Big Eddy Wee Heavey Scotch Ale 9.5% ABV
Jacob Leinekugel Brewing Company
I was able to find a 4 pack of this beer for $3.99. My eyes grew wide when I saw the price and the alcohol content. Well with most things, if it looks too good to be true it probably is. While Big Eddy will get you drunk, it is quite an ordeal to choke it down. I poured myself a glass and with the first taste I was already cringing. I thought to myself, “Well, maybe my taste buds just need to get use to it.” Sometimes with food or drink you have to have a few bites or a few sips to appreciate the flavors. Not so with this beverage. This particular brew gets worse as you continue to drink it. The only way I was able to finish these beers was to drink them down as quickly as possible, like I was chugging down medicine or castor oil. Words can not fully express the horrid flavor of this putrid swill. After forcing down the contents of the first bottle my full body convulsed from the agony my taste buds were experiencing. I personally will never buy, let alone drink this brew again. The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company puts out some very good beers, so don’t let this one keep you from trying their other offerings.
As stated on the packaging “Born in Scotland, Wee Heavy Scotch Ales were originally brewed to satisfy the demand of the hardy laborers who endured cool climates and harsh working conditions.” My first thought was one of sympathy, for those poor laborers who had to drink this abomination of a brew. Upon further reflection, it made sense though. Those stalwart men could handle the awful taste because it would get them drunk enough to forget the horrible conditions they suffered through.
The Jacob Leinekugel Brewing Company was founded in 1867 in Chippewa Falls, Wi. The company is currently being run by the fifth generation of Leinenkugels, using the same family inspired recipes from the first generation.