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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,186 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 147 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007

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Ratings: 1,186 | Reviews: 469
Photo of generallee
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.5% abv and a very brief description of the beer. Appearance: Very dark used motor oil like pour. Looks Black in the glass and has a small dark tan head. It fades out quickly leaving a light ring. Some lacing on the glass. Smell: It has a slightly lighter nose than I was expecting but still full of dark roasted maltiness and earthy hops. Taste/Palate: It is full of deep roasted maltiness caramel like sweetness and a touch of prune. The finish bring some hop bitterness and and mild dry earthy tones. Overall it remains fairly sweet.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great dark brown brew with beautiful frothy khaki colored cap. Lacing up and down the sides. Licorice, roast, char, tobacco, and minimal chocolate make up the aroma. Taste is of roasted malts, ash, slight coffee with some cocoa mixed about. Not super thick but medium bodied enough for me to enjoy. This was overall a fantastic imperial stout that more than surpassed my expectations. Enjoy!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter from a twelve ounce bottle.

Light but frothy dark-khaki colored head. Settles into a quarter inch of froth that could be ladled. Pitch black body. Excellent looking beer. 4.5

Sweet caramel, floral, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Something slightly spicy in there, as well as some smoke. 4

Pretty campfire and bacon-like. I always love those flavors. Dark chocolate and vanilla are there and a a heavily pronounced floral hop flavor. The flavor is a tad yeasty but otherwise great tasting. Toasted coconut makes a nice entrance as I delve deeper in the beer. 3.75

As I mentioned, it has a smoky feel, is a tad yeasty, and has a creamy, viscous and medium carbonated feel. The hops give a slight touch of hop bitterness. 3.5

$8 RIS 4-pack and it's damn good. A few noticeable flaws but again, a great beer and especially so for the price.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep black. Caramel head, medium density foam.

S: strong smell of chocolate. Milk chocolate.

T: extremely creamy, great chocolate taste,

M: fantastically creamy feel. Very thick. Has a nice boozy finish but not at all overpowering.

O: I picked this up because it looked interesting. I was extremely pleased. Never knew this existed. I will look for this again. Will probably do well with a little age too.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013 bottle served in a snifter glass.

So this is the third beer I've tried in Liney's Big Eddy series. Hopefully it is better than that cherry doppleschwartzbier cough syrup @#$%. The the dry hoped Oktoberfest was ok but the added hops ruined the traditional style. I digress, here we go...

Appearance: classic RIS. Thick, viscous, plenty of creamy tan head, black as night with no light shining through. On a side note, I really do like the labels of this series of beers. Great design.

Nose: plums, figs, raisins, prunes, prune juice, chocolate, roasted malts, campfire ashes, not boozy at all

Taste and Mouthfeel: creamy and rich, burnt malts, smokey, very dark chocolate (bakers), hoppy bite from the "3 distinct hops", not too bad. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall: It is an Americanized version of the classic RIS style. Not too bad and by far the best in their Big Eddy series so far. This 4-pack is from the 2013 release (Feb/Mar 2014 shelf time) so I'm thinking it has about a year of age on it. I'll try it again in a few months to see if things are changing. If they don't, I can certainly enjoy a few more of these. Not as good as other RISs I've tried but a nice offering from Liney's.

Photo of Stevereno
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2013, with 34414 printed on the bottleneck. My first from the Big Eddy line of beers from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Brewed with 11 malts and grains, and three varieties of hops.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass, gifted to me from my homies at Ardmore Station Liquors. #properglassware.

A - It pours thick and viscous, a black body with some brownish red hues to it when poured. Opaque in the glass. Two fingers of creamy dark mocha head that retains well for the high abv, and leaves behind lots of nice fluffy sticky lacing.

S - The aroma isn't half bad either - lots of dark raisins / figs / dates, hints of coffee, and some creamy chocolatey sweetness. Not the greatest smelling stout, but intriguing and appealing enough.

T - Taste follows the nose - light sugary sweetness, roasted malt, notes of char / coffee / chocolate / cream / toffee. Lots of raisin / fig / date dark fruitiness and just a hint of herbal hop presence buried in the finish. Not bad at all.

M - The feel is bitter & roasty on the finish. Thick and creamy with good carbonation, and easy drinking for the hefty 9.50% abv.

Overall, a very nice take on the style from this brewery; definitely exceeded the expectations I had for it on many levels. By far the best thing I have had from this brewery, and I think a year's worth of age might have done this beer some good. Recommended, and I would have it again.

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout -----3.5/5

Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +5%

Got this from my coworker. I was on the fence about this "Leine" spin-off but I was pleasantly surprised.

A - Nice robust black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Dark khaki colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with some chocolate, some malt, and a burnt tone that is predominant. There is some alcohol and a light coffee tone after the roasted notes.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer it is pretty good with all those tastes swirling around. It seems somewhat muddled but still good flavor. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some light coffee tones that compliment. It's good but it seems that the roasted, burnt character is the most predominant flavor.
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M - Moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but is a better drinker than I had expected.

Overall, this is a solid imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the burnt side. I was surprised that this was better than expected and I prefer the thicker and boozier but this is a way to double up a dry stout and keep drinking.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of BladesOfBarley
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

2013 Vintage Four Pack

Okay, so here it is. The best beer that I've ever had by Leinenkugel's, a rich, velvety and bitter Russian Imperial Stout.

Starting off, is the appearance. Rich and velvety black, with a rich brown ahead (mollasses?) A pleasure to look at.

Starting off, is a wonderful boozy and chocolaty aroma. Some roasted barley and coffee as expected in the style, the richness of the aroma is incredible on a fall day like this. Compliments the appearance well.

Finally, the most important factor: the taste! Chocolates, bourbon style boozy taste, roasted coffee beans, some vanilla, a hint of cherries, roasted barley is through it all, ending on a pleasant bitter end to this other wise incredibly sweet RIS.

Verdict: One of the best I've had, especially considering it's father company! Curious as to how the rest will hold up over the next 6 months to a year.

Photo of Roguer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful stout: pours dark nut brown, almost perfectly black, and topped by a very dark brown head. Retention is good, leaving long lines of lacing.

Creamy, boozy RIS aroma, dominated by roasted barley with a bit of cacao and a hint of syrup.

Chocolate and earthy up front on the tongue, followed by a hint of booze and a ton of roasted barley. Slightly metallic on the mid-palate, and washed over by an incredibly strong dose of blackstrap molasses; by far the most I've ever noticed in a beer. Fascinating, and certainly not unpleasant.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel; an excellent representation of a full-bodied stout. Long, sticky finish; medium alcohol presence.

This is really an excellent stout across the board. The huge molasses note on the back-end, carrying with it a subtle metallic twinge, might put some people off, but overall this is a barley-forward, sweet, thick stout.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5%

2013 vintage:

Pours pitch black with a lasting brown head. Great retention for the style.

The smell is of rich chocolate, roasted espresso and anise.

The taste follows the nose - robust chocolate sweetness balanced by sour-ish dried dark fruit and earthy/anise-like notes and roasted espresso. Complex and delicious.

Dangerously smooth, this is a rich, enjoyable RIS!

Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

From notes on 3/5/14

Solid Imperial Stout. Drank on tap at a bowling alley in Green Bay. Was easily there best beer on tap. Had huge notes of chocolate, malt, leather, maybe even a little tobacco flavor. I enjoyed way too many glasses of this stuff.

Photo of jellikit
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottle.
A: pitch black. Tan, creamy, thick, foamy head. Sticky lacing.

S: roasted barley. Molasses. Black licorice.

T: same as the aroma. Plus, grainy maltiness. Fig. A bit of hop bitterness? Maybe bitterness is from the malt. Sweet. Alcohol.

M: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Syrup.

O: pretty decent imperial stout. A bit on the bitter side for me. Not quite sure if it belongs in this beer. Decent beer though. A sipper. Strong.

Photo of kfh227
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hope I am not biased. A local beer store had 4 packs of this for $3.29. I think I'll be buying a case tommorrow. They probably had 12-18 cases on the floor. I'm guessing a distributer had a bunch sitting around that they wanted to unload.

Appearance - Very dark and the head formed very thickly when poured into a glass, even when care was taken. Nice caramel color to the head. the head went down after a minute and it maintained a 1/16" head.

smell - Nothing special. Not sure if my nose is acting up but I can't smell much. Bacially smells like a generic stout to me.

taste - At 83 cents a bottle for a 9.5% aABV beer ... surprisingly good. Not bitter at all. A Slightly sweet stout. The alcohol is not noticeable.

mouthfeel - Not something I know how to rate properly. I think it is as thick as any other stout.

Overall - worth every penny of the 83 cents I paid. I will be buying more. I actually like this enough that I'd happily pay $8 for a 4 pack.

Photo of ahommell
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: DARK DARK DARK. Pours with the viscosity of a bad 5 w 30. A beautiful caramel colored head finds its way to the top of my glass. Many small bubbles... but the few big bubbles show and stick around with the rest of the head.

S: Wood... OAK? Sweet dark fruit. Candi sugar almost? It is that sweet. Chocolate malt? Cannot fully tell as the alcohol overtakes much of it.

T: Sweet. Dark Fruits. Oak. Cherries. Light raisin. Heavy alcohol.

M: The feeling won't quit. I'm not sure if I am sipping bourbon or a beer. It is light at first... but now my mouth feels heavy... may be a numbing effect of the alcohol.

O: It is leines camouflaged in a pretty package. You know what you are getting. When I was in college... they were the best 73 man operation to get beer.... But this? It reeks of big business filling a niche. Poorly done on some levels... but fantastic at times as well. Going to drink the four pack over a few days at different temperatures. Tonight's was at what I assumed was a lovely 46 degrees. That should be fantastic for the type of beer. Maybe even on the low side. Hoping that my next attempt at 55-60 degrees is a little better. Unfortunately, unimpressed.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Big Eddy snifter. Three cheers for proper glassware! A nice, thick pour. About a finger of mocha head, tinged slightly red. A pretty dark body to boot.

Smells more like dried figs than anything to me, which is a little odd. But, hey, I like dried figs. Some notes of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is better than I expected from the brewery that bottles Summer Shandy, let's be honest. But there is a sweetness I can't quite put my finger on, a candy-like sweetness. Maybe some Summer Shandy fell into the barrel.

Smooth mouthfeel, but not the thickest or creamiest I've had in an Imperial Stout.

Overall, this beer is much better than I thought it would be. Leinenkugel doesn't scream "Excellence" in my opinion, but this beer is solid.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meaty beefy big and bouncy! This 2012 edition of Big Eddy is excellent. Pours a thick black with a nice thick tannish brown head. Notes of chocolate, coffee, figs, and sweet malts. Taste is a lot like the nose. Chocolate and deep roasted grains up front with a coffee bitterness and sweet chocolate and deep roasted grains in the background with hops coming through on the aftertaste. One of the better imperials I have had, even better on tap. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, improves with warmth. Very nice and to be appreciated. Cheers!

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked 31113, 2012 vintage
Bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt, dates, and figs
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and 1 mm layer with small bubble islands
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, intense dates and figs with roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is worlds better than when it came out in 2012 – the rough edges have smoothed well.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Dark motor oil with a great caramel head and beautiful lacing

Smell - Rich oaky malts up front followed by a train of booze

Taste - Smooth and sweet up front and then bring on the booze

Mouthfeel - very crisp to begin with, but this one leaves quite the after taste

Overall - this one does not hide the 9.5% alcohol at all.

Photo of cervezango
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Russian imperial stout From leinies "Craft Beer line" Big eddy . Good for them that there trying to show a little creativity with this IRS but it kind of annoying them pretending to be craft beer makers. This Is a IRS for people who don't normally venture outside of normal leines options like summer shandy or honey weiss. This IRS will not challenge your taste buds and ends up being pretty forgettable.

Photo of far333
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black and opaque with a reddish brown low head that kicks up minimally and then settles out quickly. Low, but rich aroma of molasses and brown sugar.

Rich and intense flavors of molasses, espresso, burnt caramel, ashie and acrid, woody, peppery bites in the finish, accented with subtle hops that add delicate but flavorful character to the flavor.

Moderate mouthfeel, even carbonation. Good beer, but just a bit too ashen for me.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.