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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +2.1%
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 -25.5%
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 HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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 THSdrummer
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 -1.6%
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 -4.7%
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 -31.5%
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 -15.4%
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 -1.3%
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%
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 -5.5%
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 +14.6%
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 -1.3%
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 +8.3%
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 +10.7%
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 +9.9%
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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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a coffee colored head that trails the glass. The smell is full of dark chocolate with a bit of espresso. The taste was great with those semi sweet flavors melding with some dark fruit as well as a bit of tobacco. I liked it quite a bit but thought it was a little thin for a RIS that was 9.5%.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great dark brown brew with beautiful frothy khaki colored cap. Lacing up and down the sides. Licorice, roast, char, tobacco, and minimal chocolate make up the aroma. Taste is of roasted malts, ash, slight coffee with some cocoa mixed about. Not super thick but medium bodied enough for me to enjoy. This was overall a fantastic imperial stout that more than surpassed my expectations. Enjoy!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep black. Caramel head, medium density foam.

S: strong smell of chocolate. Milk chocolate.

T: extremely creamy, great chocolate taste,

M: fantastically creamy feel. Very thick. Has a nice boozy finish but not at all overpowering.

O: I picked this up because it looked interesting. I was extremely pleased. Never knew this existed. I will look for this again. Will probably do well with a little age too.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013 bottle served in a snifter glass.

So this is the third beer I've tried in Liney's Big Eddy series. Hopefully it is better than that cherry doppleschwartzbier cough syrup @#$%. The the dry hoped Oktoberfest was ok but the added hops ruined the traditional style. I digress, here we go...

Appearance: classic RIS. Thick, viscous, plenty of creamy tan head, black as night with no light shining through. On a side note, I really do like the labels of this series of beers. Great design.

Nose: plums, figs, raisins, prunes, prune juice, chocolate, roasted malts, campfire ashes, not boozy at all

Taste and Mouthfeel: creamy and rich, burnt malts, smokey, very dark chocolate (bakers), hoppy bite from the "3 distinct hops", not too bad. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall: It is an Americanized version of the classic RIS style. Not too bad and by far the best in their Big Eddy series so far. This 4-pack is from the 2013 release (Feb/Mar 2014 shelf time) so I'm thinking it has about a year of age on it. I'll try it again in a few months to see if things are changing. If they don't, I can certainly enjoy a few more of these. Not as good as other RISs I've tried but a nice offering from Liney's.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small beige head that settles to rim bubbles. A couple of streaks for lace. Near black color with no light passing through.

Smell of ash and charcoal. I note some sour cherry in the background.

The flavor reminds me of black coffee. Again, the post-grilling ash and charcoal show up in the swallow. There's a touch of sweetness at the very end that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Full bodied for the style, but not too much.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

passable, but something here i just dont like. its hotly alcoholic, way more than the abv should force, and way more than i think the style allows for, or should allow for, its distracting to a nice dark fruit and charcoal malt profile and i really cant get past it. it feels weird in the stomach and going down because of it, and im having a harder time enjoying the dark chocolate and vanilla and tobacco flavors in it. is there a touch of smoke to it? it certainly seems to pop up in the finish. others have described this as smooth, so maybe something was off with the bottle i had, but i wouldnt describe it like that at all, well, maybe texture, but certainly not in overall feel, it almost burns. the way paint smells this sort of feels, if that makes sense. still, i think the project is a noble one, and i think the beers isnt as bad as i am making it sound, but the alcohol exposure is a little much. looks amazing though, shiny black and heady forever. good to get a four pack of a style like this out there affordably too, which is probably this beers greatest merit.

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