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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 379
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 dragomni
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

dragomni, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
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
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

sparx1100, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of mjpolzin
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
Photo of ucis
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
Photo of wibrewer
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
Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +8.1%

CWhite, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RievyRW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev +8.1%

tourdot, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light layer of beige head. Color is a mahogany copper.

Aroma: A lot of caramel malt sweetness.. vanilla and toffee. Some chocolate. Peat and a little roasted malts. Some smoke, but minimal.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and smokey malts. Bacon. Sweet, but roasted. Very malty. Some vanilla too.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this is was a great wee heavy. I am super impressed with Leines on this one. One of the better wee heavys I have had. It is extremely drinkable for how high the abv. Don't go into thinking this is going to be bad because it's from Leines. It is legit.

mothman, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an ale glass. Clear and dark amber color with a thin, light head that quickly disappeared. Minimal lacing.

Aroma was malty with alcohol.

Taste was smooth. Caramel, alcohol and heavy on the sweetness. At first it seemed to be honey-like, but soon became more of a sorghum molasses.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin when compared to other wee heavy ales. The sweetness remains for a long time.

Overall, a decent ale. Better than most brews from Leinenkugel.

KansasBeerLover, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +8.1%

atone315, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy snifter.
9.5% ABV, 01712 printed in yellow on neck.

A - Pouring gorgeously caramel amber this clear beer becomes a deep ruby color in the snifter; fantastic color derived from a long boil. Big Eddy Wee Heavy retains it's thick light tan head surprisingly well for the beefy alcohol percent. Lace is pretty scarce though.

S - Sticky sweet caramelized malt aroma oozes from the Big Eddy Wee Heavy as it's bold presence unloads estery alcohol. Not to be confused with being boozy, the high alcohol certainly is perceived but brings with it fruity notes of candied raisin and dry fig. Solvent alcohol and faint peat smoke remain in the background.

T - Deep malt complexity drives this beer home though it's certainly not without a little earthy hop balance (albeit, low). Bold amber malt showcases a little toasted dryness while caramel and crystal malt add good kettle caramelization sweetness. The persistent, gently nagging alcohol pushes a Belgian-like fruity ester profile of faint candied raisin that's also found in the aroma. Also joining the party is a light peat smoked earthiness on the finish.

M - Incredibly soft, Big Eddy Wee Heavy has a nice fine level of carbonation that could be mistaken as a lack of bubbles. Hardly syrupy or thick, this well-balanced, full-bodied Wee Heavy keeps it's smooth sweetness in check with a clean dryness and thinning-feeling alcohol presence that never gets cloying.

O - While rich and complex, Leinie's Big Eddy Wee Heavy never gets completely in-your-face or potent, rather, like an introvert, invites you to discover it's depth and balance quietly and patiently. Surprisingly drinkable for it's boastful 9.5%, this Wee Heavy is definitely worth it's weight in shillings.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of gregy55902
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked big eddy RIS, so I figured I would give this a shot. $11/4pk.

A - Poured into a snifter a very dark mahogany - it is almost opaque, with a bit of reddish tint. Very minimal head.

S - Lots of different malt: peat-smoked, amber, caramel, kilned. Hops are present and give it a slightly fruity characteristic.

T - This is a malt-forward beer, with the hops on the back of the tongue. Warming sensation from the alcohol. Unfortunately the flavors are not too complex. Some dark fruit flavors but not much else.

M - On the low end of carbonation.

O - I like their RIS much better, but this is a decent effort. However, there are many better wee heavies out there (e.g. Backwoods Bastard). Maybe this would be more complex with some age on it.

gregy55902, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 4pack of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI for $10.89 in Early 2012.

Pours a medium brown color with a slight head. Scent is mostly of malts, but some hints of oak and nuts are present. The taste is more than you would expect from the smell. There is a smooth, malty tone in the taste that is reasonably bold. There are also some citrus, earthy hints hidden within. A refreshing beer that has great drinkability to go alone with a decent taste. Would like to see a little better price on it, but what can you do?

Lemke10, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a thin tan layer of foam and some fair lacing.

A bit weak on the nose. Scotchy malt with some banana and bubblegum undertones.

Rich malty taste with plenty of sweetness and peaty and smokey malts. Some lingering smoke and warmth. Hits the mark for the style. A bit of alcohol at the end.

A bit sticky with a medium body.

The taste nails the style wonderfully. Some nice complexity to it also. A worthy brew.

jera1350, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant chestnut-red in color, topped with a slight khaki-tan head. Head drops quickly, leaving behind a filmy coating to the surface of the beverage, with just a touch of lacing.

Nose offers quite a rich malt character. It's lightly sweet and with a hint of boozy-heat. A lighter fusel character is present but doesn't stand out too much against the malt profile. Very little by way of a hop character, but that's to be expected for the style. Hint of spice (allspice), plus a touch of smokey cedar.

Sweet and palate-coating on the first sip, this one has a touch of heat sneaking-up on you right from the start -- I suppose it'll mellow a little with some age? Some anise here, along with light (very light) notes of vanilla and cocoa! (Note: I often expect these notes in barleywines and old ales, but find them to be less common among the examples of scotch/wee heavy that I've tried over the years.) Fruity but rather indistinct; kind of a berry/anise blend, rather like a liqueur. Lightly tangy, just right for the style.

Perfectly drinkable even dangerously-drinkable. Body is on the heavier side of "medium bodied" (if that makes any sense), and this one really feels its weight! Boozy aspect is very well-hidden overall, but there are abundant hints of this 9.5% in the aromatics -- perfectly acceptable for a beer this big.

Overall this isn't bad at all, and makes a decent enough apertif (though in this instance it was a digetif, following a dinner of wursts/kohl/salat). I'd imagine this one will hold up pretty well, and perhaps even improve a little.

I'll definitely be picking up some more for salting away : )

Chaz, Feb 19, 2012
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.