Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Reviews, Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

It’s summer and way too hot. I’m not going to bore you with the details of my month-long hiatus. Instead, I’ll just start banging out all the stuff that I’m backlogged on, starting with this brew. I had this one on tap at The Draft House in Long Branch. I’m not usually a fan of anything from this brewery, but decided to give their Big Eddy series a shot.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to beerpulse.com, “Thanks to an intensive brewing process, Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale offers significant malt complexity, including eight malts and grains for a robust richness. The brew, which adds a touch of hops to balance the malts, features assertive chocolate, toffee and caramel notes, with a hint of smoke and dark fruity undertones subtly emerging throughout.”

Random: Again, loving the matching tulip glass.

This one poured with a finger’s worth of cream head that dissipated pretty quickly and left lots of lacing on the tulip glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with mild carbonation visible throughout. The nose was tart, dark fruit. Specifically, I got raisins and prunes and sour cherries. Then, some brown sugar came through. Smoke came through at the end with caramel and dates as well. The booze was pretty hidden. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with burnt brown sugar. Despite this probably being the best that I’ve had from Leinenkugel’s, this was just missing something. It was missing the smoke and the strength of flavor that I’ve had in really good examples of the style. It’s worth a try, but it won’t wow you.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


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