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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,062 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 113 | 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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kirok1999

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap, didn't expect this from Leinenkugel!
Pours a nice black with just a hint of lace.
Smells super sweet with hints of dark fruit and some bourbon.
Tastes wonderful, darkly sweet with a lot of cherries, toffee and caramel, and a slight chocolate note. The citrus hops comes through in the finish.
Massive rich mouthfeel, coating as hell.
Just a monster of a brew, we had a Sam Adams Triple Bock after this one and there was a lot os similarities in the taste, just much less concentrated in the Big Eddy

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 01:09:37 | More by kirok1999
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malcontent

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sports a super, mocha-colored head that dissipates to a shallow ring around the light-swallowing black body.

Roasted notes sing right off the bat as do themes of prunes and bitter chocolate. Same chocolate aroma hangs on for a while before being usurped by an odd vegetable scent. Weird.

Starts very strong with burnt qualities lacing a big dried fruit center. That same fruit, however, goes a bit haywire midway though and exudes way too much sweetness. Still, the finish is long and, once again, chocolaty thereby saving the taste (and there was much rejoicing...).

Carbonation is a touch higher than many RIS's which is actually welcome considering the motor oil motif many brewers seem intent on creating. Body is substantial but, likewise, not overboard. A rare RIS with very strong drinkablitly...if the sweetness doesn't piss you off first.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 22:51:38 | More by malcontent
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

03-18-2008
Pours a solid black with a good sized tan head that gets sticky on the glass as I get my drink on. Aroma is vinous with some dried fruit. Taste is chocolaty and fruity up front with some alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Great impy stout, I wish I had more than one I’d like to see this one age. Great job Lienenkugel!<BR>

12/07/2012
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that shows great retention and moderate lace. The aroma is a bit roasty and fruity with a strange almost plastic phenol in there that detracts from everything else. Light earthy hop and a hint of ethanol round out the nose. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with a fair amount of dark fruit along with some brown sugar and caramel. Thick body with a rich creamy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This beer finally made it to my state, and since I enjoyed it so much the first time, I jumped at the first four pack I found. How's that Don Henley song go? "Don't look back, you can never look back" Either this beer has really changed, or my palette has. This is a decent stout, but really nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 00:27:33 | More by johnnnniee
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mcallister

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NFLMVP!!

So the lable on this brew suprised me as I was expecting the usual Leinenkugel label. But the Big Eddy lables shows sophistication and class.

This looks like a find RIS. Black and inky with a mocha head that appears and disapears just as quickly into splotches and a ring around the glass.

Very nice nose as well. Roasty with a bit of charcoal and loads of dark fruits, black licorice and dark bitter chocolates. Mollassesy aroma with a vanilla yougurt covered currant, tree bark, blackberry and other ripe fruits.

Jesus this is nice. Maybe perfect mouthfeel. Completely palate coating and viscous with a long I mean forever long roasty, chocolatey finish. Wow. Did not expect this from this beer. Some alcohol shows through in the mouth and chest but adds to the character and complexity of this beer. So much dark chocolate and black fruits. Black currant, hints of vanilla and molasses and more black fruits. Big and rich. The carbonation level is dead on just teases the taste buds. An amazing stout, love to see this get national distribution.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:45:53 | More by mcallister
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JDV

Texas

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

Big thanks to Miketd for this much wanted bottle!
Dark oily, black pour with a nice sized brown head. Looks nice in a snifter. Smells of some soy sauce, oatmeal, a bit of roast malt, and unbaked dough. Very interesting. Taste is smoky. Beef jerky, smoke and then some roasty malt and a bit of dark fruits. Nice thick creamy body and mouthfeel. Too smoky at first, but then it grows on me and has some chalky bittersweet cocoa powder notes that I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:41:26 | More by JDV
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to hoppymeal for this one.

This pours a dark black with port splashes around the edges and is nearly devoid of head.

Smels of celery and dry cherries, caramel, anise and homemade root beer. This conceals a boozy sting.

Starts up with a sharp sting of coffee and smoke mixed in with a sharp grape skin. Alcohol is prominent again, but a brown sugar hides a lot of the dryness.

Feels light and clean with a sweet slickness and light easy carbonation that falls out in the mouth dispensing the flavors remarkably well.

Tasty for sure but a little too focused on dry. It's also oddly boozy for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 02:04:08 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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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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cokes

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update on the newly released 2010 version:
First impression is that the new stuff is not nearly as good as I remembered. Worty, pruney, cloying, and lacking the smoky, subtly roasty tones I recall. The old stuff needed some time to gel in the bottle, and I'm hoping for a repeat here. I'm not changing my numbers, yet, but it's important to note that they are for the last batch.

2008
Teeth-staining black, no magenta edges, no light penetration, just absolute darkness. The head is a healthy, tall stack of dark brown, greasy and retentive enough to soil up the inside of the glass with all kinds of lacework. It's absolutely one of the sexiest beers I've seen.
Scents come forth with with carob, fudge, liquorice, and smoked plums. It's a certifiable malt bath, but seems a touch worty. Alcohol is manifest in fringe Malbec vinousness. Vanilla comes through more as it warms, along with a hint of charcoal and Tennessee Whiskey. Hopping is M.I.A, this is a malt-bomb Imperial Stout, and I'm okay with that.
It blankets the mouth with fudge and caramel. It's not particularly roasty, but that can be perceived with some attention. Dark fruits shuffle in, with an emphasis on prune. Make that a couple emphases. Notions of dates, and figs, and currants, are here too, but this is as pruney as it gets, as far as hallmark flavors go. Traces of liquorice, carob, and bourbon-bread pudding. Wafts of pungent tobacco smoke dot the close, as vanilla-laced dark chocolate fudge reforms around them.
Hopping is insignificant. This is a malt heavy English-leaning Imperial Stout (reference Sammy Smith). And in that sense, it's fucking delicious.
My first several bottles (and draughts) of this seemed a tad on the worty and incomplete side. After a few months in the bottle it has coalesced. I have a feeling more time wouldn't hurt.
The body is low in carbonation and huge in weight. Almost gluey thick like Expedition, sweet but not overly cloying. Texturally, this is big stout incarnate. There are plenty of well-known Impys that could use this feel.
This is Ten Thousand miles from any Leinie's I've ever had (except, obviously, the Big Eddy Imperial IPA). And even better after it's had some time in the bottle. Just don't come here expecting a big hop counter punch, because that's not what it's about.
Forget that this more or less a Miller puppet, and respect it for what it is...a big step for big breweries, as this easily stands amongst its widely heralded micro peers. Let's encourage more of it. Especially if it is this good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 09:19:19 | More by cokes
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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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tayner

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle 9.5% abv stated on bottle.

Poured black, black with a small medium tan head that stayed in a ring all the way to the end.

Smell was overwhelmingly raisin and fig.

Taste was the same almost sickening sweet raisin, fig, plum along with some very roasted maltiness. The alcohol is also very dominant in the finish.

mouthfeel was good, oily, thick, coating. very heavy and nice which is expected in a RIS.

This one seems a little out of balance with the sweetness and dark fruitiness. Perhaps a tad more hops would help balance it out. as it warmed it got better, but still not right. I finished it, but i do not htink i would ask for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 01:42:14 | More by tayner
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strohme2

Michigan

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

Poured this one and thought it looked like 10w30 coming from the bottle. This is as thick as night is dark. Tiny bubbles leads to a small head but way less than a quarter inch which disappears very quickly.

I detected coffee, caramel, malty and sweetness. I couldn't pin my nose on the overwhelming smell until I took a couple more whiffs..then I got it. It has a strong raisin odor to it that was too much for me.

It feels great in the mouth. Thick, thick, thick. Again with the raisin. As it warmed it became unbearable for me to drink. Fairly strong alcohol kick as it warms too.

I couldn't finish it. I didn't want my rating to reflect to the fact that I didn't like it. But I give HUGE props to Leinenkugel for brewing this one for all the RIS fans. For a larger micro to make and distribute this shows something about Leine.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 21:12:53 | More by strohme2
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sfoley333

Brazil

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

Poured from 12oz bottle thanks to Hoppymeal. Poured into a duvel snifter. Poured a thick black color with a finger size brown head. Smell was slight dark fruit with chocolate and alcohol scent. Taste is slight herbal coffee and light chocolate flavor with a alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is full body oily with a light carbonation feel. While a good RIS to me the alcohol feel is just a little unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 08:48:39 | More by sfoley333
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thick jet black color from the bottle. Looks like ink flowing out of the 12-ouncer, topped off with a dingy copper colored head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is filled with toasted and roasted malt aromas. It has buttery and earthy notes along with prunes and salted peanuts.

The taste is very extreme, as expected. There are so many flavors going on in here that its hard to seperate them all. I notice a lot of dark fruits like prunes, figs, and raisins. A bit of hoppy/earthy flavor as well. The high alcohol content has a big warming effect.

The mouthfeel is absolutely, 100%, HEAVY. Quite possibly the single heaviest beer I have tried thus far. Very minimal carbonation and a slick, oily feel across the tongue.

This one is definitly a slow sipper. I can barely get the whole thing down, let alone a second one.

Excellent offering from Leinenkugel's. I wish every brewery the size of them, or larger, could grow some balls and start making craft beers like this that actually taste good. Cheers and Hooray for Leinenkugel's! I am thoroughly impressed with their character as a brewery and this beer itself!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 05:52:01 | More by jasonpeckins32
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with some viscosity. Pitch black beer with a super dense crop of dark brown head. Retention is outstanding as is the lacing. Nose is really nice. Thick and rich. Ripe berries mix with anise oil and char and alcohol. This beer has a real oily texture, which I like in Imperial Stouts. Body is about medium-full or so and light on the carbonation. The flavor is quite rich as well, with dark chocolate and black licorice. Very nice flavor. This is a solid RIS. Best beer I've had from Jacob et al.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 05:10:32 | More by Bighuge
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patrick16o

Wisconsin

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

Decent beer label. Has a bit of an olden-time feel with "Big Eddy" in a script font that looks like it was written 150 years ago. Tan textured background w/ some red framing it on top an bottom.

Poured it almost straight down the glass and got a fairly good head. About a finger 1/2 worth. Crown is creamy mocha colored and beer is black as night. Head dissipates slowly and is just clinging to the sides of the glass. Very impressive appearance.

Aroma is quite potent. Lots of fruit, raisins, prunes, dates, dark chocolate and strong roast coffee with just a hint of alcohol. Smells like a delicious chocolate dessert of some sort.

Great flavor. A sweet dark fruit in the front, then a sweet dark chocolate, mixed with roasted malt and some caramel. Nice complexity, this beer has a lot to explore. A tad bitter at the end and some definite alcohol fumes.

Solid body and pretty good mouthfeel. Feels about right for the style. Great beer to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 02:41:41 | More by patrick16o
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with two finger mocha head. Head left quickly, but laced very nicely down the pint.

Smell is somewhat malty, lots of dark fruit, Alcohol is prevalent. Taste is at first of dark fruit, kinda sweet for a RIS. Some bittering, Alcohol comes through at the end. Chocolate prevails in the aftertaste. Feels a little thin compared with the other outstanding RIS, but still good. Leavews a strong coating aftertaste.

A very good beer from the Leinie guys. I wish they would do stuff like this more often.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 02:54:27 | More by Homerbag
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

wow, this is quite a departure from the the standard line of Leinenkuge's products, this is a serious RIS, huge malt presence, lots of prune and toasted malt flavor followed by a nice long bitter hop finish, the only hint of the massive alcohol presence is the way you feel after you drink one.

overall, a very nice beer, nice to see this brewery prouducing something of such high quality. def. try it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 22:29:38 | More by evanackerman
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drseamus

New York

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It was hard to get a head on this beer, but with a very high pour I did get a decent dark mocha head on top of a jet black body. The aroma is weird for a RIS with some weird sweetness in there. I don't get any of the coffee or much of the chocolate I would expect. It almost reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock. The flavor is very malty with a some chocolate but it's got something that reminds me of Triple Bock again. The body is nice but ultimately, it has a weird triple bock flavor I'm not crazy about.

Note: I wrote this without looking at other reviews, but afterwards I saw I'm not the only one that thought of Triple Bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 03:28:41 | More by drseamus
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as night; opaque… it is impressively dark, even for a RIS. Wonderful beige colored head but, sadly, the foam was less than a half finger tall. The head faded to a soapy collar, largely naked in the middle. Subsequent lacing was spotty and hardly noteworthy. Overall, the appearance is respectable and leans more towards pleasant than, for lack of a better word, concerning. Sorry but everybody has bias. If this beer was a pathetic brown color I’d think Leinenkugel had failed to capture a true RIS. This is not the case. I digress.

Vivid fruitiness hits my nose first: dark cherries, dates, figs, raisins and hints of apples and some general “berry” notes. Also in the mix are aromas of molasses, chocolate and soy sauce (think SA Triple Bock). Rum-like booziness is noticeable as well. There is almost no roasted character, which is odd. The nose is very interesting… not traditional. Or is it? The bouquet is not like, say, GD Yeti but it works great nevertheless. Still, it is fairly dissimilar to Sam Smith Imperial Stout too. Nevertheless the nose is complex, very rich and intriguing. Moderately-high potency… boastful and quite inviting.

Again the palate is not overly roasty but, WOW, it is flavorful. I get a splash of soy sauce mixed with chocolate and coffee drizzled over some dark cherries, dates, and berries. Fairly boozy. In the middle a flavor similar to cookies soaked in rum laced with coffee liquor arrives. Clean finish, sadly, but at least the aftertaste is rich. Mouth coating sweetness (not cloying) with good chocolate residue lingers well after the swallow. Boozy enough to warrant sipping... damn good stuff!

Basically medium in body; the low carbonation is ideal for this beer. Very good mouthfeel even though it is sort of thin in body but I am not distracted by it.

Very drinkable! This is a wonderful RIS; huge flavors, quite rich, unique and, overall, damn likeable. It is amazing that Leine brewed this. This RIS is just a tickle below the best I ever had but by no means is that a negative. This is an excellent beer and it made a wonderful nightcap. Thank you Bill and RedHaze for the bottles!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 18:24:01 | More by bditty187
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked up a 4 pack of this at Merchants in dearborn in early december.

12oz bottle. sampled jan 22/08.

pours thick like motor oil. deep brown, nearly black and almost opaque. a small very dense dark brown head forms on the pour and disappears almost instantly. no lace.

aroma is nice. alcohol. big caramel sweetness. dark chocolate. espresso. light roast. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. great vinous character. raisin and date. bit of earthy character. there's something else hiding at the edges that i can't quite put my finger on. a touch of smoke? burnt caramel?

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level, mainly as bittersweet chocolate. dark chocolate too. espresso. light roast. burnt caramel. the raisin and date again. alcohol. tons of malt - mostly toasted multi-grain bread. light sweetness.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is excellent. great balance. interesting malt profile. i love the slightly burnt caramel character too. really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 03:26:23 | More by grub
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guzzle211

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle sent to me by a close friend in Madison. Thanks Poffenbarger!

A: pours a relatively thick, inky black. A gentle pour produced a light tan lace ring around the edge, so I can imagine a vigorous pour might actually produce a full-covering head, which would be surprising for a brew of this abv. It sits in the glass looking dark and menacing, with absolutely no light penetration. I usually judge beers this dark by tilting the glass and looking up through the diagonal edge to see how much light can get through: not even the most tilted, shallow depths would allow the hint of any light. Impressive.

S: alcohol dominates, overpowering the dark malts. There is almost a hint of meat?

T/M: A brew this complex demands to be served correctly: you *must* drink this at the appropriate temperature – any colder and I would consider it unapproachable. I found it a little unbalanced on the bitter burnt side. The alcohol taste is strong, too strong actually. The ‘meat’ aromas make sense now as there is a slight hint of smokiness. There is a faint hint of chocolate that is buried by everything else that is going on. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

D: I would have to call this one a ‘one and done.’ As a disciple of the genre, I can typically guzzle the thickest offerings on even the hottest of days, but I had to really work at this one.

A valiant effort nonetheless. I plan to cellar the other 3 for a loooong time and re-visit this in the future, as it is definitely an incredibly complex brew that perhaps needs a little more time to settle.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 00:27:46 | More by guzzle211
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to nflmvp for this via trade. I first looked at it and thought cool and RIS that's new to me. then I saw 11 malts and leinekkugel. I can't say I've always had a great brew when the variety of malts are that high and this was the brewery that made a huge intro to New England with yet another "wheat" beer.

Enough with the background. Yeah, this is one heck of good stout! I wish they had followed up the summer wheat beer campaign with 6 packs of this beer! Pitch black, solid tan head, bold roasted malts, dark fruits, espresso and bitter hops swirl in and out in a very complimentary manner. Full bodied, nicely carbonated and wonderfully engaging to drink.

I would buy this if it ever makes it to my markets.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 19:29:41 | More by barleywinebrewer
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a bolla grande glass.

Black oily pour with little tan head that disappears quickly, lacing good which should be expected in a beer like this.
Aroma is weak and I really tried to get the best of it, what I could detect is a nice coffee carmel but I had to fight for it.
Taste is very good, much more pronounced, sweet, dates, coffee and carmel are all evident. nice little touch of hops to round it out. So much else going on, I have no idea what kind of hops are used.
Mouthfeel is excellent, like it should be for an RIS, creamy, smooth and oily. Very well carbonated.
Drinkability is low for most RIS, for me but to be subjective this one seems a little too boozy to me compared to other versions of this style.

Good not great, but very exciting Leinie's did this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 15:16:23 | More by mnstorm99
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Big thanks to grub for hooking me up with this for Xmas, you're the best!

Pours an opaque deep black, thick dark tan head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, nice lace spots. Smell is very fruity, figs/raisins, chocolate, toffee, roast, vanilla, sherry, thick aroma. Taste is similar, sweet sherry, chocolate roast, vanilla, oak, toffee, lots of dark fruits, nice bitter roast near the end, very long finish, really lingers. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Nice imperial stout, especially coming from Leinies! Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 06:55:32 | More by Viggo
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Lexx

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to Viggo for sharing this one!

This beer looks pretty awesome. Black, with a dark chocolate milk/hot cocoa colored head. Leaves some very tight, spotty lacing, almost symmetrical.
The scent is molasses, a bit of coffee, chocolate, nice and roasty, a hint of alcohol.
The taste is sweet, a light chocolaty bitterness, some roast, a bit of smoke in the finish. There's a bit of that deep molasses flavor, and perhaps some dark fruits. I'm having trouble believing I'm drinking a leinie.
This is nice and oily, a great finish to a night of drinking. Thank you, Eric!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 06:31:22 | More by Lexx
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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