Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 393
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: yamar68 on 02-09-2012

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (424 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (788 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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 (1,111 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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. (4,062 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,741 characters)

Photo of AMiz602
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of coopsta12p
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of keethrax
1.65/5  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. (671 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.94/5  rDev -48.1%
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. (1,316 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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. (2,272 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,758 characters)

Photo of gregy55902
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (753 characters)

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.