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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,064
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Gueuzedude


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code of 04258 & 31710; Sampled October 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a slightly cascading, tightly beaded froth that starts out three fingers in height and has a darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color thought it shows some dark chocolate brown notes around the edges. The aroma has rich notes of concentrated, sweet, dark malts as well as an ample roast character that produces aromas of dark cocoa, soft burnt grain, and a rich toasted whole grain character. There is something here that is a bit like burnt nuts, or even burnt play-doh. The aroma is actually fairly restrained, I was expecting this to be a bit more aromatic than it is, though I do like that it seems pretty well integrated and balanced (but that might just be because everything is so muted).

The flavor has a rich, complex, dark malt sweetness to it that accentuates sweet dark chocolate notes up front and a nice dark cocoa note towards the finish were the sweetness is not quite so prominent. A touch of dusty, roasted grain character adds some burnt bitterness to the finish. Reminds me of a rich, dark chocolate something or other that has a strong, black coffee infusion. As the beer warms up the sweetness softens a bit and starts to couple with concentrated, roasted fruit flavors of prune and perhaps a touch of fig. This does have a really complex, rich malt character to it, unfortunately a lot of this gets masked by the sweetness.

This is actually quite sweet tasting, though it is not as thick as the sweetness might suggest; it could actually use more roast malt character to balance things out and some more body, without more sweetness, would help to balance this a bit more too. I like that this is a fairly well integrated and smooth in its roast character. Not a bad example of an Imperial Stout & it is certainly quite enjoyable, and if it was not for the simplistic sweetness, this would be really damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:18:05 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of CASK1


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A raffle prize from our home-brew club's monthly meeting. Poured to a Sam Adams glass.

A - Jet black and opaque. Tan head fades a bit quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Roast malt up front. Hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness and low alcohol aroma. Low teasing amounts of piney hops. As it warms, some dark fruit esters emerge - plums and raisins.

T - Dark chocolate and toffee sweetness. Hints of coffee. Medium hop bitterness, but low hop flavor. A bit of metallic character distracts from the flavor a bit. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. I would like more complexity to the flavor of a RIS than what I find here.

M - Full-bodied, viscous, and smooth. Medium carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not "hot". Somewhat creamy.

O - I was not expecting much from this beer, but was pleasantly surprised. A decent take on the style from a brewery that doesn't get a lot of love on BA.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:23:39 | More by CASK1
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clearly on par with any other world-class RIS out there. Rusty motor oil black with just a tiny sliver of Bing Cherry crimson where the light hits it. Head is sticky, solid, and hazelnut mocha in color.

Smell: Interesting... very roasty, even smoky, with a Canadian whisky edge - vanilla extract, coconut, cacaomass, chocolate-covered cherries, just a bit of molasses, dates, prunes, raisins, and ripe red grapes. Solid, a bit basic, but solid. Alcohol is almost totally hidden (which is remarkable), while hops add a lovely citric zip, redolent of Cointreau when combined with the booze as it warms.

Taste: Very, very sweet. Too sweet for the style, in my opinion. Loads of booze (brandy, vodka) and sugar (molasses, rum, sangria) up front, followed by a Malibu-chocolate flavor. Definitely a dessert beer. Hops add a touch of rindy bitterness, accompanied by aggressive cacaomass and espresso flavors for balance... but it all seems insufficient to counter the heavy sweetness. Finish lands somewhere between dry and syrupy, in a place I'll call "juicy," wit lingering flavors of apple juice, chocolate, and hops.

Mouthfeel: The upside of being poorly attenuated is the fact that this is incredibly thick and deliriously, satiny smooth. Amazing, everything an impy stout should be on the palate.

Drinkability: Too sweet, but good and not overly aggressive Like I said, have it for or with dessert - and split it with a friend, unless you've got a big sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 16:39:19 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of rudylaw


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Stub's and now in the bottle. This review is for the beer in front of me... poured into my Darkness goblet.

Pours a dark brown with light that peaks through on the edge. A one finger head which diminishes to a thin rim a few minutes later.

Tons of roasted malts in the nose. Bakers chocolate, anise and booze.

Those roasted malts are all up in your grill. Dark fruits come out at the outset and coffee grounds on the back end.

A thinner than average mouthfeel but it does have terrific, medium carbonation.

Once again, I will echo the previous bottle reviews. This beer is green and needs a few months to coagulate. Look forward to seeing how this progresses over the next few months.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:06:10 | More by rudylaw
Photo of beatenbyjacks


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 21:40:02 | More by beatenbyjacks
Photo of kirkpjr


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark, viscous black beer with 1 1/2 fingers of mocha colored head. Thick sheets of lacing as well.

S: Burnt, toasted malts. I'm also getting a leathery, smokey scent. Some faint molasses as well.

T: Heavy roasted malts. Light chocolate and the same flavors in the smell.

M: Chewy feel to it. Have to give it Leinenkugel's for this one. Full body and moderate to low carbonation.

D: A nice sipper, but not outstanding in my book. Glad to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:29:45 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a SA Impreial Snifter glass

A- black as night, 1/2 finger dark beige head

S- Light sugary chocolate, much like tootsie roll, milk chocolate, hints of vanilla faint grassy hop bittering

T- Bitter chocolate, chocolate syrup, lots of sugar, brown sugar, buttery, slight wet carboard, alcohol shines through every aspect of the sip.

M- Full bodied, smooth, creamy, finishes bitter.

O- Not the best RIS ive ever had, though, not the worst. Flavors just seem a tad off in some sips. All in all i wouldnt kick it out of bed

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:41:39 | More by gabedivision
Photo of TMoney2591


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

I'm not sure why, but I'm kinda wary of a beastly imperial stout with a twist-off cap. Wariness aside, it pours a deep motor oil topped by a substantial amount of brown foam. The nose comprises molasses, caramelized brown sugar, dark roasted malts, light fusel, and light burnt coffee beans. The taste runs similarly, though everything is darker, more roasted. I never thought I'd say this, but it all seems too dark and roasted for its own good. I'm not getting too much of the heat that others are, though it is in no way mild. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an only slightly chewy feel. Overall, while not necessarily hot, I feel this is indeed an overly young stout. Perhaps with age it could achieve something (or, at least, get it's lazy ass off its mother's couch and get a goddamn job), but until then it's too much roast with too little mass.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 22:15:35 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in color, inky, like used diesel. The head was about a half finger and slowly dissipated into a sheen. Lacing was ok.

Smelled rather nice, a blend of intense roasted malts, hops, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like prunes, figs and raisins.

Taste is rather nice, great roasty malt character, a surprising hoppiness, slightly smoky, nutty.

Feel is nice, quite thick and luxurious, full bodied, moderate smoky bitter aftertaste and a tangy alcohol component.

Drinks well enough for the style. A rather nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:47:05 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of nhindian


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a thick, viscous black, and not a dark brown, but a light-obliterating ebony. On top, a pillowy, velvety mocha head tentatively builds, and crowns the beer for a very long time. The lacing afterwards is pretty amazing as well, with broad strokes of foam covering nearly every portion of real-estate.

S - The aroma brings a lot of bittersweet chocolate and some burnt malts. A bit of toasted tobacco, molasses and toffee. Just a touch of smoke and char as well.

T - While the nose seemed to bring a nice variety of elements, the flavors are a little more streamlined and one-dimensional. It starts off rather sweet, but quickly turns towards bitterness as the cocoa, roast, and char catch up to it. This continues well into the finish without much evolution, keeping the complexities at bay unfortunately.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. Although thick and heavy, it is wonderfully smooth and creamy, moving easily across the palate and finishing somewhat dry.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The appearance, body, and nose are all spot-on for the style, but the flavors just fail to deliver. Rather than embracing the subtleties of the aroma, it sticks to being bitter. Otherwise this is a nice offering, but it's hard to ignore.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:10:14 | More by nhindian
Photo of OleBruin


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours out from a 12 oz twist off bottle with a very thin, tan colored head with a slight oily appearance into a Leinie Big Eddy Stout chalice. dark and opaque, it leaves a very thin ring

S: not a strong aroma, but hints of licorice and cocoa

T: forward roasted malt. a nice bitterness lingers in the middle to the back of the mouth from the 3 hops. although it doesn't quite explode like some RI stouts, i would like to try this again in a few months after some cellaring. dark chocolate and coffee notes.

M: it's pleasant mouthfeel, with quite a tingling sensation from the 9.5% ABV & roasted malt lingering on the tongue. moderate acidity, medium carbonation.

D: it does the job, but still curious about cellaring for a couple months. i will try it again. also curious about the draft version.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:03:12 | More by OleBruin
Photo of regspeir


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to a trade with mnbearsfan. Poured black with a two-finger, mocha head with good lacing and retention. Nose is roasted malt, some nuttiness, molasses, and a tinge of alcohol. Taste is very sweet up front - chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and some dark fruit. Some coffee, mild bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Texture is thick and syrupy. This was a nice sipper I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 20:38:59 | More by regspeir
Photo of ChiPool


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage purchased at some point last fall.

Poured into an oversized stemless wine glass. Pours midnight black, with a moderate amount of fizzy beige head. Has a nice aroma, with booze and dark fruits (plum, black cherry). Really enjoyable cottony mouthfeel here: chocolatey clouds on the palate. Booze pretty well hidden for the abv.

This one has aged nicely: much better than it was last fall. Nice RIS, especially for the price. I recommend saving a few for posterity!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:49:43 | More by ChiPool
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle on the late tip poured into my duvel tulip.

A- a hard pour yields three huge fingers of semi dense mocha colored head that holds for a good long time until finally settling to leave some killer lace and a cm of light brown suds on top. Super dark brown almost completely black in color with a red brown glow at the edges. I gota say it looks real good.

S- roasty and sweet with chocolate, dark malts, coffee, a bit of a port wine hit with a touch of dark fruits.

T- opens up with a nice bold roasted malts and dark chocolate mix. Some burnt espresso and dark berries soaked in red wine. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses come with some warming.

M- a few steps above medium in body, almost on its way to full bodied, with a lighter carb. It sits nicely on the tongue and feels good going down.

D- wow they made this, way to go leiny. Way better then the rest of their brews. All in all its a tasty and quite drinkable imp stout. Its not blow your mind world class stuff but solid and enjoyable. Ill be sure to snag a 6er next time around.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:58:09 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Morey


3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Looks like there might have been some sort of date or code at one point, but it's too smudged for me to make out. The label around the neck of the bottle has 2011 on it.

Pours pitch black in color with a light brown colored head that stood about a finger tall. Even after holding my glass up to the light, I'm not able to see through this one. Moderate amount of head retention and lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, coffee grounds, and molasses. Not much in the way of chocolate like you get with other RIS. There's a charred aroma in there as well.

Taste: There's a good amount of roasted malt flavor and burnt sugar up front. The sweetness builds and intensifies as the liquid sweeps across your palate. Thankfully, there's a touch of bitterness towards the middle that kind of balances things out. I'm also getting some coffee towards the back end.

Medium-full body with low to moderate carbonation. It has an almost silky mouthfeel.

A nice Imperial Stout overall. A bit of a surprise from a brewery that makes a lot of girl-friendly summer beers.

Morey's Bottom Line: While this certainly isn't the best RIS that I've had, it pretty darn tasty. I'd buy this for the right price. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:16:12 | More by Morey
Photo of cervezango


3.64/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2014 20:16:43 | More by cervezango
Photo of richkrull


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark black color with dark beige/brown head on it.

Smell is full of roasted malts with some alcohol coming through as well.

Taste is sweet up front with some bitter chocolate coming through. Some alcohol taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full. This is a pretty thick syrupy beer. Definitely took my time with this one.

Overall a good quality beer. Not over the top and I enjoyed it. Not sure if I'll buy it again, but I'd drink it if somebody else bought it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 21:09:55 | More by richkrull
Photo of smakawhat


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, vintage 2011.

A very thick creamy head, hot chocolate cocoa brown in appearance, thick to a finger off the pour in the head, some soda like pinhead bubbles on the sides of the glass not too bad, and the body color is a very dark brown walnut almost black, can't see through it too much.

Nose is very fruit forward. Hints of sharp sweet red fruits, red raspberries, missing the classic character of roast and malt (coffee/chocolate) but I don't seem to mind. It gives me the sense something bigger is coming.

Palate taste all seems to be in the finish. Hints of fruit from the nose come in the mid palate, but a real aftertaste of char and cheap tobacco and cigarettes. Roast malts come out after repeated sips, but doesn't linger. Strangely hop bitter, almost off putting almost astringent.

Overall it's a strange sensation that you get a big fruit rush, and then a charring char taste mostly in the finish. Feel could be a bit better on this but I could easily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:30:01 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Mdog


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses.

Taste: Roasted smoky barbeque, a little sweetness, somewhat bitter finish.

Drinkability: Ok, but not a standout.

I've had this on-tap a few times so I picked up a four pack to give it a review. Ok, but I prefer a little more chocolate flavor or sweetness in a big stout. Kind of astringent bitterness in this one turns me off.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:55:51 | More by Mdog
Photo of enfield249


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This is what a RIS should look like. Thick pouring, no head, extra thin tan ring of foam. Dark, dark black with only a hint of ruby in the thinest area on the top.

S - Lots of roast and sweet malt smells.

T - I started out giving this a 3.0, but it got better the further along the path the beer got. Roast, more coffee then chocolate. Some toffee. Then some sweetness and a little hop flavor. Very little alcohol taste for the amount. Has more of a warming feeling in my stomach then a "whiskey" burn on the back of my tongue. Probably how the Russians liked it!

M - Very full, thick. Slightly astringent on my tongue.

D - Well, I wouldn't drink this daily, or weekly. Lots of work and flavor. But on a cold winter night such as this with 7"-10" of snow bearing down down over the next 12 hrs, it's about perfect

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 01:46:49 | More by enfield249
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed next a roaring fire while watching John Ritter and company bumble their way through a video representation of Steven King's "It". After spending a few months reading the book, it was sad watching it crammed into three mostly cheese-tastic hours on screen. Ah, well....

Pours a very deep dark black that allows no light penetration. A crimson cinnamon colored head rises from the murk into a sexy pillow that drops to some substantial puddles, leaving good surface coverage and a generous ring. An appetizing looking beer.

Smells rather simple for the amount of malt and hops thrown at this hoss: mainly bittersweet Grape Nuts.

Herbal bittering hops greet at the front door. Once inside, it's rather like a college apartment. So much happening with only a semblance or perceived semblance of order and sanity. Red grapes, coffee, firm backbone of bitterness throughout, and a strong residual sugar finish. Kind of all over the board here. Plenty sweet and although the hops attempt to penetrate the shield, some ingrediental assistance is needed to quell the sugary beast within.

Moderately viscous with a slightly above average carbonation. A slight toning down of the carbonation would make this nearly luxurious.

Overall, a fairly solid effort for the brother Leinenkugel. Some tweaks could make this a really nice and affordable local offering. As is, it's a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:06:50 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zorbaz on Big Sandy Lake. From a pint glass, which is not my first choice in glassware.

A: This offering from Leinies pours a thick black hue with a tan head that settles quickly. Lacing is minimal, but the liquid still takes some time to run down the glass walls.

S: Roasted malt character, with hints of molasses, dark fruits, and coffee. Not much for hops on the nose, except some slight grassy notes in the backround.

T: Roasted barley gives the beer added dryness, some coffee flavor, and hints of dark chocolate. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, with some warming character. Hops lend a dry, grassy finish.

Notes: Big Eddy is a full bodied brew, and has some potential. While drinkable, it's a brew that needs just a bit of improvement. It's good, but there is an element it lacks. A solid effort, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 00:53:45 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of brewcrew76


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV on the bottle

A - Pours jet black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head sticky lacing everywhere. Slight ruby hints when held to the light but still black as night.

S - Very smoky with a vanilla extract quality. Chocolate, prunes, dates and raisins.

T - Sweet with a lot of vanilla. Molasses with a bunch of smokiness. Coffee with a touch of bitter chocolate and rum soaked raisins. Dates, prunes and raisins become more noticeable as it warms.

M - Between medium and heavy with a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

D - The smoke, sweetness and vanilla did not combine very well in my opinion. Nice attempt by Leinie's but I preferred the DIPA so far in the series. I hope they keep the big Eddy series going as I will keep trying them.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 03:01:36 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Mora2000


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:43:43 | More by Mora2000
Photo of SkinnyElvis


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 03:31:35 | More by SkinnyElvis
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.