Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
05-19-2012 00:13:36 | More by homebrew311
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
05-15-2012 23:18:50 | More by vette2006c5r
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
05-15-2012 03:23:03 | More by tisthesaisson
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
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
05-10-2012 02:37:57 | More by maximum12
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a small off white head. The head fades fast to leave a thin film on the top f the beer.
Smell –Big aromas of roasted malt are in this brew. These are mixed with some darker fruit aromas of cherry and figs as well as notes of some whiskey and a warming alcohol smell.
Taste – A sweet fruit and malt flavor meet the tongue. They are quite big and bold. The malt has a heavy dark fruit bread flavor. Almost like a fruit cake made of only dark fruits. These flavors are present throughout the taste, but more toward the middle other flavors begin joining them. Flavors of some lighter fruits, whiskey, and a light burning alcohol flavor develop more and more as the taste moves toward its finish. In the end a very satisfying scotch soaked sweet fruit cake taste is left in the mouth. It’s really quite nice.
Mouthfeel – The body of this beer is thick and chewy. It is very fitting for the sweet robust flavor. The carbonation while on the lower end is very fitting and allows the thick and chewiness of the beer coat the tongue with all its flavors.
Overall – This is a really nice tasting brew. A wonderful brew to sit back and relax with; very quite soothing and warming.
05-08-2012 23:37:46 | More by Darkmagus82
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Poured into a pint glass
Appearance- deep dark with alight head that fades quisckly.
Smell- caramel infused with whiskey
Taste- sweet smokey caramel with some hops on the finish
Mouthfeel-smooth medium bodied light carbonation with alcohol well hidden
Overall- very drinkable smooth well balanced sipping beer that tastes like its been aged in bourban barrels.
Not a huge Leinenkugel fan but this was delicious.
05-08-2012 17:53:31 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.
A- Pours a dark amber wotha 1 finger light tan head. Little to no lacing left on the glass.
S- Smoked malt, sweet toffee, and dark fruits.
T- sweet, slightly sour dark fruits. Toffee and nice amount of smoke. Slight bitterness at the finish.
M- medium body, and carbonation. Has a syrupy feel to it.
O- not a bad beer or wee heavy. If you like the style it's a good beer for your money.
05-08-2012 01:16:33 | More by kawilliams81
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
bottle neck reads
A= Pours a very very very deep amber dark brown color with a thin half finger head on it that despite the size holds steady retention and the lacing is decent.
S= Smells like a solid scotch ale. A tad smokey and a nice sweet malt character that is almost a candy cherry sweetness.
T= The taste is much more smokey than the smell. Bacony smoke and again the cherry type sweetness to it. Actually tastes really nice. There is a bit of an alcohol taste to it but it is well hidden by the sweetness.
M= A very light carbonation
O= Not bad. I like my scotch ales and this is a good smokey scotch. Check this out and enjoy it. I know I did. The Big Eddy series is solid so far.
05-06-2012 01:03:29 | More by jjanega08
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
A - Well close as advertised (see picture!) I get a deep amber brown a touch dark with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored tannish head.
S - Mostly smells of bourbon soaked cherries but I get some mild caramel and toffee.
T - I get not cherry in the flavor but it is a balanced Wee Heavy with mild caramel, rum notes, and a toffee sweet finish. Mild hopping in the finish as well. Not bad.
M - Medium bodied and a heavy finish ABV is noticeable after the swallow.
Overall not a bad Wee Heavy by far. It's sweet and has a great body. Also packs a punch. Much better than the RIS by far!
05-03-2012 02:25:26 | More by DrDemento456
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.
A- Pours a beautiful deep dark ruby color. Has a rather small off white head. Very dark with very little light penetration.
S- Very sweet smelling with a strong scent of sweet and toasted malts. Almost a bit fruity smelling with some hints of strawberries. Has a small alcoholic tinge to the last bit.
T- Very sweet, with hints of candy caramel, some dark fruits, toffee and toasted malts. Has a very nice sweet finish to it as well with a nice slightly bitter toasty tinge to it.
M- Very smooth and full bodied with little to no bite from the carbonation.
O- A very good beer, however it seems a bit overly sweet for the style. Not enough toasted flavor for my taste. While it definitely is good, here's definitely better choices for the style. With the hefty price tag I highly doubt I'll end up drinking this again. Worth the try if you're a Leinenkugal's fan though.
04-30-2012 21:35:04 | More by Zachtheporter
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
A: shiny mahogany body, trace khaki head,
S: caramel, peat, malt, nutty, smokey
T: caramel, roasted malt, nutty, smokey,
light/boozy smooth finish
M: med body, smooth mouth
O: Nice to see Leinenkugel deliver a really
nice brew. They will always have place in my
heart, since they were the 1st "craft-like" beer
I have ever enjoyed. Still like Sunset Wheat
during hot summer months.
VERY NICE, GET IT A GO!
04-29-2012 17:56:11 | More by BeerLover99
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
Tis beer pours a medium bodied cherry wood in color with a one finger beige colored head. The foamy head only lasted a couple minutes. It smells of plenty of sweet malts, toffee, light butterscotch, and caramelized sugar with an ever so slight bitterness in the finish. The flavors are nice and complex. It features an array of malt flavors such as toffee, caramel, cocoa, cherry, butterscotch, and cream. It's surprisingly well rounded. The cocoa comes around a bit more n the after taste. It's sweet without being overpowering and the lighter mouthfeel probably aids that. It drinks on the lighter side of medium in body but isn't sticky at all. The aftertaste is really nice. It's interesting. Overall I thought this was a fantastic scotch ale. The Big Eddy series mpressed once again!
04-25-2012 02:54:45 | More by aasher
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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