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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 43
Gots: 110 | 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 russpowell


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

Pours like 10,000 mile motor oil with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention, much viscosity

S: Oaky & vanilla notes, figs & raisins, they fade a bit as this warms

T: Dark fruit, woody hops, prunes & dryness up front. Some charred grain as this warms, along with some boozey coarseness, a touch of smokeyness & more pruney notes. Finishes dry, fruitty & with some woody hops, plus a kiss of carob

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation

A decent Imp Stout, doesn't compare well to the best, but easily the best beer I've had from these guys

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:21:43 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-26-2011 20:19:19 | More by smogfood
Photo of jegross2


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2011 vintage bottle poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color, pours one and a half fingers of creamy tan head that settles to about a half finger. Entirely opaque. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet and creamy bitter chocolate. A little bit of toffee, some dark fruits. Hop bitterness and alcohol aromas at the back end. 4/5

Taste: Creamy, malty milk chocolate with light tones of sweet honey. Very malty-sweet, raisin and dark fruit, flavor on the mid-palate. Finishes with smoky dark chocolate that lingers a long time. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation (which is a bit much for a Russian Imperial Stout, but it's not over-carbonated). Finishes very dry. 3.5/5

Overall: A surprisingly good offering and attempt at the style by Leinenkugel, who makes some of the worst beer that often gets labeled as "craft" at bars. Nonetheless, Big Eddy does not stack up to most craft breweries' Russian Imperial Stout recipes. Certainly worth buying, and I would certainly try this beer again, but I would rather spend the extra couple of dollars for Ten Fidy if I am at a liquor store with a good selection.

Recommendation: This is a very good Russian Imperial Stout as a "gateway beer" for casual drinkers curious in the style (or just higher ABV beverages). For the more seasoned beer drinker, this one is also worth the moderate price.

Pairings: Hamburgers, maybe pumpkin pie.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:30:26 | More by jegross2
Photo of dgugliuzza


3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Charcoal black in appearance with a still, sandy brown head. Thin head almost completely dissolves into small bubbles.

Sweet and chocolaty aroma. Has a large malt bill backed by a touch of roastiness. Some bitterness at the back end. No alcohol aroma. Pretty straight forward, but still quite appealing.

Chocolate malt and honey sweet flavor profile. More roastiness and bitterness than the nose indicated. The finish is dry and bitter with a hint of salt. Soy sauce perhaps? Lots of ash as well. Great start but the finish is head scratching.

Medium mouthfeel with some creaminess and adequate carbonation. A bit too watery for the style and not refined. Decent drinkability. It's really hindered by the ashy finish.

Not a bad effort as it certainly has some nice flavors. I really enjoy the chocolate malt bill; however, something just seems off here. The ashy, salty finish is becoming more overpowering with each sip and the bitterness is oddly misplaced. I'd like to try it again to see if my palate reacts differently, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:48:40 | More by dgugliuzza
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-23-2011 16:42:16 | More by wallrock
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-23-2011 16:36:34 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade but can not recall this generous BA who sent it. Whomever you are, thank you!

Pouring into a Jester King snifter that arrived courtesy of miikezombie. Thanks again, Glen! Midnight back with a well-sunned tan foam that dissipates quickly. Long, sticky legs nod towards a strong brew.

Prominent dark, roasted aromas include prunes, charcoal, blackberry, and dark chocolate. Non-modest alcohol isn't hot/solventy.

Flavor melds the deep roasted malty complexity you'd expect from the style. Usual suspects of well-roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate swimming in the same jet black pool as ash and blueberry. Medium-finish leaves a lingering chocolate-covered blackberry. Bitterness is appropriate and helps provide balance to the massive malt bill. Slight earthy/dirt hops.

Medium-full bodied, moderate-low level of carbonation. Alcohol warmth without being solventy.

A lot of what I'd hope for in a Russian Imperial Stout is present here - the massively rich dark roasted malts, luscious body, and enough drinkability to keep me sipping. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:04:41 | More by BrewerB
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz glass

Appearance - Poured a finger of cinnamon brown head, color is an opaque deep mahogany to an almost red/black. Beautiful thick brown lacing covering the entire glass when finished. *only other time I've seen a head this color is with FBS.

Smell - Molasses, dark fruits, roast/smoke, and dark cherries.

Taste - Oh my goodness, this is delicious! Starts out with liquid smoke & molasses, then quickly goes to ripe dark fruits, semi-sweet soy sauce, a burst of dark cherries, hint of black coffee, then some drying roasted grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium+ mouthfeel, a smooth, creamy, mouthcoating beer. Carb is nearly medium but ends up feeling like silky smooth foam, not any crispness or edges here.

Overall - Perhaps I'm a bit biased here, but I LOVE all of the flavors in this beer, especially they way they are combined. I find this beer complex and very well balanced, and actually has notes of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and dry all in one beer. I will ALWAYS have this beer in my fridge, for as long as it's available. Two thumbs way up for me, can't believe this is Leinies! It certainly isn't the Leinie's price either, but well worth it in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:34:43 | More by blackcompg
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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours deep black with no translucency or highlights whatsoever. Has a finger of rich mocha-brown head with decent retention. Slow, lazy bubbles drift up the glass through the viscous liquid. No lacing.

S - It is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate bar, an estery grape-like aroma, and some mild espresso undertones. No appreciable hop aroma. This smells very very sweet for an imperial stout.

T - Unsurprisingly, very sweet up front with lots of bitter chocolate and caramely malt. Minimal amount of acrid or burnt grain flavor through the middle (I would actually prefer/expect more for a RIS). The sweetness really predominates across my entire palate, morphing from malty, to chocolatey, to berry-like in the finish. Not much hop bitterness or booziness to speak of.

M - Strays more on the thick side, which is expected for the style. Carbonation is good, possibly a little strong. Leaves the mouth feeling syrupy and sugar-laden.

Overall- The guys at Leinenkugel's took a good stab at the RIS style. This is a decent beer, but it strays much too far on the sweet end with not enough hop/burnt grain character to balance it out. With a little tweaking, this could really be a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:58:22 | More by rundocrun
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-21-2011 17:12:52 | More by bootsdomino
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-21-2011 02:04:04 | More by Otis77
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 21:21:04 | More by TVolt1
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 20:28:46 | More by Tpsauer
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 07:59:46 | More by mcorwin
Photo of mobius387


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

poured into a new blegium snifter

appearance: looks like a stout. thick and black as it pours, thin chocolate-brown head

aroma: this smells awesome! i get heavy chocolate smells with some fruity hints to it, maybe black cherry. big nose to this beer!

palate: medium-heavy bodied beer, sits well on the tounge

taste: some light chocolate and malty tastes, but strong burnt and charcoal flavors that drown it out. its too much charcoal for me, and the there is not sweet fruity flavors like in the nose. a little underwhelming for how it smelled

overall: a great beer. if you like more charcoal flavors, this one will be better for you. i didn't mind them, but didn't love them. great aroma to this one tho. definitely leine's best brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:20:55 | More by mobius387
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-19-2011 21:52:07 | More by mawacki
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I served this one in a glass stein.

Appearance- What a pretty pour out of the bottle. A very dark beer with some ruby notes. It only manages a half-finger of a red-tinged brown head. In the glass, the beer is just an utter black.

Smell- Sweet toffee and biscuit malt character is most noticeable. Not noticing any roast or coffee notes on the nose. I appreciate the sweet nature of the nose, even though it is kind of weak.

Taste- The first thing is the biscuit malt and toffee quality. There is almost a sugar cookie quality there. Then the roast starts to come through. There is not much char until the finish. Vanilla actually starts to open up near the end too.

There's a little tobacco and some raisin buried deep. The flavors are nice, although the char is a little over done in the finish and detracts from all the other notes. The sweetness is almost gone because of it.

Mouth feel- Eddy has a big, medium body feel. It does a nice job of coating the mouth. It is also really slick as it slides over the tongue.

Overall- This is a nice RIS. It really does have some interesting things going on on the palate. The vanilla, toffee, raisin and roast are all nice qualities to have. The only thing holding it back is the over done roast nature. That char is strong and unbalances the drink a little.

I would recommend it, and I would certainly have it again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 21:04:43 | More by Pintofbrown
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black with a small head. Smells very sweet with notes of dark fruits and super sweet chocolates. The taste is similar. Very sweet with lots of chocolate. Some figs and sweet leather are in the palate too. Ends with roasted a little bit of dark chocolates. Silky, smoothly body with a medium body. Pretty solid RIs. Sweeter than most but that gives it some uniqueness. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:53:08 | More by birchstick
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-19-2011 03:38:13 | More by bigdaddypolite
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New York

5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-18-2011 19:51:01 | More by RandomBattle
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2.05/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Leine makes a Russian imperial stout?!? I had to try it. Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left. I'm impressed so far.

2.5 S: The first thing I noticed was a distinct aroma that I can't quite put my finger on. All that I can say is that it's not a smell that should be in beer. It's somewhere between rubber and solvent. It's hard to get past this scent, but I'll try. Chocolate with a slight soy sauce character. Soft roastiness. Surprisingly hoppy with a dominant herbal character.

1.5 T: Ewwww! This is fucking gross. It tastes something like what I would imagine fermented tobacco to taste like. The solvent/rubber sustance is in full gear. It coats my tongue like paint, burns it a little, then dissipates. More bitter than I like from the style and it presents in an almost acrid way. In addition to the bitterness, it is equally sweet at the same time. Chocolate, caramel, and molasses manifest from this sweetness.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with a boozy finish. Not that bad here.

1.5 D: I don't know if this beer is green or hasn't been processed properly at some point, but I'm picking up tons of puketastic flavors from this. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:10:33 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-18-2011 04:08:02 | More by BasterdInABasket
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-18-2011 03:03:10 | More by MarcatGSB
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-18-2011 01:21:36 | More by solargoat
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2011 23:50:52 | More by EasyReader
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.