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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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

ZPB, Jan 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

jmw4437, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.05/5  rDev -46.2%

Leine makes a Russian imperial stout?!? I had to try it. Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left. I'm impressed so far.

2.5 S: The first thing I noticed was a distinct aroma that I can't quite put my finger on. All that I can say is that it's not a smell that should be in beer. It's somewhere between rubber and solvent. It's hard to get past this scent, but I'll try. Chocolate with a slight soy sauce character. Soft roastiness. Surprisingly hoppy with a dominant herbal character.

1.5 T: Ewwww! This is fucking gross. It tastes something like what I would imagine fermented tobacco to taste like. The solvent/rubber sustance is in full gear. It coats my tongue like paint, burns it a little, then dissipates. More bitter than I like from the style and it presents in an almost acrid way. In addition to the bitterness, it is equally sweet at the same time. Chocolate, caramel, and molasses manifest from this sweetness.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with a boozy finish. Not that bad here.

1.5 D: I don't know if this beer is green or hasn't been processed properly at some point, but I'm picking up tons of puketastic flavors from this. Avoid.

DavoleBomb, Nov 18, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -44.1%

This beer pours a very dark brown near black with a rocky brown head that fades quickly. The nose is huge on banana and juicy fruit type aromas. The roast fights to get through. The fruitiness in both arom and flavor blunt most other flavors that I am assuming lurk beneath. The alcohol is very apparent and fusely. Overall, I am glad that Leinenkugels has gotten this adventurous and look forward to the evolution of this beer if it is maintained in the future.

adammills, Nov 24, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Gotti311, Aug 20, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

TheBrewWhisperer, Nov 15, 2013
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2.26/5  rDev -40.7%

Really did not like the taste of this beer. Hard to pin down exactly but it has a malty taste that is really objectionable, sort of like a cross between rubber and tobacco. Aging may improve it a little, but I still think it would be pretty bad even after 3 years.

GSX1250FA, Feb 10, 2013
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2.3/5  rDev -39.6%

A - A black stout, brown head that was just a touch too bubbly, but still nice looking. Little bit of lacing left on the sides.

S - This smells pretty bad, huge alcohol burn, completely unexpected and gross. It's kind of a sickly, sweet alcohol smell, which surrounds some cocoa and roasted malts.

T - This beer is pretty bad. Sweet alcohol taste and some roasted malts. It's really a lot like the nose, with a bit of artificual fruit taste in there as well. Almost wonder if this has started to turn a little bit, it's just a bad taste.

M - Little chewy, thick, over carbonated.

D - This beer was a bad beer and a bad experience. Would not drink this again.

AgentZero, Nov 08, 2010
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2.36/5  rDev -38.1%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

DJButters, Jan 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Trexter103, Dec 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

ericsmithback, Nov 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

mariposafan, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

klipper, Aug 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

xk6m6m5x, Dec 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Cyclone8, Feb 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

hozersr, Yesterday at 01:39 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

rdooley, May 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

jcmittag, Sep 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Rekrule, Dec 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Ncpogs, Jun 20, 2014
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2.55/5  rDev -33.1%

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with slim cherry wood highlights and one finger of creamy beige head. Retention is so-so.

Smell -- Ruh Roh. Liquid smoke, soy sauce, chocolate, roast malt, gas station coffee with mini creamer. Alcohol is very evident. Sweet, smoky, and a bit weird.

Taste -- Slightly better than the nose. Sticky sweet with dark chocolate and molasses, along with liquid smoke, burnt bread crust, and some spice character reminiscent of a pre-packaged steak rub.

Mouthfeel -- Actually not too bad. Slightly fuller than medium-bodied and chewy with mild foamy carbonation. Alcohol is quite evident.

Drinkability -- This beer is better than the regular Leine lineup, but not by much. The flavor profile is a strained marriage of sticky sweet malt and burnt/smokey bitterness that clash more than balance. And there's this w. Also, the alcohol presence is quite pronounced for the abv.

For the money, there are *much* better RIS choices.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 03, 2010
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2.55/5  rDev -33.1%

pours out as brown as the bottle it comes in, but settles in dark as night. a thin creamy mocha colored head doesn't last long but there is ample lacing. smells very malty and hoppy, that's weird. the taste is almost sour, and that's not a good thing. has enough hops to be a black ipa, but there is a awful sour grain taste that overpowers. mouthfeel is too thin for a ris. overall this is very avoidable, do yourself a favor and do not seek out.

match1112, Feb 29, 2012
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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