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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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1,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 134 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, brewed Dec 2010. Pours opaque, jet black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are boozy and sweet, but more like cough medicine with some cherry and roasted malt. Tastes are boozy up front, with notes of cherry, dark fruits, roasted malt with the alcohol presence lingering. Mouth-feel is full bodied and smooth and finishes slightly dry. The first time I had this was when it was a one-off in 2008(?) and I feel that batch had better results. This one just seems off in comparison. It's still good, but there are better Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 4/25/2011(bottled Dec 2010). Pours pitch black with a nice 1-2 finger very dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, apple, wood, light smoke, molasses, and caramel. Some nice and fairly complex aromas. Taste of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, light fruit, coffee, roasted malt, herbal hops, and light smoke. Not much bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, herbal spiciness, coffee, and toffee for a good bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink at 9.5%. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. Easy drinking; with rich flavor, and nice balance.

Photo of challenja
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle consumed on my bed watching Californication. That is how we do on a Wednesday night.

A: Black as Serial Killers Heart. I mean I can't even see through this bastard when held up to the light. A mocha choco head that takes its sweet ass time to dissipate like a young girlfriend that won't leave your house.

S: Bourbon barrel, smoke hickory, dark chocolate malt, middle eastern coffee, juniper berries and cracked black pepper.

T: This is one smooth bourbon barrel brew. I mean quite impressive, the alcohol is nicely masked and plays well like a fine tuned quartet. You get that nice charcoal smoke, burnt barrel with dark chicory, molasses, bourbon malts, arabian coffee, but not the super strong kind, dark cocoa nibs with a nice alcohol juniper berry finish.

M: Yum, luscious, creamy, dense, and full bodied. Long lasting bourbon chicory finish that takes the alcohol down your throat where it stays there for the cops to find.

O: This is one epic stout, I mean Top 5 caliber. Definitely my number 1 bourbon barrel stout for sure. Grab your self a sixer and slowly enjoy and share with only the best of friends.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark black, with a tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is well-roasted malt with some maple.

Taste is dense, roasted malt with a maple syrup flavor and espresso.

Mouthfeel is thick; chewy; syrupy, with mild carbonation.

Overall, the flavor is great and the body is big enough to back it up.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of nhindian
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a one-inch brown, solid head and decent lacing

S: Lots of chocolates and dark ripe fruits; also loads of roasted malts, coffee, and toffee--man, this smells great

T: Drier than aromas indicated--more roasted malts and coffee that sweet breads and chocolates--quite the bitterness on back end: rich, bitter, malty, yummy

F: Thick and viscous and yet still pretty creamy

O: A surprisingly solid, rich and delicious imperial stout--especially with a year on it

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown, near black, with a half inch of beige head that coats the snifter in lacing. Very presentable.

The aroma offers dark roast, chocolate. Hints of coffee, but the aroma is dominated by dark chocolate and charred roasted malt.

The flavor follows suit. Straightforward for the style. Simple and well executed. Lingering chocolate and roast flavors with a slight bitterness in the finish. A bit dry in the back as well. Surprisingly good, I'll admit this is much better than I anticipated. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.