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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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of zeledonia
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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 +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%
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 -1.6%

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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