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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yamar68 on 02-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
108
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.55%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of Hyhat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of lm0406910
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of None77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jaidenjb
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Blavaq
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of CSQ1111
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of Daniel9913
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of XenonX
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of NoProblem
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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