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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

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Ratings: 1,282 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of spikechiquet
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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 SawDog505
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours a slick black, with a two inch dark tan head, that leaves a nice collar of lace on the sides. Smell is aggressive dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some licorice, dark fruit, and a hint of smoke. Taste is very assertive, lots of expresso, with hints of the other flavors from the nose. Body is on the larger side, perfect amount of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is very solid, reminds me of Ten Fidy and $5 less expensive. I am impressed and surprised.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Trexter103
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, opaque, minimal carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and nut

Taste: dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood--maybe cedar, light caramel, and vanilla at the end

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation,chewy, sweet with roasty bitterness

Overall: Very complex. Sweeter than most and way too drinkable for the abv. Almost drinks like a good Valentine's day cordial. If you typically like Leinie's you will like this. If you do not, I suspect you will not enjoy this as much.

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Photo of losdizzel
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of chugalug06
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very late rising espresso colored foamy head. Brew is Thin-ish, not like oil. Not great lacing either.

Light chocolate aroma.. Where's the nose? Toasty molasses too.

Good caramel flavors. Well hidden heat and sugars. Thin, overly carbonated, wet, slightly sweet, overly milky. Toasty, roasted, hoppy, solid.

Much better then expected from such a large (near-macromicro) brewer.. Definitely worth a shot at $3/12oz. Recommended.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A one note aroma: lots of dark fruit come across, but not much else.

T: Tasted of dark fruit - a lot of it - coffee, malt, a tinge of hops, and a tinge of chocolate in the finish. Slightly boozy. The flavor is a bit off-putting at first, but it kind of grows on you.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but still oddly drinkable. One of the better brews Leinenkugel has done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, unsweetened cocoa, slight coffee, and a mild soy sauce aroma. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but nothing too special for the style.

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Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of YourOnlyMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheMcTwaten
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jasonrm72
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz served in a 22 oz snifter

A - Pours inky black with an espresso head.

S - Chocolate, charred black malts, peat moss, black coffee, alcohol. It's sour, astringent and sweet all at the same time. Very rugged and edgy aroma.

T - Charred malts, over roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, molasses, earthy pine hops, licorice, hints of dark berry fruit, lots of tangy yeast, pretty sweet. Finishes roasty, bitter and dry.

M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation, sharp and smooth at times.

Pretty rugged stout here. Very earthy and roasty but it has to be to stay ahead of the sweetness, which it does. I could sip on this by a campfire all night long.

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Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ericsmithback
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of RaijinQ
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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

Best before 23 April 2011. But it's an impy stout, so who really cares. Tasted 3 November 2012, reviewed from notes

Pours black, deep rusty brown at the very edges. Just a half-finger of head, but it's coffee foam colored, deep and rich.

Smells of sweets and fruit. Chocolate, cherries. Yum. Sugary, but not overly so. Quite pleasant, and very inviting.

Taste is more roasty, less fruity, but definitely still on the sweet side. Again it's chocolate and dark fruit, but balanced by nutty wood and a touch of char. A bitter rise at the end makes it clear that there were once hops here, but they're mostly faded now. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is okay. Thick and heavy, but I find it overcarbonated for this style. Feels fizzy, and actually takes the flavors away, rather than keeping them going. Lasting and sticky after that dies out.

A very tasty imperial stout. Rich, sweet, and fruity. An impressive beer from a brewery I don't turn to very often.

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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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