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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 44
Gots: 118 | 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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Reviews by Pegasus:
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Utter sable in color with a small, dense tan head, the lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol, bitter cocoa, and earth.

Taste: Opens with lots of bitter cocoa, some earth as well, as the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of cold coffee.
Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of sweet alcohol, which is also warming. Towards the close of the taste, deeply roasted malt, verging on charcoal appear, and there is a distinct smokiness. Finishes with a lingering charcoal note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An intense and somewhat off-the-beaten-path example of the style. Certainly worth a try, and likely several.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

03-02-2012 20:50:51 | More by Pegasus
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-09-2014 21:11:31 | More by tectactoe
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-05-2014 19:03:47 | More by tbryan5
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

08-19-2014 01:02:16 | More by GameOfBeers
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Even large regional brewers have been swayed to brew limited-edition big beers as they see the popularity grow and the consumers calling for more flavor. This offering is brewed with 11 malts and grains and three different hops.

The pitch-black liquid pours out a little thick and viscous as the modest carbonation struggles to break from the solution. Decent head retention as the tan lace does stick to the glass here and there. Sweet aroma of dark berries, chocolate and molasses with a hint of acrid burnt malt in the back. Syrupy full body with a slick creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation. Starts off with a bite of burnt malt that makes way for the sweetness, which is substantial but not cloying. Suggestions of dark chocolate, blackberries--blackstrap molasses comes to mind. Hops are hard to find with the massive malt backbone though a quick kiss of herbal flavor hits in the middle. Sweet in the end with a long linger of charred malt flavor.

A good stab at the Russian Imperial Stout style, it's worth a try to compare against the many craft brewers that are coming close to mastering this style. A good 6 months to a year of cellaring may do this beer some good as it seemed a bit green around the edges with all of the sweetness.

08-01-2010 13:48:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Very excited to try this R.I.S. from Leinenkugel's! Bottle says 9.5% abv. Pours into my glass a viscous, dark tar black with a solid half inch of creamy dark tan head on top. No light getting through at all! Aromas begin with deep roasted malts. Dark chocolate, coffee and a slight smokiness. Dark fruits mixed in with some vanilla. There's some hops in there as well. A great aroma overall.

First sip brings big roasty malts with a rich chocolate upfront. Rolls into a hint of molasses and a wonderful dark fruity aspect. A touch of smokiness and coffee as it flows down. Bitterness on the finish with some hops as well. I enjoy the fruity, cherry aspect here. This is a robust, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is dense and creamy, with a big body. It goes down smooth overall. A big, hearty brew that is great for a cold night. I've never been a huge fan of Leine's regular offerings, but this one just blew me away. I hope they keep up with the Big Eddy series as this is one helluva a good R.I.S. from a brewery I wouldn't have expected to brew something like this. Seek it out. Thanks to nchrist13.

11-22-2007 02:40:42 | More by orbitalr0x
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-11-2014 05:39:28 | More by DaftPatrick
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SAxDRC5

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -27%

A- Pours dark black. 2 finger dark tan head. when held up to a light there is sort of a cherry wood color around the edges of the glass. one of the prettiest beers I've seen.

S- chocolaty, malty and smokey. smells like soy sauce. both dark and light fruits (raisins and oranges maybe?). a touch of alcohol scent.

T- chocolate malts are the first taste I get, followed by smoke, soy sauce and fruit. finishes with alcohol and a tiny bit of hops. Flavors are not balanced, they conflict. To quote the guy at the beer store where I bought it "It tastes like someone poured about 1/3 of a bottle of sunset wheat into a decent imperial stout."

M- Pretty good. maybe a bit thin and too carbonated for me but I basically like drinking motor oil mixed with cement.

D- I've had beers higher than 9.5% ABV that were more drinkable. alcohol flavor is too pronounced and there is too much carbonation. Also if I want soy sauce I'll drink a bottle of soy sauce, not a beer.

12-08-2010 01:43:04 | More by SAxDRC5
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jisom123

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.
40 deg.
Appearance is standard RIS with slightly less carb and head.

Smells of rich malt caramel chocolate. Nice implications

"Taste" delivers initially, helped significantly by good mouthfeel. The carb lingers a bit long and pollutes the aftertaste, bringing out some slight booze and astringents.

09-08-2011 23:40:49 | More by jisom123
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-14-2014 23:58:46 | More by JakerLou
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

06-07-2013 04:36:26 | More by megamass
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and nut

Taste: dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood--maybe cedar, light caramel, and vanilla at the end

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation,chewy, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: Very complex. Sweeter than most and way too drinkable for the abv. Almost drinks like a good Valentine's day cordial. If you typically like Leinie's you will like this. If you do not, I suspect you will not enjoy this as much.

12-20-2012 15:18:58 | More by tigg924
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badbeer

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head I've seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; it's so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this; Dark Lord, watch out!

11-13-2007 03:46:51 | More by badbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and heavily roasted malt notes, as well as a hint of soy sauce. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of heavily roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some dark fruit, raisins and soy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

05-13-2012 02:43:43 | More by Mora2000
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burninggoat

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-10-2014 18:22:23 | More by burninggoat
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-21-2012 03:48:35 | More by Skye1024
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Thanks to tayner for this brew as part of SS 2008. Cheers.

Pours as black as my heart. Thin head. Smells very sweet for a RIS. I taste mostly sweet fruit without as much malt as I would expect from a RIS. Mouthfeel is good but this is too sweet for my preference. Interesting beer nonetheless.

02-02-2009 03:31:35 | More by SkinnyElvis
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westcott

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-28-2013 13:46:32 | More by westcott
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

10-20-2012 03:19:19 | More by standardcherry
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afoltz2

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-25-2012 16:56:24 | More by afoltz2
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 02:28:08 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a 10 oz. tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a slight amount of brown color. Solid three finger dark tan head with great retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark fruits including plums and figs with anise and molasses. A good amount of dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. The dark fruits and anise dominate giving a sweet and bitter liquorice like smell.

Taste: Like the smell, lots of sweetness from dark cherries, plums, and figs with a strong kick of anise liquorice flavor. Solid base of dark roasted malts. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Has a smoked character throughout. A little bit of alcohol heat. Kind of tastes like a stout spiked with some absinthe.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Heat from the booze is fairly light.

Overall: A pretty good attempt at a bigger beer from Leinenkugel's. It could of been a little stronger in the body and chocolate and coffee flavor, but the dark fruits and anise is appealing.

08-12-2011 01:35:50 | More by MattyG85
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-16-2011 00:38:40 | More by tyleeis
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far333

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

04-22-2014 02:22:41 | More by far333
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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