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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch AleBig Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%


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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blackcompg

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of khaki/tan head, color of the beer is a translucent dark garnet amber color. Head diminishes to a ring in minutes, and barely any lacing.

Smell - Sweet ripe dark fruits, bourbon pound cake, whiffs of dark carmels and some vanilla. Really nice aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose, all the flavors come at once, really no transition here, except that the booze comes on strong at the end of the sip. Good flavors, definitely get the dark fruits, dark toffee and vanilla, but just doesn't have the depth and complexity I prefer for this style.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is almost medium, it is smooth, but is also very slick and feels a bit watery. Carb is nearly medium and adds some welcome edges, but there is no transition after this - just more of the same flavors and then the booze.

Overall - It's not a bad beer, but it is not one that I will purchase again. There are some nice flavors here, but really no depth or complexity, and the mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. As this warms, the booze picks up too. I loved the Big Eddy RIS, but this scotch ale seems to falter a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 06:02:36 | More by blackcompg
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is brown and clear, ruby / crimson, tan head, small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is boozy and strong, it is very malty.

Beer is malty and heavy with a thin forward with alcohol, very boozy, strong on the palate. It is a big big beer, not for the light hearted, a very big Scotch ale. It is probably not a repeat for me but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:16:17 | More by drabmuh
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Limited release, majestic brew with layer upon layer of malt complexity. 9.5% Alc./Vol.

Clear, lightish brown, crimson highlights, ring of cocoa-tan foam hovers over.

Rich malty nose, high on the sweet side, some toffee and vanilla in there. Quite lovely.

Taste: rolls smoothly and seductively off the tongue, over the palate, down the throat. Tasty malt character, minor to no hops discerned, medium bodied, soft, but lingering finish. Some caramel and toffee malt flavors, Rising sweetness. A little bit of raisin, just a touch of rum. Clean, easy drinking.

Nice as it is, though, I'm not overly impressed. A solid offering, and another nice one from the Big Eddy series. Nothing wrong with it, I could use a little more in there. Also, the high alcohol is not having any effect, until…whoa, here it comes...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:26:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz served in a Piraat tulip

Appearance – Pours a mahogany color with a small and short-lived off-white head. The head left a decent coat of lacing.

Smell – Sweet and sour fruit; slightly boozy.

Taste – Rich and flavorful with very little smoke and more plum and dark fruit than typical.

Mouthfeel – Medium+ body; medium-low carbonation; mild alcohol harshness and warmth.

Overall – fruit forward with limited dark malt presence

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:01:21 | More by chinchill
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a snifter at Lucky Monk. Appearance is a deep red/brown with minimal head and lacing the nose features sweet molasses and caramel. Zero hop character present, a hint of smokiness present. Taste is very sweet with some candied fruit, caramel, toffee, and a touch of breadiness. The mouthfeel is light and thin, seems off for the style and abv. Overall, this is a lackluster wee heavy. The flavor is minimal and watered down, this certainly does not meet the level of quality that the Big Eddy RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 00:13:36 | More by homebrew311
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wee Heavy Scotch Ale poured a darker brown color, with nice sized head that quickly disapated. The smell was a bit lighter, and a little boozy. The taste had a nice sharp bite, and notes of black licorice, but was a bit watery. Flavor could have been fuller, but wasn't too watery. Overall not a bad beer, better then other lenienkugel beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 23:18:50 | More by vette2006c5r
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tisthesaisson

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful see through deep burgundy reddish/brown, pours is slightly syrupy compared to more common less acoholic beers.

Smell: It smells of some light chocolate, smokey notes, and a slightly metallic twang through out the nose.

Taste: Smokey malty sweet frontnotes that are taken over by a boozy taste, these dissipate rather quickly for such a strong type of beer.

Mouthfeel: I expected this beer to have a heavier mouthfeel due to it being a heavy beer, but it has a pretty smooth mouthfeel that like the taste

Overall: This is an enjoyable beer, but I feel a little let down by the lack of powerfull smokey notes and how quickly the tastes dissipate and lack of a strong mouthfeel, but I could easily drink this with a nice steak or pork for those reasons and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:23:03 | More by tisthesaisson
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking deep brown color with a tan head on top. The lacing was a little sticky and the retention was pretty good too. The smell of the beer had a lot of earthy smokey malts on the nose. The taste of the beer was a little smokier than I expected. I think that the smoke in this one is a little too heavy for this style. The sweetness of the beer is spot on though. The mouthfeel is oily and thick with a gentle carbonation to it. Overall I liked the beer, I can't see buying a lot of them but I didn't love it or hate. It's worth trying in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:21:47 | More by Knapp85
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack of this recently in hopes that it reaches the goodness of the Big Eddy RIS. Nice to see an old staple branching out into unlikely territory.

Poured into my stylin' Captain Lawrence glass, this beer positively beams a deep, luscious red. Big & quiet, almost zero evident carbonation. Nose is low-voiced as well, with sweet malts & a whiff of smoke from a distant fire. Neither strong nor distinctive.

Big Eddy Wee Heavy is less of a piggy & more of a smoked bacon. Surprising amounts of smoke come through, so much that it's not only in front but suffuses the whole beer. Underneath the conflagration are toffee, caramel, what you'd expect, but with the mute button floored. Bitter roast crowns just at the finish. A little boozy & the flatness dings it a bit, & a touch thin to boot.

This isn't in the same league as the Big Eddy RIS. The smoke, while not bad, is a surprise, & everything else plays off of it. Pretty good, but seems a bit underdeveloped.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:37:57 | More by maximum12
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a small off white head. The head fades fast to leave a thin film on the top f the beer.

Smell –Big aromas of roasted malt are in this brew. These are mixed with some darker fruit aromas of cherry and figs as well as notes of some whiskey and a warming alcohol smell.

Taste – A sweet fruit and malt flavor meet the tongue. They are quite big and bold. The malt has a heavy dark fruit bread flavor. Almost like a fruit cake made of only dark fruits. These flavors are present throughout the taste, but more toward the middle other flavors begin joining them. Flavors of some lighter fruits, whiskey, and a light burning alcohol flavor develop more and more as the taste moves toward its finish. In the end a very satisfying scotch soaked sweet fruit cake taste is left in the mouth. It’s really quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The body of this beer is thick and chewy. It is very fitting for the sweet robust flavor. The carbonation while on the lower end is very fitting and allows the thick and chewiness of the beer coat the tongue with all its flavors.

Overall – This is a really nice tasting brew. A wonderful brew to sit back and relax with; very quite soothing and warming.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 23:37:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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1Nrwyscotch

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
Appearance- deep dark with alight head that fades quisckly.
Smell- caramel infused with whiskey
Taste- sweet smokey caramel with some hops on the finish
Mouthfeel-smooth medium bodied light carbonation with alcohol well hidden

Overall- very drinkable smooth well balanced sipping beer that tastes like its been aged in bourban barrels.

Not a huge Leinenkugel fan but this was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 17:53:31 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:16:33 | More by kawilliams81
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage
bottle neck reads
01712
B21010945

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:03:29 | More by jjanega08
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 02:25:26 | More by DrDemento456
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 21:35:04 | More by Zachtheporter
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

VERY NICE, GET IT A GO!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 17:56:11 | More by BeerLover99
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aasher

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:54:45 | More by aasher
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:55:09 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 02:25:37 | More by Mora2000
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Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:40:48 | More by Brenden
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 19:34:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:22:05 | More by ZAP
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:37:29 | More by StoutHunter
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 06:16:39 | More by jeremy13586
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 22:46:45 | More by boilermakerbrew
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.