Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Bottled on "11311 A21011248" --> November 3 2011?
Poured into a tulip glass
Leinekugel's Big Eddy is a sweeter interpretation of the Russian Imperial Stout recipe, perhaps due to that brewery's typically sweet beers and hopes of capturing the mainstream American palate, which is already dominated by "things too sweet." Despite its sweetness, the beer is actually fairly well-balanced and probably is rated lower than it should be due to the brewery's ownership. If you're interested in trying a fairly respectable RIS that's a bit heavier on the sweetness than roasted barley, chocolate, and malt characters, then this is recommended.
Pours a tall (>2cm) dark tan to brown head of mixed medium and small-size bubbles. The result is a head that collapses somewhat quickly to a ring around the glass, leaving some lace on the side of the glass. Body is an impenetrable dark brown to black, with a bit of amber brown highlights. Carbonation visible streaming along the sides of the glass.
Aroma is of dark candi sugar sweetness atop some roasted barley and molasses notes. Anise may or may not be present, difficult to tell due to sweetness of the beer and anise's inherent sweetness. Overall, not bad, but nothing really stands out for an RIS.
Taste is much less sweet than scent would indicate. Opens with dark candi sugar sweetness, which is quickly overwhelmed by roasted barley and mild burnt toast flavors. Sweetness remains, but is sort of the "backbone" all other flavors revolve around. Mid-palate picks up some syrupy plums and other esters that can be likened to black, dried fruits in a dark sugar syrup. Slight iron flavor in mid-palate. Slight ethanol trace is detectable from mid-palate on, but nothing unexpected from a 9.5% brew. Closes out with a flash of hop bitterness alongside roasted barley, ethanol, and sugar sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of burnt toast and slight acridity of roasted barley. Ends up being fairly well-balanced, though sweetness is still somewhat overpowering to its detriment.
Beer is medium-bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The effect this creates is that the beer initially foams up slightly, but not completely on the palate. It then reduces to a smooth feeling across the palate. Finish is dry and somewhat sticky as expected from sugary sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2012 14:54:45 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 23:52:22 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 23:20:41 | More by Brutaltruth
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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