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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,059 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 112 | 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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, slick, brown-to-black coloring with a thin, filmy ring of brown bubbling around the surface. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, a touch of earthiness, and an overbearing sugary sweetness. Flavors are muddled on a rich, creamy body. Fruity sweet overtones, with hints of banana blending along the dark molasses and earthy tones. Some bitter coffee and hints of booze create a slightly limp backbone. The body is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't match up to it. Slightly bitter, boozey finish, but not overpowering or cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:08:46 | More by GarthDanielson
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-24-2013 04:32:38 | More by Kelp
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-24-2013 04:27:46 | More by dmorgan310
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gabedivision

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a SA Impreial Snifter glass

A- black as night, 1/2 finger dark beige head

S- Light sugary chocolate, much like tootsie roll, milk chocolate, hints of vanilla faint grassy hop bittering

T- Bitter chocolate, chocolate syrup, lots of sugar, brown sugar, buttery, slight wet carboard, alcohol shines through every aspect of the sip.

M- Full bodied, smooth, creamy, finishes bitter.

O- Not the best RIS ive ever had, though, not the worst. Flavors just seem a tad off in some sips. All in all i wouldnt kick it out of bed

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:41:39 | More by gabedivision
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2013 01:54:32 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2013 05:32:00 | More by BrownAleMale
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2013 05:21:40 | More by CaptDavyJones
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bigorange

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-16-2013 00:25:00 | More by bigorange
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Flightoficarus

Washington

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

A - Pours a thick black, with a slight, sepia head. Retention is short-lived. Lacing is thin.

S - Smell is heavily of rich caramel and roasted coffee.

T - Taste is of thick, creamy malts. Lots of sweet caramel notes, with some submissive roasted coffee and chocolate flavors making their way in for some balance. Leaves a slight, lingering bitterness. Alcohol is present, but concealed enough.

M - Full bodied, and light carbonation, with a thick, creamy feel overall.

O - Overall, The heavy emphasis on the caramel sweetness without a lot else going on makes it a bit too one-dimensional for me. Not a bad beer, just not my favorite example of a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 10:17:42 | More by Flightoficarus
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-15-2013 04:15:32 | More by BeerThursdays
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-14-2013 21:57:57 | More by BigTrubble
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EvilAsh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-14-2013 21:10:26 | More by EvilAsh
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-14-2013 17:51:27 | More by BeerLover99
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JonSzakelyhidi

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

01-14-2013 04:50:18 | More by JonSzakelyhidi
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PrivateEquity

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-14-2013 03:22:52 | More by PrivateEquity
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-13-2013 17:10:46 | More by Blueribbon666
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tswater

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

01-13-2013 05:14:28 | More by tswater
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riversider76

New York

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

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Excellent retention, and a decent lace. Aroma is of Alchol, cherry, molasses and chocolate. Body is thick with little carbonation. Taste is of sweet cherry, roasted coffee comes through as well. Very complex. Not a typical Russian Imperial Stout, but great tasting. Highly recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 23:45:24 | More by riversider76
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marct

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-12-2013 05:44:30 | More by marct
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-12-2013 03:01:39 | More by Casterbridge
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Rin

Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle to sample from my local distributor since I've yet to cave and carry any of Leinenkugel's "craft" series in my shop. I will say that most of the enjoyment I received from this beer came from the fact that I was pleasantly surprised it didn't murder my taste buds and leave me condemning the brewery to the pits of hell.

A: This is a beautiful looking beer. Pours very dark with a creamy brown head and long lasting lacing.

S: I was confused here. The nose reminded me more of a barleywine than a Russian Imperial Stout. Big toffee notes and red berries, little roast to speak of.

T: Again, very confusing for the style. SWEET, very sweet! Not altogether unpleasant but my mouth had no idea what was happening. Toffee and molasses up front followed by hints of cherry and roast in the middle. The finish was roasted malt, wood chips, and ash....and strangely lacking any coffee prevalence whatsoever, once again really bizarre for the style. Also not necessarily dry, but the favors really didn't linger at all. Well masked alcohol.

M: Very creamy at first, but fades away very quickly. Thankfully, this brew was full bodied enough to help battle the odd char taste in the finish.

O: Not horrible, but not great. I can't say I would ever commit to buying a 4 pack of this, but I would be open to trying it again if offered. Leinenkugel's certainly went all out attempting this very ambitious style and may have fallen short, but I could definitely see this brew having an audience among the craft crowd a lot more than anything else they've ever come up with.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 19:21:49 | More by Rin
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-11-2013 03:24:20 | More by ms11781
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Full disclosure:

I have never had a Leinenkgel that I have enjoyed. But, I consider myself very open minded in reviewing.m past experiences doesn't affect anything with me..if I beer is good or bad I say it.

I fully under stand why mainstream brewers want to tap into the "craft" or "niche" maker. Profits are not the driver, but street cred is.

An Imperial Russian is a VERY ambitious brew. And not one to be taken lightly.

That said, here is Big Eddy....this beer pours a beauty, dark with a big rich dark brown 2 finger head when poured into a Pinter.

The Magog ends at the appearance. Taste is very contrived. Maybe it is a function of volume brewed but all I taste is charred wood! Stouts should be a nice roasted malt, peat or similar backbone.

This tastes like burnt wood chips thrown in the mash.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 22:48:12 | More by beer4colin
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-08-2013 21:07:07 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Trrogm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-07-2013 01:44:53 | More by Trrogm
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.