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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,224
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.83%
Wants: 50
Gots: 158 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The JLBC Imperial Stout is a big beer that is great for an after dinner aperitif. The beer pours an opaque black with ecru head that is not leaving much lace. The scent carries a light peat and earth. The taste is a strong rich taste bolster my slightly chocolate roast and espresso. There also is an earthy hint. The mouthfeel is a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout.

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Photo of CASK1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A raffle prize from our home-brew club's monthly meeting. Poured to a Sam Adams glass.

A - Jet black and opaque. Tan head fades a bit quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Roast malt up front. Hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness and low alcohol aroma. Low teasing amounts of piney hops. As it warms, some dark fruit esters emerge - plums and raisins.

T - Dark chocolate and toffee sweetness. Hints of coffee. Medium hop bitterness, but low hop flavor. A bit of metallic character distracts from the flavor a bit. The alcohol is well hidden in this beer. I would like more complexity to the flavor of a RIS than what I find here.

M - Full-bodied, viscous, and smooth. Medium carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not "hot". Somewhat creamy.

O - I was not expecting much from this beer, but was pleasantly surprised. A decent take on the style from a brewery that doesn't get a lot of love on BA.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Pint glass bottle marked 2012

A) Pour dark and heavy like used motor oil. Thick dark chocolate colored head. No light can pierce this dark beast.

S) Dark fruits, plum jam, chocolate, nuts

T) Chocolate covered raisins, coffee, plum, espresso

M) thick and heavy

O) good but there are better Russian imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of DIM
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, thanks Chris.

a: Black body; big, thick tan colored head.

s: Roasty bittersweet chocolate, some fairly pronounced jammy dark fruit, and subdued heat.

t: Big chocolate notes from start to finish. Bittersweet up front, with the sweetness fading towards the finish. Moderate heat and a surprisingly strong hop tingle at the end. Nice tart berry flavor throughout.

m: Medium body and creamy carbonation.

o: Top notch stout for sure.

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Photo of matthewalee
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version

Appearance is a very dark cloudy beer (cellared)

Smell is of fruits and leather. old...

Taste is excellent!!! chocolate, dry, fruity, maybe-a-kinda tobacco and certainly a smoky taste. really good!

This beer is GREAT for those that em in stock! ENJOY Kids!

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Received this in a trade with Badbeer, thanks Mike. Big Eddy gurgles from the bottle midnight black with zero transparency. The mocha head grew to a quality two fingers on the pour and as it fell to a crown left sheet lacing its whole way down. Big Eddy is a really good looking stout.

This stout has a huge amount of dark berry nose to it. Blackberry mostly and unripe blueberry. There are some darkly roasted malts making up the foundation then comes that berriness. There's a touch of dark chocolate wafting up through it all but it's ghostly.

This is one of those beers that taste nothing like what it smells like. The dark roasted maltiness is in the aroma but comes out full force in the mouth. Huge dark cocoa washes over my tongue mid-palate before segueing into dark chocolate on the finish. A hint of blackberry and a hint of dark roasted coffee compliment things nicely. This is an excellent, rich stout.

The mouthfeel is spot on; viscous with and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. Let's see, I believe it weighs in at a respectable 10W-30.

For a stout so big (weighing in at 9.5abv) this one goes down incredibly easy. It's supremely easy to sip considering the robust flavor and high abv.

I was glad to hear of Leinenkugels entering the extreme beer marketplace (with the Big Eddy series) as they've always been a favorite regional brewer of mine. I'm even happier to see that they did such a great job with such a big beer. I'll raise my glass to Leinenkugels and that they keep the surprises coming.

Reviewed: 1/5/08

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Photo of ISmith87
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one a few times before but haven't gotten around to reviewing it until now.

A - 4.75 - This is a great looking beer. Finger of dark khaki/light brown head is really thick and lays on top of a very dark brown/black colored beer that's dark as night. Lacing is pretty good, but kind of sparse once you near the end of the glass.

S - 4.25 - Red wine, dark fruits, dark chocolate, espresso, not very in your face though.

T - 4.5 - Dark fruits, red wine, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso , roasted marshmallows, pretty dry. More milky, vanilla and creamy flavors as you keep drinking it.

M - 4.5 - It actually drinks kind of like red wine, leaving a dry, dark fruit flavor in your mouth. But It also leaves the roasty dark malt flavors of a stout. Alcohol is basically completely covered, The carbonation is nice and light.

O - 4.5 - The cool thing about this beer is the taste is so original, even within it's own genre. The big red wine flavor that it combines with Imperial Stout Flavors sets it apart. I'd include it in any Imperial Stout tasting to give some diversity to my line up.

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Photo of Longhorn22
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - I drank this beer straight out of the bottle, so it was hard to give a good review of its actual appearance, but it appeared to be dark with a bit of lacing, and it has a good looking bottle.

S - This beer smelled much sweeter than many stouts I have had, which generally tend to be more bitter. Again, being in a bottle it was a bit difficult to get a good smell, but I would actually compare this beer to a Cabernet Savignon wine in scent.

T - Holy cow, this beer is something special. I drank another beer right before this one, so although it is high alcohol content, I could hardly taste the alcohol. This beer tastes like a porter (my favorite kind of beer) and a Cabernet (my favorite kind of wine) had a wonderful baby together. It has all the complexity of wine, while still having the carbonation and body of a beer. I am going to go pick a few more bottles of this stuff up and give it a second test, but my recommendation is to drink something else before this one so that you don't get any of the alcohol flavor that other reviewers are complaining about.

M - This goes down pretty smooth, and actually has a good amount of drinkability compared to other heavy stouts and high ABV beers.

Overall - This is not a traditional imperial stout, but it is a darn good beer that really goes in a different direction than I have seen before. I personally loved this beer, and I will be trying to procure more bottles of it for the future.


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Photo of StArnoldFan
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured to a snifter

Saw this a my local HEB on the singles rack for $1.99 and decided to give it a try. Pours a solid black with minimal head, reminds me of something barrel aged. The nose is nothing but strong alcohol, kinda turns me off right away. The taste is much the same, some roasted malt but overpowering alcohol takes over. Iv have beers higher in ABV taste and smell milder than this. Glad I only bought a single of this, cause its horrible and I won't ever buy it again.

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Photo of brewcifix
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Big Eddy pours clear brown-black, but rests opaque black in the glass. There is a fizzy mocha head that provides a little lacing.

S- Roasted malts, molasses, toffee, dark fruit and raisin fill the nose. The bouquet is strong and lasts well to the last drop!

T- Sweet roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and bitter-sweet chocolate give way to sweet malty toffee finish. Hops take a back seat, only leaving a subtle grassy pine in an abundantly roasted malt-coffee aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting stout, indeed!

M- Soft carbonation accompanies a heavy tongue weight. This beer goes down silky- almost syrupy. It'd be difficult to drink ten of these, but, one is one to savor for sure.

Overall, this is a fabulous Russian Imperial. Unlike most brews, Big Eddy boasts a strong nose and rich taste without letting up an iota for the duration of the glass. Anyone that looks for a malt forward, sweet, rich, and impressive stout is sure to appreciate this one! I encourage anyone that happens upon this on tap or in a liquor store to not let this one slip through their fingers! I had this on tap at Bukowski's in Boston, and wasn't letting someone else buy it at my favorite liquor store! I even bought a little extra to age. I'll be back at a later date to review that!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with molasses highlights and a moderate head of mocha foam. Retention and lacing are both very respectable. Aroma smells of molasses and herbal hops--a contrast to be sure. Alcohol is also present in the nose. The flavor profile features big roasted malt notes and herbal, almost medicinal, hops. Coffee and dark fruit lurk beneath the surface as well but are more difficult to discern behind the bitterness of the hops (warming helps some in this regard). Some dark chocolate creeps through in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is moderately sticky and appropriate for the style.

If not for the pronounced herbal hop character, this would be a really fine imperial stout. Unfortunately, the bitterness masks the more delectable nuances of the malt. It's still very flavorful, and I'd be happy to have it again, but it falls just shy of balanced.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a decent sized tan head, fades pretty quickly with hardly any lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice strong roasted malt backing, decent dark fruit notes like dates and raisins, subtle chocolate hints.

Taste starts out with the roasted caramel malt, not as bitter as one might expect for as much as the roasted aspect was in the nose, in fact it's a touch sweet but doesn't come close to being cloying, dark fruit adds a nice complexity , body is nice and chewy, good viscosity, soft carbonation adds a smoothness.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Served in a Snifter glass

A - Pours black as night with a thin light brown head.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee. Complex smells hide the alcohol well.

T - Very malty taste. Dark fruits there but not as strong as on the nose. Coffee. Light hoppy bitterness. The alcohol adds a nice warming feeling as it goes down.

M - Thick body that really coats the mouth nicely. Light on the carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Very nice complex beer. My first from Leinenkugel. I am pleasantly surprised by this RIS. Overall this is a great stout.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color and very thick. Pours a very light one finger head that is dark brown in color with some decent retention.

Aroma: Dark fruit, molasses and unsweetened chocolate really stand out upfront. Not much in the way of burn from the booze. Some light hop notes with some balancing bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Dark chocolate, some light char, caramel and dark fruits come out nicely upfront. Definitely more on the sweet side for a stout. Not much in the way of hop character but that really allows the complexity of the malt to come through. The ABV is also nicely integrated.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with some nice, light carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely and provides a warming character.

Overall, a nice surprise from Leinenkugel. There is a lot of complexity from the malt. The big unsweetened chocolate tones really provide a nice backbone and counterpoint to some of the sweeter notes from the base beer. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer, pretty easy to drink given the ABV, but not really memorable. Decent price for an RIS.

Appearance is black with a nice tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell is muted. Smells of malts and a hint of sugar.

Taste is a bit sharp, almost sour for my likes. Doesn't have that warming sensation of coffee and chocolate. Odd flavor for what I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my tastes on an RIS.

I gave this a below average score, but I would drink it again if it were offered to me. It wasn't offensive, just not that good in comparison to some other RIS' that are just as easy to find and just as reasonably priced.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours completely black with a thin dark tan head. Smell is mostly dark fruit with a bit of chocolate, but not very strong, which is sort of a let down for a stout. I always enjoy the smell of a nice stout, but the smell is no where near the high point of this beer. Taste is mainly dark fruit with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Only slight bitterness. Has almost a wine taste at the finish. Reminds me a lot of Delirium Nocturnum. Below average carbonation which is pretty good for a brew like this. I wish it had a tad more. Mouth is really smooth, creamy, and full, maybe too thick and syrupy. Overall this is a great stout, but very heavy. I picked this up not ever hearing of Big Eddy before. I would definitely pick this up more as it's one of the cheaper 4 packs I've seen.

I'd just like to add that the bottles I have are labeled 2012, so that could make a slight difference.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, like black coffee. Thin khaki head and moderate lacing left behind as the experience goes on.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, slight chocolate notes, and some dark fruit as well.

T - Follows the nose, for the most part, though not as much dark fruit. This one is mostly chocolate and coffee. I catch a touch of the dark fruit at the end.

M - Moderate carbonation, with a little bit of creaminess. There's also a touch of watery, which is a little unfortunate. This would be a knock out if it went more toward a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Still pretty good though.

O - I think this beer has had some unfair reviews, but that's just my opinion. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Lots of chocolate and coffee, which I personally prefer. One of the reviews said it seemed like cheap chocolate and bad coffee notes, but I didn't catch that. Maybe I'm not experienced at picking out good coffee from bad coffee, or cheap chocolate from just chocolate, but either way I thought this was a delicious beer. Not the best imperial stout I've had, but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer can't look any better. It's thick and black, really thick and really black, simply devoid of any sort of lightness. The head is slow forming as the bubbles struggle to get through the thickness. However, they manage, showing a three finger head of brown bubbles. Good retention, the beer first falls around the edges leaving an inverted crown and thick lace.

It lacks a smack of smell I was expecting from all the different malts and hops. What faint smell that is present is all malt, caramelly and syrupy sweet. Kind of a molasses smell in the background.

Very malty taste, some roasted grains as you'd guess. Kind of a hodge podge of cheap chocolate and bad coffee, with some cheap syrup thrown in for good measure. Each flavor was separate and distinct, layers, but didn't meld well. I think with some aging everything will behave better. It's certainly not a bad taste, but there is potential for more. Little to no hop flavor.

It's very smooth, thick and creamy. Very rich. Lots of sweetness, but not cloying. A wet sticky finish where it's at its sweetness, bordering on too much. Again, some aging would do wonders. Full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden and never rears its ugly head.

Fairly easy to drink for such a strong beer. Tastes like something from Leinenkugel and not Anchor, Sierra Nevada or Stone, just a step or two below those brewers, but an admirable effort.

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Photo of mntlover
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark oil black, even pours out of the bottle like oil kind of. Head is a big fluffy mocha head that falls slow with some good lace, nice looking brew.

Aroma is well very subdued don't think i have ever smelled a big stout that had so little aroma before. Can not say its bad just not there much, roasted malts and some dark fruits about all I am getting.

Taste is roasted malts some good licorice notes big coffee notes in the middle that mellow to chocolate and hoppy bitterness. Flavor is not bad seems pretty pretty normal for the style but nothing awe inspiring.

Mouthfeel is nice big full bodied brew with good carbonation that stays out of the way.

Overall looks great, where is the aroma, taste is not bad but overall wouldn't have again. Half the fun for me in having some big stouts is just sniffing them and enjoying the aroma kind of hard with this one.

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Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage.

I've gotta say, I was a little excited to see the Big Eddy series finally make it to my neck of the woods. After all, before the Goose Island purchase, the Big Eddy series had surely been the biggest attempt at "serious" craft from any of the big boys. Let's give it a shot. The appearance is spot-on, it pours out black with a tiny head. The aroma is on the sweeter side for a RIS, with anise, semi-sweet cocoa powder, and dark malts. The taste is much more intense than expected with the roast beast finally roaring it's head, growing until it completely dominates the finish. The almost burnt malts provide a sharp bitterness that is only amplified by a bit of leafy hop. The bitterness gets so intense towards the end that I'm inclined to call out tobacco notes, which is honestly something I've never got before from a beer.

Big Eddy has a thick mouthfeel, but it has a relatively high amount of carbonation. The drinkability is exceptional. You know what? Big Eddy RIS is actually an excellent and very unique RIS. A lot of Russian Imperial Stouts are a lot smoother and approachable than beer nerds like to hype them up to be. Big Eddy is a different story. This is a seriously intense beast of a beer, and I can see why someone could seriously dislike this. It's got a wallop of bitterness that stands up to the most intense double IPAs, but with a distinctively dark and roasted twist. True diehards of "the style" might call it rough or harsh, but the open-minded drinker (especially a die-hard IPA nerd) might find a lot to like from this one. Kudos to the folks over at Leinenkugel on this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a damn near pitch black color overall. The head is a three finger khaki shade featuring fantastic retention for both the style and gravity. Even better, the creamy texture leaves gorgeous rings of lacing down the side of the glass. One of the better looking imperial stouts I've encountered.

S: This stout in particular takes the route of being VERY licorice-forward. After it warms up a bit, it develops chocolate, molasses, and subtle cherry tones. Sweet in general; while not to my personal preference, the aroma is quite well done.

T: Again with the licorice. It tries to develop the aforementioned chocolate/dark fruit tones after a big opening salvo of licorice, but is still supplanted by licorice. The finish is a bit fruity and (pleasantly) boozy, with additional notes of toffee and marzipan. Roasted qualities are really subtle here. Generally, this one lacks depth, and the dominant quality isn't to my liking.

M: I like the softness here; but it isn't quite thick or dense enough for me. What surprises me here is how the softness gives way to a dry finish, almost as if it were designed more for drinkability than savorability. There are some *faint* wine-like qualities (it's vaguely tart, and I swear it seems a bit on the tannic side) in both the flavor and palate feel that I kind of dig.

O: I'll give it some credit here, it's reasonably well brewed and an excellent effort from Leinenkugel's. I just don't really care for beers that make me reminisce about chewing on a big ol' stick of Twizzlers (or even worse, black licorice jelly beans...shudder...) Luckily, this isn't some black-licorice-jelly-beans jabroni in the RIS world, just a lower midcarder in the vein of Koko B. Ware. Put him in a match with Ted DiBiase (Old Rasputin) or the Macho Man Randy Savage (Founders IS) and he's just going to eat a pinfall in 3 minutes - similar to this offering.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Opaque black body with a frothy light brown head.

Aroma: Rich dark malts and a touch of molasses laced with alcohol. Just a hint of dark fruits as well giving the aroma a subtle complexity.

Taste: Starts with a bright hop profile that's slightly grassy and lightly bitter. The brightness turns dark after that when dark syrupy malt flavor engulfs the palate. Flavors of black coffee, roasted malt, anise, and a touch of vanilla. The bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and robust. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A decent RIS from a brewery that doesn't produce much drinkable beer. Would I drink it again? Sure, I'll be checking out other beers in the Big Eddy series.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Big Eddy RIS appears black but upon further inspection is actually a very deep brown; the head is thin, creamy-looking and mocha in color. Nose is definitely that of a big beer! Fumes of alcohol, dark fruits like figs and dates, molasses and brown sugar, licorice; it's all in there. Flavor reflects the same complex, fruity-molasses alcohol whif of the nose. Alcohol is well covered but also mouth numbing. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy with a minimal yet creamy carbonation. Overall, I would say Leine's did good with this one! I'm always a fan of their beers but doing a big beer like this is a different game from the norm - great job Leine's!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12oz single for $3 at The Beer Store in Nashua, NH. I'm pretty skeptical because I've never been a fan of Leinenkugel's, they just seem like mainstream wanna-be craft beer. But curiosity got the better of me so here it is. Code "32513 B21010805" stamped on the bottle, whatever that means. At least it's in nice bright yellow lettering, unlike many others that are barely legible even under the best of light. The neckband claims 2012 vintage. Served cold in a tulip.

A: I rarely use this comparison, but this stuff truly pours like the thickest, blackest, used engine oil. Usually I can pick out some sort of highlights when putting a brew up to a bright light, but this brew gives NOTHING, not even a faint glimmer around the edges. A moderate pour gave a thick 1/2" of light brown head that settled rather quickly. Only a thin meniscus remains along the edge with some very thin whispy stuff in the middle.

S: Black malt, carmelized sugars, and a distinctive burnt molasses note that gives it an acerbic edge. Some raw grainy stuff (could be oatmeal) lingers underneath. Black licorice and vapors of rubbing alcohol... yes, more like isopropanol rather than ethanol.

T: Burnt toast drizzled with simple sugar. Yep, that about sums it up. Some vanilla undertones peek out from the burnt black malt finish. Brew is hot, alcohol fairly apparent on my breath, peppery solvent rules the finish.

M: Thick and heavy, they definitely invested in a lot of malt to make this one. The viscosity isn't overpowering but it's definitely there, but only does a fair job of covering up the alcohol. Carbo is soft, as you would expect with this kind of body.

O: Maybe some age will even things out, but as is it's a bit rough. Kinda odd how it can be so thick but still so solventy. Not quite as bad as I feared it could be, but that's only because I had pretty low expectations. The only reason I'd get this again would be for the academic exercise of putting one away for a few years to see if it evened out, but I can't really see myself bothering. They picked a tough category to compete in and there are PLENTY of better offerings out there.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.