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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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very good

1,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 45
Gots: 123 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Skagnetti, Aug 26, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Mopar671, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

walterk, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Big_Dave, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Skyjmpr, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of kfh227
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hope I am not biased. A local beer store had 4 packs of this for $3.29. I think I'll be buying a case tommorrow. They probably had 12-18 cases on the floor. I'm guessing a distributer had a bunch sitting around that they wanted to unload.

Appearance - Very dark and the head formed very thickly when poured into a glass, even when care was taken. Nice caramel color to the head. the head went down after a minute and it maintained a 1/16" head.

smell - Nothing special. Not sure if my nose is acting up but I can't smell much. Bacially smells like a generic stout to me.

taste - At 83 cents a bottle for a 9.5% aABV beer ... surprisingly good. Not bitter at all. A Slightly sweet stout. The alcohol is not noticeable.

mouthfeel - Not something I know how to rate properly. I think it is as thick as any other stout.

Overall - worth every penny of the 83 cents I paid. I will be buying more. I actually like this enough that I'd happily pay $8 for a 4 pack.

kfh227, Aug 09, 2014
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3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: DARK DARK DARK. Pours with the viscosity of a bad 5 w 30. A beautiful caramel colored head finds its way to the top of my glass. Many small bubbles... but the few big bubbles show and stick around with the rest of the head.

S: Wood... OAK? Sweet dark fruit. Candi sugar almost? It is that sweet. Chocolate malt? Cannot fully tell as the alcohol overtakes much of it.

T: Sweet. Dark Fruits. Oak. Cherries. Light raisin. Heavy alcohol.

M: The feeling won't quit. I'm not sure if I am sipping bourbon or a beer. It is light at first... but now my mouth feels heavy... may be a numbing effect of the alcohol.

O: It is leines camouflaged in a pretty package. You know what you are getting. When I was in college... they were the best 73 man operation to get beer.... But this? It reeks of big business filling a niche. Poorly done on some levels... but fantastic at times as well. Going to drink the four pack over a few days at different temperatures. Tonight's was at what I assumed was a lovely 46 degrees. That should be fantastic for the type of beer. Maybe even on the low side. Hoping that my next attempt at 55-60 degrees is a little better. Unfortunately, unimpressed.

ahommell, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

KG710, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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crobinso, Aug 03, 2014
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GreyGhost4, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

leinie13, Aug 02, 2014
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pstam87, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

timontheroad, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Nhoelzen, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ramblinwreck101, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

brkfrnr03, Jul 26, 2014
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smbslt, Jul 24, 2014
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RobertH50, Jul 24, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Big Eddy snifter. Three cheers for proper glassware! A nice, thick pour. About a finger of mocha head, tinged slightly red. A pretty dark body to boot.

Smells more like dried figs than anything to me, which is a little odd. But, hey, I like dried figs. Some notes of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is better than I expected from the brewery that bottles Summer Shandy, let's be honest. But there is a sweetness I can't quite put my finger on, a candy-like sweetness. Maybe some Summer Shandy fell into the barrel.

Smooth mouthfeel, but not the thickest or creamiest I've had in an Imperial Stout.

Overall, this beer is much better than I thought it would be. Leinenkugel doesn't scream "Excellence" in my opinion, but this beer is solid.

MakeMineADoubleJack, Jul 24, 2014
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.