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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 119 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007)
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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped a 4 pack at Star

appearance: pours into a bells chalice...beautiful pour, dark as night body with a huge chocolate brown head and great retention - this appearance is right on up there

smell: chocolate covered berries, heavy roasted malt aromas, big dark chocolate nose...pretty inviting

taste: tons and tons of dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit and berries, booze is a little warm...not what you normally would think leinenkugel could produce

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, full bodied

drinkability: on par for style

dirtylou, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.5% ABV on the bottle

A - Pours jet black with 2 fingers of foamy brown head sticky lacing everywhere. Slight ruby hints when held to the light but still black as night.

S - Very smoky with a vanilla extract quality. Chocolate, prunes, dates and raisins.

T - Sweet with a lot of vanilla. Molasses with a bunch of smokiness. Coffee with a touch of bitter chocolate and rum soaked raisins. Dates, prunes and raisins become more noticeable as it warms.

M - Between medium and heavy with a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

D - The smoke, sweetness and vanilla did not combine very well in my opinion. Nice attempt by Leinie's but I preferred the DIPA so far in the series. I hope they keep the big Eddy series going as I will keep trying them.

brewcrew76, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out jet black with a huge cocoa head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of chocolate covered fruit, dried plums, coffee and cocoa. Taste is big chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee but all out of sorts. These flavors usually are perfect together but they all seem off. Turned off by the chalky finish. Full in the mouth and the ABV is well hidden. A victim of hype.

franksnbeans, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black, as in black oil. Finger of dense, creamy-looking, dirty cocoa brown head. Nose of dark chocolate-covered raspberries, scorched brown sugar, stewed plums, and raisins. Herbal, almost piny, hop aroma surrounds. Tastes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness up front. Sweet, dark fruits come on strong along with truffle and milk chocolate sweetness. Tiramisu flavors before herbal hop bitterness crescendos into the bittersweet, roasted coffee, warming finish. Full-bodied. Big and chewy with a very smooth, creamy finish. I was prepared to be disappointed by the hype, but this is a very impressive RIS. Keep up the good work Leinies!

alexgash, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of nsmartell
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very nice black color with a nice thick dark-brown head.

Smell: The smell is dominated by chocolate and smoke.

Taste: Just a tad bit bitter at the end after the beer breathes and warms up a little, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Just like I like my stouts; makes me want to chew it.

Drinkability: This is another good performance by Leinie's for the Big Eddy beers. The IPA was a better IPA than this is a stout, but this is still a good beer. I wish I had some chocoloate laying around...

nsmartell, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a medium sized creamy rusty brown head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Aroma is a big dry and smoky roastiness with hints of chocolate, acidic tangy aroma lies behind it mixing with the maltiness to create a sweet fruit smell. Taste is a soft chocolate mixing with the smoky and dry charred woodyiness of roasted malts up front, sweet fruity and ripe berry maltiness comes in mid taste and lingers nearly to the finish before the smoky and nutty roastiness lingers dryly on the tongue. Medium to heavy in body, fairly thick, sugary and full on the tongue, low level of carbonation is soft and creamy, slight drying in the finish. This is an outstanding beer, I had no idea what to expect and was very impressed. The smoky quality to the roasted malts is very nice as is the strong fruity maltiness. The alcohol is extremely well balanced. I am very excited to see how this will age but it is drinking very well now.

hoppymeal, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of adammills
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very dark brown near black with a rocky brown head that fades quickly. The nose is huge on banana and juicy fruit type aromas. The roast fights to get through. The fruitiness in both arom and flavor blunt most other flavors that I am assuming lurk beneath. The alcohol is very apparent and fusely. Overall, I am glad that Leinenkugels has gotten this adventurous and look forward to the evolution of this beer if it is maintained in the future.

adammills, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Pudge43
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass

This brew pours exactly like motor oil. Dark black with a thick, rising, brown head which remains throughout. Strong aroma of chocolate malt, raisins, alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and soft with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Roasted malt on the front end and dark fruit thereafter. Definite coffee flavor at the end. Finish certainly shows the 9.0% abv. Definitely the best I have had from Leinenkugel's. My compliments to the brewmaster on this beauty.

Pudge43, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil. Black with a thick, rising, brown head which remains throughout consumption. Aroma of chocolate malt, raisins, alcohol, and chocolate covered cherries. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and soft with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Nice chewy roasted malt on the front. Dark fruit, like cherries appear in the middle. Rum soaked raisins follow. Just a touch syrupy. Hint of espresso near the finish. Long smooth finish reveals the 9.0% abv. Hands down Leinenkugel's best offering. When you consume this, take a moment to thank the brewmaster that crafted this RIS for them.

Winter, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this R.I.S. from Leinenkugel's! Bottle says 9.5% abv. Pours into my glass a viscous, dark tar black with a solid half inch of creamy dark tan head on top. No light getting through at all! Aromas begin with deep roasted malts. Dark chocolate, coffee and a slight smokiness. Dark fruits mixed in with some vanilla. There's some hops in there as well. A great aroma overall.

First sip brings big roasty malts with a rich chocolate upfront. Rolls into a hint of molasses and a wonderful dark fruity aspect. A touch of smokiness and coffee as it flows down. Bitterness on the finish with some hops as well. I enjoy the fruity, cherry aspect here. This is a robust, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is dense and creamy, with a big body. It goes down smooth overall. A big, hearty brew that is great for a cold night. I've never been a huge fan of Leine's regular offerings, but this one just blew me away. I hope they keep up with the Big Eddy series as this is one helluva a good R.I.S. from a brewery I wouldn't have expected to brew something like this. Seek it out. Thanks to nchrist13.

orbitalr0x, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clearly on par with any other world-class RIS out there. Rusty motor oil black with just a tiny sliver of Bing Cherry crimson where the light hits it. Head is sticky, solid, and hazelnut mocha in color.

Smell: Interesting... very roasty, even smoky, with a Canadian whisky edge - vanilla extract, coconut, cacaomass, chocolate-covered cherries, just a bit of molasses, dates, prunes, raisins, and ripe red grapes. Solid, a bit basic, but solid. Alcohol is almost totally hidden (which is remarkable), while hops add a lovely citric zip, redolent of Cointreau when combined with the booze as it warms.

Taste: Very, very sweet. Too sweet for the style, in my opinion. Loads of booze (brandy, vodka) and sugar (molasses, rum, sangria) up front, followed by a Malibu-chocolate flavor. Definitely a dessert beer. Hops add a touch of rindy bitterness, accompanied by aggressive cacaomass and espresso flavors for balance... but it all seems insufficient to counter the heavy sweetness. Finish lands somewhere between dry and syrupy, in a place I'll call "juicy," wit lingering flavors of apple juice, chocolate, and hops.

Mouthfeel: The upside of being poorly attenuated is the fact that this is incredibly thick and deliriously, satiny smooth. Amazing, everything an impy stout should be on the palate.

Drinkability: Too sweet, but good and not overly aggressive Like I said, have it for or with dessert - and split it with a friend, unless you've got a big sweet tooth.

soulgrowl, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a decent brown head. The smell is dark fruit and hops and some slight soy. The taste is more dark fruits with a nice roasty, coffee finish. Sweet, viscous, very tasty and fruity brew that I imagine will improve over the next couple years. This beer has a nice sticky feel in my mouth but doesn’t have as much roasty flavor as most imperial stouts. Hopefully the hops will die down a little but this is very good fresh. Thanks to nflmvp for the trade.

ArrogantB, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a snifter from a 12 oz bottle, the liquid is dark night with reddish hues, is pours thick and sticks to the glass. The carbonation is good but fails to push up 2 full finger of head a testament of the thick molasses like body. The head is tight and dark very dark.

The smell is all burnt sweet bread, a bit of chard coffee and some candies figs.

The taste follows well this is a sweet RIS as if not all the sugars were consumed by the yeast. A good hoppyness tries to balance it out in the end but is a bit late. Could be a bit green as of yet.

The mouthfeel is great very thick smooth and creamy.

The drinkability suffers from its age I expect it to get better by Spring. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of badbeer
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head I've seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; it's so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this; Dark Lord, watch out!

badbeer, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a very thin head that stuck around.

S- Dried fruits and caramel malts.

T- Strong smooth and complex malts very chocolate and caramel esque. Hops do a great job of balancing them out with out being a hop bomb.

M- Two words, creamy goodness.

D- One usually hits the spot, but hey look at it this way theres more flavor in this bottle than a whole keg of bud light.

Quite enjoyable this beer should make up for berry wiess.

Pauly2X, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of adfenton
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goodness. Leinie's is finally doing something right. This beer poured out a thick, oily black with a thin head. Fruity, chocolate covered cherries is the first thing that comes to mind. Dangerously drinkable, they went down with no fight and could probably go down until one passed out or just got full.

The general consensus amongst the tasters was that it was, dollar to dollar, better than Old Rasputin.

adfenton, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of irishman646
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like thick old engine oil (not the beer) into a tulip. This beer is as opaque as opaque gets, black as night. Formed a two finger dark brown head, in fact mos tlikely the darkest head I have seen on a beer.

Smell- The nose is dominated by chocolate and smoke at first but gives way to subtle cofee smells. I do not know if smoked malts were used but if you bury your nose in this beer it is definitely reminiscent of smoked meats.

Taste-The malt profile in this beer is sweet and enormous. A huge amount of roastiness comes through on the mouth and is complimented by a robust dry chocolate taste. Alot of hop bitterness makes its way through but as a previous reveiwer said this beer is a bit young.

Mouthfeel-extremely viscous yet smooth on the tongue. harmonizes very well with the taste of the beer. Carbonation is about spot on. Could be a bit syrupy if I had to find a negative.

Drinkability- In my two experiences with this beer I have found it once extremely drinkable and once a little harder to put down. I would not recommend this beer on a full stomach after a large meal.

All in all a great offering from Leinenkugel, blew away all my expectations from such a brewery. I will never start drinking honey weiss but I may be a loyal leinie fan if they keep pumping out stuff like this.

irishman646, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a nice thick dead black with a rolling head of foam coming out after the pour, tan brown tiny bubble foam that lasted only a brief while, but left a big thick film around the glass

S- smell was kinda low on intensity but it was very chocolate roasted and smelled good.

T- strong chocolate maltiness straight from the start, rolling bitterness, heavy thick flavor explodes on the tongue and is hard to sort out the individual flavors, quite tasty and the alcohol is a little present with the bitterness of the hops, but well hidden and quite solid for a 9.5 %'er

M- thick thick body, sharp little bubble carbonation, bites on the tongue a little but solid

D- a great stout, still a little green but i think it will age really well,

hopefully they wont discontinue it like the IIPA but this is definitely better than that.

Atron67, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of getch
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a-dark color, with one finger of head, pours very smooth and nice. best pour beers

s-deep dark chocolate with a hint of fruit

t-very thick, but a chocolate taste with a fruit ending, it melts in the mouth
has a nice little kick with the 9.5 alcohol content!!

m-this is wonderful, like i said it melts in the mouth, and turns alittle foamy in the mouth.!

d-the best russian stout i have had, this is excellent!! the best beer i have had thus faR

getch, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of nflmvp
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half full growler that still exhibited ample carbonation upon opening.
Aroma is heavy dark fruit and molasses. Very sweet in the nose.
The beer poured relatively still and dark...nearly black and opaque around the edges.
Flavor was again, heavy dark fruit and molasses but with a nice toasty malt backbone and a nice caramel character.
The palate was medium to full bodied. Not overly thick but, more moderate, yet coating.
Drinkability was easy. A sipping beer, to be sure but it was smooth and easy on the tongue.
Overall, I enjoyed this tremendously. I’ve looked forward to it for some time. It’s nice to be able to love a beer from the brewery I was weaned on, even though they went large scale so many years ago.
Is this going to be the macro beer that quiets the macro bashers? It’s about flavor, not quantity, right? I mean, great beer is great beer...am I wrong? Looking forward to the bottles of this as soon as I can get my hands on them. Thanks to a generous and (currently) anonymous member for this generous pour.

nflmvp, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of jj21
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly one of the most (if not the most) anticipated releases from a Wisconsin Brewery I remember. Served on tap at the Horse & Plow in Kohler. Poured into a snifter black as night that lies still at first then created a perfect deep brown head. Head diminishes leaving a great lace across the top. Aromas of Coffee, Chocolate and dark fruit with hints of Vanilla and a slight wisp of alcohol. Thick slightly sticky mouth feel but both are kept in check. Not over the top like a lot of RIS seem to be. The same can be said for the flavor. I was surprised how suppressed the alcohol presence is. Bitter coffee is prominent with a perfect amount of malt and hops. So easy to drink it's scary!

Fantastic job Leinenkugel Brewing Company- Listen to the beer geeks, not your accountants. Keep rolling out the Big Eddy releases!!!

jj21, Oct 27, 2007
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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