Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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86
very good
1,280 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,280
Reviews:
488
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
182
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,280 |  Reviews: 488
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pleased that Prince Murray Swine recommended and sent this. A classic RIS and they nailed the style. Big bold bitter black and a full coffee. Full mouthfeel. Coffee in, chocolate coating but not over on the chocolate as per the new wave. I know many malts were used, but it is definately coming out on the strong bitter side.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, slight coffee, and a mild soy sauce aroma. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but nothing too special for the style.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The poured out as a rich thick looking black brew with a moderate sized brown colored head on top. The retention is a little on the thin side after a while. The smell of the beer is sweet and boozy, it has a light roasted aroma. The taste of the beer has a solid roasted burnt flavor with a nice long bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, I feel that it was a bit too light bodied but that's only if I'm really picky. The beer is smooth and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is very impressive from Leinenkugel's. This is something I would have never expected from this brewery. I found it to be impressive.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The bear is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with wispy patterns of tan bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass; the lacing never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of licorice in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of roasted malt flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with s light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beeris very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2011 vintage

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded black pry-off pressure cap and classy appealing label acquired for $3.49 USD at my local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on the brewery but the label/marketing is sound and I'm in the mood for a good Russian Imperial Stout. 2012 vintage. 9.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of lovely khaki-tan colour; it's rich and decadent. Has a great shiny soft complexion and good smooth even consistency. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a Russian Imperial Stout. While far from unique or special, it's a beer I'm looking forward to trying. I don't notice any overt flaws. It's absolutely to-style.

Sm: I'm pleasantly surprised given the brewery. It's got plenty of chocolate and chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, hints of coffee, and even a bit of roasted barley (something I always look for in a stout). Cream. It's certainly sweet, but pleasantly so. Cocoa powder.

I don't find any yeast character or alcohol. The hop profile is really buried as well.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of mild strength and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Could Leinenkugel's actually have an above average beer on their hands?

T: Hm. Not quite the breakout Leinenkugel's hit I was hoping for. It's a pretty generic build for a Russian Imperial Stout, with your standard notes of chocolate/chocolate malt/cocoa powder, caramel, dark malts, and a nice sweetness. Any coffee notes I convinced myself I was finding on the aroma are nowhere to be found here. I do get some raisin and (unfortunately for my personal tastes) some licorice/fennel. There's some unwelcome charred and burnt characteristics, but they're forgivable. The roast has also faded, much to the beer's detriment. That said, it's pretty balanced and certainly pretty cohesive - albeit not quite gestalt.

It's not a horribly complex or subtle beer (especially considering the style), but I rather like it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's not really any nuance here.

No yeast character, hop profile, or alcohol come through.

Mf: Has a sickening stickiness to it. A bit syrupy. Too thick. Smooth and wet. Slick. Chewy. The mouthfeel is admittedly quite a trainwreck, but it could be worse. At least it's not astringent or boozy. Overcarbonated. Too full-bodied. Bad presence on the palate. The texture doesn't suit the taste all that well.

Dr: Ordinarily, the whole "we used x amount of malts" marketing approach is indicative of a gimmicky beer, but this Leinenkugel's offering stays pleasingly close to style conventions and doesn't feel as cheap/artificial as most of their core offerings. It's a bit too sweet and it won't blow your socks off, but for a macrobrewed Russian Imperial Stout from a usually unremarkable brewery, it's surprisingly quaffable. I wouldn't get it again at $3.49, but I'm sure I overpayed given the bottle shop I acquired this at. It's absolutely worth trying at a reasonable price and I'm not disappointed. I'll be giving Leinenkugel's a little more attention - at least insofar as their limited releases are concerned - going forward.

High C

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a magnificent obsidian, with a huge head that settles slowly and coats the glass with lace

Smell: Syrupy aroma with burnt coffee, molasses and dried dark fruit predominating

Taste: Opens with a mouthful of viscous molasses and espresso that just builds and adds black raspberry and fudge as it sweetens by mid-palate; after the swallow, some licorice and tobacco flavors emerge, but the sweetness continues to build, too eagerly, to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky with smoothly moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Six months of age have yet to cut the sweetness factor; a very nice attempt at the style but ultimately, the sweetness becomes cloying

Thanks, tangfoot, for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 re-review ('08 vintage):
Been saving this one for the dead of winter, and it looks like it's time. (HFS... reviewed this almost exactly 2 years ago. Am I on my cycle or what?) Bumping up M/D scores this time around.

Charred, inky black into a tulip glass, this RIS leaves an intricate lacing, the foam even has a rusty brown tint. Opaque and black.

Aroma has elements of espresso, raisin, prune, and sweet milk chocolate. The 2 years of age is ever so slightly noticeable, but not as musty as some RIS' i've had.

Full and rich, this is like a melted chocolate espresso milkshake. Long aftertaste of roasty malts, chocolate, and a mild plum/prune/raisin note. A strong RIS contender that hits all the notes for me. Hope they bring this back...

01-07-2008
Pours pitch black, with a ton of creamy mocha foam. Underestimating it's volatility, it was quickly poured into a tulip, and it foamed over. Once under control, there were 3 fingers of foam billowing up and over the rim. A thick ring of lace encircled the rim of the glass.

Aromas of chocolate, malted milk "whoppers" candy, and a hint of smoke.

Bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, and a long finish of earthy char. Sweet fruit character is tempered by underlying bitterness. Very earthy and roasty. Distinct lactic character as well.

Smooth and silky, although the alcohol becomes apparent after it sits in the glass for awhile. One and done for me, but it's a very solid RIS. Best thing Leinie's has going...

$2.99 single from Riley's, Madison.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Grub: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with loads of sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet cloying notes with some light notes of black chocolate and coffee. Full body with oily texture and good retention and no apparent alcohol. I think I am going against the grain on this one but I just can't like these super sweet imperial stout; I prefer them when they are more balance with coffee and black chocolate.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left some nice sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and some molasses. There was a mild floral presence, too.

T - Much like the aroma with chocolate, caramel, molasses and toffee. Just enough bitterness to add some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a dry finish.

D - This is a fine imperial stout but not a great one. Pretty good considering most of Leinie's other offering are average.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Some of the old batch. Opened at Dark Lord Day 2009.

Pours a very dark color bordering on black. There is a pretty good mocha head. The nose is really nice with a good dose of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of black licorice. The taste wasn't quite as complex, with the chocolate and roast going through a bit more. Feel is pretty nice and thick. Drinks well and very impressive that this came from Leinenkugel.

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Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of tan head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a deep brown/black.

Aroma: Roasted malts , coffee, chocolate, chocolate milk, creamy, and some earthy hops.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, creamy milk flavors, roasted malts, coffee. Pretty hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter and roasted. Dry. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, not a top notch RIS. Too roasted for me. Has an odd milky flavor to it.

EDIT (1-6-11) I just opened a bottle of this from the first batch and didn't realize it. I forgot about the old label. Anyway, when I was drinking it, I knew something was different because it tasted so much better. This beer reminds me of darkness 08 or 11. This stuff is great. RICH and creamy. Very smooth. A nice coffee roast, a lot of chocolate, and a nice mix of dark dried fruits. Leines should have kept this beer a small batch series and made more like this. At the price point that this once was, you can't beat it. I wish I had more of these. Oh and the best by date was: 03-09-08. Only 4 years past its prime haha

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