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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,093
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 119 | FT: 4
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 rkarimi
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%

rkarimi, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of deadbody
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a bottle, picked up a 4 pack for $5.99. Thought it was a good deal to try something I hadn't had before. Pours a good dark black with a caramel head. Good head, receeds quickly but leaves good lacing. Smell is kinda boozy, with no real maltyness. Tastes pretty good, kinda weak not a heavy malt presence, but not bad. Kinda like a RIS light. Mouthfeel is decent, thick but still a bit thinner than style.

Overall not a bad beer, glad I got it on sale, probably won't buy again, even at that price.

deadbody, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of franksnbeans
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours out jet black with a huge cocoa head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of chocolate covered fruit, dried plums, coffee and cocoa. Taste is big chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee but all out of sorts. These flavors usually are perfect together but they all seem off. Turned off by the chalky finish. Full in the mouth and the ABV is well hidden. A victim of hype.

franksnbeans, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

After not liking "The Czar" I have better hopes for this one. Paid $4.75 a bottle for it in Philadelphia.

A - Wow a nice hefty inch of dark mocha head on this one slight sticky lace. Color is a very dark black and fairly viscous with some mild bubbles on the base of the glass.

S - Anise, molasses (mild though), chocolate, and cheap coffee's

T - Starts off with a pretty smooth coffee, then a touch of molasses, then hops with a slightly smooth finish. Repeated sips break out a touch of chocolate but the bittering hops seem to increase the molasses a tad.

M - Medium bodied it is an assault of flavors but comes in kid of watery.

Overall this seems a lot like "The Czar" because of the bittering hops increasing molasses flavors which really isn't my thing. Will not have this again and truthfully can't even find it around my town...

DrDemento456, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of bamadog
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Heh, why not? An RIS with a twist top bottle? OK. Review is from notes taken on 11/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest/deepest brown nearly black; starts with no head, just a thin wisp; bod is entirely opaque and looks a little viscous on the pour (pleasantly surprised by seeing this!); only a couple spots of lacing and one lone strand are left hanging on to the sides of the glass. Looks right, we're off to a good start.

Smell: Not especially robust, but there is a fair amount of deep roasted and burnt malts; some bittersweet chocolate that is slightly syrupy in nature; slight and mild cherry. Not too bad, bit of a dip as I like something a little bigger in the nose for this particular style, but I'm not disappointed.

Taste: Comes across stronger in the mouth than the nose lets on -- plenty of roasty and burnt espresso-like flavors that are complimented by the syrupy bittersweet chocoalte; there's a bit of an underlying creamy/lactic sweetness to it; bit of an earthy bitterness remains behind; for 9.5% ABV, the alcohol is virtually undetectable. I've definitely had better examples of the RIS, but you know, for the price point, this is fair. Certainly not as complex as some others, but hey...

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight (yes!), and smooth with fairly soft carbonation; a thin semi-dry sticky coating is left specifically on the roof of the mouth; the belly is definitely left a little warm as the ABV, while masked in the flavors, can't hide from the tummy.

Drinkability: Not bad, and like mentioned above, there are definitely better offerings out there. Overall though, if you're in the mood for an RIS but don't feel like dropping the heavier bones for a more renowned version, this one would do. It also sits a little heavy with the thicker body and the ABV would certainly catch up after a while, and that will always lower the drinkability by a touch.

bamadog, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a viscous black with a small head. Smells very sweet with notes of dark fruits and super sweet chocolates. The taste is similar. Very sweet with lots of chocolate. Some figs and sweet leather are in the palate too. Ends with roasted a little bit of dark chocolates. Silky, smoothly body with a medium body. Pretty solid RIs. Sweeter than most but that gives it some uniqueness. Recommended!

birchstick, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A special thanks to nflmvp for including this in a recent trade. Thanks Steve!

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an inky black with a 1/2 finger of burnt dark mocha colored head that leaves a ring of retention around edges with some thin wisps in the middle. Lacing was minimal. The aroma initially is deep notes of chocolate sweetness, coffee, roasted malts, a quite prominent dark fruit element, and heat. As it warms, the fruits and alcohol become more and more pungent creating a hazy smelling mixed fume of each.

The taste is more of the same. Chocolate, coffee, and light roasted malt notes up front that gives way to a pervasive tangy dark fruit presence that mixes with heat to give off a sticky feel of sweetness. Finishes with some light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a sticky viscous feel. The heat element is quite beefy but never quite gets to be stinging, just opting to add a little more heft to the proceedings.

This was quite the interesting RIS, with a taste profile that really skewered towards the dark fruit side of things. A little too much at times I'm afraid. A little more roasted malt or hop character to balance all that sweetness would have really helped. Still, this was a decent enough sipper of a RIS and one that I'm most grateful for having had the chance to try.

Kegatron, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of mscudder
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

2011 Edition. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A - An opaque black, that poured with a ruby hue. Dark tan head. What I expect in a great RIS. Leaves a pathetic attempt at lacing.

S - Damn unique nose on this RIS. It is quite the strange blend of aromas... Some sweet notes, cherries, roasted malts, vanilla and caramel all slurred into one. I think all the components are excellent, but together they just smell kind of weird.

T - Super sweet up front, one of the sweetest I have ever encountered, stout if anything else. It tastes of sugar infused with cherries ,but burnt. The sugar element is lurked over by chocolate and caramel, which is nice, but the beer just does not come together well imo.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit heavier. Creamy with a bitter finish to give the brew some character. The only thing from really making me move this category is the taste. It certainly is not bad, but for the price and "top tier" category, I expect more.

O - I expected a lot more from this brew. The balance is simply off. There are a large number of things going for this beer, yet everything just is in improper proportions. If you like cherry stouts this is one to check out, but nothing extraordinary.

mscudder, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A big thanks to SparklePants for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a utter dark jet black. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Heavy roasted/charred malts, bittersweet cocoa, dark fruits, slight soy sauce.

Taste – Similar to the aroma. Heavy dark chocolate and cocoa, molasses, roasted malts, and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, creamy.

Overall – Sweet though not overly. Odd soy sauce and charred flavors. No alcohol flavor or warmpth to speak of.

SpdKilz, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light tudor brown head, almost black body, low to moderate retention, mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes roasted malt, some malty sweetness, some coffee, touch of vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Taste has some hop bitterness, roasty with chocolate notes and toffee, slight alcohol note on tasting. Overall, a fairly decent imperial stout with no off flavors, just maybe not too memorable.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 23, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

a: pours a dark black obsidean color with about a half inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a ton of lace all over the glasa and top of the beer

s: sweet roasted molasis malts, a hint of chocolate. brown sugar

t: sweet roasted brown sugar. Sweet molasis malts, very similar to the aroma

m: full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a good beer

happygnome, Nov 13, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz was bottled on 03/09/10 and poured into a snifter on 04/12/11.
This ale pours black with a creamy mocha head. Good retention and good lacing. It smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and burnt sugar. The taste is pretty much what I expected. Not very robust but good and the nose matched the tongue. There is a slight booziness and the slight hoppiness isn't welcome. Full body with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Good, not great. Best offering I've had from Leine.

gnemesis, May 16, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and some molasses. There was a mild floral presence, too.

T - Much like the aroma with chocolate, caramel, molasses and toffee. Just enough bitterness to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a fine imperial stout but not a great one. Pretty good considering most of Leinie's other offering are average.

zeff80, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%


Thanks for sharing, Sage.

A: The beer is black with a light brown head.

S: Licorice and powerful blackstrap molasses. Smoke is light. Dark fruit is pronounced, with notes of plum and raisin. Dark chocolate accompanies roasted malt and a whisper of alcohol. This is surprisingly oxidized with notes of soy sauce and cardboard.

T: Cocoa and dark chocolate with prominent molasses and a touch of oxidation. Roasted malt is strong. Licorice is evident in the roasted chocolate finish.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Solid stuff, but pretty oxidized for a recent beer.

HopHead84, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured into snifter.

A: pours a deep dark black, no light passage, a nice layer of cocoa colored head. Some spotty lacing.

S: there are some big notes of dark fruits up front with notes of dark cherries and a hint of molasses. Some roasted character towards the middle and just a touch of bitterness. The sweet malts are dominating the nose.

T: the front features some initial roastiness up front but quickly gives way to a big sweet malt character. Like the nose, dark fruits a prevalent along with molasses and a hint of anise. The finish is long and sweet with a quick dash of bitterness in the end. The beer is interesting and unique, perhaps the sweetness is a touch out of balance.

MF: thick body, almost syrupy, smooth with low carbonation

D: by far the best thing out of Leinenkugel's thus far. Too bad they don't put more of their energy towards these types of brews. Not perfect by any means, but certainly interesting.

homebrew311, Dec 01, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 04, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

CASK1, Sep 16, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

soulgrowl, Nov 21, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

rudylaw, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

beatenbyjacks, May 23, 2014
Photo of kirkpjr
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

kirkpjr, Feb 18, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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

gabedivision, Jan 21, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

TMoney2591, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 13, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

nhindian, Jan 23, 2012
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.