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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body but light for the style, medium carbonation but high for the style, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but it’s not exactly what you look for in an RIS.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout pours dark black color, with a nice size tan head. There was a very strong bitter, black licorice type aroma. The taste had some coffee notes and some black licorice notes, then finished with a strange bitterness. The taste was a bit watery, and the funky bitterness at the end made this beer not too enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

A random single from a recent trip to the US...

A - Pours pitch black with a thumb of cocoa head of solid retention and some nice sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet cocoa and maraschino cherries, hints of black licorice and espresso.

T - The flavour is dominated by a smokey tobacco flavour, nice milk chocolate and musty cocoa, hints of leather and roasted almonds.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty RIS with a solid flavour profile, incredibly well hidden ABV and provides for a memorable experience. My only regret is not grabbing a second bottle to ship to my western trading partner. Luckily I suspect I'll have a second chance to snatch one up on a trip in the future.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ChiPool
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage purchased at some point last fall.

Poured into an oversized stemless wine glass. Pours midnight black, with a moderate amount of fizzy beige head. Has a nice aroma, with booze and dark fruits (plum, black cherry). Really enjoyable cottony mouthfeel here: chocolatey clouds on the palate. Booze pretty well hidden for the abv.

This one has aged nicely: much better than it was last fall. Nice RIS, especially for the price. I recommend saving a few for posterity!

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to dimple mug, 2011 vintage:

Pours a slick jet black with a medium brown few fingers of well-retaining head.

Lots of syrupy fudge brownie, sweet mellow coffee notes, some cocoa, no real discernible booze... nice.

Rich bitter chocolate, more brownie. No heat in the finish, just bitter chocolate/coffee. Great tasting, approachable, drinkable imperial stout.

Good show, Leinenkugel's. Good show.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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