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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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

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Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  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.

Photo of blackcompg
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  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...

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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