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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%

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 MickeyBeer


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on tap at the Firkin served in a 4 oz sampler glass

A- Really great looking beer. Poured a totally black, opaque color, with a tan head that left some really nice lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and chocolaty with coffee aromas as well. Smell not as awesome as the appearance.

T- Taste has a variety of sweet flavors that has just enough hop balance to go along with it to keep it from being too sweet. Some nice chocolate, toffee, and coffee flavors.

M- Full bodied beer that has a nice feel to it. Smooth and easy drinking.

O- A good imperial stout. When I first had it I did not know it was by Leinenkugels. Was surprised at how tasty this beer really was.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 02:04:28 | More by MickeyBeer
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 04:12:08 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout pours dark black color, with a nice size tan head. There was a very strong bitter, black licorice type aroma. The taste had some coffee notes and some black licorice notes, then finished with a strange bitterness. The taste was a bit watery, and the funky bitterness at the end made this beer not too enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 21:57:05 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Jadjunk


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Taco Mac Virginia Highlands. 11 ounce pour.

(Appearance) pours dark brown, almost black. Medium brown head with above average retention breaks down into spotty surface cover. Impressively solid appearance. 4

(Smell) Sweet and bitter cocoa notes, some earthy tones. Mild in comparison with other Russian Imperial Stouts. Overall bittersweet balance, although mild in content. 3.5

(Taste) sweet chocolate followed through with earthy hops second. Mild hints of dirty coffee grounds and a touch of smoke complete in the taste. Much better than promised by the aroma. A solid brew. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Thick, sticky and Smooth texture. Very slick. Mild alcohol presence. Medium body. 3.5

(Overall) One of Leinenkugel's best, but still only decent by many standards. It's a pretty solid brew but comes through average on most of the flavors it delivers. There's nothing too distinctive about the beer as a result. I'd recommend it if the price is right, however. $5.50 for a 11oz glass is pretty fair. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 00:44:03 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of tsauce2


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: On tap in to a tulip

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is dark tan/brown, 2 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Heavy carbonation (new keg). Heavy lacing.

S: Deep roasted malts, bittered chocolate, robust and savory notes, possibly oats.

T: Very robust flavor. Not sweet. Deep roasted malt, slight char, possibly some coffee/carmel, and also some smoky/wood notes. Aftertaste is alcohol and deep roast malt, char, and wood.

M: Full bodied. MF is viscous due to ingredient heavy recipe. Alcohol gives a boozy mf on aftertaste, which is accompanied by a slight bitterness from the char.

O: Very nice stout. Surprised that the same people who make the "Summer Shandy" could make this beer. Nice flavor profile, maybe a bit boozy on the back end. Certainly a beer for cold winter nights.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 07:36:23 | More by tsauce2
Photo of Tone


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of maple syrup. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of maple syrup, and a hint of oak. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, blend, and great body. Lacking in roasted malt or hop bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 18:39:25 | More by Tone
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing a text book RIS aroma profile of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet stout, though the finish is a bit odd. There's some good bitterness, along with something of a metalic flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, though this beer certainly delivers plenty of flavor. The finish is fairly long, with considerable chocolate and coffee grounds. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, though there's a touch of heat from the 9.5% alcohol.

While nothing extraorinary, this is pretty tasty beer from the folks at Leinenkugel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 22:34:00 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Mscarpen


4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very very dark amber with a generous deep brown head. The head alone looks delicious, which it very much is.

Smell: Sweet hops, caramel, sugar oak, and bit of booze.

Taste: dark roasted malt, chocolate for sure, and chocolate alba.. Sour and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy, viscous, and full bodied.

Overall: a great value beer with strong, bold, complex flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 23:49:25 | More by Mscarpen
Photo of gatornation


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour on tap

A- pour a black thick color with a nice tan head and lacing

S- was roasted malts,chocolate,hops and barley

T- was good a nice roasted chocolate/malt start with hops and coffee

M- smooth and medium carbonation with hops and malt

O- i liked this RIS very smooth and tasty ABV well hidden will drink this again

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 00:16:40 | More by gatornation
Photo of HopHead84


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 01:38:46 | More by HopHead84
Photo of MattyG85


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a 10 oz. tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a slight amount of brown color. Solid three finger dark tan head with great retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark fruits including plums and figs with anise and molasses. A good amount of dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. The dark fruits and anise dominate giving a sweet and bitter liquorice like smell.

Taste: Like the smell, lots of sweetness from dark cherries, plums, and figs with a strong kick of anise liquorice flavor. Solid base of dark roasted malts. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Has a smoked character throughout. A little bit of alcohol heat. Kind of tastes like a stout spiked with some absinthe.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Heat from the booze is fairly light.

Overall: A pretty good attempt at a bigger beer from Leinenkugel's. It could of been a little stronger in the body and chocolate and coffee flavor, but the dark fruits and anise is appealing.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 01:35:50 | More by MattyG85
Photo of BarleyStud


4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was introduced to this stout at Prop's On Long Lake in WI. Where I was "warned" that it would cost $4 per glass. It was served in small snifter glass, with the typical black color and 3/4 " head. The smell was hard to find because smoking in the bar was allowed, although banned (finally) in WI.

The taste blew me away. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries. I have since tasted it rom the bottle and it was not nearly as good. As with most, the draft taste was much better.

If you ever see Big Eddy on tap, keep buying it and call someone to help you get your butt back home.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 02:04:30 | More by BarleyStud
Photo of imagese


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap @ Lunar

A- dark brown with slight lightness @ edges. 2 finger head faded fast, and left soapy lacing

S- great chocolate malt and dark fruit. Sweet boozy finish

T- much like the nose, but a roasted finish

M- falls short. Nice carbonation, but too thin

D- overall, very easy and smooth

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 03:37:07 | More by imagese
Photo of AgentZero


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
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zorbaz on Big Sandy Lake. From a pint glass, which is not my first choice in glassware.

A: This offering from Leinies pours a thick black hue with a tan head that settles quickly. Lacing is minimal, but the liquid still takes some time to run down the glass walls.

S: Roasted malt character, with hints of molasses, dark fruits, and coffee. Not much for hops on the nose, except some slight grassy notes in the backround.

T: Roasted barley gives the beer added dryness, some coffee flavor, and hints of dark chocolate. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, with some warming character. Hops lend a dry, grassy finish.

Notes: Big Eddy is a full bodied brew, and has some potential. While drinkable, it's a brew that needs just a bit of improvement. It's good, but there is an element it lacks. A solid effort, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 00:53:45 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of joshuaseresse


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stub and Herb's 10-25-2010. Poured into a 10oz glass:

A - A frothy pour with one finger khaki head. Lacing is huge with good retention. Black as night.

S - Roast and chocolate. Bit sweet. Bits of dried fruit and nuts.

T - cream milk chocolate and roast and nutty. Bit lactose and bits of dark cherries.

M - Thick and creamy. A bit bitter and chalky. Roast flavors come through with the stale mouth feelings.

D - A bit thick and at 9abv, its a sipper. Enjoyable especially from Leinenkugels's. The flavors, smell and mouthfeel make this a nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 19:27:34 | More by joshuaseresse
Photo of ahalloin


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never thought I'd see this on tap. The Happy Gnome in St. Paul was wise enough to stash a keg for two years.

Pours a heady thick black viscous fluid with big time tan head that will not quit. Lacing messes up the side of the glass with total disregard for symmetry. Wow! Slight amber hues appear at the edges when the beer is held to light.

S: I get strong cigar smoke coupled with black licorice, molasses, and cinged caramel (but in a good way). There are some notes of oxidation, but they are covered nicely by the strong cigar aroma.

T: The taste develops nicely with an initial sweet burst of toasted caramel, toffee, molasses, and slight cinged dark fruits giving way to a burnt cigar-like finish with some residual bitterness. Finish is medium dry with a slight herbal cigar aftertaste. They really should brew this again.

M: The mouthfeel is silky and milk like and very pleasing for this style.

D: This beer is not for the faint of heart. There are definitely some strong flavors here that create a complex flavor. Beer geeks will love it, but traditional Leinie fans probably won't dig it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 17:49:35 | More by ahalloin
Photo of darklordlager


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul

(From notes)
A: Pours a very dark shade of black, with a dark tan head.

S: Dark fruit, lightly roasty, lots of interesting dark fruit notes, chocolate.

T: Cocoa powder, lots of dark fruit lingering in the finish with a nice alcohol warmth. Toned down roasted malt. Dark chocolate.

M: Medium carbonation, a bit more than I would prefer for this particular beer.

D: A fine beer indeed, although I'm satisified with trying it but once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 16:56:23 | More by darklordlager
Photo of mataelbata


4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this one has been retired for two years and the tavern I went to just tapped it!! I believe the aging made this one even better. I was baffled to discover the Leinenkugels brewed such a beast. Too bad it's retired!! Thank you Happy Gnome for cellaring this one and bringing it out when no one in the world has it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 14:07:53 | More by mataelbata
Photo of caskstrength


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to be talked into trying this. It's tough to buck up for a Leine when so many other good beers on tap. Gave it a try, and was surprised.

black with some maroon in the right light. creamy brown 1/2 inch head. smells sweet and citrusy, a hoppy stout no doubt. Dark fruit is there too

on the tongue, dark cherries, pomegranate, raisin, but mostly cherry to my buds. very vinous, a lot of port character. smooth, sweet. some hops, just enough, to make keep it from being too port-like.

actually ,reminds me a lot of Darkness, fruity sweet, easy to drink, and a nice hop presence.
hits hard like a typical high ABV stout.

great beer, and if it's true they aren't making it anymore, what a shame. I might actually send an email to the brewery to tell them myself that this beer needs to stick around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 01:41:06 | More by caskstrength
Photo of ATLbeerDog


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Darkness prerelease party at Stub And Herb's - Pours pitch black with a slight caramel/tan colored head. Beautiful aromas of coffee and chocolate dominate the nose. First sip is all coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Could use a slightly stronger malt backbone...even still this is wonderful. World Class.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 02:43:47 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of supercolter


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like the look of this beer, that was the one thing that stood out to me. Very dark wiht some tan head and no real lacing. Smell is pretty weak, I don't know, I would have expected more of the typical dry malt chocolates, coffee, toffee, etc.
Taste is a bit better, some dry and bitter chocolate comes through. Lots of coffee as well, with no notable hops. Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 23:02:49 | More by supercolter
Photo of kmeves


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Miller Tech Center (9-26-07), 11.3% ABV. Pitch black color, frothy amber-brown head. Aroma is a wonderful blend of roast, spice, chocolate, light coffee and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is raisony sweetness, vanilla, spice, roast and light chocolate. Medium to full bodied. The finish warms the insides as it goes down. Another great Big Eddy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 19:26:05 | More by kmeves
Photo of Packforever1976


4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome.

A: Pitch black. Smallish and creamy tan head decent retention. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells eerily similar to Darkness. Some dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, slight hint of hop bitterness. Smells absolutely sinful.

T: Amazing. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get to enjoy this one, but when I saw it on the menu, it was a done deal. A nice balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Nice dark chocolate flavor, cocoa nibs, a hint of apple cider.

M: I usually like my RIS alightly thicker than this, but with the flavor as spot on as it was, I didn't mind too much. Like drinking velvet.

D: Where's the alcohol? I couldn't detect it at all. Dangerously drinkable. If the weather would've been a little more cooperative, I would have had another. Leines best offering, by a mile.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 01:47:19 | More by Packforever1976
Photo of tempest


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stub & Herb's for only $5 a pint. Get it while you can. Appears a pitch black with a short tan head, no lacing.

This immediately reminds me of Surly Darkness. Not because they taste identical, but because its the most similar RIS I've had in terms of a smooth body and esters. It starts out with a mild dry cocoa note and then dives into a mix of chocolate-covered berries and hoppy citrus rind. It finishes with a big caramel-coated espresso bitterness (with some hops character mixed in) and medium-weight body that makes this all the more drinkable. It's a shame this beer will soon be extinct. Easily the best beer Leiny's ever made and one of the best RIS's I've had. Definitely a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 02:13:09 | More by tempest
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.