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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,050 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 43
Gots: 110 | 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.

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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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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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

A special thanks to nflmvp for including this in a recent trade. Thanks Steve!

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an inky black with a 1/2 finger of burnt dark mocha colored head that leaves a ring of retention around edges with some thin wisps in the middle. Lacing was minimal. The aroma initially is deep notes of chocolate sweetness, coffee, roasted malts, a quite prominent dark fruit element, and heat. As it warms, the fruits and alcohol become more and more pungent creating a hazy smelling mixed fume of each.

The taste is more of the same. Chocolate, coffee, and light roasted malt notes up front that gives way to a pervasive tangy dark fruit presence that mixes with heat to give off a sticky feel of sweetness. Finishes with some light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a sticky viscous feel. The heat element is quite beefy but never quite gets to be stinging, just opting to add a little more heft to the proceedings.

This was quite the interesting RIS, with a taste profile that really skewered towards the dark fruit side of things. A little too much at times I'm afraid. A little more roasted malt or hop character to balance all that sweetness would have really helped. Still, this was a decent enough sipper of a RIS and one that I'm most grateful for having had the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 17:43:50 | More by Kegatron
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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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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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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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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-12-2013 23:19:11 | More by oline73
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-28-2011 17:11:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-14-2013 19:22:43 | More by mendvicdog
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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

02-09-2014 02:58:43 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-03-2013 14:56:56 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Big thanks to hopdog for this one...
Appears an opaque black with brown-red edges when held up to the light. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, prunes, cocoa, roasted nuts, and dark fruit.
Taste is of raisins, caramel, nuts, cocoa, fruit highlighted by huge amounts of dates.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, chewy, with a hint of booze.
Wow...one of the better Russian's I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:07:30 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-05-2012 16:29:34 | More by MarkyMOD
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

12 oz 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark near black with a couple finger thick mocha head. Minimal lacing. Roast heavy aroma, chocolate and licorice. Fairly sweet flavor, with background of roast and smoke malt, dark chocolate, ash, and mild bitterness in the finish. Soft, medium body with a slightly thin finish. Better than expected, but something I need to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:18:27 | More by yourefragile
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dark tan head that last as a thick film for a good part of the beer. A bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smell of dark chocolate has a light chalk quality to it. There are strong smells of black malt with a slight hint of cardboard or wet wood in the background. The initial finish smell reminded me of a soy sauce hint and after that I couldn't get that thought out of my mind.

T- This beer has a dark chocolaty flavor supported by some roasted black malt followed by a smooth sweetness and a light molasses tang to it. The bitterness of black malt lingered after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and a light alcohol note increases as the beer warms.

D- This beer has full dark malt flavors with some creamy qualities that are nice. It was served a bit colder than I like so I will re-review at a cellar temp. Nice easy drinking RIS overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2007 23:20:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sharing this at Corey's tasting on 11/13/10.

Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears black in color with some lighter brown around the edges. A creamy dark brown head appears and does not retain all that well. Some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite dark and fruity akin to plums. Some yeasty notes run rampant throughout suggesting this is a fairly young offering. The taste of this brew continues with the yeast character, slight fruit suggesting plums, raisins and coffee in the aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly evident accenting the dark grain roastiness of this brew.

The perceived bitterness seems to come more from the char of the grain instead of hops in this brew. This is a medium bodied offering with a creamy smooth feel with a light level of carbonation. Overall it wasn't a bad brew but the sheer amount of yeast character evident in both the aroma and taste just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:37:15 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-09-2013 04:59:25 | More by XmnwildX12
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a three-finger khaki head that takes a while to fade to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses chocolate nose. Flavor is same molasses, chocolate and hints of dark fruit. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:51:39 | More by jdhilt
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another of my frequent trade partners, optimator13, sent this to me to help me keep my bottle numbers aligned with my CANs.
Yay!

From the bottle: " ... was ... the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."; "Dark and complex with 11 malts and grains balanced by three different and distinct hops."

I may have been a little heavy-handed in my pour, given the massive two-plus fingers of deep-brown head that I created. The beer actually seemed to be cascading for a moment! It looked like the top of a chocolate milkshake. Nose was rich with a deep, dark chocolate roasty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a very smoky, charcoal flavor initially, somewhat medicinal in its bitterness. I feel left out on this one, since I am not a big fan of the style to begin with and I just am not liking this particular iteration. It was bitter, but in a burnt, not hoppy way and I just could not get behind it. Finish left me feeling like I had been drinking charcoal water. Oof.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:51:21 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black as night with a big two finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some dark berries. It smells very sweet with a bit of a berry twang toward the end.

T - Starts off with a good bit of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, coffee, and some black berries. Even with all the sweet dark flavors going on the fruitiness is still quite prominent. The finish has quite a bit of dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, syrupy, feel lingering through the finish.

O - While I didn't "love" this beer I did enjoy it. It had a nice berry component you don't get very much with bigger stouts. Good but far from great.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 20:11:48 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an extremely thin dark mocha head that dissipates to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Some light hints of dark cherry.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, there is a solid dark roasted malts with lighter hints of bittersweet chocolate, dark cherry, and licorice.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden and this beer is pretty easy to drink. Definitely a sipping beer but one to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 02:13:17 | More by dbrauneis
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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