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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

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1,151 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 130 | 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:
Beer added by: jj21 on 10-27-2007

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't read the bottle date on the bottle but I know this has a year or two of age on it if not more. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is very rich with caramel, chocolates and dark fruits. The sweet maltiness and sugary dark fruits are bold in it, but also very good. Just a hint of roastiness is there. Really nice aroma, I was very surprised how good it was.

The taste also shows a lot of sweet, malty flavors to it throughout. I get a lot of dark fruits mixing with a sugary brown sugar flavor. Caramel and molasses come out as well as a little dark chocolate in the finish. It's pretty good, but felt a little more balance to offset the sugary sweetness would have gone a long way.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a very flavorful and really good beer. I was really surprised by how rich and flavorful it was. It did feel a little overly sweet at times, but overall it was a very good beer.

Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 2011 vintage into a tulip.

Fairly black in colour, maybe the lightest hint of a deep red around the edges when held to the light. Brown head with moderate density, somewhat creamy retention and ok lacing. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate in the nose, subtler notes of dark fruits and brown sugar. Maybe even a touch of roast/smoke. Taste has dark chocolate in terms of bitterness, but a bit of creamy milk chocolate comes thorugh midway through the sip. Undertones of sweet dark fruits, with some sugary notes and quite a bit of roast, lasting long into the finish. Bitter and moderately drying palate, medium-heavy body. Good carbonation, smooth but sticky. Gets a little sweet at times. Enjoyable, without being too complex.

Photo of laymansbeerfan
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of MGusto
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan, nice 1 inch thick creamy head with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark robust fruits like plum and rasin. Some added spices and a little hop presence.

Taste - Nice roasted malt flavor along with some chocolate, coffee and a nice hop kick at the finish. Rasin adds a nice fruit flavor to go along with some cocoa. Some added molasses gives it a sweet, creamy toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, rich and bold. Malts coat mouth, cover tounge and leave it coffee flavored, and sweetened. Hops add a little bitterness. Palette gets remaining malts, some sugars and hops. Aftertaste is coffee malty, some minor hops and sugars.

Overall - The best, more legit craft beer that linenkugel's makes. Its bold, flavorful, well balanced and easy to enjoy. Solid and well done, its a little more on the sweet and creamy side then most ris, but still a great beer, worth a drink for sure.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of adamant1912
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of 57md
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Dontcounttoday
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tsulli
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.

Photo of Zachtheporter
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
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
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
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of ltdantheman
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
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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%

Photo of will1256
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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