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

Received this as an extra in my trade with Elric73!

A- deep brown almost black body that pours with a dark tan head. Head fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Scent of roasted chocolate malt, toffee, and a vanilla-like sweetness.

T- Roasted dark malt upfront with hints of toffee. The finish is much sweeter than most stouts adding that characteristic almost cloying sweet swallow to all of their brews.

M- Medium carbonation and somewhat heavy and thick body. Mouthfeel is creamy.

D- Really impressed by this one from Leine's. I thought the best of their line-up was sunset wheat...but I guess there are a bunch of brews from them that I don't know about!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra from crazy Ed (OHLRangers) - thanks man! I've been looking for this for a while now. Into my snifter

A: Pours black with reddish brown highlights. Thin dark brown head that rises slowly and hangs around for a while before receding to a disk

S: Big, thick, chewy and rich with treacle, dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, a hint of coffee and some cream upon swirling. A hint of dark fruit character comes through along with a hint of alcohol on the back end.

T: Oh my. This is delicious. Up front is a combination of fruit (plums and raisins), tons of bitter chocolate, coffee and a hint of cream. This is also fairly sweet, more along the lines of a treacle-like sweetness with some molasses. The balance is quite remarkable and I must say this is one of the more impressive stouts i've had recently. Fullish in body, this one leaves an excellent bitter finish with some chocolate

M: Excellent body, carbonation is low and goes well with the body and the finish is excellent too. Creamy and full on the palate.

D: I could possibly sip this all night long. An excellent drinking RIS, though a bit on the sweeter side.

**Edit 09 May 2012**
Drinking my other bottle from the original release, I think I got this from NFLMVP. Thanks, Steve!

Lots of acidic dark grains with fruity sour cherries, a little bit of char, black licorice and some molasses. Unsweetened dark chocolate is also present. The palate has a lot more fruity, cherry-like oxidation, with a prominent roast character lending a nice bitterness. Despite that, it does have a noticeable sweetness as well, dark chocolate and caramel in nature, with a lot of fruit in the mid-palate. Roasty and sweet on the finish, there's lingering chocolate and cherries. Very nice. 4/4/4

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Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this twice now on tap at one of the finer beer bars in the Twin Cities, Stub & Herb's. Good to finally meet John bartending on Friday night.

This is the best Leinie's beer...ever. Followed some of the patter about it being to expensive and/or not selling well enough to make again. Too bad. This isn't just a solid stout made by a solid regional brewery cautiously feeling it's way into big beers...this RIS is really, really good. It belongs at the head of not-quite-divine stouts like Bell's Expedition, Speedway, & Blackout. Which essentially means if I could drink it every day, I'd choose to 3-4 times per week.

Big Eddy is rich, full, black as sin, with a great head. It's fullness isn't belly-weighing like lesser stouts, but retains a certain lightness of being that allows one (me) to knock back a couple, slowly, without feeling like I've ingested a small dolphin. It also boasts that best of RIS mouthfeel, creamy & sensual.

I love this beer. As long as Stub's & others (wonder if the Nile still has it) keep it on tap, I'll still be hanging around the bar. Leinie's, make this beer again!

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Photo of Floydster
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with MuenchenerKindl, thanks for the opportunity to try this brew, my bottle says 9.5% ABV, split with my dad last night, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

A-Mostly black with some red tint at the surface in the light, small 1/2 inch creamy tan head that disappears quickly, not much retention, some lacing
S-Roasted malts, sugar, oatmeal, whole grains, light coffee, weird tart aroma, dark fruits, booze, dark chocolate, charred accents, and sweet cream
T-Taste started off with a big roasty taste, some subtle prunes in the finish to go along with some malt, finish was a little dry with some coffee and an alcoholic aftertaste, booze were not hidden very well and that was apparent from the beginning, after a while an undesirable tart taste came to the surface, weird mixture once it hit the dry and roasted accents, not as enjoyable once it fully warmed, first few sips were good though, pretty sweet by the very end, misplaced flavors at times throughout
M-Creamy, boozy, slightly tart, dry, and roasty mouthfeel, medium bodied, pretty thin for its style, moderate level of carbonation, taste could linger more
D-Could drink the bottle pretty easily but happy I shared it, pretty heavy on the stomach, some booze are not hidden, smooth for the most part, taste could get tiresome

Had a bottle of this a year ago and decided to open my other one up and review it, best beer I have had from Leinenkugel Brewing for sure, does not measure up to a lot of the imperial stouts out there but there are now so many out there, it is still a solid offering, would not go out of my way to get more but glad I got to try it on a few different occasions, recommended

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

Bottle code of 04258 & 31710; Sampled October 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a slightly cascading, tightly beaded froth that starts out three fingers in height and has a darkly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color thought it shows some dark chocolate brown notes around the edges. The aroma has rich notes of concentrated, sweet, dark malts as well as an ample roast character that produces aromas of dark cocoa, soft burnt grain, and a rich toasted whole grain character. There is something here that is a bit like burnt nuts, or even burnt play-doh. The aroma is actually fairly restrained, I was expecting this to be a bit more aromatic than it is, though I do like that it seems pretty well integrated and balanced (but that might just be because everything is so muted).

The flavor has a rich, complex, dark malt sweetness to it that accentuates sweet dark chocolate notes up front and a nice dark cocoa note towards the finish were the sweetness is not quite so prominent. A touch of dusty, roasted grain character adds some burnt bitterness to the finish. Reminds me of a rich, dark chocolate something or other that has a strong, black coffee infusion. As the beer warms up the sweetness softens a bit and starts to couple with concentrated, roasted fruit flavors of prune and perhaps a touch of fig. This does have a really complex, rich malt character to it, unfortunately a lot of this gets masked by the sweetness.

This is actually quite sweet tasting, though it is not as thick as the sweetness might suggest; it could actually use more roast malt character to balance things out and some more body, without more sweetness, would help to balance this a bit more too. I like that this is a fairly well integrated and smooth in its roast character. Not a bad example of an Imperial Stout & it is certainly quite enjoyable, and if it was not for the simplistic sweetness, this would be really damn good.

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Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle.

Appearance: It pours a nearly pitch black color. Not any light getting through, even at the edges. The head is spectacular. It's a very dark, mocha brown color and is roughly two and a half fingers deep. Retention was pretty average (abv killed it), but a nice, dark coat of lace remained.

Smell: The nose is dominated by strong mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The two are actually very well balanced and extremely enticing. Aside from that, there's a solid coffee bean aroma and a decent hop presence. The only complaint I have is its range. It's just not a very deep or complex smelling beer. The chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose. Still smells pretty damn good in light of that fact.

Taste: It should come as no surprise that the chocolate and roasted malts come through strongest here. This really is a nice, malty beer. They're very flavorful and satisfying. Hops shine here compared to the nose. There's even a bit of a grapefruit taste. I can't identify the specific type of hops, but there's plenty of tasty bitterness here. Coffee really doesn't come through in flavor. Perhaps the nose is an illusion. Comparatively speaking, the flavor doesn't add a whole lot in terms of depth, but it really does have an excellent flavor. Bump in score for that. It finishes sweet and slightly bitter. Surprisingly, very little alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of full bodied and has a very creamy, smooth feel. Carbonation is relatively light. Excellent marks for feel. Drinkability is good, but due it's strength, I'd stick with a single bottle. My bottle indicates the abv is 9.5%.

Big Eddy's a big, kick ass beer. Easily the best Leinenkugel's beer I've tried. It's a very flavorful, great tasting beer. On second thought, I'm not sure the nose really lacks depth, but it could use some refining. The flavor profile doesn't add much in terms of depth, but tastes absolutely fantastic. Minor complaint. Definitely one to seek out.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that I have to keep bumping up the category scores as I get deeper into the glass.

The beer sits quietly in the bowl of the snifter, the light from the nearby desk lamp seemingly unable to conquer the darkness that has overtaken the glass. A thin cap of burgundy and tan foam alighted the surface at first pour, but was quickly lost to the depths of inky blackness below.

A unique bouquet among stouts awaits the drinker of this Big Eddy. Vinous and caramel-like at once, the aroma is enticing. Yet deeper still beneath the layer of sweetness reminiscent of milk chocolate and candied fruit lies an aroma of some troubling definition. Just a touch is detectable, and maybe I misname it, but this reviewer can only, to remain completely truthful in the reviewing, convey the thoughts and connections that come to this particular mind whilst critiquing the aromatics of this brew. With the disclaimer firmly in place I feel lax enough to mention that there may be, lurking somewhere in the back of this brew, scents reminiscent of latex paint and/or a decidedly chlorine-type sweatiness. The images I draw to define the scent of this beer maybe less than appealing, but somehow the overall effect is not diminished in anyway by their presence.

In the areas of flavor and texture this beer truly shines. Rich and decadent, it is a velvety blend of lightly roasted coffee and chewy caramel creams. Tempering all this sweetness is a bold blaze of alcohol presence wrapping everything up in a cutting spicy finish.

A very enjoyable stout to be sure. Thank you to the unknown trader (Kathleen?) who contributed this bottle. Cheers.

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4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deeply, darkly, purely opaque blackness. Thick and syrupy. Head is two full fingers of carmel colored foam with nice staying power and a cloak of lace. Nose is very nice with dark chocolate covered cherries, raisens, carmalized malt and a decent balance of hops. Very attractive as you take first sip, roasty malts wrap nicely around the dark fruits. Syrupy chocolate glazes the tongue and the hopsbring about a slight soured bitter feel as you continue to drink. Dare I say "underrated". Electric on the mouthfeel as it begs for the nexy sip. Alchol is crazy well hidden. The lasting sour bitter twang is the only thing that smudges the drinkability only slightly. Very nice.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a thick, oily black into the SA glass. Two fingers of richly dark mocha foam form up, making a creamy smooth cover across the top with a various assortment of bubbles. The slowly receding head leaves almost a solid sheer of lace behind. Wow.

Aroma - monstrously rich roasted, chocolatey aroma with heavy deep fruits and tobacco, maybe a side of soy. Slightly smoky, totally delicious smelling.

Taste - huge roasty malts, oh mercy. Sweet, dark coffee, chocolate, all enhanced by some well-hidden abv. Very intense flavors everywhere, no flaws that I can tell. The swallow is chocolatey and warm, the finish is roasty, sweet, and begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - heavy, smooth and coating as I hoped and expected. The carbonation is there, but well-beaten down by the body.

Drinkability - a top shelf RIS that can challenge any other in a blind taste test. Thanks a ton to pimpp for the bottle, I'll be on the lookout for this one next time it comes around.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz. (twist-capped) bottle poured to a snifter. Label shows a slightly higher 9.5% ABV, but no date. Thanks to ArrogantB for offering this from the cellar.

A: Perfectly black pour, covered by at least a finger of maple-tan head. A sudsy, yet creamy foam topping that ebbs slowly and leaves a lovely lace in wide bands. Where the liquid meets the head is a jagged line of scattered streams and varied frothy bubbles.

S: Big sweetness: lots of vanilla, a brown-sugary oatmeal and an ample dusting of cocoa. There's a fragrant berry aroma with a slight honey, or rather honeySUCKLE, floralness. With warming, notes of the boozy alcohol begin to show.

T: First sip: I questioned the age of this one - a blatant tartness and acidic fruitiness. Second sip: mellowing, nicer chocolate notes. Third sip: becoming comfortable with the dark fruits, black coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, all married with an orange rind-like fruit flavor. By the end, I started to enjoy this, just took some getting used to.

M: Creamy, but not overly (ful)filling. Has a bit of a harsh alcohol burn, finishing a little 'tangy'. Somewhere around a 'medium' body, which is sorta disappointing in an aged RIS.

D: A solid RIS, but not among the best I've had. A bit of tartness and a lean toward acridity take this one down a notch or two in the 'drinkability' category. Glad to have had the try (and wouldn't pass on another). Thanks again, Michael.

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Solomon420 poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black, like motor oil, and produces a small, dense mocha head that dissipates almost immediately to a thin swirl and collar leaving little bits of lacing. The smell is a massive malt bomb with coffee, chocolate, licorice and tons of dark fruit in the nose as well. The taste is as big as the smell with a more pronounced bitterness on top of the roasted malts. Semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruits are also in abundant supply in the taste. The mouthfeel is decadent, super creamy and sticks completely to the inside of the mouth. This is one of the better straight-up RIS's I've had in recent memory. It's a massive beer and definitely a sipper. Big thanks to Damian for sharing this one.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is rich hearty dark malts, with an undercurrent of fruit and alcohol. Taste is sweet dark grains upfront, a shot of coffee bitterness in the middle, and then some hops bitterness to end, over the previously mentioned alcohol character. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is good. Not as over-the-top as some, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Homerbag for knocking this Want off my list..

Jet, jet black pour with a virtually non-existent head.. Wait, there it is... Very small though, an 1/8 inch or so.. This is black as pitch..

Lovely aroma of sweet blackstrap molasses, plump juicy raisins, roasted chocolatey malts... Very inviting and dark and delicious aroma...

Very deep dark taste of bittersweet chocolate covered raisins dipped in molasses... Identical to the smell, this is very very tasty...

Very creamy and rich and coating, I could drink this til I fell over face first..

Awesome brew this is. Love it, love it, love it...

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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 toddhett
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thank you to NCD for including this in a trade.

A - Reddish-black with a mocha-colored head. Large bubbles formed when I first poured the beer, but those settled down into a thickish head that laced the side of the glass in thick clumps (I suppose that doesn't sound as attractive as it is--the lacing is impressive).

S - Not overpowering for a RIS. Raisins predominate.

T - Sweet, fleshy dark fruit on the front end, transitioning to bittersweet chocolate and perhaps some tobacco and then a bitter aftertaste. Sugar remains on the lips. Slight harshness/warming from the 9.5%.

M - Seems about right. Thick, but not so thick as to overwhelm the other aspects of the beer.

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

ThankS to Phyl21ca for this sample

black as coal tar and a head that is as tan as it is big

nose is kinda a cool dark fruit Belgian deal that screams RIS mixed with aged Belgian Doubles.

The taste is subdued yet the right roasted coffee/chocolate esters comeup in the next 30 seconds. This is a pretty good RIS that will not miss your stroke off RIS of the moment. Drink it when you can find and enjoy

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big shout out to Gillard.

A: Nice dark motor oil hue with just a tinge of red showing thru. The micha head is nice and thick somewhat sticky leaving behind nice lace.

S: Nice roast malt is noted here. Hints of smoke and booze as well. Dark fruits like plums, and cherries can be noted. The chocolate is there with just a hint of coffee. No booze at all.

Taste: Whoa... this one has some sweetness, I did not expect that. It is not over the top by no means, but you are greeted by a nice sweet chocolate flavor up front. There is some brown sugar as well along with some molasses. Some smoke and booze does cut thru in the middle along with a touch of hops. The chocolate returns and plays a huge role in the finish. This one is nice, sweet, smoaky, and roasty. Leinenkugel's should be proud of this one.

M: 12 ounces of thick and smooth goodness.

D: I liked it. It is on the sweeter side of RIS' but I will search it out at next bottling. I would love to have five or six bottles of this one laying around.

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

Thanks to Kan over on RB for this as an extra.

12 oz. bottle allowed to warm up a bit before pouring into a nonic.

Pours a complete onyx black with a big bubbled two finger brown colored head that slowly falls to a thin foamy layer of bubbles. Thin spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell at first is strong dark fruits, thick rich chocolate, and booze. Roasted malts and spent coffee grinds in the nose as well. Bitter molasses taste up front followed by lots of dark fruits and a warming alcohol. Charred malts with brown sugar and rich caramel on the tongue finishing with a bitter and smokey licorice sweetness. Full body with a thick and creamy feel. Carbonation is soft and enjoyable for the style. A monster beer with too much that isn't coming together. Definitely need to take your time with this one seeing the alcohol is fairly present. Good beer, not great.

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Photo of nlmartin
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its been a long time since a beer inspired me to write a beer review. The beer was lightly chilled and served in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer poured an impenetrable to light blackness. The head is about a finger and half. The head of the beer is the color of lightly creamed coffee. The lacing on the beer leaves nice concentric rings down my glass.

Smell: Good gods!... Leinenkugel hits it out of the park. The beer delivers on the expected dark roasted and toasted aromas of coffee, chocolate, a whiff of smokeyness, dark fruity sweetness, raisans, plums, bourbon or perhaps rum, molasses. Well played!...

Taste: This beer delivers in the flavor department. The expected dark chocolate and darkly roasted and toasted malt. Then the beer goes kind of fruity in a swell way. The middle of the flavor has the flavor of rum soaked berries and cherries. The bitterness returns and finishes off the beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a very pleasing low carbonated full body. The flavors last a long while. The alcohol is a little hot but in a pleasing fashion.

Drinkability: SOB I bought two bottles of this while I was in Michigan. The other bottle is my wifes. This beer met and exceeded all my expectations for a Russian Imperial Stout. The beer left my glass at a distressing pace. I wasnt disappointed with this beer. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts you wont be either. Well played Leinenekugel!...


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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 hero27
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
9.5% abv

Bottle acquired in trade from esch, thanks again!

wow, what a great surprise from Leinenkugels....not to be TOO hard on them, but is this beer from the same brewery? ...they really brought out the big guns for this one. Pours a very dark chestnut brown that has the consistency of whipping cream..thick head of beige foam sits unwavering atop.
I let this sit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before consuming, but this shows it's true colors at room temp. Very creamy, heavy, and packed with bold chocolate & roasted coffee flavors. Subtle flavoring of currants, plum, and figs mix in with the velvety chocolate malt.
This may be the first imperial stout I've ever had where I chugged the last couple sips (meaning..instead of slowly saving the last few drops, I poured all the remaining liquid into my mouth so I could just get one last good swig.) Even at 9.5%, a 12-ounce bottle is easily manageable..and, in my case, gone rather quickly.

Overall, I'm both surprised & impressed to have a Leine's brew with this much craftsmanship put into it. Definitely worth trying if you come across it.

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

A-Great looking with a nice ruby hue...

S-Nice aroma...smells like an Impy....molasses...dark fudge

T-Malty and rich...blackberries, molasses, fudge, raisens, figs. Finish has a little rum booziness to it...

M-Big, creamy and velvet like .Full bodied.

D-A nice effort by Miller/Leinie. A solid Impy but not an all-time great. Complete opposite in style of say a Rogue Impy as this one is devoid of the big bitter hoppiness....Not in the same league as the elite Impy's but still a damn fine beer. I would purchase a few more of these I think.

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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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Photo of blackie
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ah, Leinerkugen

a: the low head is a gorgeous color somewhere between mocha and rusted brick, over a black colored beer, retention is light and easily roused by each sip.

s: Loaded with semisweet chocolate pudding and thick molasses aromas. Thick with every manner of roasted sugar and chocolaty grain imaginable. Chocolate rum fruitcake. Dark fruits (cherries, prunes, dates) macerated in a boozy malt reduction, stirred into oozing dark chocolates infused with a shot of espresso. Both charred and fresh sweet tobaccos. You can tell the earthy hops are there in good number, but they are absolutely dominated by the roasted malts and fruits.

m: smooth, low carbonation and an absurdly thick body...nice

t: An absolute bomb of deep, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, dried cherries and prunes soaked in malty booze. Thick with various liquors of concentrated dark fruits...blackberry!, prune, cherry, date; blended with bold roasted grain and dark chocolate flavors. The finish just doesn't quit, with deep astringent roasts and molasses lingering. Hop flavors take a backseat, but keep things in check pretty well...definitely mild and towards the English side. Honestly, I feel bad for not giving a 5 here.

d: Totally different from any RIS I've ever had, save for perhaps the Samuel Smith's...though this would be comparable to that beer concentrated four times over. Dangerously easy drinkability, considering. I love this beer.

a bottle of black gold under a dirty rainbow

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Photo of ncvbc
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep and dark, a medium brown head rises and falls to a ring. Smell is freaking crazy. Somewhat like an RIS but all over the damn place and when I say this I mean it. Sweet alcohol and chocolate soaked fruits. Cherry, raisin, plum, grape. Roasted scents underneath the overwhelming sweetness. Some coffee notes and underlying charred scents. But I the only one...some olives? Weird...I'm confused. Taste is very, very sweet and not so pleasant. Lots of fruity flavors, way more than any other beer of this style I've encountered. Dark chocolate but overtaken by fruity sweet flavors. A bit of licorice or molasses. The hints of roasted flavor are almost gone from the flavor but linger in the aftertaste along with a slight hop presence. Great full and dense body. Almost syrupy thick but just shy. I finished this one bottle but don't really think two is possible. Just not a favorite of mine, mouthfeel was definitely the highlight.

Thanks goes to alexgash for this long ago in a trade...

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,279 ratings.
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