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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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very good

1,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 143 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. 2011 version. Black in color, with perhaps some brown shades. Mocha head provides a nice contrast, holding well for a few minutes then fading to a thin layer. A few nice spots of lace as well.

Roasty, with dark chocolate notes. Slight smoky edge with some dark fruit and a woodsy feel.

Roasty, with some dark chocolate fading into milk chocolate. Notes of caramel and toffee. A slight woodsy feel, along with some sharp bitterness. Bitterness seems to linger for a while, and doesn't seem to fit in with the beer very well.

Nearly full body, with a nice creamy feel. Some warmth provided by the alcohol. Overall, not bad but the sharp bitterness really takes away from a good opening note for me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown with about a 1 finger head that leaves some lacingas it fades

S-roasted malt, dark fruit, and a little licorice

T-much like the smell with some earthy hops to balance out the finish

M-creamy medium bodied

O-pretty solid all around, I let this age gor about 6 months and I think that it helped it out, I tried one when I first picked up the 6 pack and definitely prefer the aged one

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours thick and inky black. A one finger, foamy, tan head that retains very well. Lacing is pretty good, but not great for a big stout.

S- Very big on dark roasts. Sweeter underlying malt backbone that smells a little like black licorice. I have a feeling that's anise, and there seems to be quite a bit of it in this brew.

T- Just like the smell. Big on the malty roast bill up front. Burnt tones and other heavy malt flavors are prominent. Hints of sweeter malts and the black licorice type flavor kicks in. None of the flavors overpower. Ends with what I can only describe as the typical "Leinie's" taste.

M- Creamy and pretty easy to drink. Goes down smooth, and relatively light, but holds its weight very well.

Overall, I was disappointed and scared from the scent of this one, but the taste redeems it. Easily the best beer I've had from Leinenkugel's and I'm looking forward to the other Big Eddy's now.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Looks like there might have been some sort of date or code at one point, but it's too smudged for me to make out. The label around the neck of the bottle has 2011 on it.

Pours pitch black in color with a light brown colored head that stood about a finger tall. Even after holding my glass up to the light, I'm not able to see through this one. Moderate amount of head retention and lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, coffee grounds, and molasses. Not much in the way of chocolate like you get with other RIS. There's a charred aroma in there as well.

Taste: There's a good amount of roasted malt flavor and burnt sugar up front. The sweetness builds and intensifies as the liquid sweeps across your palate. Thankfully, there's a touch of bitterness towards the middle that kind of balances things out. I'm also getting some coffee towards the back end.

Medium-full body with low to moderate carbonation. It has an almost silky mouthfeel.

A nice Imperial Stout overall. A bit of a surprise from a brewery that makes a lot of girl-friendly summer beers.

Morey's Bottom Line: While this certainly isn't the best RIS that I've had, it pretty darn tasty. I'd buy this for the right price. Good stuff.

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On Tap at Taco Mac Virginia Highlands. 11 ounce pour.

(Appearance) pours dark brown, almost black. Medium brown head with above average retention breaks down into spotty surface cover. Impressively solid appearance. 4

(Smell) Sweet and bitter cocoa notes, some earthy tones. Mild in comparison with other Russian Imperial Stouts. Overall bittersweet balance, although mild in content. 3.5

(Taste) sweet chocolate followed through with earthy hops second. Mild hints of dirty coffee grounds and a touch of smoke complete in the taste. Much better than promised by the aroma. A solid brew. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Thick, sticky and Smooth texture. Very slick. Mild alcohol presence. Medium body. 3.5

(Overall) One of Leinenkugel's best, but still only decent by many standards. It's a pretty solid brew but comes through average on most of the flavors it delivers. There's nothing too distinctive about the beer as a result. I'd recommend it if the price is right, however. $5.50 for a 11oz glass is pretty fair. 3.5

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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