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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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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012)
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RichH55

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-02-2012 03:12:47 | More by RichH55
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-01-2012 20:06:39 | More by videofrog
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-31-2012 02:41:57 | More by Hopstout
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MaxOfMetal

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-30-2012 19:32:13 | More by MaxOfMetal
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Jnaustin114


2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

05-30-2012 02:26:19 | More by Jnaustin114
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

05-28-2012 21:55:06 | More by cfinch2
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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
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of khaki/tan head, color of the beer is a translucent dark garnet amber color. Head diminishes to a ring in minutes, and barely any lacing.

Smell - Sweet ripe dark fruits, bourbon pound cake, whiffs of dark carmels and some vanilla. Really nice aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose, all the flavors come at once, really no transition here, except that the booze comes on strong at the end of the sip. Good flavors, definitely get the dark fruits, dark toffee and vanilla, but just doesn't have the depth and complexity I prefer for this style.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is almost medium, it is smooth, but is also very slick and feels a bit watery. Carb is nearly medium and adds some welcome edges, but there is no transition after this - just more of the same flavors and then the booze.

Overall - It's not a bad beer, but it is not one that I will purchase again. There are some nice flavors here, but really no depth or complexity, and the mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. As this warms, the booze picks up too. I loved the Big Eddy RIS, but this scotch ale seems to falter a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 06:02:36 | More by blackcompg
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bespin15

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

05-26-2012 22:36:20 | More by bespin15
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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-26-2012 22:00:24 | More by kew
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-26-2012 21:36:12 | More by cdwil
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:16:17 | More by drabmuh
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:26:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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robbyc1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-20-2012 22:56:20 | More by robbyc1
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thatdavegy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-20-2012 15:11:31 | More by thatdavegy
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a Piraat tulip

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a small and short-lived off-white head. The head left a decent coat of lacing.

Smell – Sweet and sour fruit; slightly boozy.

Taste – Rich and flavorful with very little smoke and more plum and dark fruit than typical.

Mouthfeel – Medium+ body; medium-low carbonation; mild alcohol harshness and warmth.

Overall – fruit forward with limited dark malt presence

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:01:21 | More by chinchill
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-19-2012 05:52:20 | More by ChopsMeister
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ZPB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-19-2012 00:13:56 | More by ZPB
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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
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tjslovak77

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-17-2012 23:44:39 | More by tjslovak77
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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
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tisthesaisson

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful see through deep burgundy reddish/brown, pours is slightly syrupy compared to more common less acoholic beers.

Smell: It smells of some light chocolate, smokey notes, and a slightly metallic twang through out the nose.

Taste: Smokey malty sweet frontnotes that are taken over by a boozy taste, these dissipate rather quickly for such a strong type of beer.

Mouthfeel: I expected this beer to have a heavier mouthfeel due to it being a heavy beer, but it has a pretty smooth mouthfeel that like the taste

Overall: This is an enjoyable beer, but I feel a little let down by the lack of powerfull smokey notes and how quickly the tastes dissipate and lack of a strong mouthfeel, but I could easily drink this with a nice steak or pork for those reasons and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:23:03 | More by tisthesaisson
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:21:47 | More by Knapp85
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-11-2012 03:43:36 | More by imperialking
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack of this recently in hopes that it reaches the goodness of the Big Eddy RIS. Nice to see an old staple branching out into unlikely territory.

Poured into my stylin' Captain Lawrence glass, this beer positively beams a deep, luscious red. Big & quiet, almost zero evident carbonation. Nose is low-voiced as well, with sweet malts & a whiff of smoke from a distant fire. Neither strong nor distinctive.

Big Eddy Wee Heavy is less of a piggy & more of a smoked bacon. Surprising amounts of smoke come through, so much that it's not only in front but suffuses the whole beer. Underneath the conflagration are toffee, caramel, what you'd expect, but with the mute button floored. Bitter roast crowns just at the finish. A little boozy & the flatness dings it a bit, & a touch thin to boot.

This isn't in the same league as the Big Eddy RIS. The smoke, while not bad, is a surprise, & everything else plays off of it. Pretty good, but seems a bit underdeveloped.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:37:57 | More by maximum12
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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