Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by shand:
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I've gotta say, I was a little excited to see the Big Eddy series finally make it to my neck of the woods. After all, before the Goose Island purchase, the Big Eddy series had surely been the biggest attempt at "serious" craft from any of the big boys. Let's give it a shot. The appearance is spot-on, it pours out black with a tiny head. The aroma is on the sweeter side for a RIS, with anise, semi-sweet cocoa powder, and dark malts. The taste is much more intense than expected with the roast beast finally roaring it's head, growing until it completely dominates the finish. The almost burnt malts provide a sharp bitterness that is only amplified by a bit of leafy hop. The bitterness gets so intense towards the end that I'm inclined to call out tobacco notes, which is honestly something I've never got before from a beer.
Big Eddy has a thick mouthfeel, but it has a relatively high amount of carbonation. The drinkability is exceptional. You know what? Big Eddy RIS is actually an excellent and very unique RIS. A lot of Russian Imperial Stouts are a lot smoother and approachable than beer nerds like to hype them up to be. Big Eddy is a different story. This is a seriously intense beast of a beer, and I can see why someone could seriously dislike this. It's got a wallop of bitterness that stands up to the most intense double IPAs, but with a distinctively dark and roasted twist. True diehards of "the style" might call it rough or harsh, but the open-minded drinker (especially a die-hard IPA nerd) might find a lot to like from this one. Kudos to the folks over at Leinenkugel on this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 01:53:57 | More by shand
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4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 01:56:58 | More by Ozzylizard
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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