Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 46
Gots: 124 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007)
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of 57md
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of bittersweet chocolate with a finger of frothy head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing. The nose is of dark fruits. Sweet malt and mild bittersweet chocolate dominate the upfront flavor. There is some bitterness on the finish, but it could use a more potent roasted quality.

In spite of its shortcomings, this offering has greater complexity than I ever thought that I'd see from a large production brewery.

Bonus: this is union made by my UAW brothers and sisters!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Utter sable in color with a small, dense tan head, the lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol, bitter cocoa, and earth.

Taste: Opens with lots of bitter cocoa, some earth as well, as the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of cold coffee.
Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of sweet alcohol, which is also warming. Towards the close of the taste, deeply roasted malt, verging on charcoal appear, and there is a distinct smokiness. Finishes with a lingering charcoal note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An intense and somewhat off-the-beaten-path example of the style. Certainly worth a try, and likely several.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Leinie's Big Eddy snifter.
9.5% ABV, 04181 on the neck.

A - Holy inky black beer Batman! It's almost impossible to see through the dark, dark brown beer which has minuscule slivers of clarity during the pour. It's certainly impossible to see through in the pint. A firm dark mocha head tops the beer and hangs out for a while. Dense lace cakes the inside of the glass beautifully.

S - Strong roasted malts have a large presence in the nose and feature bold bitter chocolate, hints of molasses, and a finish of spent pipe tobacco. While being a malt bomb aroma, it seems like it'll be extremely bitter and a bit overly roasted in flavor.

T - Overpoweringly roasted bitter chocolate malts in the flavor arrests your tongue immediately. When the taste buds have been seemingly dumbed-down little nuances of molasses and cocoa appear along with a touch of peet smoke. While roasted bitter, it's got a lingering sweetness I didn't expect.

M - Thick and rich, Big Eddy is big and full-bodied with a smooth, soft finish. Alcohol involvement is very minimal in this beer actually. Big Eddy RIS has a very nice feel; dry and acrid bitter but not too much so.

O - The label calls for three distinct hops in this; I don't pick up any hops at all. This is a straight-up malt bomb that's only balancing sweetness is roasted bitterness, not hop flavor. While the Leinie's Big Eddy release is certainly a beer to behold, and will probably surprise most Leinie's drinkers, it's a bit too roasted in my opinion, even with a year on it.

Photo of match1112
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out as brown as the bottle it comes in, but settles in dark as night. a thin creamy mocha colored head doesn't last long but there is ample lacing. smells very malty and hoppy, that's weird. the taste is almost sour, and that's not a good thing. has enough hops to be a black ipa, but there is a awful sour grain taste that overpowers. mouthfeel is too thin for a ris. overall this is very avoidable, do yourself a favor and do not seek out.

Photo of rajendra82
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark brown color while pouring evolved into an opaque black liquid sitting in the glass. The head was one finger thin, and light khaki in hue. The smell was subdued, and reluctantly revealed layers of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and tobacco. The taste was approachable from the first sip, with a creamy mocha latte flavor. Only mid palette did the hop bitterness start to emerge, and the finish was bitter and grainy. Decent heft to the body, with a lingering warmth. Get this if you are in the mood for a chocolate laden nightcap.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best micro-brewed in seasonal quantity high alcohol content export extra stout beer with year brewed on bottle neck band.

Perfect match to my favorite Cohiba XV [very strong] maduro torpedo cigar.

None of the tootie-fruity crap overly complex characteristics like Rasputin or other sissy girly Russian Imperial Stouts ranked much higher here by fags.

If you think you can jump off a big cornice, be a good guy special ops guy with immigrant taste buds & sinuses for strong cigars ... This beer's for YOU!

Since BeerAdvocate led the sheep review in 2007, I'd suggest a new updated review. Water, ingredients & process characteristics makes this the best "no nonsense" aftertaste export extra stout on the market!

Most amazing tiny & tight bubble-head on the market. THIS IS THE HARDCORE BEER FOR HARDCORE MADURO SMOKERS !!!

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!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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