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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,050 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 43
Gots: 110 | 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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SirPlunkett

Kansas

1/5  rDev -73.8%

01-05-2012 23:10:53 | More by SirPlunkett
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jmccullough108

Missouri

1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

10-26-2013 00:14:32 | More by jmccullough108
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ZPB

Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.6%

01-04-2012 12:14:25 | More by ZPB
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jmw4437

Ohio

2/5  rDev -47.6%

07-14-2013 19:55:06 | More by jmw4437
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:10:33 | More by DavoleBomb
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adammills

Michigan

2.13/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 15:21:36 | More by adammills
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

08-20-2013 18:02:29 | More by Gotti311
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TheBrewWhisperer

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

11-15-2013 22:30:44 | More by TheBrewWhisperer
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GSX1250FA


2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 17:01:37 | More by GSX1250FA
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 03:24:28 | More by AgentZero
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DJButters

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

01-13-2012 16:32:48 | More by DJButters
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Trexter103

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-21-2012 03:14:07 | More by Trexter103
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ericsmithback


2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

11-23-2012 12:09:06 | More by ericsmithback
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

01-29-2012 01:21:45 | More by mariposafan
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klipper

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

08-01-2012 22:10:31 | More by klipper
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-24-2013 17:19:38 | More by xk6m6m5x
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

02-09-2012 05:17:03 | More by Cyclone8
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rdooley

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

05-17-2013 01:53:22 | More by rdooley
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jcmittag


2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

09-09-2012 16:10:35 | More by jcmittag
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-24-2012 22:40:11 | More by Rekrule
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Ncpogs

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:54:33 | More by yeahnatenelson
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match1112

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:56:31 | More by match1112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another of my frequent trade partners, optimator13, sent this to me to help me keep my bottle numbers aligned with my CANs.
Yay!

From the bottle: " ... was ... the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."; "Dark and complex with 11 malts and grains balanced by three different and distinct hops."

I may have been a little heavy-handed in my pour, given the massive two-plus fingers of deep-brown head that I created. The beer actually seemed to be cascading for a moment! It looked like the top of a chocolate milkshake. Nose was rich with a deep, dark chocolate roasty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a very smoky, charcoal flavor initially, somewhat medicinal in its bitterness. I feel left out on this one, since I am not a big fan of the style to begin with and I just am not liking this particular iteration. It was bitter, but in a burnt, not hoppy way and I just could not get behind it. Finish left me feeling like I had been drinking charcoal water. Oof.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:51:21 | More by woodychandler
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HarrySTruman

Michigan

2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, pretty easy to drink given the ABV, but not really memorable. Decent price for an RIS.

Appearance is black with a nice tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell is muted. Smells of malts and a hint of sugar.

Taste is a bit sharp, almost sour for my likes. Doesn't have that warming sensation of coffee and chocolate. Odd flavor for what I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes on an RIS.

I gave this a below average score, but I would drink it again if it were offered to me. It wasn't offensive, just not that good in comparison to some other RIS' that are just as easy to find and just as reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 06:27:57 | More by HarrySTruman
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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