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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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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

None77, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

djrn2, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

jaidenjb, Apr 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Blavaq, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of CSQ1111
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

CSQ1111, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of aasher
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!

aasher, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Daniel9913
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Daniel9913, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of XenonX
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

XenonX, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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

NuclearDolphin, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

twbeecher, Apr 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

NoProblem, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

RebornStussy, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Chugs13, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +23%

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.

ZAP, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

StoutHunter, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

SpartanHistory2013, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

rocklibster, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of jeremy13586
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Saw this on the bottle shop shelf and was kind of intrigued.

Two finger light tan head. A clear dark amber beer. Head didn't stick around for too long.

Caramel, some roasted malts. A little bit of toffee.

Caramel and a good amount of smokiness. Minor vanilla and booze notes. Surprised at how well the alcohol was masked.

A little bit thin for a wee heavy and the carbonation seemed to be a little bit too much. The beer did have a very clean finish.

A decent attempt at a scotch ale from this brewery. Very drinkable and you could barely taste the 9.5%. The only problem was that those were the only two qualities that stood out. The rest of the beer was just kind of one dimensional.

jeremy13586, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

tsulli, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Pours a dull, darker copper color. Lots of red hues in the mix. Very small head that does not retain, therefore lacing is not there.

S- Scent is very complex. Heavy on the sweeter malts. Some interesting, almost sour hints in the aroma. Maybe a slight vinegary hint to the sent. Slight hops bitterness is detectable, not much.

T- Starts off with big peaty malt notes up front. Fades to heavier malt with slight hints of sweet and heavy flavors like coffee and brown sugar. Finishes with a slight tangy taste and slight hop bite. The tang flavor is the same vinegary flavor profile from the scent.

M- Slightly light for the style. Low carbonation and creamy texture are great for the style. Goes down easy and holds the 9.5% well for a rather light drinking beer.

Overall, the Scotch Ale style is really growing on me. This one isn't quite great yet, but very good.

boilermakerbrew, Mar 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

wesleypipes237, Mar 31, 2012
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.