Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by rundocrun:
3.1/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours deep black with no translucency or highlights whatsoever. Has a finger of rich mocha-brown head with decent retention. Slow, lazy bubbles drift up the glass through the viscous liquid. No lacing.
S - It is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate bar, an estery grape-like aroma, and some mild espresso undertones. No appreciable hop aroma. This smells very very sweet for an imperial stout.
T - Unsurprisingly, very sweet up front with lots of bitter chocolate and caramely malt. Minimal amount of acrid or burnt grain flavor through the middle (I would actually prefer/expect more for a RIS). The sweetness really predominates across my entire palate, morphing from malty, to chocolatey, to berry-like in the finish. Not much hop bitterness or booziness to speak of.
M - Strays more on the thick side, which is expected for the style. Carbonation is good, possibly a little strong. Leaves the mouth feeling syrupy and sugar-laden.
Overall- The guys at Leinenkugel's took a good stab at the RIS style. This is a decent beer, but it strays much too far on the sweet end with not enough hop/burnt grain character to balance it out. With a little tweaking, this could really be a great stout.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2011 02:58:22 | More by rundocrun
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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
86 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.