notalush (5159) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - pours a dark ruby with a fair tan lace - nose of toffee, moderate melanoidin richness, vanilla bean, bourbon, light smoke - however, there is also a mild acidity that seems off and unintentional - body is fairly creamy - moderate acidity early, tart, almost sour - uncharacteristic of the style, tasting characteristic of an infection - underneath there are rich malts, moderate smoke, plum, raisin - but it’s hard to overlook that initial sourness - disappointing.
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first wee heavy. Dark, rich, warming. Thought it was a little syrupy, which is probably the style. I hated it at first- it felt too sweet for me. After drinking a few more over a few days, I started liking it a bit more.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a deep brown with little head. Scotchy malt and wood in the aroma. Taste is sweet, caramel malt and dark fruit. Pretty decent scotch ale.
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Love me a good scotch ale and I liked the Russian Imperial Stout in the Big Eddy series, so I had to give this one a try. Pours a great dark amber color with a very small tan head that disappears right away. No lacing on the glass: I never understood why lacing is such a big deal anyway. The aroma is comprised of many sweet things: caramel, raisin are the most prevalent. As I kept smelling it, I could pick up some apricot, fig and what I can only describe as Pixy Stix. Complex aroma, but way too sweet for me. Almost headache-inducing. The taste is sweet also, but not as much as the smell. It has a tartness up front and in the aftertaste. There is also a little bitterness, which I was not expecting. Taste was just okay. Palate was slick with a decent aftertaste. Not my favorite; Founders Dirty Bastard is way better and cheaper. Schlafly Single Malt Scottish is also much better. Go with one of those.
Indra (2682) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle, 2012 vintage, cellar aged since release. Aroma of sweet, toffeeish malt, brown sugar, raisin, dried cranberry, apple, and some faint maple nut and tartness in the background. Hazy dark red-brown in color with a very slight, light tan ring head. Flavor profile is full of dark fruit, berryish tones and dark caramel malts, with touches of fruity tartness, earth, spice and wood. Light to moderate bitterness appearing towards the finish. Ultimately dry, lightly acidic and warming on the palate, low in effervescence, body is certainly full enough. Respectable.
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby amber with a thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and smoke. Flavor was sweet and malty with caramel malts, dark fruit, molasses, smoky peat and had a fairly sweet and dry finish.
Holtguy (130) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 Vintage. Aroma is bourbon, I thought this might be BB aged, but it isn’t. Pours cloudy dark brown, no head. Taste is unexpected. It’s traditional scotch ale flavors with a bit of tartness. Not too much, but it’s sort of like a Belgian/Scotch ale hybrid or something. A little odd, but the 9.5% abv is nice.
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite scotch ale... Brewed in Wisconsin... By Leinenkugel. It's so wrong, but so true. I love Big Eddy :)
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SPDickerman (1014) - Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown with a small amount of light tan fizz. Smells strongly of caramel. Taste is an explosion of caramel and toffee flavors. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale finishes with a lingering sweetness.