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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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1,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 143 | 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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Ratings: 1,176 | Reviews: 468
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013 bottle served in a snifter glass.

So this is the third beer I've tried in Liney's Big Eddy series. Hopefully it is better than that cherry doppleschwartzbier cough syrup @#$%. The the dry hoped Oktoberfest was ok but the added hops ruined the traditional style. I digress, here we go...

Appearance: classic RIS. Thick, viscous, plenty of creamy tan head, black as night with no light shining through. On a side note, I really do like the labels of this series of beers. Great design.

Nose: plums, figs, raisins, prunes, prune juice, chocolate, roasted malts, campfire ashes, not boozy at all

Taste and Mouthfeel: creamy and rich, burnt malts, smokey, very dark chocolate (bakers), hoppy bite from the "3 distinct hops", not too bad. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall: It is an Americanized version of the classic RIS style. Not too bad and by far the best in their Big Eddy series so far. This 4-pack is from the 2013 release (Feb/Mar 2014 shelf time) so I'm thinking it has about a year of age on it. I'll try it again in a few months to see if things are changing. If they don't, I can certainly enjoy a few more of these. Not as good as other RISs I've tried but a nice offering from Liney's.

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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Superbohl4
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephwa
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of did3376
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevereno
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Loved it. Aged for 1.5 years this is a great RIS.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small beige head that settles to rim bubbles. A couple of streaks for lace. Near black color with no light passing through.

Smell of ash and charcoal. I note some sour cherry in the background.

The flavor reminds me of black coffee. Again, the post-grilling ash and charcoal show up in the swallow. There's a touch of sweetness at the very end that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Full bodied for the style, but not too much.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

passable, but something here i just dont like. its hotly alcoholic, way more than the abv should force, and way more than i think the style allows for, or should allow for, its distracting to a nice dark fruit and charcoal malt profile and i really cant get past it. it feels weird in the stomach and going down because of it, and im having a harder time enjoying the dark chocolate and vanilla and tobacco flavors in it. is there a touch of smoke to it? it certainly seems to pop up in the finish. others have described this as smooth, so maybe something was off with the bottle i had, but i wouldnt describe it like that at all, well, maybe texture, but certainly not in overall feel, it almost burns. the way paint smells this sort of feels, if that makes sense. still, i think the project is a noble one, and i think the beers isnt as bad as i am making it sound, but the alcohol exposure is a little much. looks amazing though, shiny black and heady forever. good to get a four pack of a style like this out there affordably too, which is probably this beers greatest merit.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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1.72/5  rDev -54.9%

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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