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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

kawilliams81, May 08, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

MarkyMOD, May 06, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage
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.

jjanega08, May 06, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

kjkinsey, May 04, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
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!

DrDemento456, May 03, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
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.

Zachtheporter, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
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.


BeerLover99, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Hyhat
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Hyhat, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of lm0406910
5/5  rDev +35.1%

lm0406910, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of None77
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

None77, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

jaidenjb, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Blavaq
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%
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!

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%
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

NuclearDolphin, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

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

RebornStussy, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Chugs13, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 09, 2012
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.