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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 44
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
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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jjayjaye

New York

4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A crazy random throw from 'zillatron...many thanks!!!
06-'07 version pours an opaque darkness with a generous dark brown head that decomposes in 3D like an ice cream sundae leaving spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is nothing but stunning super rich mocha licorice boozy roasted malt. The mouth feel is perfect...heavy, thick, full bodied, creamy smooth with a monstrously thick coating texture...holy cow!! Who brewed this??? are you kidding me??? ...and there isn't another batch in the tank why??? HELLO!!! It leaves you with an exceptional dark deep raisin dark fig date experience from the full flavored taste. An incredible drinker!! Where the h&^* did this one come from/ go to? Wow...this is one of the best ales that I've had the opportunity to consider!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 19:15:26 | More by jjayjaye
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emerge077

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 re-review ('08 vintage):
Been saving this one for the dead of winter, and it looks like it's time. (HFS... reviewed this almost exactly 2 years ago. Am I on my cycle or what?) Bumping up M/D scores this time around.

Charred, inky black into a tulip glass, this RIS leaves an intricate lacing, the foam even has a rusty brown tint. Opaque and black.

Aroma has elements of espresso, raisin, prune, and sweet milk chocolate. The 2 years of age is ever so slightly noticeable, but not as musty as some RIS' i've had.

Full and rich, this is like a melted chocolate espresso milkshake. Long aftertaste of roasty malts, chocolate, and a mild plum/prune/raisin note. A strong RIS contender that hits all the notes for me. Hope they bring this back...

01-07-2008
Pours pitch black, with a ton of creamy mocha foam. Underestimating it's volatility, it was quickly poured into a tulip, and it foamed over. Once under control, there were 3 fingers of foam billowing up and over the rim. A thick ring of lace encircled the rim of the glass.

Aromas of chocolate, malted milk "whoppers" candy, and a hint of smoke.

Bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and a long finish of earthy char. Sweet fruit character is tempered by underlying bitterness. Very earthy and roasty. Distinct lactic character as well.

Smooth and silky, although the alcohol becomes apparent after it sits in the glass for awhile. One and done for me, but it's a very solid RIS. Best thing Leinie's has going...

$2.99 single from Riley's, Madison.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 03:23:00 | More by emerge077
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for quite sometime now and was lucky enough to come across a trader who still had some. Thanks a million to SpeedwayJim for the bottle!

Pours the darkest black that I've almost ever seen in an Impy Stout. This is easily just as dark and thick as Ten FIDY, Abyss, and the like. Small tan head that was gone rather quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma is lovely. Charred malts, chocolate, light coffee, some raisin and light apple are present in the nose. Becomes more chocolaty and boozy as it warms. Oh yeah, big hits of chocolate here, light roastiness, a touch of graham cracker and caramel. Dry finish with charred barley lingering. Very good stuff, alcohol is well hidden for 9.5%. Carbonation is a tad light, but I'll chalk that one up to aging. I thought the mouthfeel would be a lot more chewy and dense after observing the pour, but it's adequate enough.

Honestly, I can't believe this beer came from Jacob Leinenkugel's. This is easily the best thing they ever did and they should do themselves a favor and bring this one back for another limited release.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 19:54:00 | More by KeefD
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mataelbata

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this one has been retired for two years and the tavern I went to just tapped it!! I believe the aging made this one even better. I was baffled to discover the Leinenkugels brewed such a beast. Too bad it's retired!! Thank you Happy Gnome for cellaring this one and bringing it out when no one in the world has it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 14:07:53 | More by mataelbata
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopdog for this one...
Appears an opaque black with brown-red edges when held up to the light. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, prunes, cocoa, roasted nuts, and dark fruit.
Taste is of raisins, caramel, nuts, cocoa, fruit highlighted by huge amounts of dates.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, chewy, with a hint of booze.
Wow...one of the better Russian's I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:07:30 | More by weeare138
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich molasses, toffee, bitter chocolate, raisin, sweet fruits, and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is sweet and a little boozy upfront with a roasty, chocolate finish. Lots of sweet malt (but not necessary roasted). Thick palate. Decent and complex, definitely a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 15:25:32 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Pours out thick, black, and viscous. A hefty pour produces a dense, one finger chestnut brown head. Lacing and webbing remain on the glass the whole time.

Nose: Roasty & rich, coffee and toast. Some black pepper notes, dried fruits. Big, sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate.

Mouth: Nice & thick, creamy smooth body. Lucious from front to back. Sweet, full, chocolate and roast malt. Lingering finish of roast flavor and residual sugar. I would prefer if the finish was a bit drier but this beer really does hold up well.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 01:40:20 | More by clickpush
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from my cellar after nearly two years. A 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. The stout appears an opaque dark brown color with about a finger of creamy dark ecru foam. The head leaves a thick tan lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. Taste and nose contain notes of caramel coated dates, raisins, grassy hops, a touch of vanilla, rich roasted grains, molasses, prunes, bittersweet chocolate, dark cherries. Maybe a notch better than medium bodied with adequate carbonation and very little alcohol presence. This was hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 02:29:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired as an EXTRA in a recent trade with nflmvp. Steve, you fucking rock!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out thick, black, and oily. Looks nasty (the good kinda nasty). A small, foamy, brown head forms on top, but quickly dissipates to a thin halo. Absolutely no light passes through this beast; none whatsoever. Stringy lacing.

Smell: Molasses, dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate syrup. Lots of sugar in there. Smells rich and delicious.

Taste: Take the smell and amplify it. Damn! Molasses and sour dark fruits - namely old, mushy plums and raisins - form a pungent sugary kick. Tons of dark chocolate in the middle and back to smooth things out. Also getting roasted malt and coffee in the aftertaste. Lots of sweetness in here. I even get some cinnamon when I swish it about. For those that have had one, think Mexican mocha.

Mouthfeel: Thick, sugary, dry and warm. Sticky lips to the max! Very sugary and heavy.

Drinkability: I'm very glad I got to try this. I feared that it may be something like Leinenkugel's take on Fruity Pebbles a.k.a. Sunset Wheat, and while it was to some extent (tons of sweetness), it proved to be very complex and interesting. A heavy, sugary, sticky brew that I would recommend to anyone. Thanks again Steve!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 00:11:19 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with a nice huge brown colored head. Head that settles slowly and coats the glass with some nice lacing.

S- Loaded with semisweet chocolate and thick molasses aromas. Dark fruits (cherries, prunes, dates), roasted malts and coffee/expresso.

T- Taste is very very sweet much more than I expected. I could also pick up a lot of dark fruits like prunes, figs, and raisins. A bit of hoppy/earthy flavor as well. Complex malts very chocolate and caramel malts and a touch of alcohol warming.

M- Medium to full in body maybe a tad bit on the lighter side for what I expected, and low carbonation.

D- Easy to drink, a very good effort here and glad I got my hands on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 23:14:47 | More by nrbw23
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle handed to me at Dark Lord Day and I masterfully stumbled about with it balancing in my hands before my friend took it away and to the cooler in the car. Thanks Steve.

When I poured it, it had a really thick brown head. Smells good, a very sweet smell with little roastiness.

Well, I finished the beers without finishing notes on the beer, but it's a drinkable RIS and tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 08:58:51 | More by Erdinger2003
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a full, unyielding inch of dark tan-colored head.

Smell: Incredibly roasty and still rather sweet-smelling aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, black coffee, and a rather notable dark fruitiness.

Taste: Strong, assertive roasted malts with full flavors of bittersweet chocolate sauce, espresso, blackstrap molasses, licorice, and even dark caramel. Very rich raisin fruitiness. Maybe, just maybe even a few blackberries. Mainly, there's a roasty, earthy bitterness at work, but there's also some minor hints of citrus in the distant background. One single drop of soy sauce. It's a tad warming, but otherwise the alcohol is nearly completely hidden. Finishes drying with a lingering mingling of roast and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Lusciously smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One after another, I've found the Leinenkugel lineup to be made up of nothing but downright dumpy, unrewarding beers. It's one thing to be unable to brew a good beer, but to able to brew a delightful beer and simply opt not to is completely criminal.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 00:14:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from nflmvp. Poured into a La Trappe chalice. Beer was thick and black. Tiny toffee colored head, no lacing.

Aroma was coffee, heavy bourbon and light hops.

Taste was dark fruits (especially cherries), molasses, bitter chocolate, still surprisingly hoppy.

Very nice brew. Has held up well and could go longer. Only wish I had more. Thanks Steve for the chance to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:49:01 | More by drumrboy22
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Mauerhan

California

2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a recent bottle from the black booty bif.

pours dark with about a half finger of mocha head that fizzles quickly. little to no lacing. smell is smokey and boozy. taste leaves alot to be desired. very fusely. big presence of the alcohol. mouth is thick and burny. leaves a bit of a burnt malt taste in my mouth. not really a huge fan of this one. swing and a miss leinenkugel

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 06:29:22 | More by Mauerhan
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown in color with a nice cascading head from the bottom of the glass. Head quickly diminishes and leaves nice webbing on the inside of the glass.
Smell is dark cocoa and some very dark, ripe fruits. Taste is wonderful. All the roastiness I come to love in my imperial stouts. Not a noticable hop presence, which is a plus as well. Very good roasted coffee in the taste as well.
My only knock is that it is a tad thin on the mouthfeel. If this were to bulk up a bit it would be world class.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 19:37:35 | More by FtownThrowDown
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade a little while ago and it has been staring at me in my beer fridge.

Pours a deep dark black that let's no light through. A thin tan head formed at the top but dissapated fast. No lacing.

Smells wonderful. Bourbon barrel aged smoothness with bitter chocolate. Can't wait.

Tastes great. Very smooth and barrel aged quality. Lots of dark chocolate covered espresso bean flavor. Very tasty but after the other barrel aged RIS's I have had I feel as if this is missing a quality I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is great with just enough carbonation

Overall a very tasty brew that I am glad I tried but I don't need to trade for it again. I would rather waste my trading on something new.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 05:32:31 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and syrupy into my glass, dark as sin, a brown head of about a quarter inch, smooth, just sits there mostly, leaves some lacing in arcs and splotches. The aroma is fairly aggressive, charred dark malts, dark cocoa, fain bitter hops. Its kind of like there is so much going on, its hard to tell just whats going on, so it just smells, for lack of a better word, big.

Taste is also big, lots going on. Lots of charred, roasted malt, chocolates, bittering, dark coffee, molasses, not much for dark fruits as the label promised. Again, there is a lot going on, and the general impression is, hefty. The mouth is fairly full and smooth and creamy, enough carbonation, quite nice. Now, there is something in this RIS thats seems, for lack of a better word, unrefined. Or, unleashed. Like the roasted malt just wants to leap out at ya. But its really a quite fine beer, particularly for a group known more for 'gateway' beers than solidly craft. So, good for them, this is a high quality RIS, interesting and great to drink, challenging even. Nearly makes it to the upper class.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 04:05:25 | More by objectivemonkey
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to be talked into trying this. It's tough to buck up for a Leine when so many other good beers on tap. Gave it a try, and was surprised.

black with some maroon in the right light. creamy brown 1/2 inch head. smells sweet and citrusy, a hoppy stout no doubt. Dark fruit is there too

on the tongue, dark cherries, pomegranate, raisin, but mostly cherry to my buds. very vinous, a lot of port character. smooth, sweet. some hops, just enough, to make keep it from being too port-like.

actually ,reminds me a lot of Darkness, fruity sweet, easy to drink, and a nice hop presence.
hits hard like a typical high ABV stout.

great beer, and if it's true they aren't making it anymore, what a shame. I might actually send an email to the brewery to tell them myself that this beer needs to stick around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 01:41:06 | More by caskstrength
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to tayner for this brew as part of SS 2008. Cheers.

Pours as black as my heart. Thin head. Smells very sweet for a RIS. I taste mostly sweet fruit without as much malt as I would expect from a RIS. Mouthfeel is good but this is too sweet for my preference. Interesting beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 03:31:35 | More by SkinnyElvis
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz received a little bit back from NFLMVP.. thanks a huge bunch Steve... I really appreciate the great box you shipped.

Poured into my New Belgium snifter.. 2 inch head looks like a brown pillow.. very pretty.. so is the huge rings of lace... the brew is black.

As soon as I poured this one, I could smell the deep aroma.. rich.. roasty.. chocolate.. dark fruitiness.. very complex.. raisins and dark dried sweet cherries..

Wow... I realize most people have probably said, "This is a Leine brew?".. but no kidding.. this is a fantastic RIS.. take the nose and multiply.. chocolate and lite roasty malts.. again alot of fruitiness.. but this time it's more prune.. good balance throughout is achieved through a nice malty sweetness... the body is fantastic.. so is carbonation...

the only bitch is it may be just a touch sweet.. but I can't complain that much.. this is a great RIS... thanks Steve.. I honestly really do appreciate the supercool trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 07:53:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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SaucyA

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks pretty damn nice in the snifter. A tan, frothy head forms briefly, only to be swallowed up by the deep, near-black base.

S - This is a Leinenkugel's brew? It's a bit more worldly than say... Sunset Wheat. As opposed to artificial flavoring, I smell a nice, hearty RIS. Big molasses and chocolate notes, combined with a raisiny sweetness.

T - Hmm. I'm not blown away. It's rather sweet throughout, with a backend that's just trying to even itself out with dryness to no avail. Big, sweet, creamed coffee, baker's chocolate, and a sugary sweetness combine to make a less than stellar brew. No booze notes. I wonder if this was better when it was fresh?

M - Somewhat light for a RIS, as well as a bit too crisp for a RIS.

D - This is a one and done. The sweetness is outta control.

Notes: Far and away a better attempt than their fruity lineup, yet still could use some work. I don't think this would hold up in a cellar situation very well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:29:52 | More by SaucyA
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Darkness prerelease party at Stub And Herb's - Pours pitch black with a slight caramel/tan colored head. Beautiful aromas of coffee and chocolate dominate the nose. First sip is all coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Could use a slightly stronger malt backbone...even still this is wonderful. World Class.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 02:43:47 | More by ATLbeerDog
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supercolter

Wisconsin

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

I really like the look of this beer, that was the one thing that stood out to me. Very dark wiht some tan head and no real lacing. Smell is pretty weak, I don't know, I would have expected more of the typical dry malt chocolates, coffee, toffee, etc.
Taste is a bit better, some dry and bitter chocolate comes through. Lots of coffee as well, with no notable hops. Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 23:02:49 | More by supercolter
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kmeves

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Miller Tech Center (9-26-07), 11.3% ABV. Pitch black color, frothy amber-brown head. Aroma is a wonderful blend of roast, spice, chocolate, light coffee and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is raisony sweetness, vanilla, spice, roast and light chocolate. Medium to full bodied. The finish warms the insides as it goes down. Another great Big Eddy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 19:26:05 | More by kmeves
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Packforever1976

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome.

A: Pitch black. Smallish and creamy tan head decent retention. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells eerily similar to Darkness. Some dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, slight hint of hop bitterness. Smells absolutely sinful.

T: Amazing. I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get to enjoy this one, but when I saw it on the menu, it was a done deal. A nice balance between the sweetness and bitterness. Nice dark chocolate flavor, cocoa nibs, a hint of apple cider.

M: I usually like my RIS alightly thicker than this, but with the flavor as spot on as it was, I didn't mind too much. Like drinking velvet.

D: Where's the alcohol? I couldn't detect it at all. Dangerously drinkable. If the weather would've been a little more cooperative, I would have had another. Leines best offering, by a mile.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 01:47:19 | More by Packforever1976
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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