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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,050
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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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bwiechmann for sending this to me as an extra.

Pours black with an inch and a half of mocha head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits and copper.

Taste is sweet, plums, caramel, roast, and that metallic twang shows up again.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, creamy, and not too carbonated. Its pretty good.

Drinkability suffers because of that metallic twang.

Its not bad, but its nothing I'd search for again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:44:39 | More by bs870621345
Photo of harrymel


2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra, cheers Jesse!

A: Pours a dark brown with no translucence. Two finger mocha head which falls to thick quilt of foam. Moderate lacing.

S: Raisin, cocoa, malts, again, raisin. Very nice nose on this. Hints of molasses, licorice, anise. Goddamn beautiful nose.

T: The yeast doesn't offer appropriate tones to this beer (IMO). The nose follows through, but the flavor is negatively impacted by the yeast strain I believe. Decent finish though.

M: Heavy body with low/medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry (surprisingly).

D: love the nose, taste - not so much. Although tolerable, this is not particularly nice as a RIS.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 13:56:57 | More by harrymel
Photo of Kelly88


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer as part of my second place Fantasy Football BIF. Served from a bottle into my Kentucky Ale snifter. This beer looks Good in my snifter. Black with a Nice quarter inch khaki head That fades to a ring of cream.
Smell is nice but muted. Mostly roasted and a little dark fruit. Doesn't really jump out if the glass you have to work for the aroma.
Taste is good nothing that will wow you but enjoyable. Very mild chocolate coffee with some acidity on the fizzy finish. Some sips bring more chocolate than bitter coffee. Tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer for me. Perfect body that is medium to slightly full bodied. Coats the palate and delivers the nice pleasing carbonation.
drinkability is great for s ruskie. Not to sweet and not to heavy. Overall a solid well made beer that could benefit from some more prominent flavors. Glad I got to try this Wisconsin brew. Thanks Jason!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:42:10 | More by Kelly88
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark beauty with a righteous tan head. Positive for lace.

The nose is fraught with dark fruit and rindy tones. Rich and chocolate whipple dipple.

The taste is decent at the onset, but with a somewhat rotten aftertaste. Spoiled darkfruits, not pleasing overripe darkfruits, wreak havoc on the brew in the late moments. Subtle offness is detectable 'neath a thin profile that is perhaps a bit anorexic for an Imperial. The taste betrays the appearance and aromas of this beer. A near miss.

Mouthfeel is a pinch flimsy and perhaps not a staunch example of the Imperial designation. It seems a bit cost effective and crossover.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to the aforementioned chinks in the armor. Not a huge proponent of this beer in the grand scope of the market. Jacob, you cheapskate!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 06:05:43 | More by SupaCelt
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark, viscous black beer with 1 1/2 fingers of mocha colored head. Thick sheets of lacing as well.

S: Burnt, toasted malts. I'm also getting a leathery, smokey scent. Some faint molasses as well.

T: Heavy roasted malts. Light chocolate and the same flavors in the smell.

M: Chewy feel to it. Have to give it Leinenkugel's for this one. Full body and moderate to low carbonation.

D: A nice sipper, but not outstanding in my book. Glad to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:29:45 | More by kirkpjr
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and oily with a rich overtone of smoky molasses and firm hints of semi-sweet chocolate and quality roast coffee. It pours opaque sable just a shade above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, peristent tan head. Flavor is like a sweet mocha with tones of smoky wood and hints of molasses and caramel as well as a hoppy-bitter undertone. Texture is smooth and fizzy, alcohol bite is subtle rather than fierce, and finish is rough and tingly.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:13:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Donnie boy for the gift of four Big Eddy's.

Appearance: Opaque, black-brown liquid pours oily and viscious into the glass kicking up about an inch of dark brown foamy head.

Smell: Black cherries, espresso, chocolates. Heavy roasted malt.

Taste: Espresso and dark semi-sweet chocolate, anise notes, dark fruit, light smoke and hop bitterness. Initially somewhat acidic/sweet the roasted malt character and also the anise notes increase in strength as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Slick and medium body. Just a bit too thin for the style. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I won't knock it for being a product from a large-scale operation. It's a reasonably good attempt at a RIS, a bit thin, but made unique by it's misses, it's reasonably priced, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:47:06 | More by JackieTH
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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice brownish blackish color with a brownish head. Taste of coffee, chocolate among others. Smells heavenly. Very crisp feeling in the mouth and smooth drinkabilty going all the way down. Definitely a good beer to have a good day or when you had it up to your eyeballs at work

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:17:21 | More by yuenglingfan101
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown, almost black. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head that dissipated to a thick cap. Laced in thin, unbroken rings.

S: Bitter espresso, chocolate and black cherries. A smokey and earthy character underlying it all.

T: Much like the nose; espresso, bitter chocolate and aged black cherries (if there is such a thing). Smokey character builds in the middle. A little sweeter than many, but definitely flavorful.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Oily and silky smooth. The flavors are really big and build yet disguises the alcohol well.

D: Though disguised well, the alcohol keeps it from being really drinkable in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 19:47:53 | More by Haybeerman
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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage poured into a New Belgium globe on 02/07/2010

Pours very very dark brown and looks jet black in the glass with a big, dark brown head that rose up in cascades. The head took a long time to fall into a thinner cap and laced the glass beautifully.

This beers seems more acidic and spicy than most RIS's and as it warmed up, the anise-licorice notes got a little too strong. Not bad per se but doesn't smell much like an RIS. Moving on to taste...

Big Eddy, although named Big, seems like the younger cousin of Bell's Expedition Stout (an RIS that can kick a lot of ass). Strikingly reminiscent of Expedition in its dark and acidic "tartness", this beer tastes like prunes and dried strawberries!

Few swigs of water...

Although the tartness of Big Eddy reminds a lot of Expedition, Big Eddy doesn't even seem like a RIS at this point. It's dark and black alright, but the roast is entirely missing. The acidity is all fruit and no coffee and that comes as a disappointment. A good beer, and perhaps the best to come from Miller-Coors, but not what the label promises. Warm temperature is perhaps the true test of a beer, and Big Eddy has lost all its "bigness". While it could have been a decent something else, it sure doesn't have the mouthfeel to live up to the tag of RIS. The alcohol seems solventy at times and the spiciness gets overwhelming. Very very average if viewed as a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 09:29:50 | More by tewaris
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, dark inky black liquid with barely any light coming through at the edges. The brown head is thin but very creamy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Black cherries, smoke, dark roasted coffee, and black chocolate. Pretty unique.

T- Black cherry, sweet black coffee, some smoke and black chocolate. Smells sweeter than the aroma led me to believe. Pretty unique and tasty.

M- Oily and smooth with enough carbonation to keep it interesting. The flavors are heavy and it builds on the palate.

D- The alcohol is not apparent and it is pretty unique. A bit of a sipper and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 04:10:41 | More by david131
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, this is one of the best RIS "bang for the buck" deals around. It is not up to par with some of the more complex RIS out there, and certainly lacking a bit in sweetness. However, none of the qualities of this beer really detract from it being quite enjoyable.

There is more bitterness and acidity than you might expect from this style, though again not to a fault. The tasting notes are subdued compared to some other big beers and stouts. I do get some of the banana bread on the nose, and the malts are more acidic than that nice roasty, rich favor you can find in other brews of this type.

The bottom line for me is that for a $3 beer, this is solid. I think it is worth a shot, a little different than a Founder's or Storm King. Good thing I live in WI, where it is cheap and plentiful!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:55:23 | More by doucmehu
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this in response to a friend who was desperate to try it based on a description in some sort of beer calendar.

No discernible date on the bottle, although when I bought it, I was told it was the 2010 release. I bought 3 for about $10.

A: It's an impy stout alright. Inky black, absence of head. Sort of ruby brown around the edges.

S: Roasty. chocolate, huge prunes and figs. a little sour like condensed milk. pineapple, walnuts and almonds. Quite complex. One needs not think and sniff until smoke pours from the ears to get all manner of scents from this.

T: Like the scent, this is very complex. bitterness enters the equation now however, and boy is this bitter!

M: Bitter and dry. lots of sweetness generated from the eleventy-seventy malts used in this, but the bitterness controls everything fairly well.

D: Being so complex, this is a sipper, and one I couldn't possibly enjoy in great quantity.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 03:45:57 | More by uno99
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about half a finger's worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - definite dark chocolate hints in the aroma, with notes of burnt coffee and german chocolate cake.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very "stouty", but with more a chocolate/coffee vibe like the smell had. Mostly sweet from the eleven malts, but the hops help give it a bite. Can't identify the hops though, Saaz may be one of them. Texture is as you'd expect, creamy.

Drinkability - not quite as stout as I was expecting from the style, maybe because of an overabundance of malts? Still decent tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:07:08 | More by Nerudamann
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really a fan of Leinenkugel, most of their beers have been very mediocre. So it is with surprise that I find myself happily reviewing Big Eddy, a very solid RIS from an unexpected source.

It pours a dark brown-black, completely opaque, with a massive billowing tan foam. Gorgeous. The aroma is no slouch either, roasted malts, lots of cocoa, some figgy raisins, even some vinous character that makes me think of red wine barrels.

First taste is spot on, initially sweet and then roasted bitterness, very nice flavors giving good balance. Massive flavors really, and I don't find anything to carp about. This tastes god.

Thicker than expected too, not Dark Lord sludge thick but still substantial feeling. This is definitely the best I've tried from them, and it could easily compete against long-time RIS favorites. Absolutely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:41:03 | More by TurdFurgison
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to get a couple bottles of this from BeerFMAndy recently. Thanks, Andy!

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a very thick pitch black. This was much thicker than I expected. A small tan head caps it off. Leaves some light lace behind. The nose is really sweet. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, and some alcohol. No roasted aromas noted.

The mouth is creamy and smooth. Good finish. Spot-on for the style. Sweet chocolate flavors start this one off, move on to some licorice, plum, and hazy booze. This is a really easy sipper. The best I've had from these guys for sure. It's an accessible big stout that will cure my "big beer" fix any day.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 16:26:11 | More by Onenote81
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3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this beer pours pretty nicely. A rich brown head lasts and lasts and clings to the glass. A rich viscous black liquid settles beneath.

The aroma is completely dominated by a burnt aroma of campfire or overuse of smoked malt. It almost smells like burned newspaper. This adds a somewhat phenolic/plastic edge to the beer's aroma. Other aromas are ester laden pear, banana and cherry/dark fruit. That smoke and banana just kills it.

Fusel alcohol, banana, and burned newsprint all collide with golden raisins, iron laden black strap molasses, dark bitter chocolate, subtle black malts, toffee/caramel goodness and a nice acidity.

The mouthfeel seems a tad bit thin for a RIS.

It would so much nicer (like a 4.0 or better) if the damned burned quality was not there and the banana (isopentyl acetate yeast realated issues) were lost.

Edit: the burned qualities seems to leave after a while (unfortunately after 3/4 done) and the last bit became much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 19:25:22 | More by kohoutek
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head and spots of lacing

Aroma is lip glossy with a dark fruit sweetness.

The flavor is glossy with a roasty bitterness and some dark fruit. Some marshmallow and pine hops.

The body is on the full side of medium and carbonation is high but creaminess remains.

Overall this beer is great but not quite what I would consider to be among the best in the style. Definitely worth buying extras for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:55:50 | More by alcstradamus
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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Jersey poured into a pint glass, a nice looking bottle.

Big Eddy pours out really bold black dark night sky with a dark tan head mocha like foam that raises up and dies into a cap leaving nice patterns. smell is roasted malt up front, dark fruit some chocolate. The fruit comes out and I get hints of a certain Jamacian stout, meaning some rotting may be a coming, I'll be drinking quick. Taste is a nice roasty stout that has nice stout characteristics mentioned above and some too much, namely the dark fruit. The feel is very thin for the style and needs a boost to keep things in check. Above medium, but not chewy enough for style, carbed nice. Glad I tried this one, needs a bigger build.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 05:44:05 | More by BARFLYB
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not generally a fan of RIS-style beers, but thought I'd give this one a try.

A- Thick and syrupy, black as night. About a centimeter or so off-white foamy head that adds a real nice touch to this beer.

S- Sweet brown sugar, some bitter dark chocolate, and hints of berry.

T- Lots of dark-roast malt and very bitter chocolate, which I like. Sweetness and a little alcohol at the back, just the right amount to warm the loins.

M- This is where this beer doesn't do so much for me. I don't know how to describe it right, but there's such a quick transition in the beer from the front to the back of the mouth. I'd like some of those really good flavors to develop in depth a little bit more. The upside of this, however, is that it's a little lighter on the palate then you might expect.

D- For me, this is my favorite RIS that I've had apart from the Yeti. It is an exceedingly easy drinker, too. Hope that they brew this more frequently!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:09:48 | More by DanThomas
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle on the late tip poured into my duvel tulip.

A- a hard pour yields three huge fingers of semi dense mocha colored head that holds for a good long time until finally settling to leave some killer lace and a cm of light brown suds on top. Super dark brown almost completely black in color with a red brown glow at the edges. I gota say it looks real good.

S- roasty and sweet with chocolate, dark malts, coffee, a bit of a port wine hit with a touch of dark fruits.

T- opens up with a nice bold roasted malts and dark chocolate mix. Some burnt espresso and dark berries soaked in red wine. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses come with some warming.

M- a few steps above medium in body, almost on its way to full bodied, with a lighter carb. It sits nicely on the tongue and feels good going down.

D- wow they made this, way to go leiny. Way better then the rest of their brews. All in all its a tasty and quite drinkable imp stout. Its not blow your mind world class stuff but solid and enjoyable. Ill be sure to snag a 6er next time around.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:58:09 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses.

Taste: Roasted smoky barbeque, a little sweetness, somewhat bitter finish.

Drinkability: Ok, but not a standout.

I've had this on-tap a few times so I picked up a four pack to give it a review. Ok, but I prefer a little more chocolate flavor or sweetness in a big stout. Kind of astringent bitterness in this one turns me off.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:55:51 | More by Mdog
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer certainly pours like a big RIS. Its thick out of the bottle and clings to the glass giving me a brown tinted snifter. The head caps it off with a great head for the style. Right away I can tell that this isnt your typical joke of a beer that Leinenkugel has been churning out lately. This is the real deal. The aroma grabbed by attention with a robust sweetness of licorice and chocolate drizzled figs and raisins. Brown sugar and leather make appearances as well. The taste is very nice. I like when a beer is made well enough to define the line between Russian Imperial Stout and American Double Stout. This one is clearly an RIS. Nice deep fruitiness with licorice, leather and a sturdy hopping. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This single I received has made me consider buying more.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:12:57 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle, served in snifter.

A: Very dark in color. Black with frothy caramel brown head. The presentation of this beer is splended in snifter. Beautiful.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and alcohol (bourbon-esque) are scents that I notice.

T: Sweet chocolate flavor mixes with strong wood barrel taste. As I drank through, a smokey flavor became more evident to me. All the while mixed with evident alcohol taste.

M: Not too little, not too much and it feels pretty good in the mouth. Little carbonation. Ends dry.

D: Definitely drinkable, but I probably will not be buying another. There are too many other RIS's out there for me to explore.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 06:59:30 | More by dali27
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Unsurprisingly black in color. Forms a large dark tan head that settles down to a light surface coating. Some spotty lacing.

S: Predominantly raisins and dark fruit with some chocolate and an unplaceable "bright" scent, possibly citrus.

T: Sweet on the front end then a mix of dark fruits, raisin, and chocolate. There is a slight bitterness. Finishes quick with no longevity to speak of.

M: On the lighter side of heavy, but still full bodied with lower carbonation levels.

D: On the lighter side for the style, though this one isn't a beast to work through. However, this beer just lacks complexity and falls a bit short of the mark.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 19:37:29 | More by Florida9
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.