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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Photo of RebornStussy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jeremy13586
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bamadog
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of AMiz602
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of coopsta12p
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of keethrax
1.65/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

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