Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,283 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:
1,283
Reviews:
489
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.76%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
181
For Trade:
7
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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 jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

S: Bit of a dark head, pitch black color.

N: dark malts, roast, light coffee, chewy light oats, bitter dakr chocolate, light chocolate malts, dark caramel malts.

T: Bitter earthy malts, chewy light creamy oats, light roast, bit of burnt roasted coffee grinds, dark choc and baker's choc, light fluffy, no hops, light syrupy malt extract a bit, semi bitter, but hides the booze well.

M: Heavier bodied with decent carb.

O: Surprisingly decent, not great but good, burnt flavors, nice bitter malts, nice chocolate and malts, could use a bit of hops.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first of the "Big Eddy" line.Poures nearly jet black except for just one small ring of ruby at the bottom of the glass when held right up to the light,a half finger creamy mocha colored head atop.Dark fruit with a slight sour tinge in the nose,a roasted nut note wich comes along with alot of the beers of the same style is there as well,odd no roast playing a role.Like drinking a liquid raisin at the first couple sips,oddly the roast is subdued as well as the chocolate,it's all about dark fruit and alcohol.I like this beer but it's one sided in the dark fruit category,still this is top notch from this brewery.Actually this is not the the first "Big Eddy" beer I have tried.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation but high for the style, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s not exactly what you look for in an RIS.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an extremely thin dark mocha head that dissipates to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Some light hints of dark cherry.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, there is a solid dark roasted malts with lighter hints of bittersweet chocolate, dark cherry, and licorice.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden and this beer is pretty easy to drink. Definitely a sipping beer but one to enjoy.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A special thanks to nflmvp for including this in a recent trade. Thanks Steve!

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an inky black with a 1/2 finger of burnt dark mocha colored head that leaves a ring of retention around edges with some thin wisps in the middle. Lacing was minimal. The aroma initially is deep notes of chocolate sweetness, coffee, roasted malts, a quite prominent dark fruit element, and heat. As it warms, the fruits and alcohol become more and more pungent creating a hazy smelling mixed fume of each.

The taste is more of the same. Chocolate, coffee, and light roasted malt notes up front that gives way to a pervasive tangy dark fruit presence that mixes with heat to give off a sticky feel of sweetness. Finishes with some light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a sticky viscous feel. The heat element is quite beefy but never quite gets to be stinging, just opting to add a little more heft to the proceedings.

This was quite the interesting RIS, with a taste profile that really skewered towards the dark fruit side of things. A little too much at times I'm afraid. A little more roasted malt or hop character to balance all that sweetness would have really helped. Still, this was a decent enough sipper of a RIS and one that I'm most grateful for having had the chance to try.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't read the bottle date on the bottle but I know this has a year or two of age on it if not more. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is very rich with caramel, chocolates and dark fruits. The sweet maltiness and sugary dark fruits are bold in it, but also very good. Just a hint of roastiness is there. Really nice aroma, I was very surprised how good it was.

The taste also shows a lot of sweet, malty flavors to it throughout. I get a lot of dark fruits mixing with a sugary brown sugar flavor. Caramel and molasses come out as well as a little dark chocolate in the finish. It's pretty good, but felt a little more balance to offset the sugary sweetness would have gone a long way.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a very flavorful and really good beer. I was really surprised by how rich and flavorful it was. It did feel a little overly sweet at times, but overall it was a very good beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of vfgccp
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like 10,000 mile motor oil with a pinky of mocha colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention, much viscosity

S: Oaky & vanilla notes, figs & raisins, they fade a bit as this warms

T: Dark fruit, woody hops, prunes & dryness up front. Some charred grain as this warms, along with some boozey coarseness, a touch of smokeyness & more pruney notes. Finishes dry, fruitty & with some woody hops, plus a kiss of carob

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation

A decent Imp Stout, doesn't compare well to the best, but easily the best beer I've had from these guys

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

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a full, unyielding inch of dark tan-colored head.

Smell: Incredibly roasty and still rather sweet-smelling aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, black coffee, and a rather notable dark fruitiness.

Taste: Strong, assertive roasted malts with full flavors of bittersweet chocolate sauce, espresso, blackstrap molasses, licorice, and even dark caramel. Very rich raisin fruitiness. Maybe, just maybe even a few blackberries. Mainly, there's a roasty, earthy bitterness at work, but there's also some minor hints of citrus in the distant background. One single drop of soy sauce. It's a tad warming, but otherwise the alcohol is nearly completely hidden. Finishes drying with a lingering mingling of roast and fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Lusciously smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One after another, I've found the Leinenkugel lineup to be made up of nothing but downright dumpy, unrewarding beers. It's one thing to be unable to brew a good beer, but to able to brew a delightful beer and simply opt not to is completely criminal.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque onyx with a fleeting glimpse of scarlet along the bottom edge. For all intents and purposes, though, this is a light sucker of the highest order. The head looks like it means business as well. It's dark cappuccino brown and looks be as thick as a coffee milkshake. A tremendous lace display solidifies an appearance score that was already well-earned.

The nose is pretty much everything that an RIS nose should be. It's roasted black malty and is just complex enough. It looks those '11 malts and grains' were put to good use. The hops are also appreciated, which is something of a surprise since the beer was brewed in late 2007.

Big Eddy is very good beer that actually tastes more like an RIS than an American double stout. It has an underlying tart fruitiness that took some getting used to during the first few mouthfuls. I'm diggin' it now, though. It's probably due the American hops, despite the fact that the malt sugars have pummeled most of the bitterness into oblivion.

The flavor profile features molasses mixed with honey, bittersweet chocolate, dark brown sugar and a few handfuls of white grapefruit rind. It all adds up to a marvelous melange that my taste buds are having a great deal of fun with. Alcohol is felt, not tasted. This is quality beer from 'A' to 'Z'.

The mouthfeel is full without being heavy. There's an amazing amount of beer still stuck to the inside of my mouth after the swallow. You want chewy? You got chewy. Nougat chewy.

I am not a fan of JLBC beer. I am a huge fan of Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout. This is the real deal and is an offering that deserves to be brewed every year. Thanks to the felonious one for the bottle.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woodychandler
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another of my frequent trade partners, optimator13, sent this to me to help me keep my bottle numbers aligned with my CANs.
Yay!

From the bottle: " ... was ... the Big Eddy Spring in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Its waters guiding us through five generations of genuine brewing heritage."; "Dark and complex with 11 malts and grains balanced by three different and distinct hops."

I may have been a little heavy-handed in my pour, given the massive two-plus fingers of deep-brown head that I created. The beer actually seemed to be cascading for a moment! It looked like the top of a chocolate milkshake. Nose was rich with a deep, dark chocolate roasty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a very smoky, charcoal flavor initially, somewhat medicinal in its bitterness. I feel left out on this one, since I am not a big fan of the style to begin with and I just am not liking this particular iteration. It was bitter, but in a burnt, not hoppy way and I just could not get behind it. Finish left me feeling like I had been drinking charcoal water. Oof.

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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 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 orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black as night with a big two finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some dark berries. It smells very sweet with a bit of a berry twang toward the end.

T - Starts off with a good bit of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, coffee, and some black berries. Even with all the sweet dark flavors going on the fruitiness is still quite prominent. The finish has quite a bit of dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, syrupy, feel lingering through the finish.

O - While I didn't "love" this beer I did enjoy it. It had a nice berry component you don't get very much with bigger stouts. Good but far from great.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

I'm not sure why, but I'm kinda wary of a beastly imperial stout with a twist-off cap. Wariness aside, it pours a deep motor oil topped by a substantial amount of brown foam. The nose comprises molasses, caramelized brown sugar, dark roasted malts, light fusel, and light burnt coffee beans. The taste runs similarly, though everything is darker, more roasted. I never thought I'd say this, but it all seems too dark and roasted for its own good. I'm not getting too much of the heat that others are, though it is in no way mild. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an only slightly chewy feel. Overall, while not necessarily hot, I feel this is indeed an overly young stout. Perhaps with age it could achieve something (or, at least, get it's lazy ass off its mother's couch and get a goddamn job), but until then it's too much roast with too little mass.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,283 ratings.
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