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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pleased that Prince Murray Swine recommended and sent this. A classic RIS and they nailed the style. Big bold bitter black and a full coffee. Full mouthfeel. Coffee in, chocolate coating but not over on the chocolate as per the new wave. I know many malts were used, but it is definately coming out on the strong bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 02:04:06 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, slight coffee, and a mild soy sauce aroma. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but nothing too special for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:44:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque onyx with a fleeting glimpse of scarlet along the bottom edge. For all intents and purposes, though, this is a light sucker of the highest order. The head looks like it means business as well. It's dark cappuccino brown and looks be as thick as a coffee milkshake. A tremendous lace display solidifies an appearance score that was already well-earned.

The nose is pretty much everything that an RIS nose should be. It's roasted black malty and is just complex enough. It looks those '11 malts and grains' were put to good use. The hops are also appreciated, which is something of a surprise since the beer was brewed in late 2007.

Big Eddy is very good beer that actually tastes more like an RIS than an American double stout. It has an underlying tart fruitiness that took some getting used to during the first few mouthfuls. I'm diggin' it now, though. It's probably due the American hops, despite the fact that the malt sugars have pummeled most of the bitterness into oblivion.

The flavor profile features molasses mixed with honey, bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar and a few handfuls of white grapefruit rind. It all adds up to a marvelous melange that my taste buds are having a great deal of fun with. Alcohol is felt, not tasted. This is quality beer from 'A' to 'Z'.

The mouthfeel is full without being heavy. There's an amazing amount of beer still stuck to the inside of my mouth after the swallow. You want chewy? You got chewy. Nougat chewy.

I am not a fan of JLBC beer. I am a huge fan of Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout. This is the real deal and is an offering that deserves to be brewed every year. Thanks to the felonious one for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 15:23:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a magnificent obsidian, with a huge head that settles slowly and coats the glass with lace

Smell: Syrupy aroma with burnt coffee, molasses and dried dark fruit predominating

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of viscous molasses and espresso that just builds and adds black raspberry and fudge as it sweetens by mid-palate; after the swallow, some licorice and tobacco flavors emerge, but the sweetness continues to build, too eagerly, to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky with smoothly moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Six months of age have yet to cut the sweetness factor; a very nice attempt at the style but ultimately, the sweetness becomes cloying

Thanks, tangfoot, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 20:44:49 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just can't like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 20:47:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Some of the old batch. Opened at Dark Lord Day 2009.

Pours a very dark color bordering on black. There is a pretty good mocha head. The nose is really nice with a good dose of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of black licorice. The taste wasn't quite as complex, with the chocolate and roast going through a bit more. Feel is pretty nice and thick. Drinks well and very impressive that this came from Leinenkugel.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:01:11 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The bear is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with wispy patterns of tan bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass; the lacing never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of licorice in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of roasted malt flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with s light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beeris very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2011 vintage

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 11:38:13 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a full, unyielding inch of dark tan-colored head.

Smell: Incredibly roasty and still rather sweet-smelling aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, black coffee, and a rather notable dark fruitiness.

Taste: Strong, assertive roasted malts with full flavors of bittersweet chocolate sauce, espresso, blackstrap molasses, licorice, and even dark caramel. Very rich raisin fruitiness. Maybe, just maybe even a few blackberries. Mainly, there's a roasty, earthy bitterness at work, but there's also some minor hints of citrus in the distant background. One single drop of soy sauce. It's a tad warming, but otherwise the alcohol is nearly completely hidden. Finishes drying with a lingering mingling of roast and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Lusciously smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One after another, I've found the Leinenkugel lineup to be made up of nothing but downright dumpy, unrewarding beers. It's one thing to be unable to brew a good beer, but to able to brew a delightful beer and simply opt not to is completely criminal.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:14:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first of the "Big Eddy" line.Poures nearly jet black except for just one small ring of ruby at the bottom of the glass when held right up to the light,a half finger creamy mocha colored head atop.Dark fruit with a slight sour tinge in the nose,a roasted nut note wich comes along with alot of the beers of the same style is there as well,odd no roast playing a role.Like drinking a liquid raisin at the first couple sips,oddly the roast is subdued as well as the chocolate,it's all about dark fruit and alcohol.I like this beer but it's one sided in the dark fruit category,still this is top notch from this brewery.Actually this is not the the first "Big Eddy" beer I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 23:45:51 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

I'm not sure why, but I'm kinda wary of a beastly imperial stout with a twist-off cap. Wariness aside, it pours a deep motor oil topped by a substantial amount of brown foam. The nose comprises molasses, caramelized brown sugar, dark roasted malts, light fusel, and light burnt coffee beans. The taste runs similarly, though everything is darker, more roasted. I never thought I'd say this, but it all seems too dark and roasted for its own good. I'm not getting too much of the heat that others are, though it is in no way mild. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an only slightly chewy feel. Overall, while not necessarily hot, I feel this is indeed an overly young stout. Perhaps with age it could achieve something (or, at least, get it's lazy ass off its mother's couch and get a goddamn job), but until then it's too much roast with too little mass.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 22:15:35 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can't fault Leinie's on this one! No corners have been cut whatsoever. It's rich and malty, superbly roasty, and there's even a good bit of hop flavor. Some bright yeasty fruitiness rounds it out; and the fact that it's superbly balanced hits the ball home. My only question now is where to find more.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 22:20:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackness, with a big, thick roasted tan head, sits long in the glass...nice, and lovely...

Aroma gives us everything we expect from a RIS, rich cocoa, loads of bittersweet espresso/coffee flavors, some anise, some black pepper, a cadre of dark fruit flying in...with the rich, decadent chocolate taking command...that's this.
Many things going on, here, many flavors, many wonders...good, good stuff...

Taste: more dark fruits spark up to greet the chocolate, blackberries, and suchwise...full in the mouth,full in the finish...thick and rich and utterly...decadent and, well, full!

The folks who make their daily bread with HoneyWeiss and Berry Weiss, well, yeah, it seems, they CAN brew a RIS. And here's the proof, right here in my mouth. Big Eddy's has to sit in with every top notch RIS, it has few flaws, it's only drawback is that it fills the bill, but has nothing to really bring it forward. A good example of an RIS, maybe even very good, but not quite great...although, ...almost....

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 07:58:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation but high for the style, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s not exactly what you look for in an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:15:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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

2010 re-review ('08 vintage):
Been saving this one for the dead of winter, and it looks like it's time. (HFS... reviewed this almost exactly 2 years ago. Am I on my cycle or what?) Bumping up M/D scores this time around.

Charred, inky black into a tulip glass, this RIS leaves an intricate lacing, the foam even has a rusty brown tint. Opaque and black.

Aroma has elements of espresso, raisin, prune, and sweet milk chocolate. The 2 years of age is ever so slightly noticeable, but not as musty as some RIS' i've had.

Full and rich, this is like a melted chocolate espresso milkshake. Long aftertaste of roasty malts, chocolate, and a mild plum/prune/raisin note. A strong RIS contender that hits all the notes for me. Hope they bring this back...

01-07-2008
Pours pitch black, with a ton of creamy mocha foam. Underestimating it's volatility, it was quickly poured into a tulip, and it foamed over. Once under control, there were 3 fingers of foam billowing up and over the rim. A thick ring of lace encircled the rim of the glass.

Aromas of chocolate, malted milk "whoppers" candy, and a hint of smoke.

Bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and a long finish of earthy char. Sweet fruit character is tempered by underlying bitterness. Very earthy and roasty. Distinct lactic character as well.

Smooth and silky, although the alcohol becomes apparent after it sits in the glass for awhile. One and done for me, but it's a very solid RIS. Best thing Leinie's has going...

$2.99 single from Riley's, Madison.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 03:23:00 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like 10,000 mile motor oil with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention, much viscosity

S: Oaky & vanilla notes, figs & raisins, they fade a bit as this warms

T: Dark fruit, woody hops, prunes & dryness up front. Some charred grain as this warms, along with some boozey coarseness, a touch of smokeyness & more pruney notes. Finishes dry, fruitty & with some woody hops, plus a kiss of carob

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation

A decent Imp Stout, doesn't compare well to the best, but easily the best beer I've had from these guys

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:21:43 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and heavily roasted malt notes, as well as a hint of soy sauce. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of heavily roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some dark fruit, raisins and soy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:43:43 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and some molasses. There was a mild floral presence, too.

T - Much like the aroma with chocolate, caramel, molasses and toffee. Just enough bitterness to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a fine imperial stout but not a great one. Pretty good considering most of Leinie's other offering are average.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:27:31 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

S: Bit of a dark head, pitch black color.

N: dark malts, roast, light coffee, chewy light oats, bitter dakr chocolate, light chocolate malts, dark caramel malts.

T: Bitter earthy malts, chewy light creamy oats, light roast, bit of burnt roasted coffee grinds, dark choc and baker's choc, light fluffy, no hops, light syrupy malt extract a bit, semi bitter, but hides the booze well.

M: Heavier bodied with decent carb.

O: Surprisingly decent, not great but good, burnt flavors, nice bitter malts, nice chocolate and malts, could use a bit of hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:23:49 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Bottle code of 04258 & 31710; Sampled October 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a slightly cascading, tightly beaded froth that starts out three fingers in height and has a darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color thought it shows some dark chocolate brown notes around the edges. The aroma has rich notes of concentrated, sweet, dark malts as well as an ample roast character that produces aromas of dark cocoa, soft burnt grain, and a rich toasted whole grain character. There is something here that is a bit like burnt nuts, or even burnt play-doh. The aroma is actually fairly restrained, I was expecting this to be a bit more aromatic than it is, though I do like that it seems pretty well integrated and balanced (but that might just be because everything is so muted).

The flavor has a rich, complex, dark malt sweetness to it that accentuates sweet dark chocolate notes up front and a nice dark cocoa note towards the finish were the sweetness is not quite so prominent. A touch of dusty, roasted grain character adds some burnt bitterness to the finish. Reminds me of a rich, dark chocolate something or other that has a strong, black coffee infusion. As the beer warms up the sweetness softens a bit and starts to couple with concentrated, roasted fruit flavors of prune and perhaps a touch of fig. This does have a really complex, rich malt character to it, unfortunately a lot of this gets masked by the sweetness.

This is actually quite sweet tasting, though it is not as thick as the sweetness might suggest; it could actually use more roast malt character to balance things out and some more body, without more sweetness, would help to balance this a bit more too. I like that this is a fairly well integrated and smooth in its roast character. Not a bad example of an Imperial Stout & it is certainly quite enjoyable, and if it was not for the simplistic sweetness, this would be really damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 02:18:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

The poured out as a rich thick looking black brew with a moderate sized brown colored head on top. The retention is a little on the thin side after a while. The smell of the beer is sweet and boozy, it has a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer has a solid roasted burnt flavor with a nice long bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, I feel that it was a bit too light bodied but that's only if I'm really picky. The beer is smooth and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is very impressive from Leinenkugel's. This is something I would have never expected from this brewery. I found it to be impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:53:30 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't even know that Leinenkugel made a Russian Imperial Stout, so I was pretty surprised to see this at the local Kroger. There was no price tag so the cashier sold it for 6 bucks for a four pack. I'm guessing that was a good price, appears pitch black in body. Large tan head forms thick velvet texture, I like the cascading effect as this one dwindles. Fine speckled lacing is even around the entire glass. Aroma has some dark ripened fruit notes hints of cherry/raisin notes. Roasted malts with a touch of soy sauce/anise like notes. Dark roasted malt brings in hints of chocolate and coffee but these noted don't stand out as much as other features I mentioned. Alcohol plays a pretty big factor in the nose here, I can really smell the booze in this one. Flavor has a tart cherry/raisin sweetness wrapped in dark chocolate dry alcoholic finish with dark nearly burnt roasted malts. Body is somewhat thin for the style alcohol is a bit too prominent on the palate, it hits with dark roasted malt and ripened fruit notes finishes a bit boozey. Drinkability overall is one and done type of pseudo craft, this is a good representation of the style I just think it would do better with some age I have three left, I'll update my reviews accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:40:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a big brown cap

S: Not much of anose to speak of but laint covoa and a little booze

T: Roasted malt anc cocoa upfront, hints at molasses and caramelized sugar

M: Sordove thinner than I was expecting but still big

O: Easy to drink and above average

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 08:50:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received as part of my Secret Santa box thanks to pwoods; thanks Patrick!

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head has a little bit of retention and leaves a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, alcohol, light vanilla, and toasted malts. A small step up from the nose.

m - Full body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is very smooth and creamy, very nice.

d - A very nice RIS. I enjoyed the taste and the mouthfeel quite a bit. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:03:50 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap and classy appealing label acquired for $3.49 USD at my local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on the brewery but the label/marketing is sound and I'm in the mood for a good Russian Imperial Stout. 2012 vintage. 9.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of lovely khaki-tan colour; it's rich and decadent. Has a great shiny soft complexion and good smooth even consistency. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a Russian Imperial Stout. While far from unique or special, it's a beer I'm looking forward to trying. I don't notice any overt flaws. It's absolutely to-style.

Sm: I'm pleasantly surprised given the brewery. It's got plenty of chocolate and chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, hints of coffee, and even a bit of roasted barley (something I always look for in a stout). Cream. It's certainly sweet, but pleasantly so. Cocoa powder.

I don't find any yeast character or alcohol. The hop profile is really buried as well.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of mild strength and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Could Leinenkugel's actually have an above average beer on their hands?

T: Hm. Not quite the breakout Leinenkugel's hit I was hoping for. It's a pretty generic build for a Russian Imperial Stout, with your standard notes of chocolate/chocolate malt/cocoa powder, caramel, dark malts, and a nice sweetness. Any coffee notes I convinced myself I was finding on the aroma are nowhere to be found here. I do get some raisin and (unfortunately for my personal tastes) some licorice/fennel. There's some unwelcome charred and burnt characteristics, but they're forgivable. The roast has also faded, much to the beer's detriment. That said, it's pretty balanced and certainly pretty cohesive - albeit not quite gestalt.

It's not a horribly complex or subtle beer (especially considering the style), but I rather like it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's not really any nuance here.

No yeast character, hop profile, or alcohol come through.

Mf: Has a sickening stickiness to it. A bit syrupy. Too thick. Smooth and wet. Slick. Chewy. The mouthfeel is admittedly quite a trainwreck, but it could be worse. At least it's not astringent or boozy. Overcarbonated. Too full-bodied. Bad presence on the palate. The texture doesn't suit the taste all that well.

Dr: Ordinarily, the whole "we used x amount of malts" marketing approach is indicative of a gimmicky beer, but this Leinenkugel's offering stays pleasingly close to style conventions and doesn't feel as cheap/artificial as most of their core offerings. It's a bit too sweet and it won't blow your socks off, but for a macrobrewed Russian Imperial Stout from a usually unremarkable brewery, it's surprisingly quaffable. I wouldn't get it again at $3.49, but I'm sure I overpayed given the bottle shop I acquired this at. It's absolutely worth trying at a reasonable price and I'm not disappointed. I'll be giving Leinenkugel's a little more attention - at least insofar as their limited releases are concerned - going forward.

High C

Serving type: bottle

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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