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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,129 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 45
Gots: 123 | 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 brewskifan55
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Aged for about 6 months.

A: Black with a tan half finger head that blows out fast. Some foam on top. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Anise, chocolate, leather, molasses. Vanilla, too.

T: Strong chocolate opening volley with hints of vanilla. Also picking up anise and molasses. Some dark fruits in the mix, too. Nutty and malty. So smooth and creamy. Robust.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, creamy carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A terrific sipper. A very nice RIP that would go well with brownies or a chocolate chip cookie. I really think the aging helped it. Would love to try a year in the closet.

brewskifan55, Sunday at 11:25 PM
Photo of bigtizz123
1.72/5  rDev -54.9%

bigtizz123, Sunday at 07:02 AM
Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

tom10101, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of SteveD082791
4/5  rDev +5%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%

A well aged bottle that is at least a year old, it pours pitch black color with a thick 3 finger creamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, not really moving for a minute or so and then dissipating slowly and leaving great lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells sweet and boozy with strong coffee, chocolate and espresso up front, followed by roasted grains, charred wood, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and a milky sweetness like a milk stout with a half a shot of bourbon poured in it. Hints of vanilla and licorice trail the strong char and coffee notes, and the booze comes through but in a complimentary way.

Taste is very similar to the nose, with coffee, dark chocolate, espresso, whipped cream, roasted grains, charred wood, burnt oats, dark fruit like cherry, raisin and very sweet prunes, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, red wine barrels that unleash oaky tannins like a merlot, vanilla, malted ball candy (forget the name) and licorice. The booze is present but not hot, and the bitterness is strong but this was still pretty smooth for such a heavy, chewy beer. It said a variety of hops were used on the bottle, but the only evidence of hops is the mild bitterness which more resembles a dark coffee than a blend of hops.

Mouthfeel was thick and heavy, with a slick feel across the tongue, a smack and some mild heat from the booze, mild carbonation, and a plethora of flavors that were very complex and got more flavorful as it warmed.

I know that this is a Leinenkugel brew, but this could be mistaken for a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout in a blind taste test. This bottle aged well and was very tasty, so I would definitely have this again and would recommend it.

CHickman, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of corywalston
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

corywalston, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of fuzzermonkey
4/5  rDev +5%

fuzzermonkey, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

WastingFreetime, Nov 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

deadliest, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

derkfromwi, Nov 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Hopsiam14, Oct 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

carmike813, Oct 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Localdrinklax, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Fargrow, Oct 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

rjvanston, Oct 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

111213forlife, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2013, with 34414 printed on the bottleneck. My first from the Big Eddy line of beers from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Brewed with 11 malts and grains, and three varieties of hops.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass, gifted to me from my homies at Ardmore Station Liquors. #properglassware.

A - It pours thick and viscous, a black body with some brownish red hues to it when poured. Opaque in the glass. Two fingers of creamy dark mocha head that retains well for the high abv, and leaves behind lots of nice fluffy sticky lacing.

S - The aroma isn't half bad either - lots of dark raisins / figs / dates, hints of coffee, and some creamy chocolatey sweetness. Not the greatest smelling stout, but intriguing and appealing enough.

T - Taste follows the nose - light sugary sweetness, roasted malt, notes of char / coffee / chocolate / cream / toffee. Lots of raisin / fig / date dark fruitiness and just a hint of herbal hop presence buried in the finish. Not bad at all.

M - The feel is bitter & roasty on the finish. Thick and creamy with good carbonation, and easy drinking for the hefty 9.50% abv.

Overall, a very nice take on the style from this brewery; definitely exceeded the expectations I had for it on many levels. By far the best thing I have had from this brewery, and I think a year's worth of age might have done this beer some good. Recommended, and I would have it again.

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout -----3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Oct 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

osant37, Oct 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RoamingGnome, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +5%

Got this from my coworker. I was on the fence about this "Leine" spin-off but I was pleasantly surprised.

A - Nice robust black color. Mostly clear but difficult to see from the dark color. Dark khaki colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with some chocolate, some malt, and a burnt tone that is predominant. There is some alcohol and a light coffee tone after the roasted notes.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer it is pretty good with all those tastes swirling around. It seems somewhat muddled but still good flavor. There is a sweet roasty character that is predominant and has some light coffee tones that compliment. It's good but it seems that the roasted, burnt character is the most predominant flavor.
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M - Moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. Not as heavy as other imperial stouts but is a better drinker than I had expected.

Overall, this is a solid imperial stout. Not the best imperial stout I've ever had but is still very good with a tilt toward the burnt side. I was surprised that this was better than expected and I prefer the thicker and boozier but this is a way to double up a dry stout and keep drinking.

Glass- Snifter

dmgeng, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

oso, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

carlmoberg, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jonny41, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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