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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jale
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jesse for this bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a good finger of brown head.

S: Roasted malt, caramel and green olives from a jar.

T: Sweet with roasted malt, caramel and good hop bitterness at the finish. Slightly acetic. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium-thick body with decent carbonation.

O: Not very complex to me. One is enough for me.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared during a small Charlotte BA tasting with marine1975, caSSino, CarolinaKevin, and GehenHerzog. Big thanks to GehenHerzog for bringing this one to share! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured black with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peach, plum, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, plum, slight roasted malt, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one really struck me as strange. It was really hard to pick up on the notes on the aroma too, so I was really surprised to find peaches and plums. The flavor was nice and smooth though which made it decently enjoyable. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I would go out of my way to do so again.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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 BarleyStud
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was introduced to this stout at Prop's On Long Lake in WI. Where I was "warned" that it would cost $4 per glass. It was served in small snifter glass, with the typical black color and 3/4 " head. The smell was hard to find because smoking in the bar was allowed, although banned (finally) in WI.

The taste blew me away. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries. I have since tasted it rom the bottle and it was not nearly as good. As with most, the draft taste was much better.

If you ever see Big Eddy on tap, keep buying it and call someone to help you get your butt back home.

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Photo of Jayli
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Sinatra716 via Show Someone What You're Made of BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter.

A: This beer pours a deep, opaque, chocolate brown, with a two finger of foamy brown head. Head retains nicely leaving wisps of chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is raisin, plum, licorice, vanilla, alcohol, and minor chocolate notes.

T: Taste starts with molasses and brown sugar. Middle is where the dark fruit of plum and raisin comes on through. Mild bitter chocolate notes with vanilla come through. Finish is an interesting mix of light alcohol notes with more plum flavoring, and a bit of caramel malt and hints of toffee.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, thick chewy feel to this one.

D: Goes down relatively easily, tasty, filling, good kick, not a bad representation of style. This was an interesting RIS - not as robust as most in the style, really takes on more of the sweeter side with dark fruits. I think this is a one and done for me, though for those looking for a sweeter RIS with kick, this isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a jet black opaque liquid with a rather robust and slightly bubbly dark brown head.

S-the nose has an acrid roast up front, molasses and toffee, a fair bit of slightly sour green apple, with some dark chocolate lightly in the back.

T-lots of roasted malt with a ton of green apple right behind. acrid, burnt coffee with notes of molasses and dark chocolate. Somewhat fruity in the back.

M-medium body and very smooth on the palate, almost creamy. not thin but not thick at all. soft lightly carbonated finish.

D-interesting imperial stout, goes in a slightly different direction. a little sweet in the finish and the green apple is very different.

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Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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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Photo of Keffa
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with a dark tan 2 finger head, leaves sheets of small lacing all over the glass, and has legs behind it. Settles into a full cap about 1/8". The lacing holds on for several minutes before finally settling back into the head. Excellent.

S: Chocolate and roast are dominant. Some lightly wood like hops make an appearance, before some odd notes come out. I get bourbon, for some reason. I know it's not bourbon barreled, so this is a bit odd. Still works well. Some nice molasses notes come through in the background.

T: Molasses, coffee, and dark fruit. Some woody hop. Very nice roast flavors as well. Alcohol notes come out every so often. Chocolate in the background.

M: Lightly carbonated, coats the palate well, but is on the thin side of full bodied, if that makes sense. Not nearly as thick/full bodied as the Storm King I drank about an hour ago.

D: Not bad. The alcohol doesn't hide overly well, but past that, the flavor is good. Finishes on the dry side of things.

This is a pretty decent beer. My first Leinie, and it's pretty good. I wish I would have grabbed another, so I could age it and see if the alcohol notes mellow out.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black in color, inky, like used diesel. The head was about a half finger and slowly dissipated into a sheen. Lacing was ok.

Smelled rather nice, a blend of intense roasted malts, hops, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like prunes, figs and raisins.

Taste is rather nice, great roasty malt character, a surprising hoppiness, slightly smoky, nutty.

Feel is nice, quite thick and luxurious, full bodied, moderate smoky bitter aftertaste and a tangy alcohol component.

Drinks well enough for the style. A rather nice beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split and poured into a tulip.

A: Dark cola brown with black edges. Tiny amount of dark beige head. Soapy lace ring.

S: Melted chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark roast malts and a good amount of booze.

T: Dry cocoa powder, coffee, molasses, burnt malts and loads of hot booze.

M: Thick syrupy body with just a hint of carbonation.

D: This one has some rough edges. I'm thinking a good year will make this very drinkable.

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Photo of imagese
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap @ Lunar

A- dark brown with slight lightness @ edges. 2 finger head faded fast, and left soapy lacing

S- great chocolate malt and dark fruit. Sweet boozy finish

T- much like the nose, but a roasted finish

M- falls short. Nice carbonation, but too thin

D- overall, very easy and smooth

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2009.

Pours thick, oily black with a half inch head of tan. A solid skim coat with ripped sheets of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with Hershey's syrup, roasted malt, nougat, and malted milk balls. Hints of char, brownies, and black cake follow through.

Full bodied with a viscous, thick mouthfeel. Very chewy and batter-like.

Dark chocolate, brownie batter, crushed Oreo shells, and coffee grounds start the palate. A grainy vineousity steps forward along with a somewhat coarse bitterness. A mild ashiness follows through.

Finishes with lingering malted chocolate, a slight vineous tartness, and ash-dusted brownies.

This is one big, thick stout. The graininess, ash, and light tartness detract but otherwise a real beast.

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Photo of Soneast
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color, with some hints of amber/brown on the edges. Grows a quarter-inch brown colored head, with decent retention, although eventually dropping to a small bubbly ring.

Aroma is pretty strong, lots of roast malt and chocolate character, with some burnt caramel, molasses-like aromatics and preserved fruits.

Flavor is quite roasty, tastes like burnt grain and bitter dark chocolate with some semi-sweet marshmallow-like flavors and toffee. The finish has a pretty strong bitterness, which is lingering and slightly unpleasant.

I dunno this beer isn't all that bad, IMO. All the flavors and aromatics fit the style and overall the flavors are pretty tasty. The bitter finish is a little much, getting to an almost metallic character. Too much hops? Surprising for a company that generally brews to the lowest common denominator. Although I suppose a lack of experience brewing a style like this may have led to the imbalance? Too much bitterness from the roast malt, but they didn't adjust the bittering hops to compensate? Or not.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 arizcards
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack from Total Wine in mid-November for $9.99.

Beer poured black as night with a brown head that disappeared quickly.

Nose is primarily malts with some hints of chocolate.

Taste is sweet, chocolate dominates, slightly roasted malt backbone, some hop balance is there in the end.

Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is low, very smooth finish.

Drinkability is good. The chocolate bitterness and the smooth finish make this beer worth trying.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tumpster as an add

Pours a thick tan head with a viscous black body.

Smell of sweet malt, figs, plums

Taste of sweetness, delicious fresh plum with some toffee, and sweet cocoa presence. A bit of licorice with the darker malts flavors.

Mouthfeel falls a bit flat. A lot of this beer is running off of the sweetness and as such I really enjoyed it. Im a sucker for sweet beers.

I was happy to have tried this, I think I passed by a review of it at some point but had never seeked it out. Would definitely drink again. Nice job by a big brewery

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Photo of bs870621345
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bwiechmann for sending this to me as an extra.

Pours black with an inch and a half of mocha head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark fruits and copper.

Taste is sweet, plums, caramel, roast, and that metallic twang shows up again.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, creamy, and not too carbonated. Its pretty good.

Drinkability suffers because of that metallic twang.

Its not bad, but its nothing I'd search for again.

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Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra, cheers Jesse!

A: Pours a dark brown with no translucence. Two finger mocha head which falls to thick quilt of foam. Moderate lacing.

S: Raisin, cocoa, malts, again, raisin. Very nice nose on this. Hints of molasses, licorice, anise. Goddamn beautiful nose.

T: The yeast doesn't offer appropriate tones to this beer (IMO). The nose follows through, but the flavor is negatively impacted by the yeast strain I believe. Decent finish though.

M: Heavy body with low/medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry (surprisingly).

D: love the nose, taste - not so much. Although tolerable, this is not particularly nice as a RIS.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer as part of my second place Fantasy Football BIF. Served from a bottle into my Kentucky Ale snifter. This beer looks Good in my snifter. Black with a Nice quarter inch khaki head That fades to a ring of cream.
Smell is nice but muted. Mostly roasted and a little dark fruit. Doesn't really jump out if the glass you have to work for the aroma.
Taste is good nothing that will wow you but enjoyable. Very mild chocolate coffee with some acidity on the fizzy finish. Some sips bring more chocolate than bitter coffee. Tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer for me. Perfect body that is medium to slightly full bodied. Coats the palate and delivers the nice pleasing carbonation.
drinkability is great for s ruskie. Not to sweet and not to heavy. Overall a solid well made beer that could benefit from some more prominent flavors. Glad I got to try this Wisconsin brew. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark beauty with a righteous tan head. Positive for lace.

The nose is fraught with dark fruit and rindy tones. Rich and chocolate whipple dipple.

The taste is decent at the onset, but with a somewhat rotten aftertaste. Spoiled darkfruits, not pleasing overripe darkfruits, wreak havoc on the brew in the late moments. Subtle offness is detectable 'neath a thin profile that is perhaps a bit anorexic for an Imperial. The taste betrays the appearance and aromas of this beer. A near miss.

Mouthfeel is a pinch flimsy and perhaps not a staunch example of the Imperial designation. It seems a bit cost effective and crossover.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to the aforementioned chinks in the armor. Not a huge proponent of this beer in the grand scope of the market. Jacob, you cheapskate!

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark, viscous black beer with 1 1/2 fingers of mocha colored head. Thick sheets of lacing as well.

S: Burnt, toasted malts. I'm also getting a leathery, smokey scent. Some faint molasses as well.

T: Heavy roasted malts. Light chocolate and the same flavors in the smell.

M: Chewy feel to it. Have to give it Leinenkugel's for this one. Full body and moderate to low carbonation.

D: A nice sipper, but not outstanding in my book. Glad to try this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and oily with a rich overtone of smoky molasses and firm hints of semi-sweet chocolate and quality roast coffee. It pours opaque sable just a shade above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, peristent tan head. Flavor is like a sweet mocha with tones of smoky wood and hints of molasses and caramel as well as a hoppy-bitter undertone. Texture is smooth and fizzy, alcohol bite is subtle rather than fierce, and finish is rough and tingly.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Donnie boy for the gift of four Big Eddy's.

Appearance: Opaque, black-brown liquid pours oily and viscious into the glass kicking up about an inch of dark brown foamy head.

Smell: Black cherries, espresso, chocolates. Heavy roasted malt.

Taste: Espresso and dark semi-sweet chocolate, anise notes, dark fruit, light smoke and hop bitterness. Initially somewhat acidic/sweet the roasted malt character and also the anise notes increase in strength as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Slick and medium body. Just a bit too thin for the style. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I won't knock it for being a product from a large-scale operation. It's a reasonably good attempt at a RIS, a bit thin, but made unique by it's misses, it's reasonably priced, and drinkable.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice brownish blackish color with a brownish head. Taste of coffee, chocolate among others. Smells heavenly. Very crisp feeling in the mouth and smooth drinkabilty going all the way down. Definitely a good beer to have a good day or when you had it up to your eyeballs at work

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown, almost black. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head that dissipated to a thick cap. Laced in thin, unbroken rings.

S: Bitter espresso, chocolate and black cherries. A smokey and earthy character underlying it all.

T: Much like the nose; espresso, bitter chocolate and aged black cherries (if there is such a thing). Smokey character builds in the middle. A little sweeter than many, but definitely flavorful.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Oily and silky smooth. The flavors are really big and build yet disguises the alcohol well.

D: Though disguised well, the alcohol keeps it from being really drinkable in quantity.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,291 ratings
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