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

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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 DanThomas
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not generally a fan of RIS-style beers, but thought I'd give this one a try.

A- Thick and syrupy, black as night. About a centimeter or so off-white foamy head that adds a real nice touch to this beer.

S- Sweet brown sugar, some bitter dark chocolate, and hints of berry.

T- Lots of dark-roast malt and very bitter chocolate, which I like. Sweetness and a little alcohol at the back, just the right amount to warm the loins.

M- This is where this beer doesn't do so much for me. I don't know how to describe it right, but there's such a quick transition in the beer from the front to the back of the mouth. I'd like some of those really good flavors to develop in depth a little bit more. The upside of this, however, is that it's a little lighter on the palate then you might expect.

D- For me, this is my favorite RIS that I've had apart from the Yeti. It is an exceedingly easy drinker, too. Hope that they brew this more frequently!

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle on the late tip poured into my duvel tulip.

A- a hard pour yields three huge fingers of semi dense mocha colored head that holds for a good long time until finally settling to leave some killer lace and a cm of light brown suds on top. Super dark brown almost completely black in color with a red brown glow at the edges. I gota say it looks real good.

S- roasty and sweet with chocolate, dark malts, coffee, a bit of a port wine hit with a touch of dark fruits.

T- opens up with a nice bold roasted malts and dark chocolate mix. Some burnt espresso and dark berries soaked in red wine. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses come with some warming.

M- a few steps above medium in body, almost on its way to full bodied, with a lighter carb. It sits nicely on the tongue and feels good going down.

D- wow they made this, way to go leiny. Way better then the rest of their brews. All in all its a tasty and quite drinkable imp stout. Its not blow your mind world class stuff but solid and enjoyable. Ill be sure to snag a 6er next time around.

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

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses.

Taste: Roasted smoky barbeque, a little sweetness, somewhat bitter finish.

Drinkability: Ok, but not a standout.

I've had this on-tap a few times so I picked up a four pack to give it a review. Ok, but I prefer a little more chocolate flavor or sweetness in a big stout. Kind of astringent bitterness in this one turns me off.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer certainly pours like a big RIS. Its thick out of the bottle and clings to the glass giving me a brown tinted snifter. The head caps it off with a great head for the style. Right away I can tell that this isnt your typical joke of a beer that Leinenkugel has been churning out lately. This is the real deal. The aroma grabbed by attention with a robust sweetness of licorice and chocolate drizzled figs and raisins. Brown sugar and leather make appearances as well. The taste is very nice. I like when a beer is made well enough to define the line between Russian Imperial Stout and American Double Stout. This one is clearly an RIS. Nice deep fruitiness with licorice, leather and a sturdy hopping. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. This single I received has made me consider buying more.

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Photo of dali27
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle, served in snifter.

A: Very dark in color. Black with frothy caramel brown head. The presentation of this beer is splended in snifter. Beautiful.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and alcohol (bourbon-esque) are scents that I notice.

T: Sweet chocolate flavor mixes with strong wood barrel taste. As I drank through, a smokey flavor became more evident to me. All the while mixed with evident alcohol taste.

M: Not too little, not too much and it feels pretty good in the mouth. Little carbonation. Ends dry.

D: Definitely drinkable, but I probably will not be buying another. There are too many other RIS's out there for me to explore.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Unsurprisingly black in color. Forms a large dark tan head that settles down to a light surface coating. Some spotty lacing.

S: Predominantly raisins and dark fruit with some chocolate and an unplaceable "bright" scent, possibly citrus.

T: Sweet on the front end then a mix of dark fruits, raisin, and chocolate. There is a slight bitterness. Finishes quick with no longevity to speak of.

M: On the lighter side of heavy, but still full bodied with lower carbonation levels.

D: On the lighter side for the style, though this one isn't a beast to work through. However, this beer just lacks complexity and falls a bit short of the mark.

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

Appearance - Pitch black. Thick medium brown head with good retention.

Smell - Only moderately strong. Primarily sweet caramel malt. Molasses and brown sugar. Seems like it should be a little deeper.

Taste - Opens with very sweet caramel malt. Coffee and raisins are the principal and very strong flavors. Finishes with a bit of a bitter bite that I don't much care for. Warming.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy.

Drinkability - This is nearly as far away from a Leine's as I could imagine a beer being. No sweet watery fruit. No overly subdued interpretation of a mildly non-pilsener style. This is bold and flavorful, if not the best in category. I'm glad they try once in awhile.

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Photo of mafeeker
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice black, pours with a decent sized beige head that fades quickly to a thin skim layer

S: Sweet, malty, fruity, hoppy and alcoholic. A very pleasant smell indeed. Up front almost smells like dried apricots. Nice citrusy hop background.

T: Taste is quite sweet. First maltiness hists your palate, followed by a nice hop bitterness to balace it. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness and chocolate roasty aftertaste.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable, especially for 9.5% I personally would only be able to do one of these at a time, but still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. From the most recent release. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a dark tan tightly bubbled head. Some lace as the head settles down. Dark roast, mild dark chocolate, tobacco, and almost a vegetable like aroma in the nose. Some booze also evident in the nose. Mdeium mouthfeel, too light in my opinion. The first flavor I notice is some mild smokiness that sticks around the entire time you take a drink. Sweet dark chocolate flavor along with some boose and dark chocolate bitterness to end this. I can't say that I am falling in love with this one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a half inch of tan foam that recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, alcohol, cocoa, and hops. The taste is similar with tons of roasted malt, and a bitterness that is firm but not over the top. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will drink many more times in the future.

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Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, picked up in GR over Christmas.
Oily appearing black pour, smallish amount of light brown head.

Smells on the sweeter side, molasses, caramel and some roast malt.

Taste, is not as sweet. Very malty and a bit acrid. Roast/burnt coffee and malt. Dark chocolate, molasses and anise come through more as it warms. Finishes just a bit watery.

Medium bodied, but a bit light feeling in the mouth. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, slides down fairly easily.
The biggest knock is probably that this is very green yet.

A good version, there is just a lot of quality competition in this category.

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Photo of wgk
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OMG! From a bottle produced by Leinie's...a PART OF MILLER Coors? How nice is that? When I thought that the best they would ever do again was maybe an ice cold Coors silver bullet in the hot summer sun in the middle of August with 90% relative humidity when there just wasn't anything else around.

Despite the fact that it is very nice, I have to say it was a bit over-priced at nearly $10 for a 4 pack.

I am not very well seasoned with stout, yet, so I am going to have to leave this as just a comment for what it is worth.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can tell an unusual amount of time and devotion went into making this beer versus the rest of the Leinenkugel portfolio. It pours a deep black with a beautiful strong café au lait head. At first the nose reeked of burnt drip coffee but as it warmed a deep soy sauce quality emerged like a kitchen sink late in the morning after stacking coffee mugs atop last night's still dirty chinese food plates; not in a bad way, but those dishes may have been better off being washed sooner.

My first impression as I raise the glass is that my fingers are really sticky, really, really sticky. I blame myself for the sloppy pour and rinse my fingers before continuing. First taste, more burnt coffee, then sweetness, loads of it! Like a kid making his first cup of coffee, spoonful after spoonful of bleached white granules; no one is watching. Bits of chocolate & cookie dough trying to push through hoping to round out the middle, but nothing is getting past the overpowering sweetness/bitter one-two punch.

I am very glad that this bottle is only 12 oz. and next time I crack into my 4-pack stash in the cellar I will happily to invite my brother over to split the little-sized Big Eddy. And anyways, that's family does when Leinies are in the cooler, we share!

Like a hunter after too many rounds: I get what they were shooting for but I think they missed... and that's OK 'cause we're just here to have fun & drink some beer. Seeing as this my third RIS tasting this week I am forcing the bronze on this one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise this beer was. I had heard that it was pretty good, but I was a little dubious. A well crafted, very tasty imperial stout. Pours pitch black with quite a nice head, dark beige and with some quite nice lacing. Smells vinous to start and then follows with bitter chocolate and some light cream. Nicely balanced with more bitter chocolate, asome dark roastiness, a touch of dark fruit without being overly acidic, and some cream. Nice bitterness throughout. A tiny bit chalky in the mouth, but clean and smooth otherwise. Very nice,

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Photo of pisomojado8
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's pulls out the big guns with this RIS. "Dark and complex with 11 malts and grains by three different and distinct hops," the bottle says. All right, let's check it out.

Pours medium black with a faint mocha head that gives way to a couple of wispy thin white swirls on top of the black mass.

Not much to the smell -- chocolate raspberry? A couple of bourbon notes? Otherwise, pretty neutral.

Taste -- bourbon front-end with dark chocolate which explodes to a complex finish including some burnt chocolate, wildberries and caramelized sugars. (It must be those 11 malts that provide such a complex finish!) A harsh, but warming, RIS.

This offering is quite good compared to the run-of-the-mill Leinenkugel's lagers, which are a little caricaturish in nature. A great effort from the Leinenkugels.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can't fault Leinie's on this one! No corners have been cut whatsoever. It's rich and malty, superbly roasty, and there's even a good bit of hop flavor. Some bright yeasty fruitiness rounds it out; and the fact that it's superbly balanced hits the ball home. My only question now is where to find more.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a massive almost 4 finger dark tan colored head into my tall tulip. Very good retention. Thick Lacing. Color is jet black.

S. Smell is roasted dark malt, some bitter coffee smell. Has some other kind of strange smell going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Chocolate.

T. Good. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Somewhat bittr with a bit of sweetness. Has somewhat of an boozey astringent quality to it.

M. Medium/full bodied. Full carbonation.

D. Drinkable. Has some kind of odd smell/flavor that puts me off some. Its almost like an astringent alcohol smell/flavor that I really havent experienced before. Its too bad because it has all the makings to be a pretty solid Imperial Stout. I will check the remaining 2 I have to see if I pick up the strange quality that I got in this one.

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

Big Eddy RIS pours black with a head the color of wet sand which laces nicely.

The smell is sweet with notes of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is slightly sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel has some weight on the tongue, slightly coating with a pleasant alcohol aftertaste.

This is a nice beer to have when you are chilled to the bone. I would like to see how it ages.

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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 WJVII
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew was as dark as night and as thick as used motor oil with a thick 3 finger milk chocolate head. The aroma is bold with burnt malt, coffee, caramel and dried fruits. The taste is exactly that creamy dark malts along with strong sweetness that is almost overpowering and a lingering raisin and plum taste. Aftertaste is strong and on the burnt side of things. A little disappointing, however a decent strong brew. Likely to cellar two and pass one along to a friend from my four pack.

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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 malty
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my stemmed tulip glass a pitch black with a settled enormous 2.5" fluffy beige head. Thick, ropey dripping beighe rings of lace all the way down.

Smells like burnt fudge brownies with a chaser of booze. Also, this ale smells just like a fresh brown paper bag at the grocery store checkout. Seriously. Have you ever separated a few bags from the stack and got a good whiff? That's exactly what I smell here. Weird, I know.

Big time leather and burnt dark malts. The alcohol is a bit abrasive, but I am getting a few notes of hop spiciness. The major charred elements eventually intertwine with the hoppiness quite nicely, but the boozy edges are a bit much to ignore. Strong black coffee commands a firm stance, albeit a bit faded.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Full bodied and a perfect level of fine and kinda perky carbonation make this slick and oily textured beast a bit fun to explore. The finish is charred, burnt, warm and a little chalky.

Drinkability is a little waning compared to other RIS I've had the pleasure to savor over the years.

Overall this beer seems a bit too raw and edgy. It does have huge elements of dark, charred, roasted malts with a fudgy backdrop, but the alcohol erodes these otherwise welcomed flavors. This beer just seems to collide with itself, rather than working in somewhat of a harmonious experience. I'm going to cellar the remaining (3) 12 oz. bottles and see how age might mellow this bustling beast.

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Photo of AllFineThings
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a quarter inch head that dissipates to a wisp quickly.

Smell is of raisin, coffee, chocolate and more.

Tastes like a russian imperial like the nose, pretty complex.

For the ABV, it is a very good drinker--and to think Leine created this--very cool!

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Photo of theycallmedoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= dark , dark, dark. love the color. can't see through it at all. head was real big when poured into a pint glass but really minimal when poured into a wine glass.

S= chocolate right off the bat with a little bit of caramel and a hint of coffee. very malty.

T= malty, chocolately, almost smoky. alcohol

M= Body is full but not overwhelming considering how dark it is. Nice carbonation not too in your face, very smooth.

D= I'm already on to my second bottle.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,282 ratings.
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