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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%


Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007)
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karengarys

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Leine? This has got to be crap. I like craft brews!

Pour it. Go ahead! Pour it!

Leine. Think twice.

Pours dark like an RIS. nice.

smells.... chocolate, licorace,.... ris, right?

Taste is the glorius RIS. Almost light, but a good light! Rich. Licorace. Coffee. Cocoa. Just what I want in an RIS.

Mouthfeel is awesome creamy, a bit... um... better than the "craft brews"?

Overall? Ignore "Leinenkugel". This ris is a force to be wreakoned with! Totally worth the price of the craft brew next to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:39:22 | More by karengarys
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milljs

Kentucky

4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a thick viscous black with a cappuccino-like foam crown.
Aroma is of molasses, coffee, leather, and wood with subtle spicy notes.
Taste is aligned to the aroma. Wonderful and full of complexity.
Mouthfeel and finish are full and lingering in a fantastic way. I love this beer.



Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 13:26:11 | More by milljs
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SHODriver

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from 2012

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a half inch of deep tan head that fades to a small pool and collar
S: smells of molasses and that's about it
T: tastes of roasted malt, molasses and burnt sugar. swallow is more molasses and roasted malt
M: fairly full on the mouth with fairly prickly carbonation. ever so slightly drying but just a little bit
O: maybe it was a bit more complex from the start but it's pretty smooth. Not terrible but certainly not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 07:27:45 | More by SHODriver
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ksimons

New York

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a creamy almost black with a fingers worth of tan head

S-roasted malt, creamy chocolate, molasses, and light coffee

T-big roasted malt backbone with dark and milk chocolate, and finishes with a bit of a burnt taste

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, dry burnt aftertaste

Overall a very surprising beer, I had low expectations, but this is actually very enjoyable. Only major complaint is the burnt finish

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 22:57:07 | More by ksimons
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a sam adams turibnator

A: deep chocolate with a big two finger head that subsides into a thin disk of chocolate head, big roasted chocolate body never wavers. Huge body appearance and heavy malt bill. Has legs, and appears HUGE in ABV. Dark and just nearly perfect.

S: roasted malts and a very faint estery yeast, HUGE sweetness. The smell is phenolic and huge malts. And that's it. Big malts.

T: Sweet malt could use some additional aging from a bottle yeast that eats some bottle sugars. very malt and sweet. Has that overtly malty richness and quality all well executed RIS have. Bready yeast peeking around the edges.

M: Smooth and huge malts. Big roasted and chocolate notes. The hops present barely any bitterness here.

O: Insane that this product is the output of the same people that bring us the standard Leinenkugel lineup. The other average brews are just, thin and meh. This is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:23:12 | More by Scrapss
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-black with a large brown head that does not fade fast and leaves a good lacing
S-malasses, alcohol, nutty aroma and a burnt brown sugar
T-burnt brown sugar, malasses, coffee, a nutty taste with an alcohol taste to it, and the burnt sugar taste stays with you til the end
M-full body and low carbonation
O-this beer has a kick to it , and the only thing keeping this from being a great beer is the burnt taste

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:19:28 | More by a0lbudman
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours an impenetrable ruby-hued black with a large frothy brown head that is quite active, very-slowly-settling to pretty fat film that only requires a quick shake to go back to being big. Good retention; a tiny bit of lacing.

S:
Very sweet and warm. Oats, molasses, toasted nuts, licorice, dark fruits, smoked meat.

T:
Extremely sweet, but not overly sticky. Burnt brown sugar, dark fruits and coffee grounds up front, with a gradually lighter middle. Coke, earth and the slightest tinge of medicinal hops at the finish.

M:
A little thin, sticky, coating, full-bodied. The carbonation is fairly subdued and the head is quite creamy. The alcohol is well-concealed, but it is definitely pretty strong. Lingering finish, but it manages to stay pretty well in the background (doesn't get to be overwhelming).

O:
Pretty decent RIS.
This is a fairly rich, relatively drinkable, almost cloyingly sweet stout. However, it is a fairly well-made beer in my opinion (although I am not a super well-versed in RISs). It is quite nice looking for something with its ABV. The rest of it is enjoyable if not life-altering. I enjoyed it, although it is definitely one of the less 'intense' Imperial stouts that you can find out there.
Might have again; not a bad option if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:40:42 | More by TheDoctor
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kojevergas

Texas

2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap and classy appealing label acquired for $3.49 USD at my local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on the brewery but the label/marketing is sound and I'm in the mood for a good Russian Imperial Stout. 2012 vintage. 9.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of lovely khaki-tan colour; it's rich and decadent. Has a great shiny soft complexion and good smooth even consistency. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a Russian Imperial Stout. While far from unique or special, it's a beer I'm looking forward to trying. I don't notice any overt flaws. It's absolutely to-style.

Sm: I'm pleasantly surprised given the brewery. It's got plenty of chocolate and chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, hints of coffee, and even a bit of roasted barley (something I always look for in a stout). Cream. It's certainly sweet, but pleasantly so. Cocoa powder.

I don't find any yeast character or alcohol. The hop profile is really buried as well.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of mild strength and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Could Leinenkugel's actually have an above average beer on their hands?

T: Hm. Not quite the breakout Leinenkugel's hit I was hoping for. It's a pretty generic build for a Russian Imperial Stout, with your standard notes of chocolate/chocolate malt/cocoa powder, caramel, dark malts, and a nice sweetness. Any coffee notes I convinced myself I was finding on the aroma are nowhere to be found here. I do get some raisin and (unfortunately for my personal tastes) some licorice/fennel. There's some unwelcome charred and burnt characteristics, but they're forgivable. The roast has also faded, much to the beer's detriment. That said, it's pretty balanced and certainly pretty cohesive - albeit not quite gestalt.

It's not a horribly complex or subtle beer (especially considering the style), but I rather like it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's not really any nuance here.

No yeast character, hop profile, or alcohol come through.

Mf: Has a sickening stickiness to it. A bit syrupy. Too thick. Smooth and wet. Slick. Chewy. The mouthfeel is admittedly quite a trainwreck, but it could be worse. At least it's not astringent or boozy. Overcarbonated. Too full-bodied. Bad presence on the palate. The texture doesn't suit the taste all that well.

Dr: Ordinarily, the whole "we used x amount of malts" marketing approach is indicative of a gimmicky beer, but this Leinenkugel's offering stays pleasingly close to style conventions and doesn't feel as cheap/artificial as most of their core offerings. It's a bit too sweet and it won't blow your socks off, but for a macrobrewed Russian Imperial Stout from a usually unremarkable brewery, it's surprisingly quaffable. I wouldn't get it again at $3.49, but I'm sure I overpayed given the bottle shop I acquired this at. It's absolutely worth trying at a reasonable price and I'm not disappointed. I'll be giving Leinenkugel's a little more attention - at least insofar as their limited releases are concerned - going forward.

High C

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:58:43 | More by kojevergas
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vkv822

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : Teku
2013 vintage

Opaque black with a long lasting, foamy light brown head.

Boozy, dark fruits, roasty cocoa notes in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body, though I would have liked to see a bit more viscosity in such a big beer. Low foamy carbonation.

A fairly well done RIS, though I did feel like the flavored could have been a bit more robust in the taste, which carried into the mouthfeel and wanting that to be a bit "bigger" as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 08:40:50 | More by vkv822
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socon67

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour into snifter. some rings of lacing, and a thin mocha foam head.

S - Strong scents of chocolate and roasted malt. Slight boozy smell as this warmed.

T - Good amount of sweet chocolate flavor. Rich malt gives a flavor of toasted bread. Some flavors of English toffee in the finish.

M - Felt a little thin for a RIS. Easy to drink, but I like this style with a slick feel and I didn't get that here.

O - Surprised that Leinenkugel makes such a high end craft offering. Glad that a buddy picked this up for me. I'll keep an eye out for other Big Eddy series.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 00:56:45 | More by socon67
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012

Great stillwater black with a thin half-pinky of mocha foam. Looks like an R.I.S. So far, so good.

Rich chocolatey cocoa nibs with some malty grain stew, hearty licorice, and black currant. Hint of pine needle hops. Big wallop of fudgy dark chocolate with a toffee/caramel undercurrent. Some booze. Faint malted milk ball.

Meaty roast with slight oxidation, sweet cocoa, tentative booziness, brulee'd creme, piney mint, currant, licorice root, and toffee notes. Age plays a little cruel, here. Flavors are smaller and more composite. Tanginess is somewhat unsuitable. The body is a wash; a hefty medium that detracts from the decadence. This new bitterness is a byproduct, and probably unintended or changed. Carbonation is medium-low with little play. There might have been a really good beer here a year or two ago. What I'm left with is still good, but not something I'd drink aged a second time.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 17:53:38 | More by thecheapies
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a finger's worth of head which really doesn't have much retention at all. The head is dark beige with hints of purple while the body is almost a fully opaque, dark chocolate black. There is a slight hint of burgundy when this beer is held up to the light. Some lacing but rather minimal at the moment.

Nose- Very subdued- I really have to strain to get anything at all. Light caramel, light chocolate, light roasted notes. Perhaps a touch of raisins from the glass. Not a very good sign for an Imperial but it does happen from time to time. Swirling shows a light cocoa that hints at bubblegum. Some hints of alcohol as well.

Taste- Shows a lot more presence than the nose and is pretty sweet even for an RIS. Starts off with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and coffee that moves into a searing finish and linger of raisins mixed with noticeable alcohol. The raisins are definitely the dominant aspect of the flavor profile and they tend to an almost cherry cough syrup flavor. Some woody bitterness on the finish with slight spice (maybe cinnamon?). The alcohol isn't strong but the pairing with the cloying sweetness makes it seem like an off-note. Some hints of brownie. A good amount of bubblegum. It's not bad but it just doesn't really work as an RIS. Pretty much above average at this point. I wasn't expecting but this is a little too one-dimensional for my tastes. A tendency toward metallic notes. Earwax bitterness on the finish does not bolster this beer's case. Some indication of dark stone fruits but these flavors seem off and too sweet as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation and some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- The sweetness is a bit cloying and will make this beer a bit of a slog. I imagine this would be a drain pour for many. 3 bucks a bottle isn't a bad price but this beer certainly isn't worth it.

Overall- Pretty much just above average. Maybe age would improve it but I don't care to find out- I just want to be done with it. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you like cloying sweetness. Would probably be better cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:15:38 | More by artoolemomo
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served n a snifter.

Appearance: Borderline black color with a brownish tint and dark tan head which rises to roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Hard espresso scent but very light as far as potency.

Taste: Very good and complex with bitter notes and bitter coffee feel with the right touch of brown sugar. Very addicting brew, you will find yourself near the end of the glass before you know it.

Mouth: medium bodied, slight dry finish in the end that might make some cringe a bit. The brew itself should be left to settle closer to room temperature where it's stickiness really comes through.

Overall: Very good brew, for roughly twelve bucks a 4-pack it is definitely well worth your investment. Enjoy with your favorite glass....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:23:07 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1+ finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely.

S: Roasted coffee, with lots of dark chocolate, raisin, and molasses.

T: Bitter roasted espresso beans. Bitter pecan shells. Raisin, prune, and tons of booze.

M: Syrupy and thick. Bitterness lingers on the palate throughout. Very boozy.

D: Sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some fair lacing. Nose is roasty and sweet. Bitterness and booziness overpower the characteristic chocolate and coffee components. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:40:21 | More by bmwats
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Greywulfken

New York

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: black motor oil - didn't even kick up much head - maybe a slim finger of smooth, creamy-looking dark foam off a center pour

S: rich, sweet dark malts, roasty and bitter cocoa and coffee, some herbal and earthy aromas

T: bittersweet dark malts and sweet black coffee; suggestions of herb and anise; some blackstrap molasses and mocha; some mineral-esque qualities

M: creamy, smooth, dense, full-to-medium body; slick

O: a nice RIS, with a very earthy and grainy profile, which I liked - luxurious and decadent, yes, but with a rustic tone and traditional vibe

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 00:41:38 | More by Greywulfken
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Earpe

North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I agree with "DRINKSOMUCH"...

This is a very good RIS, Dark black color, great smell, dark fruit tones with a nice burnt flavoring, and a hint of chocolate. This is definitely a must try for imperial stout drinkers, at 9.5 ABV, you can't go wrong.... One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 14:57:03 | More by Earpe
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Idrinksomuch

Delaware

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!! I love this stuff!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 17:32:30 | More by Idrinksomuch
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured into a teku

thick jet black pour, 2 fingers of dark tan head with slow dissipation and ridiculous head retention.. tons of creamy brown lacing. this beer looks like a perfect stout, let's hope it tastes that way too!

roasty dark aromas - coffee, chocolate, tobacco, with a sweet malty overall nose. the flavor is complimented by the oxidation over the years.. a subtle rustyness to it adds some kick to the deep dark chocolate flavor, roasted grains, coffee/molasses. dark, but sweet as well thanks to the malted barley.

the mouthfeel is nice - creamy and thick, full bodied with low carbonation. this is a perfect night cap, honestly.. coats your mouth nicely and takes place of any dessert.

i'm blown away by how nice this beer aged.. i haven't had much from this brewery that stood out, but this is definitely one i will be sure to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:43:25 | More by facundoCNB
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first of the "Big Eddy" line.Poures nearly jet black except for just one small ring of ruby at the bottom of the glass when held right up to the light,a half finger creamy mocha colored head atop.Dark fruit with a slight sour tinge in the nose,a roasted nut note wich comes along with alot of the beers of the same style is there as well,odd no roast playing a role.Like drinking a liquid raisin at the first couple sips,oddly the roast is subdued as well as the chocolate,it's all about dark fruit and alcohol.I like this beer but it's one sided in the dark fruit category,still this is top notch from this brewery.Actually this is not the the first "Big Eddy" beer I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 23:45:51 | More by oberon
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The JLBC Imperial Stout is a big beer that is great for an after dinner aperitif. The beer pours an opaque black with ecru head that is not leaving much lace. The scent carries a light peat and earth. The taste is a strong rich taste bolster my slightly chocolate roast and espresso. There also is an earthy hint. The mouthfeel is a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 03:00:36 | More by WoodBrew
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CASK1

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A raffle prize from our home-brew club's monthly meeting. Poured to a Sam Adams glass.

A - Jet black and opaque. Tan head fades a bit quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Roast malt up front. Hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness and low alcohol aroma. Low teasing amounts of piney hops. As it warms, some dark fruit esters emerge - plums and raisins.

T - Dark chocolate and toffee sweetness. Hints of coffee. Medium hop bitterness, but low hop flavor. A bit of metallic character distracts from the flavor a bit. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. I would like more complexity to the flavor of a RIS than what I find here.

M - Full-bodied, viscous, and smooth. Medium carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not "hot". Somewhat creamy.

O - I was not expecting much from this beer, but was pleasantly surprised. A decent take on the style from a brewery that doesn't get a lot of love on BA.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:23:39 | More by CASK1
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Pint glass bottle marked 2012

A) Pour dark and heavy like used motor oil. Thick dark chocolate colored head. No light can pierce this dark beast.

S) Dark fruits, plum jam, chocolate, nuts

T) Chocolate covered raisins, coffee, plum, espresso

M) thick and heavy

O) good but there are better Russian imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 17:47:14 | More by NewGlarusFan
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, thanks Chris.

a: Black body; big, thick tan colored head.

s: Roasty bittersweet chocolate, some fairly pronounced jammy dark fruit, and subdued heat.

t: Big chocolate notes from start to finish. Bittersweet up front, with the sweetness fading towards the finish. Moderate heat and a surprisingly strong hop tingle at the end. Nice tart berry flavor throughout.

m: Medium body and creamy carbonation.

o: Top notch stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:17:04 | More by DIM
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matthewalee

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version

Appearance is a very dark cloudy beer (cellared)

Smell is of fruits and leather. old...

Taste is excellent!!! chocolate, dry, fruity, maybe-a-kinda tobacco and certainly a smoky taste. really good!

This beer is GREAT for those that em in stock! ENJOY Kids!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 06:22:34 | More by matthewalee
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joe1510

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Received this in a trade with Badbeer, thanks Mike. Big Eddy gurgles from the bottle midnight black with zero transparency. The mocha head grew to a quality two fingers on the pour and as it fell to a crown left sheet lacing its whole way down. Big Eddy is a really good looking stout.

This stout has a huge amount of dark berry nose to it. Blackberry mostly and unripe blueberry. There are some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. There's a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but it's ghostly.

This is one of those beers that taste nothing like what it smells like. The dark roasted maltiness is in the aroma but comes out full force in the mouth. Huge dark cocoa washes over my tongue mid-palate before segueing into dark chocolate on the finish. A hint of blackberry and a hint of dark roasted coffee compliment things nicely. This is an excellent, rich stout.

The mouthfeel is spot on; viscous with and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Let's see, I believe it weighs in at a respectable 10W-30.

For a stout so big (weighing in at 9.5abv) this one goes down incredibly easy. It's supremely easy to sip considering the robust flavor and high abv.

I was glad to hear of Leinenkugels entering the extreme beer marketplace (with the Big Eddy series) as they've always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. I'm even happier to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. I'll raise my glass to Leinenkugels and that they keep the surprises coming.

Reviewed: 1/5/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:50:14 | More by joe1510
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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