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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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch AleBig Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by yamar68 on 02-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Dark brown color, reveals a rich ruby when held to the light.

Head fades quickly; no lacing.

Nose is a blast of banana bread, no joke.

Hint of molasses underneath.

Nice mouthfeel; not to heavy but hardly watery.

Malt bomb flavor; a smokiness reveals itself as well. No sign of hops anywhere. Banana bread is also present here. Nice complex brew; hints of bitter chocolate come out over time. Almost a belgian vibe to me, but the better for it.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of hilgart1
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is rich with prune and raisin notes, deeply caramelized malt, and a hint of peat. The dark fruit really dominates.

Flavor is slightly vinous at this point, but underlying notes of raisins, dates, and plums redeem. Toasted, nutty, toffee notes counter sweet caramel malt nicely, and a lightly smoky finish add depth. I'd rate it higher than it is, especially fresh. That vinous note is the only thing that detracts.

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

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greenhousedrummer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Josh012012
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this is only rated so low because it made by leinenkugel. A sold example of the style. when you imagine a scotch ale this must be it. I will agree that there is nothing extreme about this beer but it is still good.

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Limited release, majestic brew with layer upon later of malt complexity." Brewed in the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Limited release in the Big Eddy series, initially released spring 2012, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a short-lived crisp fizzy head of a toasted tan color over a hazy dark brown body. Retention is poor and lacing is light and spotty. 2

(Smell) Strong fruit profile of syrupy dried fruits, dates, raisins, soft fig and plum, meets notes of caramelized malt syrups and soft grain malts with a moderate sweetness. Some delicate fruit acidity rounds out the malt sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Peat and caramel malts forward with moderate sweetness and smokey undertones, followed by tart and syrupy fruit compounds, lots of tart raisin and plum character forward. Fairly clean overall, finishes on the sweet side. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual, oily. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly sweet over acidic and bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters overall. 3.5

(Overall) A fairly textbook example of a Wee Heavy that falls right in the middle of what we come to expect of the style, meaning I wasn't disappointed, but the potential for depth of flavor is always there, and I could always appreciate a smokier or more robust malt profile than what this beer has here. At over 3 years of age, this ale is still very drinkable, although there is a more profound fruit profile due to the age, unfortunately I have not seen this beer in a vintage other than 2012 in my area, so it may be impossible to see how it compares to a fresher batch. Altogether, it may be worth trying at a respectable price. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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Photo of CraigMack61
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome scotch ale, and I dig scotch ales.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut half inch rocky tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin film, some legs.
S: Malt, dark sugars, esters, dark fruit, a touch of peat, no hop aroma, malty caramel, alcohol.
T: Rich malt flavors, peat and a hint of scotch, fruity esters, dried fruit, a little nutty, long lingering malt after taste balanced by some English Hops that are there but not prominent, a little anise in the finish.
F: full bodied, smooth, med-low carbonation.
O: Full and sweet but dries in the finish

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Photo of Hayes86
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened a bottle labeled 2013. Surprised with the chocolate coming through. Not overly sweet. Decent roast. I will be looking for this to have again.

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Photo of Eziel
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moose90
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BranchDavidian
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TubaDan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Farral
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kplooki
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 2012 into two glasses, shared with a friend.

Deep red, lets very little light through. Moderate amount of head.

Roasted, malty, earthy, semi-sweet chocolate.

Very subtle flavors, especially for the style of beer. Chocolate comes through with a touch of caramel, and a slight taste of dark fruits. Sweet but not sickly sweet, especially thanks to the light mouthfeel. Hard to find the alcohol in this one, clocking in at 9.5%

Moderate carbonation, smooth, surprisingly easy to drink. Initially very light feel and taste, but it picks rather quickly on the palate.

Pleasantly surprised with this beer, one of the more enjoyable scotch ales, as the alcohol is not too in your face. Usually not a fan of linenkugels beers, but this beer was 4 bucks and was 2 years old so I figured "What the hell". Overall, I wouldn't seek it out but it was a pleasant experience and I would recommend picking up a single if you get the chance.

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Photo of CalebDouglas
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of gmag51
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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