Big Eddy
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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huddyball from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Apr 05, 2013
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

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.

Feb 15, 2017
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enfield249 from Michigan

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

A - This is what a RIS should look like. Thick pouring, no head, extra thin tan ring of foam. Dark, dark black with only a hint of ruby in the thinest area on the top.

S - Lots of roast and sweet malt smells.

T - I started out giving this a 3.0, but it got better the further along the path the beer got. Roast, more coffee then chocolate. Some toffee. Then some sweetness and a little hop flavor. Very little alcohol taste for the amount. Has more of a warming feeling in my stomach then a "whiskey" burn on the back of my tongue. Probably how the Russians liked it!

M - Very full, thick. Slightly astringent on my tongue.

D - Well, I wouldn't drink this daily, or weekly. Lots of work and flavor. But on a cold winter night such as this with 7"-10" of snow bearing down down over the next 12 hrs, it's about perfect

Dec 16, 2007
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Sep 18, 2011
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shanblur from Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. 2011 Vintage. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown to black with a rich tan head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Strong chocolate aroma and maybe some caramel and fig notes.

T - Some chocolate flavors with an acidic bite.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a light carbonation.

An average Imperial Stout. Not the best, but an easy drinker for the alcohol %.

Jan 01, 2012
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter from a twelve ounce bottle.

Light but frothy dark-khaki colored head. Settles into a quarter inch of froth that could be ladled. Pitch black body. Excellent looking beer. 4.5

Sweet caramel, floral, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Something slightly spicy in there, as well as some smoke. 4

Pretty campfire and bacon-like. I always love those flavors. Dark chocolate and vanilla are there and a a heavily pronounced floral hop flavor. The flavor is a tad yeasty but otherwise great tasting. Toasted coconut makes a nice entrance as I delve deeper in the beer. 3.75

As I mentioned, it has a smoky feel, is a tad yeasty, and has a creamy, viscous and medium carbonated feel. The hops give a slight touch of hop bitterness. 3.5

$8 RIS 4-pack and it's damn good. A few noticeable flaws but again, a great beer and especially so for the price.

Feb 27, 2015
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TooGood from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Mar 15, 2014
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supercolter from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jan 17, 2009
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crossovert from Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

It pours a dense, dark black with a nice foamy tan head. Thehead sticks for a nice while. It has a bit of decent lacing.

The smell is pretty standard for a RIS. It is clean, not superbly fragrant, but consistent with the style. There is some raisin, dark fruits, cocoa, and coffee

The flavor is where you can tell this is a leine's product. It isn't bad but it is inferior to the standard of the style. It has a lot of components: a nice bitterness, coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, a surprising hppiness, and a hint of roastiness, but it doesn't mesh as well as it could. There is a flavor sticking out that is just unnatural.

The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied, perhaps a bit excessive carbonation however. The alcohol isn't completely hidden. It has a bit of a cloying sweetness.

It is a nice attempt by a macro brewery, but there is still room for improvement.

Nov 10, 2010
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jun 27, 2014
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NodakEric from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Jan 25, 2014
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R_J_FearNoBeer from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Apr 29, 2014
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foureyedgeek from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Feb 26, 2013
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EasyReader from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 16, 2011
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Apr 23, 2015
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Oct 17, 2013
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NoHorsePiss from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Apr 16, 2014
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gordavidson from Maryland

4.01/5  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.

Feb 07, 2011
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JethroAdam from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't rate a lot, but I don't feel like this is getting the respect it deserves. Just had a year old bottle, and it's better than most imperial stouts, which is saying a lot for such a large brewery. There is nothing to be disappointed in here; so I don't get the lame reviews. I haven't seen any really bad descriptors. Looks at the bro's review, the words don't match the score on most anyone's.

That being said this beer is a deep blackish brown with no light passing through, thin persistent tan head. Aromas of burnt caramel, chocolate and molasses. The flavor is a complex mix of dark sugars balanced by heavy roast, the faintest fruitiness and balancing hop bitterness. The mouth feel is very full, with a sight slick finish.

Very enjoyable.

Feb 09, 2013
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ColSanders123 from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Jan 04, 2012
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soccerfancooch from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jun 15, 2012
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ArtZan from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Mar 12, 2014
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ncketchum from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp, 2011 vintage

A - pours a beautiful dark brown with a chocolate head that sticks around for some time.

S - milk chocolate, malt, and a hint of hops

T - hoppier than i would have expected based on the aroma, once the hops subside a little bit, roasted malt and chocolate come through, then the hops linger on

M - fairly thick, minimal carbonation, good amount of alcohol burn in the end

O - I missed the initial vintage of Big Eddy, but finally got a chance to try it. I have to say I am impressed with this one, very happy to see Leinie's put this out. I know some people on here will likely downgrade this one since Leinie's is part of MC, but for me, I can't deny the fact that it's a very good beer.

Feb 12, 2012
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jan 20, 2011
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mafeeker from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice black, pours with a decent sized beige head that fades quickly to a thin skim layer

S: Sweet, malty, fruity, hoppy and alcoholic. A very pleasant smell indeed. Up front almost smells like dried apricots. Nice citrusy hop background.

T: Taste is quite sweet. First maltiness hists your palate, followed by a nice hop bitterness to balace it. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness and chocolate roasty aftertaste.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable, especially for 9.5% I personally would only be able to do one of these at a time, but still pretty drinkable.

Jan 13, 2011
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