Big Eddy | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MercInc
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too bad this one is retired. A nice stout. Well balanced, Good flavor.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Msp004
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
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 tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Larodz
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5


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Photo of Libeertarian
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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 MacStinson
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blackop555
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Gemini6
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
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 RickyBfromCT
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +1.6%
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 ruzzal
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lukass
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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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Big Eddy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,294 ratings