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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 46
Gots: 141 | 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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Ratings: 1,174 | Reviews: 468
Photo of beerman207
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a wile since I was on here. Not much grabbing my attention I guess.

A- dark brown, tan head about 2 fingers high

S- smell is chocolate malt and some fig. A little soy as well

T- taste is chocolate malt and some dark fruit. Some smoke.

M- medium carbonation and a bit thin. Sight burn as it goes down

O. - nothing truly remarkable but real easy to drink and a solid brew.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of macro-breweries and I consider Leine's one of them now being a MillerCoors subsidiary but I had heard from some friends I trust that this was a pretty good brew and I am also a sucker for "limited release" beers.

I could tell right away that this beer was going to be good because of the way it poured into the glass. Not only did it have a nice dark look but it was obviously a thicker beer which is how I like Imperial Stouts. If I am drinking an IS, I want it to have substance.

The smell wasn't anything special; pretty much your typical malt/dried fruit smell of an IS but it wasn't overpowering.

The taste was really good. I got a smoky, dried fruit, malty taste with a pretty noticeable alcohol presence. I didn't get as much black liquorice as I usually get in an IS but the taste was pretty solid.

The mouthfeel also was really good as I could tell I was drinking something substantial.

This was an outstanding beer. Besides for everything I mentioned above, I am also a sucker for Imperial Stouts and tend to rank them higher than other varieties of beer but still, this was a great example of an IS.

Photo of BDIMike
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby-back color with a very nice sized dark tan head which laces nicely through the snifter.
Smell is average for a Russian Imperial Stout. Strong dried fruit and charred barley smell. A bit of sweetness too.
Taste is good. Much richer and sweeter than I am used to for the style. A good dark fruit taste with a very sweet taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is creamy. A good silky, rich feel all the way down. Goes down almost too easy.
Drinkability is fairly good for a beer that gets close to 10% ABV. Good tastes to this but the beer goes down pretty easy. An above average RIS that is worth going out to try in its limited time.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

many thank you's to florida9 (kirk) for this in the growler plus BIF.

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. poured a thick black with a thin mocha tan head that disolved over a short time leaving a ring around the rim.

s - chocolate. cherries. very sweet. quite nice. bit of a hop in there, but malt dominant.

t - wow. starts off cloyingly sweet, roasted malts in the middle but settles into a milk chocolate finish. heavy, complex. RICH. a bit too sweet for me, which kind of brings out the booziness. the bitterness is a bit weird.

m - the mouth is what jumps out at me first. silky, but thick. heavy.

o - overall a bit too over the top for me. this is a night finisher.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a big brown cap

S: Not much of anose to speak of but laint covoa and a little booze

T: Roasted malt anc cocoa upfront, hints at molasses and caramelized sugar

M: Sordove thinner than I was expecting but still big

O: Easy to drink and above average

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/15/11
*From notes

-- Bottle purchased at The Anderson's General Store in Columbus, OH on 8/26/11 --

A: Ruby-black in color. A good pour yields a 1.75 finger head and believe it or not, there's actually some moderate lacing here.

S: Beef jerky and dried fruit. Let this one decant and open a bit, as it really isn't all that friendly off the bat. As it warms, it becomes a bit less meaty, and a tad more charry.

T: Dense and pretty rich, actually. A bit of woody tannin would really be nice, as it's a bit too sweet as it is. The concentration of dark fruit is here and much appreciated.

M: Creamier then what I'd expected. Slightly sharp, yet the carbonation doesn't detract from overall body, which is silky and rich.

O: Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Impy Stout really exceeded my lowly expectations. I love when I come across a beer like this, where you're assuming the worst, and then BAM! wouldn't you know, you find something worthwhile.

Are there better Russian Imperials out there? That goes without say. But for a Miller/Coors made RIS, I was happily surprised.

Photo of jsulko
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark black with a brownish head that fades quickly.

Smell is of dark malt and a sweet molasses

Slight coffee flavor with a strong malt presence. Hint of chocolate in the finish. Alcohol burn not really present in the finish.

Not an awesome RIS but considering a 4 pack was about $10, not a bad value either. Not something I would seek out but a good beer.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing, Sage.

A: The beer is black with a light brown head.

S: Licorice and powerful blackstrap molasses. Smoke is light. Dark fruit is pronounced, with notes of plum and raisin. Dark chocolate accompanies roasted malt and a whisper of alcohol. This is surprisingly oxidized with notes of soy sauce and cardboard.

T: Cocoa and dark chocolate with prominent molasses and a touch of oxidation. Roasted malt is strong. Licorice is evident in the roasted chocolate finish.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Solid stuff, but pretty oxidized for a recent beer.

Photo of TSOFan88
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, viscous black beer with 1 finger of lightish mocha colored head. Decent amount of lacing as well.

S: Burnt, toasted malts. Some faint molasses as well.

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

M: Not quite chewy but not thin either. Full body and medium carbonation.

D: A nice sipper, there are others that are better but this one is great. Glad to try this one.

Photo of jisom123
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.
40 deg.
Appearance is standard RIS with slightly less carb and head.

Smells of rich malt caramel chocolate. Nice implications

"Taste" delivers initially, helped significantly by good mouthfeel. The carb lingers a bit long and pollutes the aftertaste, bringing out some slight booze and astringents.

Photo of Klym
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12(?) oz bottle poured into a darkness snifter. Huge thanks to the very generous trader gripitandsipit for this beer, and as well to the also-generous trader kilkger for the snifter. Cheers!

A: Pours a somewhat watery looking black with a nice creamy chocolate-milk brown head. Monster curtain lacing that starts to slide off after a few seconds. Looks mighty.

S: When I first sniffed it I got whiskey, soy sauce and chocolate, and realized I probably needed to let it warm a bit. Now that it's at an appropriate temperature I get tons of milk chocolate with black pepper cracked in and some roast and spice mixed in. A little bit of whiskey on the back end. A very sweet smell, which is something I really like.

T: Taste is much more roast and char fronted than the nose. Roasted nuts come up front then the tongue is lathered over with sweet, lactose heavy milk chocolate as spices build and eventually let in a mild char finish. Really nice.

M: A little bit thin bodied for the style but the creamy, everlasting head does a lot that counterbalance it and make it very appropriate for the flavors. It's very smooth and soothing in the mouth, and has enough thickness to make the chocolate flavors feel real.

O: I can't say everyone who love this beer but I can say that I do. I really like getting definite milk chocolate notes in a stout, and pairing it with the smokier flavors of RIS really gave me a unique and delicious experience with this beer. It was very much like an RIS version of ST's Mokah in my opinion. Would definitely give this a shot, and I'd be glad to give it many more shots.

Photo of clint1019
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The color of tar with a thick chocolaty head with some sticky lacing.

S - There were a lot of aroma's going on here. Starts with a rich malty/roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and a woody/oakyness. Also has hints of fruit and raisin-like aroma's.

T- Like with the smell there was also a lot going on with the flavors. Has a deep roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Also, has a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied.

O - Suprisingly a pretty nice beer. I haven't been too impressed with other beers from Leinenkugel's, but this one is worth buying again.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Penguin3200. Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a creamy khaki colored head that left some thick trails of lacing.

S - cocoa powder and roasted malt aroma.

T - sweet roasted coffee bean and chocolate flavors finishing with light espresso bitterness.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy feel.

O - a good example of the style.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No bottling date, poured into a goblet

A - Deep deep red/black. Initial head is thick and deep brown but fades quickly and turns light tan. Lacing is very even and almost covers the whole glass.

S - Nothing too tremendous. Hints of roasted malts, lactose, and marshmallow. Kind of a funky band-aid/nail polish remover whiff way in the back.

T - Pretty plain. Flavors are a little weak but there is some chocolate, roasted grain, dark toffee, and toast. Finish is a light syrup-y sweet and a slight medicinal/alcoholic.

M - A little light on the body for me but carbonation is good. Finishes neutral and doesn't stress the palate too much but is slightly acidic.

O - Just a "Plain Jane" RIS in my opinion. Flavors are bland and nothing extreme.

Photo of dubinsky
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra included in a trade from Makdeco, big thanks!

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a fairly viscous black with a 1/4 inch head that forms from a fairly gentle poor. Some alcohol legs present on this beer, but i would expect that from a 9.5 abv. A nice mocha head formed and quickly dissipated leaving a nice ring around the edge of the glass and a few archipelagos of bubbles.

S - The first whiff i get is of both dark and milk chocolate followed by coffee and dark sugar. some hints of vanilla and bourbon present as well.

T - This is pretty fruity, all things considered. I pick up dark cherries and prunes. The fruit eventually gives way to chocolate, coffee and molasses with a hint of bourbon. The finish is the best part as it lingers on the tongue leaving a great espresso taste.

M - Thick and oily with moderate carbonation.

O - This was a tasty beer and while i don't think its the best example of the style, i think its great tasting. When i compare it to other beers in the style this one is very average. The fruitiness is unlike any other RIS i have tried and i give it extra points for that. I'd drink this again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Served in a 10 oz. tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a slight amount of brown color. Solid three finger dark tan head with great retention and a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark fruits including plums and figs with anise and molasses. A good amount of dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and some smoke. The dark fruits and anise dominate giving a sweet and bitter liquorice like smell.

Taste: Like the smell, lots of sweetness from dark cherries, plums, and figs with a strong kick of anise liquorice flavor. Solid base of dark roasted malts. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Has a smoked character throughout. A little bit of alcohol heat. Kind of tastes like a stout spiked with some absinthe.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy. Heat from the booze is fairly light.

Overall: A pretty good attempt at a bigger beer from Leinenkugel's. It could of been a little stronger in the body and chocolate and coffee flavor, but the dark fruits and anise is appealing.

Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours an opaque black with a layering of toffee brown head on top. Retains with a layer of near-solid film, and a few splotches of lacing on the glass.

Decent roasted malt character in the nose, hints of anise and coffee beans. Touches of chocolate and sweetness, faint alcohol.

Slight hop bitterness, quickly swept away by roasted malts. Dark and full with coffee beans and some hints of licorice. Suggestions of dark fruit and candied sweetness. Light chocolate towards the finish with more dark roasted malts and a faint chalkiness.

Fuller body, lighter carbonation, a bit oily, and very lasting on the tongue. A fairly decent stout and nice roasted quality, but falls by the wayside of many contemporaries.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dr pepper like coloring, merlot highlights around the edges of the pour. A dark khaki head is slight, spongy, but holds fairly well displaying splashy waves for lace on the glass. Really liked the coloring around the edges of the pour.

S: Good sense of roasted grains, dry whole coffee beans, but the aroma is dominated by loads of dark fruit particularly that of plums and figs are most evident along with a burnt sweetness of molasses and alcohol.

T: Smooth flavor, a bit light hearted and sweet with roasted grains, dry bakers chocolate and again a decent show of dark fruit (plums, figs). Spicy alcohol on the swallow. Smooth flavor, a bit sweet and syrupy with some balance of charred wood, rich dark licorice rounding things out. Really sweet and smooth.

M: Creamy soup thickness of the hold, good consistency with flashes of spicy dark fruit on the tongue and a spicy finish.

O: Having had several variations/styles from this brewery that never really impressed me, this was not to bad, though really cant hang with the big boys by style its nice to see one of their beers actually have some reminisce of flavor which lacked in their other beers I sampled. Decent big flavor, though a bit sweet and syrupy and not blunt and bitter, drinking more like a hearty sweet stout with flashes of spicy alcohol. Good for a try.

Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black as night with a big two finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some dark berries. It smells very sweet with a bit of a berry twang toward the end.

T - Starts off with a good bit of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, coffee, and some black berries. Even with all the sweet dark flavors going on the fruitiness is still quite prominent. The finish has quite a bit of dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, syrupy, feel lingering through the finish.

O - While I didn't "love" this beer I did enjoy it. It had a nice berry component you don't get very much with bigger stouts. Good but far from great.

Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Southern Tier tulip. Thanks, Matt, for sharing!

A: Fully black body with a finger of creamy, coarse brown foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad at all.

S: Whoa, I was NOT prepared for that. Enormously intense, sweet, complex aroma: chocolate, licorice, molasses, coffee, char, and brightly fruity, solventy booze. Smells big, old, and amazing.

T: Super sweet, with molasses, port, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and fruity booze. Crazy sweet (a bit overly so, actually; underattenuated?), but very, very tasty.

M: Thick, sticky, moderately carbonated. Excellent.

O: This was a terrifically flavorful stout, far surpassing my expectations. It reminded me of a slightly toned-down Expedition, which is a good thing. I'm kind of scared to imagine what the malt bill must have been on this guy, to seem so underattenuated and yet still so strong and boozy. I can definitely see how people could dislike this for being cloying and hot, but I loved how rich and complex it was despite (or perhaps because of) its flaws. Fun beer.


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

A - Black and viscous, with a brown creampy thin head.

S - A big bouquet of smokey wood, smoked meats, bitter roasted coffee. A salty spiced alcohol scent.

T - Robust, roasty and smokey. Dried, smoked wood and bitter black coffee. A sweet and tangy aftertaste. The alcohol is masked pretty well here.

M - Silky, creamy smooth body. Viscous and a dry finish.

O - Not a bad stout, but short of my expectations of a RIS. Possibly rest one for a year?

Photo of HESSLER500
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nice and black. Smells of chocolate and fruit notes. Mouth feel is a good balance between carbonation and that thick viscous feel; though i think a wee bit more of the carbonation than i like. Taste is refreshing on a hot day; notes of chocolate and fruit just like the smell. Overall, as one who really steers towards RIS's, this one is a winner. I feel this is more drinkable then Rasputin and a few others as their is more flavor overall. An excellent brew; will keep this one on the top 10 of my favorite RIS's.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured fro 12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Dark brown, clear producing about a fingers-worth of a nice tan head. Lacing sits atop.

S - Molasses, dried fruits, grains, and chocolate. Pretty good nose I must say!

T - Wow! Really different than what I was expecting. Sweet, malty with a nice chocolate taste. Finishes hot with a nice kick of booze that lingers.

M - A little thinner than I thought and more carbonated than I would expect.

O - I know a lot of folks knock Leine's but I like their stuff for the most part and this one is certainly no exception. I like it and it's a good one for this particularly chilly damp late night. Solid, not knock off my socks good but enjoyable!

Photo of ddahlen
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage - Notes from 5/3/11

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass with an inch thick tan head. On the nose I get some nice dried fruit, some molasses, and some subtle chocolate notes. As the brew warms, I get an anise almost licorice aroma. Dedinitely something I haven't smelled before. The taste gives me an interesting ashy component with some robust dried fruitiness. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, but seems to have a bit too much carbonation. I think this could use a bit more time in the bottle to mellow out. Overall this beer seems to have all of the components of a good RIS, but it doesn't seem put together enough quite yet. I'd advise leaving this in the bottle for at least another year before having another taste.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A murky, Dark body a small, brown head. The head doesn't stick around for very long, and it doesn't lay down any lacing either.

The aroma is pretty good. Big, burnt sugar and roasted malt greet my nose, with perhaps a bit of chocolate behind that. There's a pretty noticeable hop presence also, which adds a fruity zip.

A big burnt sugar flavor comes through first, and it is really nice. A little bit of chocolate hides behind it. Roasted malt greets me next, and it dries the beer out considerably. Next comes a nice dose of hops, with leafy flavors, a good bit of bitterness and a hint of citrus. Dark fruits round things out. A little bit of alcohol flavor, but mostly it is just a nice, warming aroma. The finish mixes a hop bite and alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel is a little bit thin, with a good amount of carbonation. I might do some swirling with this one.

I'm pretty impressed by this one considering I had no expectations for it. It's a touch hot, and the mouthfeel could use more work, but it's a nice hoppy stout.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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