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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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Ratings: 364
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012)
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2/5  rDev -45.9%

wesleypipes237, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Soneast, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of bamadog
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The other Big Eddy wasn't a disappointment... Well, it wasn't a mind-blowing kind of beer either, but it was certainly drinkable and the price is right for a beer of the caliber. Review is from notes taken on3/23/2012 and poured from the bottle to a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pour looks nice, some deep mahogany with some strong ruby highlights hiding out in there; starts with a scant one finger head that disappears just about immediately to nothing other than thin ring clinging to the circumference around the surface; body is a dark cola pour and just looks a little smoky, but that could be because I can smell some smoke and pete wafting up towards my nose; body is deep in color and difficult to see too far into at all.

Small/taste: Not too shabby, and it has a nice sweet, malty presence right up front and it carries wit it hints of sweet and dark fruits (grapes, raisins) and a sweet mulch aspect too; a wet green and damp mossy scent that sits on the tongue for quite a while; I think that as it continues to warm, the mulch will start to take on a much more husky presence and bring about some earthy, grassy balance and some sweeter and syrupy chocolate; overall, I think it's pretty good. I wouldn't mind picking up a 4 pack since it's plenty cheap and letting it sit for a year and see where it goes. I'm a sucker for these "experiments."

Mouthfeel: Body is medium weight, and it holds itself quite lively despite a slightly flatter carbonation as it's not busting up through the glass at all. Gums are left a little tingly and dry, and the bellow follows suit.

Overall: Nice flavors that have the potential to blend with a little more time, at a price that's tough to pass up, I feel I can support this endeavor.

bamadog, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of AMiz602
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks more like whiskey than a Scotch. It is a dark cherry colored beer that is actually pretty carbonated for being a heavy ale.

It smells of dark fruits with a sort of "woodsy" smell mixed in with the 9% or so alcohol that is quite prevalent.

It is quite biscuity, and has a rum-like finish due to the infusion of the Scotch flavor, aging process, and high alcohol content. After sitting a while it takes on a dark berry (cherry or plum?) flavor and sweetens up a good bit that helps to mask the alcohol taste. It tastes almost like a fine Belgian Trappist after a while, and takes on a roasty burntness that really helps to bring out that "woodsy" smell.

An interesting beer that will allow you to really expand your palate, and is nice with a hefty steak in front of you.

AMiz602, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jsh420, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep beautiful amber color with a 1 finger brownish head. Nice looking beer. Big boozey nose with burnt caramel and dried dark fruits. Medium in body. Sweet burnt caramel up front rounded out by a lightly kilned malt taste and some alcohol. Low carbonation. Creamy, thins out slightly on the finish. Reminds me of some ancient scotch ale, unrefined and very raw. Big bold one note flavors that have their moment in your mouth then fizzle. Decent but the alcohol is very noticeable.

jtierney89, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

robo90124, Mar 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Griffey012, Mar 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

jawneyt, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of coopsta12p
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into my etched tulip glass.

A - A burnt amber color with a steady stream of carbonated bubbles rising to the top. Retains a thin layer of head and the lacing is shortlived.

S - Smells like most Scotch ales. Charred oak with a slight citric note.

T - Tastes smokey with a mild sourness. The prominent bitter flavor is balanced nicely with a, slow to arrive, fruity afterthought.

M - Light on the tongue and not as chewy as you would initially think. Does seem to stick to the top of your mouth for a good amount of time (but in a good way).

O - With relatively low expectations I was overly impressed with this Leinenkugels treat. It's refreshing to see a non-craft brewery stepping in and showing they have a true understanding of the brewing climate as it is today and ultimately being a part of it.

coopsta12p, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

dragomni, Mar 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bpfrush, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012. Pours mahogany with a very thin head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma literally fills the room - sweet, earthy, caramel, peat, and wood. Tastes are earthy, boozy, woody, peaty, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, smoky, musty, and faintly peppery on the finish. Alcohol is well concealed. Mouth is full bodied; slightly cloying and with the high ABV it's definitely a sipper. Good representation of the style. I enjoyed this one, and perhaps the consistency of this one is off because I did not encounter some of the nastiness that others seem to be getting this this one. Leinie haters perhaps? I thought it was good.

barnzy78, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of keethrax
1.63/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Started out looking a litte thin, but with nice color. Formed a promising head which sadly vanished in the blink of an eye.

Smelll: Farly tame, some malt and maybe darker fruits, but not a lot of aroma either way.

Taste: Tasted sorta like someone added brown sugar and alcohol to a normal Leinenkugel. Not malty, just sugary. Kinda sour, kinda sweet, just a bit smoky. Would maybe be tolerable if the price point was closer to their normal offerings, but at this price it was completely unacceptable.

Mouthfeel: way too thin and fizzy.

Overalll: Ignoring style and cost this might get a 2-2.5. Taking those into consideration it gets dinged a bit further.

keethrax, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.8/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The hard part to get over is Leinenkugel's is making craft style ales that are up nearing 10% abv yet they pour like fizzy yellow carbonated beers. The color is nailed a deep ruby nearly mahogany body with a light khaki head forming thick, and dwindling and fading fast, specks of lace are said...this beer misses the boat on appearance. Aroma has tart fruit notes, dark ripened raisins a bit of booze marinating those plump jewels of shriveled grape. Definite caramel notes a hint of smoked malts, and a tart apple cider lingering quality in each sniff. Flavor harsh acidic grape juice with ripened raisins and fake oak chips with a strong booze overriding the whole experience, each sip makes want to gag, this is truly the worst pseudo craft sin I've come across yet I will drink a six pack of the Anheuser Busch Wild Blue before I ever reach for this again. I honestly have a headache from the first sip, drain pour with a capital D, get out of here cloying gag inducing sips of unrefined malt sugars floating around in a watery substance. Prolonged alcohol burn in each sip, burns the back of your throat down to your gut. Overall get out of dodge stay the fuck away from this beer, please do not enter...truly horrible creation and a sorry excuse for any beer let alone something attempting to be a craft beer.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

sparx1100, Mar 15, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was all over the board for me and although it was decent it wasn't as good as the Big Eddy Imperial Stout and it wasn't as good as other Scotch Ales that I like.

The apperance in the glass was unimpressive. It was thin looking and the carbonation looked more like a soda than a beer.

To be honest, I didn't get much on the nose. I was slightly congested while drinking it so I may have to come back and try it again but other than some malts, I didn't get some of the complexity that others did.

The taste is where this beer really scored lower than other Scotch Ales I like. I did get the combination of malt, sweet sugars and some sour that I like from Scotch Ales but the taste was no where as in depth as what I would like.

The mouthfeel was very sticky and that was not a good thing.

A good Scotch Ale but not great.

mjpolzin, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

ucis, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Strix
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany, good initial head, very nice retention, a bit of lacing.

Very malty smell, toffee, caramel, a hint of dark fruit/spices.

Lots of malt, caramel, and a fig/dark fruit note. When cold, a smokey/musty aftertaste lingers, but this disappeared entirely as it sat awhile. A bit of vanilla and spice in there, with a subtle dark fruit booziness to the finish that works well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, seems perfect.

Leine's please: more big eddy.

Strix, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

wibrewer, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

ohtheguilt, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of cofeeguru
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

cofeeguru, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of kemullen1
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

kemullen1, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.
Score: 84

The 2012 release of this brew is the first ever. This bottle has two codes on it. The top code is "03212." The bottom code is "821011220." Served in a Great Lakes snifter and enjoyed on 03/06/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel/dark mahogany color. Depending on what direction the light hits the beer, it's either transparent, translucent or moderately opaque. Just under a finger of creamy, sand colored head at pour quickly settles into a ring around the glass. Average lacing, slightly above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Creamy and sugary vanilla, tiramissu, caramel, and a touch of barley. Moderate alcohol esters and a little toffee too. Some roasted chocolate malt and dried fig too. 3.5/5

Taste: First impression is a "smoked fatty meat" flavor. Just a very savory smokiness. Beyond that, I taste "watered down" caramel and toffee. The flavor is there, and there's certainly a residual "smokey caramel" flavor in the finish, but a thin body really prevents the balance of the flavor from making a bold impression. There is a subtle candied dark cherry/fruitiness on the midpalate too. Finishes with that "smokey caramel" flavor alluded to above. Quite drinkable and not very sweet. 9.5% ABV is almost completely hidden. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Overly light bodied with low carbonation. Really digging the silky, creamy mouthfeel, but the beer is entirely too thin bodied. Finishes moderately sweet and malty. 3/5

Overall: Not a bad attempt at the Scotch Ale by Leinenkugel, but not a great success either. The thin body of this brew is a real weakness. The Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout was much better.

Recommendation: I'd recommend trying this once if you get the chance, but I cannot recommend going out of your way to try this brew (or buying a four pack). Probably a great starter craft beer for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Bacon, probably. I do not eat bacon, but it is smokey and salty. If you do not eat bacon, pick a different smokey and salty meat. I could see this being a great "wake up" beer to drink on a weekend camping trip where you are cooking your breakfast over a 6 AM campfire.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack or $3.49 for a single bottle.

jegross2, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

CWhite, Mar 06, 2012
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.