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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,145 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 46
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
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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4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved it. Aged for 1.5 years this is a great RIS.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small beige head that settles to rim bubbles. A couple of streaks for lace. Near black color with no light passing through.

Smell of ash and charcoal. I note some sour cherry in the background.

The flavor reminds me of black coffee. Again, the post-grilling ash and charcoal show up in the swallow. There's a touch of sweetness at the very end that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Full bodied for the style, but not too much.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

passable, but something here i just dont like. its hotly alcoholic, way more than the abv should force, and way more than i think the style allows for, or should allow for, its distracting to a nice dark fruit and charcoal malt profile and i really cant get past it. it feels weird in the stomach and going down because of it, and im having a harder time enjoying the dark chocolate and vanilla and tobacco flavors in it. is there a touch of smoke to it? it certainly seems to pop up in the finish. others have described this as smooth, so maybe something was off with the bottle i had, but i wouldnt describe it like that at all, well, maybe texture, but certainly not in overall feel, it almost burns. the way paint smells this sort of feels, if that makes sense. still, i think the project is a noble one, and i think the beers isnt as bad as i am making it sound, but the alcohol exposure is a little much. looks amazing though, shiny black and heady forever. good to get a four pack of a style like this out there affordably too, which is probably this beers greatest merit.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Aged for about 6 months.

A: Black with a tan half finger head that blows out fast. Some foam on top. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Anise, chocolate, leather, molasses. Vanilla, too.

T: Strong chocolate opening volley with hints of vanilla. Also picking up anise and molasses. Some dark fruits in the mix, too. Nutty and malty. So smooth and creamy. Robust.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, creamy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A terrific sipper. A very nice RIP that would go well with brownies or a chocolate chip cookie. I really think the aging helped it. Would love to try a year in the closet.

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1.72/5  rDev -54.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%

A well aged bottle that is at least a year old, it pours pitch black color with a thick 3 finger creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, not really moving for a minute or so and then dissipating slowly and leaving great lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells sweet and boozy with strong coffee, chocolate and espresso up front, followed by roasted grains, charred wood, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and a milky sweetness like a milk stout with a half a shot of bourbon poured in it. Hints of vanilla and licorice trail the strong char and coffee notes, and the booze comes through but in a complimentary way.

Taste is very similar to the nose, with coffee, dark chocolate, espresso, whipped cream, roasted grains, charred wood, burnt oats, dark fruit like cherry, raisin and very sweet prunes, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, red wine barrels that unleash oaky tannins like a merlot, vanilla, malted ball candy (forget the name) and licorice. The booze is present but not hot, and the bitterness is strong but this was still pretty smooth for such a heavy, chewy beer. It said a variety of hops were used on the bottle, but the only evidence of hops is the mild bitterness which more resembles a dark coffee than a blend of hops.

Mouthfeel was thick and heavy, with a slick feel across the tongue, a smack and some mild heat from the booze, mild carbonation, and a plethora of flavors that were very complex and got more flavorful as it warmed.

I know that this is a Leinenkugel brew, but this could be mistaken for a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout in a blind taste test. This bottle aged well and was very tasty, so I would definitely have this again and would recommend it.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.