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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

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very good

995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%

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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Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. 2012 vintage. Pours one shade shy of black with a loose, quarter-inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually disperses into a thin, tight band around the shoulders. Strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is a bit dull - artificial sweetener, suggestions of lactose, dark malt and a slightly vinous quality. Taste reveals more malt and roast, as well as brown sugar and treacle; however, the artificial sweetener present in the nose drops away. Additionally, the vinous quality present in the nose is also present in the flavor profile. Moutfeel is medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation, a light oily texture and some acidity. Overall, not a bad RIS, but it doesn't really come together fully for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:25:50 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Contra

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong espresso & dark chocolate flavor. A lot of the bitterness that comes along with those flavors are present, but it compliments the beer well. The beer reflects a nice ruby color along with the darkness that comes with a Russian Imperial Stout. Only complaint is that the alcohol isn't masked too well, which, in this case, effects the mouthfeel more than the taste. Overall, excellent, although certainly not perfect. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 12:01:34 | More by Contra
Photo of PicoPapa


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 2012 Vintage. Pours a black color with a thin ring of light brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet with some chocolate, earth, roasted malts and hints of vanilla. The flavor is sweet chocolate, dark fruits and malts with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Earthy with a bit of an artificial sweetener taste. Nice alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, not too bad and not too good. Might be tempted to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:11:46 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 on the label.

A: Pours a dark brown black with a 1.5 finger khaki head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sort of an off malt aroma, dark fruits with a bit of spicy or sourness.

T: Strong with dark fruits and a big molasses taste.

M: Thick bodied with sort of a sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Overall unhappy with this brew, did not realize the brewery upon purchase. Overly sweet and fake.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:22:06 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Flounder57


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz glass was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up the glass.

Smell: roster coffee, chocolate, boozy alcohol, burnt molasses, some vanilla, and sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness, bready notes, and dark fruits

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, warm boozy alcohol, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS here folks. I will have to look for more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:22:26 | More by Flounder57
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of Flightoficarus


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
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Into my nonic:

A: dark brown colored body yielding a tan two finger foamy head with some spider web lacing around the sides of the glass

S: nice combination of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Some dark fruits enter in as the beer warms.

T: sweet yet brings in a decent bitterness as the beer warms

M: light to medium and is borderline watery. ABV, what ABV, this is supposed to be 9.5, yeah, I don't feel it. This is too drinkable for a RIS, almost as if the alcohol is way too well hidden.

O: well, everything smells and tastes good. Its got the normal appearance of an RIS, but lacks the thickness I look for a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:53:36 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of 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
Photo of Rin


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
Photo of beer4colin


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
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a black colored brew with a one finger light brown head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a nice level of lacing. Upon swirling the glass the thickness of the brew can be seen with it clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly receding down to the base of the brew.

Smell- The aroma is heavy of chocolate and roasted malt with a presence of a bourbon like smell. A light coffee and molasses as well as a light licorice and dark fruit smell join the others and make for a rather nice roasty and dark aroma.

Taste – The taste begins very smooth with a roasted malt and coffee heavy flavor. Sweeter flavors of dark fruits and molasses soon come to the tongue with the smoothness losing ground to a more turbid and carbonated taste. Flavors of chocolate then start entering onto the tongue. A very light alcohol flavor with hints of bourbon hit the taste buds more toward the end. The chocolate and coffee flavors grow stronger and get more intense at the end and when combined with the more subtle sweet flavors produce a very smooth and roasted dark flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This is one fantastic feel. As discussed above, it begins on the very creamy and smooth side with a very light carbonation felt on the tongue. As the brew sits in the mouth, tiny carbonation bubbles seem to make their presence known, slightly taking down the creaminess, but providing a great level of effervesce to compliment the sweet and bring in greater complexity to the feel. The end leaves a rather thick and lightly carbonated feel to linger on the tongue. This is actually one of the greatest feeling stouts I have ever had - It’s complex yet complimenting and balanced.

Overall – Now I know that most of you automatically label this beer as sub-par as it comes from a more macro brewery, but I say this, give it an “honest and unbiased” chance. It doesn’t have the best flavor profile, although it is goo with a nice roasty and dark flavor with a good level of sweetness. The real great thing of this beer is its feel and smell. Its feel absolutely phenomenal with the smell being quite nice. Look past your preconceived notions and give this beer a honest go.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:25:03 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a three-finger khaki head that takes a while to fade to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses chocolate nose. Flavor is same molasses, chocolate and hints of dark fruit. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:51:39 | More by jdhilt
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light tudor brown head, almost black body, low to moderate retention, mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes roasted malt, some malty sweetness, some coffee, touch of vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Taste has some hop bitterness, roasty with chocolate notes and toffee, slight alcohol note on tasting. Overall, a fairly decent imperial stout with no off flavors, just maybe not too memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 04:12:08 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 32513-B21010824. Sampled on December 22, 2012.

The pour is extremely dark. It is basically black with a small silky beige head that fizzles after a few moments and becomes a ring.

On the nose there are some roasty dark malts, coffee, and dark fruit like plum or prune. There is also a buttery kind of thing going on.

The body is bold but in general it is also creamy.

Similar to the aroma there is a roasted dark malt taste but the fruit is not quite as noticeable. The moderate bitterness lingers a bit at the end. Quite good I will admit but there are better Impy Russian Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 22:09:01 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Duff27


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short light char colored head on a near black body. Collar throughout. Thin alcohol legs.

Sweetness. Dark chocolate syrup. Molasses and raisins. Very distinct.

Compliments the aroma well. Cocoa maltiness with a touch of roast. Would guess at 9%abv

Medium to medium thick mouthfeel. Low end of carbonation.

Very drinkable impy stout from MillerCoors. The nose smells like a Dark Lord Jr. to me. Good for price point. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 04:06:05 | More by Duff27
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours a slick black, with a two inch dark tan head, that leaves a nice collar of lace on the sides. Smell is aggressive dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some licorice, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke. Taste is very assertive, lots of expresso, with hints of the other flavors from the nose. Body is on the larger side, perfect amount of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is very solid, reminds me of Ten Fidy and $5 less expensive. I am impressed and surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:56:30 | More by SawDog505
Photo of tigg924


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

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and nut

Taste: dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood--maybe cedar, light caramel, and vanilla at the end

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation,chewy, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: Very complex. Sweeter than most and way too drinkable for the abv. Almost drinks like a good Valentine's day cordial. If you typically like Leinie's you will like this. If you do not, I suspect you will not enjoy this as much.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 15:18:58 | More by tigg924
Photo of chugalug06


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

A very late rising espresso colored foamy head. Brew is Thin-ish, not like oil. Not great lacing either.

Light chocolate aroma.. Where's the nose? Toasty molasses too.

Good caramel flavors. Well hidden heat and sugars. Thin, overly carbonated, wet, slightly sweet, overly milky. Toasty, roasted, hoppy, solid.

Much better then expected from such a large (near-macromicro) brewer.. Definitely worth a shot at $3/12oz. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:44:30 | More by chugalug06
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A one note aroma: lots of dark fruit come across, but not much else.

T: Tasted of dark fruit - a lot of it - coffee, malt, a tinge of hops, and a tinge of chocolate in the finish. Slightly boozy. The flavor is a bit off-putting at first, but it kind of grows on you.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but still oddly drinkable. One of the better brews Leinenkugel has done.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:08:54 | More by avalon07
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, slight coffee, and a mild soy sauce aroma. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but nothing too special for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:44:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of StaveHooks


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz served in a 22 oz snifter

A - Pours inky black with an espresso head.

S - Chocolate, charred black malts, peat moss, black coffee, alcohol. It's sour, astringent and sweet all at the same time. Very rugged and edgy aroma.

T - Charred malts, over roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, earthy pine hops, licorice, hints of dark berry fruit, lots of tangy yeast, pretty sweet. Finishes roasty, bitter and dry.

M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, sharp and smooth at times.

Pretty rugged stout here. Very earthy and roasty but it has to be to stay ahead of the sweetness, which it does. I could sip on this by a campfire all night long.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 23:46:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of zeledonia


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 23 April 2011. But it's an impy stout, so who really cares. Tasted 3 November 2012, reviewed from notes

Pours black, deep rusty brown at the very edges. Just a half-finger of head, but it's coffee foam colored, deep and rich.

Smells of sweets and fruit. Chocolate, cherries. Yum. Sugary, but not overly so. Quite pleasant, and very inviting.

Taste is more roasty, less fruity, but definitely still on the sweet side. Again it's chocolate and dark fruit, but balanced by nutty wood and a touch of char. A bitter rise at the end makes it clear that there were once hops here, but they're mostly faded now. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is okay. Thick and heavy, but I find it overcarbonated for this style. Feels fizzy, and actually takes the flavors away, rather than keeping them going. Lasting and sticky after that dies out.

A very tasty imperial stout. Rich, sweet, and fruity. An impressive beer from a brewery I don't turn to very often.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:06:40 | More by zeledonia
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation but high for the style, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s not exactly what you look for in an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:15:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.