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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 45
Gots: 122 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

thisladyluck, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 01, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. 2011 Vintage. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown to black with a rich tan head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Strong chocolate aroma and maybe some caramel and fig notes.

T - Some chocolate flavors with an acidic bite.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a light carbonation.

An average Imperial Stout. Not the best, but an easy drinker for the alcohol %.

shanblur, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

PEIhop, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

plumcrazyfx, Dec 31, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

allisino, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bespin15, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed next a roaring fire while watching John Ritter and company bumble their way through a video representation of Steven King's "It". After spending a few months reading the book, it was sad watching it crammed into three mostly cheese-tastic hours on screen. Ah, well....

Pours a very deep dark black that allows no light penetration. A crimson cinnamon colored head rises from the murk into a sexy pillow that drops to some substantial puddles, leaving good surface coverage and a generous ring. An appetizing looking beer.

Smells rather simple for the amount of malt and hops thrown at this hoss: mainly bittersweet Grape Nuts.

Herbal bittering hops greet at the front door. Once inside, it's rather like a college apartment. So much happening with only a semblance or perceived semblance of order and sanity. Red grapes, coffee, firm backbone of bitterness throughout, and a strong residual sugar finish. Kind of all over the board here. Plenty sweet and although the hops attempt to penetrate the shield, some ingrediental assistance is needed to quell the sugary beast within.

Moderately viscous with a slightly above average carbonation. A slight toning down of the carbonation would make this nearly luxurious.

Overall, a fairly solid effort for the brother Leinenkugel. Some tweaks could make this a really nice and affordable local offering. As is, it's a pretty good beer.

BarrytheBear, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

durwood64, Dec 30, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, nice mocha head and nice lacing. The aromas are full of roasted dark chocolate and anise. I can pick up the roastiness in the flavors as well. Cocoa, vanilla, and wood make their presence known. Hops are noticeable, making this one bitter. Not much sweetness to balance the bitterness. But my big problem with the flavors is that they are one dimensional. It seems to be lacking depth. Mouthfeel is nice, not too thick, but definitely not light. Alot of carbonation, but not overboard. Not a bad RIS.

The lack of depth in the flavors hurt this one, but it's definitely worthy and a solid attempt at the style. Worth checking out.

BB1313, Dec 29, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Flood in Stroudsburg PA. Very good beer I hope they start carring this in Rhode Island soon. As far as how this would compare to other RIS beers, I'd say that it's a fair representation of the style. It's not a 12 percent monster but it's a lot better than others that I've had. Very tasty.

edbeer, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

stackofpapers, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

bradleyjay34, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 28, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Great Divide pint glass. About as dark as you can go. The highlights are just a smidge off of complete light sucking black. At the initial pour the carbonation rose up to leave a small one finger, tan colored head but it quickly dissipated into nothing. The lace is looking pretty weak now too.

Smell is quite dark and smokey. Roasted malts give an arrange of smells from charred wood to chocolate to dark roasted coffee. I can even smell some vanilla and bourbon. Quite nice!!

Taste is really nice but as I feared it couldn't hold up to the smell. There are dark roasted flavors like Sumatra coffee and dark chocolate but all of the greatness breaks down almost as soon as it hits the tongue and turns into tart flavored fruit. I know that cherries and figs or raisins are often tasted in RIS's but this is different. It isn't just tasted it is overpowering the dark roasted malts that made up the smell and the early taste. Too bad.

Mouth is silky or velvety, carbonation is creamy and smooth. Body is full with an average to full, wet finish.

Overall I think this was pretty good beer. I don't think this stands up to the "big boys" in this category though. I think this would be a great transition beer for someone that is thinking about leaving the dark side. ie BMC. I could see this leading to beers like the Abyss and Stone IRS. Thanks to SMason for this bottle.

azdback, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

TheDudeRules, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Lee45102, Dec 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Vintage 2011, purchased 11/2011 from The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Thanks to Kevin, (owner/operator of the “The Fridge”), for recommending this one, which due to the brewery, I probably would not have picked.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Pours a huge three finger head, thick and creamy, slowly reduces to a ¼” head, fantastic lace, sticky, each drink leaves a “ring”. Wow!
Pitch black opaque color, deep tan colored head.

The smell is rich roasted malt, coffee, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Though a little on the light side it is good!

Thick creamy entry in the mouth of very rich, dark roasted malt, bitter coffee, unsweetened dark
Chocolate, massively full mouth feel, with a mild carbonation typical of the style. Delicious!

Very good, quite long, mouth coating finish of rich roasted malt.

What an amazing surprise from a brewery that is, well, mostly unimpressive.

That being said this RIS is really quite good! Very rich and full bodied to the point of being thick, with very tasty flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.
Even though I state unsweetened dark chocolate in my notes, that is a flavor, as there is a slight sweetness to this brew. The sweetness is not overdone at all, and in fact adds to the richness and balance of this ale.
OK, so it does not have the complexity of the top RIS’s, point taken, but it definitely has everything else, IMO.
I recommend that you take a chance and try this one!
I recall this being “fair” price wise, though in truth I really can’t remember what I did pay for the bottle.

JTSbeerislife, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sobeleg, Dec 26, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark. Viscous, and thick. A very fine head that dissolves quickly, some small legs.

Smell: Malts and dark chocolates. A hint of alcohol but very pleasant.

Taste: Mmm a nice bold and malty stout. Some great dark chocolate and earthy notes. Some rye or yeast notes buried in there. The taste definitely evolves while oxidizing.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. Quite viscous but right on with the style. Spreads wonderfully over the palate

Overall: A great stout sampled on a nice cold day. The beer isn't perfectly balanced but there is a nice deep chocolate flavor with a good but not great nose and mouthfeel.

Serving: Bottle poured into chalice.

cradke, Dec 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters in the nose. Light char roasty notes quickly follow. Dark bread-like malt character as the base. No hop aroma. No alcohol heat.

Appearance: Pitch black with tan cake batter head that retains throughout.

Flavor: Moderate fruity esters that follow the aroma. Dark cherries and dark roasty char flavors are well knit into the base beer. Earthy hop bitterness provides a nice background flavor. Dried cocoa powder and a touch of sourness round out each sip. Finish is bitter and dry. Aftertaste is long and lingering to the roasted dry malt character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight dark roasted grain astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A big, slightly sour Russian Imperial Stout. Worth a try.

mattcrill, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

IlPostino, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

forummember, Dec 25, 2011
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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