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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

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1,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 46
Gots: 127 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thank you to NCD for including this in a trade.

A - Reddish-black with a mocha-colored head. Large bubbles formed when I first poured the beer, but those settled down into a thickish head that laced the side of the glass in thick clumps (I suppose that doesn't sound as attractive as it is--the lacing is impressive).

S - Not overpowering for a RIS. Raisins predominate.

T - Sweet, fleshy dark fruit on the front end, transitioning to bittersweet chocolate and perhaps some tobacco and then a bitter aftertaste. Sugar remains on the lips. Slight harshness/warming from the 9.5%.

M - Seems about right. Thick, but not so thick as to overwhelm the other aspects of the beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thick jet black color from the bottle. Looks like ink flowing out of the 12-ouncer, topped off with a dingy copper colored head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is filled with toasted and roasted malt aromas. It has buttery and earthy notes along with prunes and salted peanuts.

The taste is very extreme, as expected. There are so many flavors going on in here that its hard to seperate them all. I notice a lot of dark fruits like prunes, figs, and raisins. A bit of hoppy/earthy flavor as well. The high alcohol content has a big warming effect.

The mouthfeel is absolutely, 100%, HEAVY. Quite possibly the single heaviest beer I have tried thus far. Very minimal carbonation and a slick, oily feel across the tongue.

This one is definitly a slow sipper. I can barely get the whole thing down, let alone a second one.

Excellent offering from Leinenkugel's. I wish every brewery the size of them, or larger, could grow some balls and start making craft beers like this that actually taste good. Cheers and Hooray for Leinenkugel's! I am thoroughly impressed with their character as a brewery and this beer itself!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark brown color while pouring evolved into an opaque black liquid sitting in the glass. The head was one finger thin, and light khaki in hue. The smell was subdued, and reluctantly revealed layers of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and tobacco. The taste was approachable from the first sip, with a creamy mocha latte flavor. Only mid palette did the hop bitterness start to emerge, and the finish was bitter and grainy. Decent heft to the body, with a lingering warmth. Get this if you are in the mood for a chocolate laden nightcap.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't even know that Leinenkugel made a Russian Imperial Stout, so I was pretty surprised to see this at the local Kroger. There was no price tag so the cashier sold it for 6 bucks for a four pack. I'm guessing that was a good price, appears pitch black in body. Large tan head forms thick velvet texture, I like the cascading effect as this one dwindles. Fine speckled lacing is even around the entire glass. Aroma has some dark ripened fruit notes hints of cherry/raisin notes. Roasted malts with a touch of soy sauce/anise like notes. Dark roasted malt brings in hints of chocolate and coffee but these noted don't stand out as much as other features I mentioned. Alcohol plays a pretty big factor in the nose here, I can really smell the booze in this one. Flavor has a tart cherry/raisin sweetness wrapped in dark chocolate dry alcoholic finish with dark nearly burnt roasted malts. Body is somewhat thin for the style alcohol is a bit too prominent on the palate, it hits with dark roasted malt and ripened fruit notes finishes a bit boozey. Drinkability overall is one and done type of pseudo craft, this is a good representation of the style I just think it would do better with some age I have three left, I'll update my reviews accordingly.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown color with some light highlights of reddish hues. One and a half finger beige head shows medium retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts with some smokey overtones. Light darker fruits soaked in alcohol toward the middle. Coffee highlights throughout the entire beer itself. Chocolate and a touch of soy sauce. The nose is full of aroma which is nice.

T- The roasted malts come out with front of the beer. There is a light smokey flavor as well. Darker fruits in the middle with some light chocolate notes. The ending flavor is interesting with some coffee flavors hitting a light soy flavor. The ending of this is full of a smokey flavor with a touch of warming alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts with a touch of smoke left on the palate. Aftertaste is full of smokey malts and light alcohol. Flavor is balanced for the style between the malts. No real hop balance from the malts. Medium drying of the palate from the alcohol.

D- This is a good beer from Leinenkugel. Most people will be surprised with this beer as their regular lineup is not very pleasing at least for me on the palate. A nice go at a bigger style that I think they did well.

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.