Big Eddy
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 491 | Ratings: 1,295
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(2016 bottle, recently purchased... poured into a snifter)

L: dark brown liquid, nearly black; crumbling dark tan foam, thins out to a collar rapidly... down to last drop out of the bottle, seems relatively clear, no sediment... doesn't lace, but the thin collar does hold throughout

S: baking cocoa, dark caramel, subtle dark fruit (raisin), molasses cookie, hints of medium-roast coffee... soft booze... malt constitution seems dense... very inviting overall

T: dark chocolate cordial; arguable black licorice undertone with a big pop of it in the finish; aftertaste has lingering bitter roast char, notes of dark caramel clinging to the sides of the palate... soft coffee gradually builds coupled with a mildly spicy alcohol hum, and a background leathery tone ... dense soup of roasty, toasty (American) malts, relatively balanced with restrained sweetness in check...

F: medium, edging toward full bodied with a lumbering, mildly milky malt texture, lacking roundness of definition to its viscosity... warm booze presence is felt just up front in palate, does not travel down into the thorax; rather comforting heat

O: bought a single out of a full 4-pack, off slightly cooler than room temp shelf - held up pretty well... I'll have to recheck the price, because if cheap enough, I could see buying more - satisfied my malt madness rather well

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Photo of Msp004
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

3.5 years old from purchase date. Dark black color. Three finger head that disappears rather quickly. Sweet chocolate and coffee nose. Sweet dark chocolate, coffee and caramel mouth. Very decadent stout. A treat for sure. Great job now bring it back!!!!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 05/13/17:

Brewed in 2015, so probably almost exactly two years worth of aging.

Opaque pitch black, no light coming through anywhere. Darkest brown head I have ever seen or close to it, but still has some orange, “muddy” hues. Tall, retains well, dense, extra fine-bubbled, three layers: thin and lighter-colored, then an inch of darker, then thin and light again. Frosty lacing. Roastiness and dark chocolate aromas, slightest suggestion of dark fruit. Palate is extremely roasty and smoky for the style, and like the aged Doppelschwarz from the same series that I just had (albeit a year older in the aging process), tastes more like a Grätzer or Rauchbier than the style intended, but that is far from a complaint. There’s a dark chocolate to dark fruit suggestion in the background but the balance favors burnt and blackened organic material, with soily, leathery, and spicy hops and a walloping amount of booze closer to the finish. Extremely bitter aftertaste, as much smoke as hops. Full-bodied, smooth, tingly velvety carbonation, with heat, an unexpected acidity, and some astringency.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Thick, short, brown head fades fast.

Smells roast malt, dark fruit, light chocolate and hints of alcohol.

Tastes roast malt, light chocolate, light dark fruit. Followed by earthy bitterness and light alcohol. Finish is dry with a roasty linger. Full body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Creamy khaki colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with small to large bubbles.Good retention,and sticky lacing on the glass.Jet black in color with no light showing through the glass.Very light carbonation.

On the nose I get heavy dark fruit notes,prunes,cherries,and dates.I also get dark roasted malts,toffee,licorice,and roasted caramel.It has a very toasty,charred aroma to it.Very nice smell.As the beer starts to warm the nose starts to take on some nutty notes.

On the palate I get dark fruits and licorice up front.Caramel and toffee in the middle,and dark roasted malt,dark fruits,and smokey charred alcohol on the back end.The alcohol is not stong at all,actually very pleasant.The dark fruits and smokey charred liquor is pretty consistent throughout the sip.Just like the nose,the palate starts to take on some nutty characteristics as the beer warms.

The body is thick,bordering on medium and heavy,with a sticky mouth feel.Very light alcohol warming feel after the sip,but not overbearing at all.

I have to admit that I am a bit of a Russian Imperial Stout sycophant,so this rating may be a little by biased.I think this is a very nice RIS,not my favorite but also not my least favorite.I put this one right on par with Old Rasputin,maybe a little bit better.I would drink this again,and would recommend to fans of big beers,Imperial Stouts,and especially lovers of the RIS style.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unknown vintage; drank 9/9/15 on draft @ Fischman's.

Black appearance.

Dark khaki head; strong lace.

Cognac, blackberry & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Blackberry, bakers chocolate & red wine flavors; no booze heat. Fruity & very tasty.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At a bottle share, had both 2011 and 2014.

2011 :

Lots of fermentation, overflowed in the snifter. Natural coffee brown-black.

Aroma of soy sauce and meat locker.

Flavor is much of the same with a little cocoa.

Feel is slick but not thick.

Too much time on this one.

2014 :

Same color as 2011, no fermentation wildly flowing.

Aromas of deep roast malts, cocoa, meat locker.

Less flavorful than 2011, but that also meant less off-flavors. No oxidation or diacetyl. Addition of coconut and chocolate.

Feel is a bit thicker but not by much.

2014 was a bit better overall.

(Scores reflect both beers' scores together)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I cellared this 2013 bottle without trying it fresh so uncertain what that means as far as the rating I have given, perhaps I will revisit if I find this somewhere in the future.

The color is dark almost pure black with opaque clarity and head that dissipates rapidly but revives when swirled. The smell is roasty with a subtle anise type smell with more spice than malt aroma, perhaps that is yeast derived. The feel is good with medium carbonation and substantial malt backbone with low bitterness yet finish is mostly dry with a slight alcohol warmth in the back.

The taste is good with a malt that brings more of a toast quality, dark chocolate flavor somewhat toffee with a mild hop taste in the middle which comes off as herbal not exactly piney-This has a slight English feel don't know if that is the yeast expressing itself in the flavor however the malt could be the culprit. I like the way this tastes as it is not full of roasted barley, chocolate or caramel malt like many out there but the amount of alcohol is high in the taste for a 3 year old stout. I would have expected some mellowing over time.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Dark Black pour, looks thick. light brown medium head.
AROMA: Roasted malt, burnt?, smoke, hint something chemical at the end
TASTE: Char. Coffee. Not that I would normally ask for this, but it could use a little sweetness.
FEEL: Decent Body. Some bubbles despite the thickness.

Pretty good. Could use a little chocolate or
Better than I expected. Shame on me for writing it off after reading it was Leinenkugel/Miller-Coors.


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Photo of colts9016
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2015 a young RIS. A hard pour produced a one finger head dark tan head that dissipated as quickly as it came. The beer is dark dark brown with no clarity or carbonation bubbles.

S: A roasted malt, with coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, earth, and some floral.

T: A slight roasted coffee, roasted malt, caramel. toffee, chocolate and some earth.

Mouthfeel of the beer chewy, slightly carbonated, and the finish last for a minute.

Overall: This beer is just OK this has potential.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque; very deep brown; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, with cream, deeply roasted grain; a little spicy;

T: bittersweet chocolate and licorice for a moment, then prune is predominant; alcohol is evident and a little harsh; mild bitterness on the finish; aftertaste is black coffee, leather, and a touch of smoke;

M: medium to full bodied; low to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: aftertaste was the best part of the flavor;

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Photo of Harrison8
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a medium sized creme colored head. Head retention is strong, with decent lacing left behind early in the glass. Aroma is of roasted malts, cocoa nibs, chocolate, and caramel. Roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and chocolate make up most of the flavor profile. Heavy notes of yeast throughout the end of the flavor profile. Mouth feel has a medium consistency, with smooth, watery drink ability. It does get a bit grainy towards the end. Overall, it's an okay RIS. This would not be my pick to show someone this style. If I hadn't got it for a $1.25 a bottle, I would consider this a rip off.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout, 9.5% ABV, 50 IBU. Pours dark and surprisingly thick, decent head, nose is alcohol and roastiness, taste is slightly bitter roast, not very bitter close. Pretty decent. Never thought I'd say that about an Leinie's, which is brewed about 30 miles from my hometown, and probably more to do with high school rivalries than beer quality, everyone I knew would not drink it if it was free. Now that I can overlook that, I realize they have some perfectly OK beer. I'd get it again, particularly if they come back out with the BA version.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a expected dark color, with a relatively small brownish head.

Smells of nutmeg, chocolate, and cocoa. There's also a bunch of malts and roasted coffee beans.

Taste is certainly not pushing any envelopes. The roasted malts definitely come across, and there is a significant bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is relatively light, and carbonation is low.

This is solid, but boring. Which I suppose is the perfect description for Leinenkugel.

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Photo of Bleer
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good, not great. Poured hard into a snifter from a 12oz bottle. Heavy char taste to me, others describe as "campfire". Boozy but harsh. Very dry, makes me want to chase it with cold water. I'd drink it if offered but I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of BWood
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: black with small head .

S: malty and roasty. Ok .

T: tastes of malt and booze.

F: feels like a barleywine. Just a really bad one.

O: I wouldn't rebuy. I saw a 2013 RIS sitting on the shelf in March 2016. Thought it would be good. But it was not.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Bev Mart
Dark black color
Low Carbonation
Burnt roasted malt smell
Taste of smokey chocolate, alcohol taste is noticeable
Overall I would not buy it again. To me a good beer is you can feel the alcohol, but not taste it. The characteristic flavors should be the dominate taste.

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Photo of SFNC
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Leinenkugal brew usually leave cold, but this is a pleasant surprise. The taste reminds me on one of my all time favorites, Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, just a little less refined.
Look; Standard RIS look, very dark black, mocha colored head.
Smell; A bit boozy, leather roasted malts, wood, some licorice.
Taste; A strong scorched malt flavor, with a smoke like presence. Booze is not very well hidden, creating slight harshness.
Feel; Smooth, slightly thin for a RIS, but no demerits. The aftertaste reminds me of a smoked beer.
Overall; Not a classic, but pretty good. This won't bump any of my favorites out of rotation, but I'd gladyl drink one if offered. This would be the best beer I've had from Leinenkugel to date.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid Imperial Stout from a 12 oz Bottle . Smooth dark pour. Had huge notes of chocolate, malt, leather, maybe even a little tobacco flavor. Hard to note the 9.5ABV as it's smooth under the taste.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a tulip. 2015 vintage. 26514B22052 is stamped on the bottom. 01416 021011617 is stamped on the neck.

Pours tarry black with a slow-to-bloom head that fades quickly to a small ring. Very fine, very slow carbonation. This beer looks very thick. Smell is booze and overripe cherries, bourbon or smoke and wood, licorice.

Taste is burnt wood and licorice, alcohol. A little of the cherry or plum sweetness. Surprisingly nondescript.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Overall, it's a pretty good RIS.

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Photo of MIchelle
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious tasting dark brew. Really packs a punch with that high abv but goes down very smooth. Nice inch plus tan head. Color is dark as dark can be, just the way I like my beer. :) Has a pleasant soft smell. I like this one a lot more then the average rating gives it but hey I'm just one dark beer drinker.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Dark and complex with 11 malts and grains balanced by three different and distinct hops." Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. Released as part of the Big Eddy series.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 61 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed head of a chocolate brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Medium roasted barley, chocolate and caramel bread, candied sugars, licorice and dark fruit syrups. Potency is high. 4

(Taste) Creamy chocolate syrups, light caramel grains and toasted bread. Light licorice and syrupy fruit presence. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, residual and moderately chewy, lightly dry. Carbonation is light, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Arguably one of the better Big Eddy releases, although consider it an introductory ale to the potential that the style has, as there are far more Russian Imperial Stouts that dive much deeper into the stout flavor profile than this one. 3.75

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black like oil, thick, with khaki colored head. Roasted malt and cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness rounded out with a raw cocoa like bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours bright coffee black under a 2” finely bubbled brown foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light roast, fruit, prune, dried fruit.
T: A creamy emulsion fills the palate with fruit, prune, dark dried fruit, and grain culminating in a bitter espresso finish.
F: Super creamy, chewy, medium carbonation.
O: A fruity sweetness throughout tempers the roast flavors.

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Photo of generallee
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. 9.5% abv and a very brief description of the beer. Appearance: Very dark used motor oil like pour. Looks Black in the glass and has a small dark tan head. It fades out quickly leaving a light ring. Some lacing on the glass. Smell: It has a slightly lighter nose than I was expecting but still full of dark roasted maltiness and earthy hops. Taste/Palate: It is full of deep roasted maltiness caramel like sweetness and a touch of prune. The finish bring some hop bitterness and and mild dry earthy tones. Overall it remains fairly sweet.

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