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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | 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 atone315
4/5  rDev +8.1%

atone315, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +13%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of will1256
3/5  rDev -18.9%

will1256, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

plumcrazyfx, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

A translucent mahogany with an inch of tan foam that faded quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Smell was softly malty, some dark fruit, slightly sweet, overall mild and hard to ascertain. Taste was dark cherries, nutty biscuit malt, sweetness, more dark fruit, cola, lightly roasted malt was more apparent on the finish, which was, surprisingly, fairly clean. Mouthfeel was a bit on the light side. No evidence of 9.5% ABV.. Decent enough, but a weaker effort than their RIS.

JackieTH, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Pours a deep ruby with nice clarity. A vigorous pour gave me a half finger head of creme brulee that dissipates within a minute.

S - Caramel, slight peat, some sort of soft spice if you really snort at it, it's a cinnamon or something maybe, big malts.

T - Quite smooth for both the style and the alcohol content. Caramel, toffee, roasted malts almost to the point of a slight sourness, rather nice. Some fruity sweet grain afterburn.

M - Could be a bit thicker. I'd appreciate a bit more carbonation but that's always my complaint with wee heavies. Consistent with others I've had, I suppose.

O - I'm glad to see Leinenkugel's reach outside of their comfort zone. So far I've been pleasantly surprised with both this and the RIS. I'm anxious to test out the brews to come in the Big Eddy series - IIPA and a Baltic Porter from what I've heard.

yamar68, Feb 09, 2012
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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.