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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

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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 399
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, best before 1/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, cherry, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, cherry, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, light nuttiness, light smoke, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice scotch ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
1.75/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I don't know if the bottle was bad or improperly stored but, this is something i will NOT buy again. The smell was sweet as others reviewed but, this bottle had know malt it was all sour Tartness, not hoppy bitter but sour! I have tasted a few scotch ales so far and this did not taste anywhere near the others. Too thin in the mouth feel. I poured it out because I could not stand the way the sourness was overpowering , it was almost like a sour of something that has spoiled like a dairy product.

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Photo of Bstrickler
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For a Wee Heavy, it is wonderful. Taste very similar to Scotty Karate from Dark Horse, it is a great sipping beer. It starts off with a bitter bite but ends with almost no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and the nose is sublime. Will definitely be enjoying this wonderful brew again.

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Photo of CaptFrothy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing the low scores for this, I had to chime in.
Everything you could want in a wee heavy, malty, silky mouthfeel.

I purchased one as part of a mix-a-six and found myself regretting I didn't have another, it's a beaut.

Classic wee heavy taste, mouthfeel, underrated imho.

Wasn't expecting greatness from Leinenkugel, but found it here.

my evening consisted of a Blue Mountain' lights out christmas ale'
a big Eddy wee heavy
a Affligem Blonde
and a 1 1/2 year old Sierra Nevada Narwhal

By far the best of the evening was the Big Eddy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby-brown with a thin, wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of toffee, dark fruits, especially black cherries and raisins. Slight peat smoke is in the back.

The taste is of sweetened black cherries and raisins mixed with toffee. It has warming booze and a touch of peat smoke in the finish.

It hits full-bodied, or close enough to work. It leaves a sweet, minty aftertaste.

On the sweet, fruity side of the style-spectrum. Just enough peat to balance it. This is an enjoyable sipper!

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color. No head, lacing, or retention. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and slight syrup. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, and slight syrup. Overall, very weak appearance, good body, and decent aroma.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mud cola brown with a tiny ring of cream foam. Not attractive.

Strong concentrated grain stew, dark caramel maltiness, oak, burnt sugars, some roast bitterness, vinous notes, and a faint whiff of sweet mossy smoke. Phenolic and a little fruity. Notes of rum raisin, black strap, and date.

Sweet malt, dark sugar, peat, treacle, wet smoke, date sugar, light maple, medicinal notes, and faint crabapple tartness. The latter note plays into that oaky vinous note. Tinge of tartness is, actually, relieving. Tasty thick malty middle with a semi-tarnished unripe cherry finish.

A little stinging, but it's the tartness, not the booze. Alcohol level is right, wee heavy. I like this warmth. The carbonation is slighted, however. The body is okay, but some more effervescence would really elevate the overall mouthfeel.

Best Leinenkugels beer I've had, to-date.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a root beer golden brown. A half-finger head of loose light mocha foam disappears quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass and a large swirl of fine lace on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a saturated cinnamon/rosewood red and just a tad fuzzy short of clear, with several columns of bubbles rising from the bottom center.

S - Big nose of rich, syrupy caramels on a foundation of the ABV during the pour. In the glass, the nose is caramel-forward and backed by moderately toasted malts. It's a soft nose, and the ABV is hidden. Notes of butterscotch and toffee slide forward and combine with the caramels. It opens to the sugars as it warms, but slowly, and the ABV becomes more prominent. At the end, there's notes of leather, like a new wallet.

T - Malts are on the well-toasted side. Hints of dark molasses rum. ABV is surprisingly muted. Butterscotch and caramel drip over the sides the tongue as the beer flows by. There's almost a dried, dark fruit quality in the profile, like chewy raisins and dried black cherries. Finish presents an almost-burnt quality in the malt sitting beside the dark sugars, suggesting smoke.

M - Rather fizzy. More than an adequate level of carbonation in the quaff. Medium body with viscosity that's smooth across the tongue. Components are properly integrated with a flexible structure. Finish is moderate and not cloying although sugar-based, and lingers across the tongue.

O - A pretty tasty take on the style. I would have liked a bit more fullness in the nose to savor, especially with that big ABV available to deliver it. The level of toast in the malt bill does a great job of balancing the sugars so they don't make this beer too sweet to enjoy. I know I liked it enough after the first couple of bottles to make a point of grabbing a second four-pak. What's interesting about this beer is the way the burnt wood shows up only in the back-end of the finish, giving it a campfire feel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale has a medium, cream-colored head, a red-brown appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is rich- dark cherries, some wood, strong barley malt, sweet, brown bread crust, and raisin. Taste is of all those, with smoked wood, cherry skin, raisin, and brandy wine, with a slight bitter undertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty much heavy and slick, and Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale finishes semi-wet, rich, chewy, and delicious to the hilt. Overall, this is outstanding.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. It had a fleeting inch of tan head.

S - The smell is toffee and caramel. It smells like a malt bomb.

T - The taste is sweet. I taste some caramel and toffee. The alcohol is hidden. There are no hops to speak of.

M - Moderate. It is a little thinner than I would like.

O - This is a flavorful beer with the flavors being sweet and malty. This is a decent beer. It is a tad sweet for me though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, and slight smoke aromas. There is also a slight funk smell that I am getting as the beer warms up. Taste is much the same with smoke and band-aid flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a smell that is quite sweet and sugary but it doesn't really show in the taste.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - rich dark milk chocolate high clairity, dark khaki pants thick but small head.

S - bitter chocolate and fig, chewing tobacco. Maybe magnolia

T - abv fusil aftertaste that turns into rich chocolate. Like medicine. Hints of oats and leather. Complex but not forgiving. It does not hold back.

M - decent. Some fusil burn but fine for the style.

D - not for the faint of palate. But enjoyable.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dark caramel brown and when held up to the light gives off a reddish hue. Head retention didnt hold very well.
S- Very sweet almost like dark candied fruits, also gives off a watered down scotch profile.
T- Dark fruits with a sweet malt background and a hint of scotch.
M- Lightly carbonated, coats the mouth well and is very satisfying.
O- very enjoyable. havent had many of this style so cant wait to expand.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. It pours out very dark, but clear. It's mahogany in color with a hint of red and has a nice finger of head that dies off pretty quickly, leaving a ring of foam on the boundary of the surface. Nice nose. Lots of sweet malt, nutty toffee, and some smokiness. There's also a hint of vanilla as well. Really nice.

Medium-full body and malt-forward flavor. Lost of bready malty notes up front, but they're not as deep as I was hoping for. I get a faint lemon tea like character that comes in around mid-palate and disrupts the malt party, lending a bitterness that is a bit excessive for the style. Moderately dry finish and no hint of the alcohol.

Overall a nice beer, but not as rich and flavorful as some other Scotch Ales. The lemony notes provide a pleasantly dry finish and some balance, but I don't believe it's necessary in this style. It should be all about deep, rich malt flavors, even at the expense of a dry finish. I prefer a Scotch Ale with a sweeter finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours an off white fizzy slightly creamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some lines of lacing, over dark ruby molasses reddish brown colored beer with some ruby light coming through barely.

Nose has lots of candy malts, candy syrup, candied apple, caramel galore, toffee, a bit of a fruity aroma like candied apple kinda fruit, a light bready chewy malt, as well as toasty reddish malt, don't get much else though, maybe a faint fruity hop.

Taste starts with the chewy malt, plenty of smoked malt actually, a chewy smoked not quite campfire malt but definite smoked and thats like 90% of the flavor, a smoked cheese kinda flavor. Then a light bready chewy candy malt, little caramel and molasses like syrup. This all combines with a fair bitterness, a chewy slightly spicy hop bitterness, kinda balanced but not quite since the smoked malts dominate so much. Very light warming booze comes through the slight sweet syrupy taste. Finish is sweet a bit sticky, more earthy slight herbal hops, smoked malts are plenty lingering.

Mouth is med bod, light warming booze, fluffy decent carb, bit syrupy.

overall meh, nothing special, too much smoked malt that doesn't go far, and nothing else really. Hops try to do something but can't even compete, everything else pretty much drowns out. Is this a smoked malt beer or a scotch ale?!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark orange-brown amber with a fine one finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of plum, dark stone fruit, sweet caramel malt, peat, lightly sour. Flavor follows with caramel malt, dark stone fruit, light bitterness; malty with a nice hint of peat. Oddly thin in the finish. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. A reasonable domestic take on this style, but not as full flavored or complex as I expected for such a high ABV ale. Fun to drink, but not quite a top scotch ale.

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Photo of Electros
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful amber.

S - Low hops, lovely malt.

T - Low hops, caramel, malt, molasses, and a peaty finish.

M - Interesting coating on the tongue, the sugars are apparent quickly.

O - Great if near perfect example of a "Wee Heavy" Scottish Ale.

THANKS EVAN, you rule mate!

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Photo of dahlen22
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark brown with almost no head at all.

Aroma: Smokey, malty, and some dark fruits.

Taste: Beer is big and malty with some burnt sugar, dark fruits, and a weird rusty after taste.

Overall: Heard a lot about this beer and mostly good things. Not a big fan. While I love Scotch ales, this one's after taste is just too rusty and weird. I have always believed that good beers do not linger after a sip for more than 20 seconds. This one lingered too long. If you like Scotch ales, and I do, go for the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Old Chub or the Belhaven Wee Heavy...even the Dogfish Head Indian Brown ale is sort of a Scotch ale. Cheers!!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage

LOOK: Pours a brownish amber, mostly clear, with a chill haze. Head is short lived and leaves without a trace

SMELL: Brown sugar, caramel, toasted malt and bread.

TASTE: Well rounded flavor of everything malty. Here we have toast, caramel, toffee and mild alcohol flavor. Hops provide a light bitterness around the edges, but come off a bit processed and medicinal. Finishes on the sweet side, but this is a decent ale here.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, with a malty finish of highly kilned malts.

OVERALL: Color me impressed. Most leinenkugels beers have no character and taste horrible. This is a nice departure from the norm.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Nice clear ruby color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Dark fruit and caramel nose, flavor is dark fruit and caramel, hints of the higher ABV. Decent scotch ale. $3.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany, thin khaki head. Big dark fruit flavors - plum, grape, and cherry. Thick toffee, biscuit, and a faint roastiness. Alcohol is rather strong in the nose. Mild bitterness that leaves just a ghost of astringency on the finish. A pretty decent shot at the style, worth a try to get your malt fix.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown almost black in color, finger of head which quickly dissipated.. barely any head.
smells of peat smoked grains, charcoal, bandaids, wheaties. the flavor is of bandaids, plastic, smoked peat up front. then sweet malty backbone and choclatey somewhat, smokey and somewhat boozey. medium to full body with a modest amount of carbonation.

this is a nice one by them, one of the few. usually this line is hit or miss, (i do mean the big eddy), so it's nice to have a hit!

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Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear, orange-brown in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: alcohol, toasted malt, peat, and brown sugar

Taste: follows the nose--alcohol, toasted malt, peat, and brown sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet with alcohol burn at the end, heavy body, high carbonation

Overall: I really loved Big Eddy RIS so I was really looking forward to the Scotch Ale. Unfortunately, I found the alcohol to be a bit overbearing and the rest of the flavors to not come together as well here as in other Scotch ales. I will finish up more four pack, but will not rush out to get this again.

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Photo of CMUbrew
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Founders snifter
2012 bottle date

A: A nice dark brown-bronze with deep ruby highligts in the light. Poured with a very thin yellow-brown head that lasted about 5 seconds. Not much carbonation rising to the top.

S: First and foremost I pick up some thick syrupy prune and raisin aromas. Then there's a scent that took me a while to pick out of there. After a minute I realized it's smoke. Peaty smokiness that I never expected to find in this Leine's rendition of a wee heavy. I can't really get much else with the heavy dark fruit presence though.

T: Inititally there is a quick wash of that dark fruitiness from the nose, then the peat and smoke notes. Following this is a mash-up of malts. No hops to detect in this year old brew. Alcohol is just not there with the first sips, and barely shows itself even with several minutes warming. At 9.5 percent that quite impressive.

M: Pretty good body here. Slightly touching on a slippery and slick feel, yet it comes off the palate nicely.

O: I'm really glad Leine's surprised me with this one. This is a great example of the style IMO because it really has all the elements it should, particularly the peat and smoke. If they had ramped up the malt profile a bit, maybe with bigger caramel, toffee, and sweet notes, this would have been an out of this world beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a half finger of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma is a wonderfully rich caramel, licorice and cotton candy.
The taste delivers with a high sweet rating dominated by caramel with the mildest lemon bitter. A fairly short finish with some alcohol heat, which is nice.
Smooth texture with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and good.

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Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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