average. Good peaty notes with a nice healthy malt finish.

I thought the mouth was a bit understated. Not watery per se, but just a bit less than i thought it should be. Carbonation was spot on.

Overall i am pleased with my first taste of the big eddy series and look forward to more of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 23:22:00 | More by blatherbeard
Photo of Nerudamann


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark red in color, clear, but with good carbonation and about a finger's worth of foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - interesting malty smell mixed with a caramel or cocoa-like aroma...almost reminds me of a kid's cereal.

Taste - interesting taste too. It's a little on the musky side at first, but then transitions into something with a bit more bite and kick. Still not overwhelming though.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans just slightly on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. It's got a very intriguing palate and complexity to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 06:38:33 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:45:44 | More by zeff80
Photo of scaliasux


3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cola brown. Dark, but appears clear. Maybe a little red. Short tan head. Fairly persistent.

Smell - Rich medium-roasted malts. Molasses, raisins, syrup.

Taste - Sweet and malty. Initial impact is a little subdued, at least less flavor than I was expecting. Rich and raisiny. Finish has a little citrusy sourness. A touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Feels a little light.

Overall - Doesn't have everything I want in a Scotch Ale, but it's quite a lot more interesting than Berry Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 04:12:28 | More by scaliasux
Photo of DefenCorps


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single for $2.99 from the Village Pump. This rounds out the Big Eddy series (non -bal) for me.

A very dark reddish brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and no real lacing, this looks decent. The nose is solid. Malt, burnt sugar, toffee, a little smoke, leather and English hops are most noticeable up front. There's also a nice dark caramel aroma, along with a little bit of an herbal, tea-like aroma. Petrichor is noticeable, along with a moderate nuttiness, rather almond/almond oil-like.

The palate, however, is mildly disappointing. Opening with plenty of malt character, this has some heavily toasted malt, burnt sugar bitterness, toffee, some grainy astringency and is, in general, rather intense. The leather pairs quite well with the dark brown sugar and dark caramel, but ultimately, the lack of balance is to the beer's detriment. Nice flavors of rum and raisins are also present. Rather dry and highly carbonated, this beer finishes with flavors of burnt sugar , brown sugar and some sweetness. Some earthy hop bitterness is noticeable as well. Medium-light in body, this beer is quite nice on the palate but for the high carbonation. As it warms up and the carbonation dies down, it improves significantly, and I'm upping my T score to 3.5.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:37:55 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 russpowell


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 05:26:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, but still barely transparent with a small tan-yellow head. The smell is unlike any other wee heavy I've had. The smell is very sweet, and smells mostly of tobacco. The taste is pretty much more of the same. I knew it would be sweet, but was still rather taken aback by the astounding sweetness I was affronted with. I love sweet beers and after a few sips, I was OK with the level of sweetness, but it's definitely the sweetest beer of the style that I've encountered and at first I thought it was too much. It also has a smoky, tobacco-like taste and a roasted malt bitterness. It's VERY sticky. It's definitely within style, but is an extreme example of the characteristics with which the style is generally described. VERY sweet, VERY alcoholic, VERY smoky, particularly tobacco-like flavours, and ALL bitterness is roasted malt-derived. This is an extreme example of the style, so be prepared. It's not bad if you're into that kind of thing, but it's right on the edge of being over-the-top.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 04:52:01 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of Rizalini


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a clear ruby red/amber color with 1 finger of tan head that fades rather quickly to a ring of foam.

S - Has a slight band-aid aroma, followed by a caramel/butterscotch smell.

T/M - The smell carries over into the taste. The band-aid aroma kinda carries into the after taste, letting a sweeter toffee like flavor take the forefront. Also has an herbal quality to it as well. Medium oily mouthfeel.

O - This one started to grow on me as it warmed up in my glass. I don't know if I would buy another one anytime soon, but I'm not against trying it again when they release it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 04:43:38 | More by Rizalini
Photo of Phelps


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.