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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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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-03-2012 23:09:57 | More by kjkinsey
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:25:26 | More by DrDemento456
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:35:04 | More by Zachtheporter
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A: shiny mahogany body, trace khaki head,
ok lacing.

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 17:56:11 | More by BeerLover99
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Hyhat

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-28-2012 19:13:38 | More by Hyhat
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lm0406910

Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.1%

04-28-2012 18:33:32 | More by lm0406910
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None77

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-28-2012 04:15:38 | More by None77
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-28-2012 00:12:01 | More by djrn2
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-26-2012 02:07:48 | More by jaidenjb
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Blavaq

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-26-2012 00:33:36 | More by Blavaq
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CSQ1111

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-25-2012 19:06:18 | More by CSQ1111
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aasher

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:54:45 | More by aasher
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Daniel9913

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-24-2012 21:57:42 | More by Daniel9913
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XenonX

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-21-2012 00:58:18 | More by XenonX
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Very clear but very dark crimson color. Pours a 1 finger width head with an agressive pour. Some rather mild carbonation going on here.

Smell - Peated Scotch, Butterscotch, Caramel, Yeasts, Malts and a very slight boozy scent.

Taste - Peated Scotch, Smoked Oak, Burnt Malts, Caramel, Figs, Yeasts, Plums and it's still got a slight boozy kick to it. It's got a fairly nice complex flavor and it's also surprisingly smokey, which I was not expecting from this style! Overall, it's an interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied but the carbonation is very strong here, not to the point where it's tearing your mouth apart but it's getting there. It's hard to really take in the flavor when the carbonation is this intense. This one is definitely a sipper.

Overall - This was certainly an interesting beer. It's got a complex but not quite perfect flavor and the overall feel of the beer makes it hard to appreciate the flavors this has to offer. It's nice to see Leinie's is trying to enter the craft beer market but I really was expecting something better out of this

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:55:09 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:25:37 | More by Mora2000
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Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking like a Wee Heavy, this beer is a red-brown color, completely clear. Off the tap, it forms a smallish light tan head that retains itself pretty well but does fade, dropping some legs as well as spotty lace.
Caramel and dark fruits show in an appropriately malt-heavy beer. Alcohol isn't shy. While big, the aroma isn't quite as complex as the flavor until it's allowed to sit and open up, when the peat and smoke-like characters, as well as a light banana note under the ripened dark fruits and caramel sweetness, are allowed to come out. In the flavor, the light smokiness sits gently and pleasantly underneath every sip. Alcohol, while strong, avoids going fusel.
The body is medium with enough going on to stay interesting. It's a bit smooth but not completely, with a touch of a crisp note just in the front. It goes just a touch thinnish, likely from the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:40:48 | More by Brenden
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twbeecher

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-16-2012 18:46:33 | More by twbeecher
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-15-2012 00:26:01 | More by NoProblem
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RebornStussy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-13-2012 22:28:40 | More by RebornStussy
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-12-2012 02:53:08 | More by Chugs13
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 19:34:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cherrywood colored...looks impressive

S-Really impressed here...loads of goey caramel, toffee and nougat....hints of vanilla...as well....really enticing.

T-A bit of a surprise as a smokey malt dimension fires the first blow...I got zero smokiness on the aroma but what a pleasant surprise this is....kind of a smoked meats flavor....the rich malt load provides ample backbone for the smoke to not overwhelm. The more I drink this the less noticeable the smokiness is...

M-Full bodied..barely...not quite as rich and decadent in texture as I expected from the aroma. It is fine. Just for a 9.5% ABV wee heavy I perhaps was expected something a bit more plush.

O-Leinie's Big Eddy series does it again. A wee heavy that ranks up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:22:05 | More by ZAP
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

04-07-2012 15:31:28 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. I have been drinking a lot of Founder's Dirty Bastard lately, so I thought I should switch things up a little and try a different Wee Heavy, I tried the Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout and thought it was just ok, so I hope this one turns out better, lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I like the label, it looks similar to their RIS, clean and well done looking. It poured a nice looking dark brown/copper color that took on a nice bright copper/ruby color when held to the light and it had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that died down to nothing and didn't leave any lacing. This is a good looking Wee Heavy, one of the better looking Wee Heavys.

S- The aroma starts out with lots of really sweet toasted malts that impart some medium roasted aromas along with some caramel, toffee, and a slight brown bread aroma. After that I get a weird slightly sour and vinegar like aroma that is quickly followed by a nice mix of dark fruits. Towards the end I get a little more of that slightly sour aroma followed by more sweet caramel. This Wee Heavy has quite a unique aroma, but the sour aroma just seems out of place with the other typical Wee Heavy aromas, weird to say the least.

T- Thankfully the taste is much different from the aroma. It starts out with a good amount of medium roasted caramel malts that impart a bigger smoke presence that I was expecting that had slight peat flavor to it, that mild smokiness went nicely with some grainy, brown bread, caramel, and toffee flavors. It had just the right amount of lighter sweetness that was pretty surprising after smelling it. Once it warms up in the middle I get some dark fruits with some black cherry, and plums sticking out the most. On the finish there was only a slight amount of alcohol that was barely noticeable, there was also a mild amount of earthy hops with a lower amount of bitterness on the finish. As it warms it get much more smokier, like a lighter version of Scotty Karate. I liked the flavors of this beer it was nice and pretty complex, I don't really have an complaints.

M- Very smooth, clean, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but it was a little on the thin side for a Wee Heavy.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and I thought that it was a good example of a Wee Heavy, most everything seemed on par with this beer expect for the aroma and the body. This beer was pretty drinkable for a Wee Heavy, just about as drinkable as Dirty Bastard, and it hides it's alcohol really well, I could drink another one if I had it, pretty impressive for the style. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the nice and complex flavors, this beer looked damn good and the added peat smoke flavors made for a nice and complex Wee Heavy. What I like least about this beer was the aroma and the body, the aroma was going in the right direction till I got to the out of place sour and vinegar aromas and the body could have been just a little thicker. I might buy a single of this beer again if I feel like it, but it for sure doesn't come close to knocking off Dirty Bastard as my go to Wee Heavy. If you are a Wee Heavy fan you should give this beer a try, I found everything except the aroma to be on par for the style. I thought that this was a pretty solid Wee Heavy and with a little work on the aroma and body it could be able to hold it's own against some of the big names of the style. I wasn't to impressed with the Big Eddy RIS. but I found this beer to be a nice improvement and I am for sure down to check out more beers from the Big Eddy series, if the trend continues and these beers keep improving then there will be some great things to look forwards in this series. Good job Leinenkugels, thanks for making limited release beers for the connoisseurs, we appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:37:29 | More by StoutHunter
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.