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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 461
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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2011 poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark bodied beer with a dark brown cap of head. spotty lacing noted on the glass. The cap dissappears quickly and nothing on top of the beer in the form of head.

Smell: Lots of big roasty malts, black licorice/anise notes, molasses and tobacco.

Taste: Mild roasty malts to start things off. The beer gets a little sweet and then goes into black licorice mode and pretty much stays there. Aftertaste is all black licorice and it lingers around forever. Not really complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Just a tad undercarbonated, some more carbonation might bring this beer new life.

Overall: Make this beer a little bit more roasty & chocolaty notes, give this beer the mouthfeel of Lienenkugel Creamy Dark, and you guys will have a real contender. Its a better than average beer; just doing my part and drinking local!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of 3roosters
4/5  rDev +5%

3roosters, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of will1256
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

will1256, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SFC21, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

silversumo, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Doodlesby
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into sample 3oz. cup

A: very dark, cannot see through this beer. This beer has a mocha colored head that dissapates quickly. Pour looks syrupy.

S: Hints of coffee, toffee, chocolate.

T: A bit chocolatey, a bit of a tang, and lots of alcohol bite at the end. Smooth with low to medium carbonation.

M: Almost syrup texture but nice even coat in mouth at the end of each sip.

Overall this beer was fairly tasty. Bringing out notes of a scottish ale more than an imperial stout. The only factor of the beer that was stout-like was the thickness.

Doodlesby, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp, 2011 vintage

A - pours a beautiful dark brown with a chocolate head that sticks around for some time.

S - milk chocolate, malt, and a hint of hops

T - hoppier than i would have expected based on the aroma, once the hops subside a little bit, roasted malt and chocolate come through, then the hops linger on

M - fairly thick, minimal carbonation, good amount of alcohol burn in the end

O - I missed the initial vintage of Big Eddy, but finally got a chance to try it. I have to say I am impressed with this one, very happy to see Leinie's put this out. I know some people on here will likely downgrade this one since Leinie's is part of MC, but for me, I can't deny the fact that it's a very good beer.

ncketchum, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Cyclone8
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Cyclone8, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BennyL1
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed anything for a couple of months so why not get back in it with this one. 12oz bottle into a globe glass. Pull by date of 04/18/11. Little bit of age on this one, looking forward to it.

Body on this one is pretty consistent for the style. Big Eddy is a deep oil black with a nice mocha colored head. Good looking brew, dark and inviting.

Lots of dark roasted malts in the nose as one would expect. Nice bitter coffee and chocolate notes as well. Rich and assertive aromas. Much of the same in the taste. Complex taste with the roasted malts taking center stage. Espresso and notes of dark chocolate. Bit of a pleasing warming sensation at the end.

Full bodied with good carbonation. Big Eddy is a solid and enjoyable example of the style. Overall a bit on the sweeter side but that's fine by me, a very good brew.

BennyL1, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

mcphish22, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2011 on label.

pours an oily black, with dark tan head. good rentention, and great lacing. beauty, eh.

bitter, sharp aroma, almost smokey. smells slightly acidic. tastes of mellow roasted malt. earthy hops, some vanilla notes. smooth, mild carbonation. thick, full bodied.

overall - drinks smaller than 9.5% abv. a pleasant surprise.

jmdrpi, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

dsuedbeck, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

bsuedekum, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, brewed Dec 2010. Pours opaque, jet black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are boozy and sweet, but more like cough medicine with some cherry and roasted malt. Tastes are boozy up front, with notes of cherry, dark fruits, roasted malt with the alcohol presence lingering. Mouth-feel is full bodied and smooth and finishes slightly dry. The first time I had this was when it was a one-off in 2008(?) and I feel that batch had better results. This one just seems off in comparison. It's still good, but there are better Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

barnzy78, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

mariposafan, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ewalden, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

KuehneBe, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ScrimshawFan, Jan 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

ATPete, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

KC9LDB, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 4/25/2011(bottled Dec 2010). Pours pitch black with a nice 1-2 finger very dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, apple, wood, light smoke, molasses, and caramel. Some nice and fairly complex aromas. Taste of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, light fruit, coffee, roasted malt, herbal hops, and light smoke. Not much bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, herbal spiciness, coffee, and toffee for a good bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink at 9.5%. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. Easy drinking; with rich flavor, and nice balance.

superspak, Jan 26, 2012
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.