The smoke was subtle compared to other "craft" wee heavy and strongs. For example, Sam Adams Wee Heavy (for the record I like Boston Beer Co. and respect Mr. Koch) was way too smokey for my tastes and what I've read authentic Scotch Ale should taste like (smoke is inappropriate for the style). Honestly, if I had the Leinenkugel next to a real scotch ale I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference as subtle smoke flavor may come from the yeast. The Leinenkugel was probably the best American version other than Old Chub. Not the point though. The Big Eddy series is legit and I will try any of their offerings.I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite. It was a little too smoky for my tastes. The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites. The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too. Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.
I agree...it's pretty good, but the smoky character is not really appropriate IMNSHO. Still, that's their interpretation and it's very well made... and proof that the bigs are headed in the right direction in terms of 'craft' product.
Maybe the bottle I picked up had a little age on it, but I found the smokiness to be pretty subtle. Maybe a touch more than what you typically see in the style, but it fit very well to my palate.