Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch AleBig Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
400 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yamar68 on 02-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 108
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%

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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%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Skabiski
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of LennyBound
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Hallertau
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of themorninglark
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MaximalC
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky mud color with bronze highlights and no head to speak of. Streams of carbonation can be seen traversing the periphery of the glass as they meander upward. Amazing bouquet smells of molasses, anise, dark chocolate, charcoal, dark fruit, leather, and a touch of decadent booze.

The taste features a surprising kick of tart cherries up front--if I didn’t know better, I would swear this was a Flanders red. Something akin to nutmeg and anise lend an interesting spiciness that meshes well enough with the tart fruit. The sweetness most resembles raisins as opposed to anything else, though it's merely a character actor in this context. Rumors of leather begin to emerge toward the middle with adequate warming. Alcohol, which is otherwise pretty well concealed, manifests in the finish along with a peculiar tang reminiscent of 7Up (maybe it’s the combination of anise and tart fruit asserting itself). This sounds highly objectionable, but manages to work somehow in context. The alcohol really starts to heat up as the temperature increases. A slightly thin body may not be quite up to the task of supporting the vibrant flavors, but it’s not a major detraction. The carbonation is slightly aggressive up front, but it mellows soon enough.

Well, this beer was certainly an adventure. As a wee heavy, it’s an utter headscratcher, but as a sour ale it’s a rather creative interpretation, with the prominent dose of anise integrating remarkably well with the tartness. The alcohol strikes a good balance between character and concealment, allowing it to remain highly drinkable in spite of approaching double-digit ABV. Leinenkugel’s craft arm has shown promise in some of its other offerings as well, even if they haven’t quite hit the bulls-eye just yet. This is worth trying if only for the novel experience, and even more so for the sour ale aficionado.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mikus
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this at a local shop (2012 vintage) and scooped one up. Not too thrilled when I noticed Leinenkugel on the label (which I associate with the annoying TV commercials about shandy), but got over it. Decided to perform a memory charm (to you Harry Potter fans) to wipe the negative associations away before trying it. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed. Poured a deep, chocolate brown, with ruby edges when held into the light. 2mm of head dissipated quickly to nil. The aromas were v. nice and opened up more as the brew warmed in my snifter. Molasses, tobacco, figs and raisins, a hint of apple. Mellow nose, yet complex. The taste was initially sweet, with strong hints of those dark fruits and the tobacco note, slight breadiness. I'd like to side by side with a fresh one. I have a feeling that this was improved with a couple years on it. Mouthfeel nailed it... smooth with a nice lingering taste. All damn enjoyment here, folks. Try this. I am not going to sleep on Leinenkugel again, though I might hold off on the shandy. Cheers!

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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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