Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

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Photo of russwbeck
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out of the bottle a thick black color with at least three fingers of brown head. This is a great looking beer, and destroyed any misconceptions I had about this Leinenkugal offering.

S: Really big dark fruits assault the nose initially on the aroma. Roast, molasses, chocolate, and a big hit of booze round it out. Sort of all over the place, but certainly not muted. Far more fruits than I ever expected.

T: The taste takes a step back towards the balanced side of things. The molasses has a larger role than I would expect based on the aroma. The finish is sweet, with the fruits coming up, and roasty at the very backend. The dry roast lingers on the palate for a good long while. The booze I noted on the aroma seems to have integrated itself nicely into the taste.

MF: Really thick and creamy mouthfeel, but the carbonation level is up there as well. Really well thought out body on this beer.

O: This is really a very good RIS. Very impressed with it coming from Leinenkugal's. I'd love to do a blind RIS taste test and see where this stacks up. I'd say pick it up next time you see it!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received as part of my Secret Santa box thanks to pwoods; thanks Patrick!

a - Pours a black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head has a little bit of retention and leaves a little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, alcohol, light vanilla, and toasted malts. A small step up from the nose.

m - Full body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is very smooth and creamy, very nice.

d - A very nice RIS. I enjoyed the taste and the mouthfeel quite a bit. Would like to have again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served n a snifter.

Appearance: Borderline black color with a brownish tint and dark tan head which rises to roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Hard espresso scent but very light as far as potency.

Taste: Very good and complex with bitter notes and bitter coffee feel with the right touch of brown sugar. Very addicting brew, you will find yourself near the end of the glass before you know it.

Mouth: medium bodied, slight dry finish in the end that might make some cringe a bit. The brew itself should be left to settle closer to room temperature where it's stickiness really comes through.

Overall: Very good brew, for roughly twelve bucks a 4-pack it is definitely well worth your investment. Enjoy with your favorite glass....Salud!

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz served in a 22 oz snifter

A - Pours inky black with an espresso head.

S - Chocolate, charred black malts, peat moss, black coffee, alcohol. It's sour, astringent and sweet all at the same time. Very rugged and edgy aroma.

T - Charred malts, over roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, earthy pine hops, licorice, hints of dark berry fruit, lots of tangy yeast, pretty sweet. Finishes roasty, bitter and dry.

M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, sharp and smooth at times.

Pretty rugged stout here. Very earthy and roasty but it has to be to stay ahead of the sweetness, which it does. I could sip on this by a campfire all night long.

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Photo of McDsB33rGuy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New to Minnesota, Always love a new brew. Not too heavy, Delightful to drink warm (Most beers I try both warm and chilled) except this one I didn't bother to try chilled.

Nice nutty characteristic didn't receive the hoppiness as the story on the packaging for told, "Then the intricate and commanding hop presence emerges" mostly the malts.

But overall silky, complex, makes you cry for more after the four.


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Photo of jegross2
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2011 vintage bottle poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color, pours one and a half fingers of creamy tan head that settles to about a half finger. Entirely opaque. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Sweet and creamy bitter chocolate. A little bit of toffee, some dark fruits. Hop bitterness and alcohol aromas at the back end. 4/5

Taste: Creamy, malty milk chocolate with light tones of sweet honey. Very malty-sweet, raisin and dark fruit, flavor on the mid-palate. Finishes with smoky dark chocolate that lingers a long time. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation (which is a bit much for a Russian Imperial Stout, but it's not over-carbonated). Finishes very dry. 3.5/5

Overall: A surprisingly good offering and attempt at the style by Leinenkugel, who makes some of the worst beer that often gets labeled as "craft" at bars. Nonetheless, Big Eddy does not stack up to most craft breweries' Russian Imperial Stout recipes. Certainly worth buying, and I would certainly try this beer again, but I would rather spend the extra couple of dollars for Ten Fidy if I am at a liquor store with a good selection.

Recommendation: This is a very good Russian Imperial Stout as a "gateway beer" for casual drinkers curious in the style (or just higher ABV beverages). For the more seasoned beer drinker, this one is also worth the moderate price.

Pairings: Hamburgers, maybe pumpkin pie.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of jrsaffert
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of muskabeatz
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter.

A- Pours nearly black, with hazelnut and amber hues around the edges. A rich, light brown head forms nicely above above the beer, and a thin coat remains until my glass is empty.

S- Nothing too wild. A lot of clean malt up front, followed by roasted malt, a slight vanilla presence, some cocoa nibs, and a surprising amount of nuttiness once the beer warms. Alcohol presence is negligible.

T- Here the beer comes alive a bit more. A modest roasted malt shows its face, followed by a pleasant swell of brownies and baker's chocolate on the finish. Really pretty tasty, but not as complex as I would typically expect from a good RIS. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Honestly, for coming from Leinenkugel's, this beer has pretty good mouthfeel. Not nearly as thick as some, but it does have a viscous feel that coats your mouth and lingers for a short while. Carbonation may be a tad high for my taste, but overall everything is pretty good here.

D- Very drinkable, especially when the alcohol content is taken into account. Overall, I was pleasantly by this beer. I would certainly buy it again, and recommend it to my friends as a solid, affordable RIS. I see this as the perfect gateway beer into the category, for people who aren't quite ready to go out and down a Dark Lord.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of maple syrup. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of maple syrup, and a hint of oak. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, blend, and great body. Lacking in roasted malt or hop bitterness.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 4/25/2011(bottled Dec 2010). Pours pitch black with a nice 1-2 finger very dense tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, apple, wood, light smoke, molasses, and caramel. Some nice and fairly complex aromas. Taste of rich chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, light fruit, coffee, roasted malt, herbal hops, and light smoke. Not much bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, herbal spiciness, coffee, and toffee for a good bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink at 9.5%. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. Easy drinking; with rich flavor, and nice balance.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Served in a Snifter glass

A - Pours black as night with a thin light brown head.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee. Complex smells hide the alcohol well.

T - Very malty taste. Dark fruits there but not as strong as on the nose. Coffee. Light hoppy bitterness. The alcohol adds a nice warming feeling as it goes down.

M - Thick body that really coats the mouth nicely. Light on the carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Very nice complex beer. My first from Leinenkugel. I am pleasantly surprised by this RIS. Overall this is a great stout.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gosox8787
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color and very thick. Pours a very light one finger head that is dark brown in color with some decent retention.

Aroma: Dark fruit, molasses and unsweetened chocolate really stand out upfront. Not much in the way of burn from the booze. Some light hop notes with some balancing bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Dark chocolate, some light char, caramel and dark fruits come out nicely upfront. Definitely more on the sweet side for a stout. Not much in the way of hop character but that really allows the complexity of the malt to come through. The ABV is also nicely integrated.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with some nice, light carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely and provides a warming character.

Overall, a nice surprise from Leinenkugel. There is a lot of complexity from the malt. The big unsweetened chocolate tones really provide a nice backbone and counterpoint to some of the sweeter notes from the base beer. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maish
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a dark tan head that last as a thick film for a good part of the beer. A bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smell of dark chocolate has a light chalk quality to it. There are strong smells of black malt with a slight hint of cardboard or wet wood in the background. The initial finish smell reminded me of a soy sauce hint and after that I couldn't get that thought out of my mind.

T- This beer has a dark chocolaty flavor supported by some roasted black malt followed by a smooth sweetness and a light molasses tang to it. The bitterness of black malt lingered after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and a light alcohol note increases as the beer warms.

D- This beer has full dark malt flavors with some creamy qualities that are nice. It was served a bit colder than I like so I will re-review at a cellar temp. Nice easy drinking RIS overall.

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Photo of spkissane
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cclark67789
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,281 ratings.
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