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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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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485
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1,273
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
20.83%
 
 
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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 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 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 WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't even know that Leinenkugel made a Russian Imperial Stout, so I was pretty surprised to see this at the local Kroger. There was no price tag so the cashier sold it for 6 bucks for a four pack. I'm guessing that was a good price, appears pitch black in body. Large tan head forms thick velvet texture, I like the cascading effect as this one dwindles. Fine speckled lacing is even around the entire glass. Aroma has some dark ripened fruit notes hints of cherry/raisin notes. Roasted malts with a touch of soy sauce/anise like notes. Dark roasted malt brings in hints of chocolate and coffee but these noted don't stand out as much as other features I mentioned. Alcohol plays a pretty big factor in the nose here, I can really smell the booze in this one. Flavor has a tart cherry/raisin sweetness wrapped in dark chocolate dry alcoholic finish with dark nearly burnt roasted malts. Body is somewhat thin for the style alcohol is a bit too prominent on the palate, it hits with dark roasted malt and ripened fruit notes finishes a bit boozey. Drinkability overall is one and done type of pseudo craft, this is a good representation of the style I just think it would do better with some age I have three left, I'll update my reviews accordingly.

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

The beer is dark brown, near black, with a half inch of beige head that coats the snifter in lacing. Very presentable.

The aroma offers dark roast, chocolate. Hints of coffee, but the aroma is dominated by dark chocolate and charred roasted malt.

The flavor follows suit. Straightforward for the style. Simple and well executed. Lingering chocolate and roast flavors with a slight bitterness in the finish. A bit dry in the back as well. Surprisingly good, I'll admit this is much better than I anticipated. Recommended.

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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 stakem
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sharing this at Corey's tasting on 11/13/10.

Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears black in color with some lighter brown around the edges. A creamy dark brown head appears and does not retain all that well. Some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite dark and fruity akin to plums. Some yeasty notes run rampant throughout suggesting this is a fairly young offering. The taste of this brew continues with the yeast character, slight fruit suggesting plums, raisins and coffee in the aftertaste. The alcohol is fairly evident accenting the dark grain roastiness of this brew.

The perceived bitterness seems to come more from the char of the grain instead of hops in this brew. This is a medium bodied offering with a creamy smooth feel with a light level of carbonation. Overall it wasn't a bad brew but the sheer amount of yeast character evident in both the aroma and taste just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.2%

2013 vintage:

Pours pitch black with a lasting brown head. Great retention for the style.

The smell is of rich chocolate, roasted espresso and anise.

The taste follows the nose - robust chocolate sweetness balanced by sour-ish dried dark fruit and earthy/anise-like notes and roasted espresso. Complex and delicious.

Dangerously smooth, this is a rich, enjoyable RIS!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackness, with a big, thick roasted tan head, sits long in the glass...nice, and lovely...

Aroma gives us everything we expect from a RIS, rich cocoa, loads of bittersweet espresso/coffee flavors, some anise, some black pepper, a cadre of dark fruit flying in...with the rich, decadent chocolate taking command...that's this.
Many things going on, here, many flavors, many wonders...good, good stuff...

Taste: more dark fruits spark up to greet the chocolate, blackberries, and suchwise...full in the mouth,full in the finish...thick and rich and utterly...decadent and, well, full!

The folks who make their daily bread with HoneyWeiss and Berry Weiss, well, yeah, it seems, they CAN brew a RIS. And here's the proof, right here in my mouth. Big Eddy's has to sit in with every top notch RIS, it has few flaws, it's only drawback is that it fills the bill, but has nothing to really bring it forward. A good example of an RIS, maybe even very good, but not quite great...although, ...almost....

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

03-18-2008
Pours a solid black with a good sized tan head that gets sticky on the glass as I get my drink on. Aroma is vinous with some dried fruit. Taste is chocolaty and fruity up front with some alcohol burn and bitterness in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Great impy stout, I wish I had more than one I’d like to see this one age. Great job Lienenkugel!<BR>

12/07/2012
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that shows great retention and moderate lace. The aroma is a bit roasty and fruity with a strange almost plastic phenol in there that detracts from everything else. Light earthy hop and a hint of ethanol round out the nose. The flavor is roasty and chocolate with a fair amount of dark fruit along with some brown sugar and caramel. Thick body with a rich creamy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This beer finally made it to my state, and since I enjoyed it so much the first time, I jumped at the first four pack I found. How's that Don Henley song go? "Don't look back, you can never look back" Either this beer has really changed, or my palette has. This is a decent stout, but really nothing special.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, vintage 2011.

A very thick creamy head, hot chocolate cocoa brown in appearance, thick to a finger off the pour in the head, some soda like pinhead bubbles on the sides of the glass not too bad, and the body color is a very dark brown walnut almost black, can't see through it too much.

Nose is very fruit forward. Hints of sharp sweet red fruits, red raspberries, missing the classic character of roast and malt (coffee/chocolate) but I don't seem to mind. It gives me the sense something bigger is coming.

Palate taste all seems to be in the finish. Hints of fruit from the nose come in the mid palate, but a real aftertaste of char and cheap tobacco and cigarettes. Roast malts come out after repeated sips, but doesn't linger. Strangely hop bitter, almost off putting almost astringent.

Overall it's a strange sensation that you get a big fruit rush, and then a charring char taste mostly in the finish. Feel could be a bit better on this but I could easily drink this again.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Good looking pitch black. No head or lacing.

Smell - The only aroma I get is a slight burnt malt.

Taste - sweet malt like melted chocolate. I can't make out anything else.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy.

Drinkability - Not something that I feel a need to drink again. Not unpleasant just kind of forgetable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, slick, brown-to-black coloring with a thin, filmy ring of brown bubbling around the surface. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, a touch of earthiness, and an overbearing sugary sweetness. Flavors are muddled on a rich, creamy body. Fruity sweet overtones, with hints of banana blending along the dark molasses and earthy tones. Some bitter coffee and hints of booze create a slightly limp backbone. The body is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't match up to it. Slightly bitter, boozey finish, but not overpowering or cloying.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The JLBC Imperial Stout is a big beer that is great for an after dinner aperitif. The beer pours an opaque black with ecru head that is not leaving much lace. The scent carries a light peat and earth. The taste is a strong rich taste bolster my slightly chocolate roast and espresso. There also is an earthy hint. The mouthfeel is a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout.

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

A - Black and viscous, with a brown creampy thin head.

S - A big bouquet of smokey wood, smoked meats, bitter roasted coffee. A salty spiced alcohol scent.

T - Robust, roasty and smokey. Dried, smoked wood and bitter black coffee. A sweet and tangy aftertaste. The alcohol is masked pretty well here.

M - Silky, creamy smooth body. Viscous and a dry finish.

O - Not a bad stout, but short of my expectations of a RIS. Possibly rest one for a year?

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark black. Two fingers of foamy medium brown head with good retention.

S - Very interesting nose. A big sweetness up front with roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, molasses, burnt caramel and dark fruit aromas. A fairly prominent dark fruit component.

T - Huge sweetness up front, as the nose indicated. Huge chocolate covered cherry flavour along with roasted malts, dark fruit, milk chocolate and caramel. There is a noticeable hop presence in the background - just enough to know it is there while providing a light earthy background flavour. Some licorice in the background too. Fairly complex and interesting but a touch too sweet.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stub & Herb's for only $5 a pint. Get it while you can. Appears a pitch black with a short tan head, no lacing.

This immediately reminds me of Surly Darkness. Not because they taste identical, but because its the most similar RIS I've had in terms of a smooth body and esters. It starts out with a mild dry cocoa note and then dives into a mix of chocolate-covered berries and hoppy citrus rind. It finishes with a big caramel-coated espresso bitterness (with some hops character mixed in) and medium-weight body that makes this all the more drinkable. It's a shame this beer will soon be extinct. Easily the best beer Leiny's ever made and one of the best RIS's I've had. Definitely a favorite.

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

A nice beer from an average brewery...

Dark chocolate pour, some brown and reddish hues. Capped with a chocolate shake/malt head, somewhat dense. Lacing was quite nice.

Caramel, vanilla, and cocoa make up most of the nose. Some roasted malt and dark bread. Almond bark, somewhat sharp.

Slight coffee up front on the taste. Caramel and cocoa come and go, a bit boozy thins out the stickiness. The sharpness isn't quite managed as it becomes metallic and something like oily. The flavors are nice, but with the abv where it is I would like more robustness. Not sure if age would help on this. Vanilla and caramel linger and smooth out.

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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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit and heavily roasted malt notes, as well as a hint of soy sauce. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of heavily roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some dark fruit, raisins and soy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short light char colored head on a near black body. Collar throughout. Thin alcohol legs.

Sweetness. Dark chocolate syrup. Molasses and raisins. Very distinct.

Compliments the aroma well. Cocoa maltiness with a touch of roast. Would guess at 9%abv

Medium to medium thick mouthfeel. Low end of carbonation.

Very drinkable impy stout from MillerCoors. The nose smells like a Dark Lord Jr. to me. Good for price point. Would have again.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 2011 vintage into a tulip.

Fairly black in colour, maybe the lightest hint of a deep red around the edges when held to the light. Brown head with moderate density, somewhat creamy retention and ok lacing. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate in the nose, subtler notes of dark fruits and brown sugar. Maybe even a touch of roast/smoke. Taste has dark chocolate in terms of bitterness, but a bit of creamy milk chocolate comes thorugh midway through the sip. Undertones of sweet dark fruits, with some sugary notes and quite a bit of roast, lasting long into the finish. Bitter and moderately drying palate, medium-heavy body. Good carbonation, smooth but sticky. Gets a little sweet at times. Enjoyable, without being too complex.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Jersey poured into a pint glass, a nice looking bottle.

Big Eddy pours out really bold black dark night sky with a dark tan head mocha like foam that raises up and dies into a cap leaving nice patterns. smell is roasted malt up front, dark fruit some chocolate. The fruit comes out and I get hints of a certain Jamacian stout, meaning some rotting may be a coming, I'll be drinking quick. Taste is a nice roasty stout that has nice stout characteristics mentioned above and some too much, namely the dark fruit. The feel is very thin for the style and needs a boost to keep things in check. Above medium, but not chewy enough for style, carbed nice. Glad I tried this one, needs a bigger build.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a thick black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy dark tannish color, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is big on malts, toffee/chocolate/coffee/caramel, nice touch of vanilla as well. The taste is very nice malty, with nice tones of toffee/chocolate/coffee/caramel, with some nic sweetness from the vanilla. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is my first from this brewery, and it is mighty tasty. Thanks Andrew.

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Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Leinenkugel pours a midnight black with a reddish brown, one finger head. It smells like a baltic porter. It has some malty sweetness to it. It tastes rich, chocolaty sweet, and has a nice maltiness to it. I really like it and it's really surprising me. I certainly didn't expect anything of this quality. The way it drinks is where it especially stands out. This is possibly the smoothest stout I've ever had. It's full body but is so soft, so smooth that it's hard to believe this came from Leinenkugel. Why have they been hiding this? This beer is so drinkable, so delicious that this should've been released years ago. What a beer. I hope they don't limit it's release.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.
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