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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
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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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out of the bottle a thick black color with at least three fingers of brown head. This is a great looking beer, and destroyed any misconceptions I had about this Leinenkugal offering.

S: Really big dark fruits assault the nose initially on the aroma. Roast, molasses, chocolate, and a big hit of booze round it out. Sort of all over the place, but certainly not muted. Far more fruits than I ever expected.

T: The taste takes a step back towards the balanced side of things. The molasses has a larger role than I would expect based on the aroma. The finish is sweet, with the fruits coming up, and roasty at the very backend. The dry roast lingers on the palate for a good long while. The booze I noted on the aroma seems to have integrated itself nicely into the taste.

MF: Really thick and creamy mouthfeel, but the carbonation level is up there as well. Really well thought out body on this beer.

O: This is really a very good RIS. Very impressed with it coming from Leinenkugal's. I'd love to do a blind RIS taste test and see where this stacks up. I'd say pick it up next time you see it!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a 1/2-inch head. Big aromas of dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, dark berries, and a touch of soy sauce. Really nice, comparable to Ten Fidy or Old Rasputin. Taste is similarly "big", with lots of dark cocoa, coffee-with-cream, caramel, roasted nuts, and some old penny oxidation. Mouthfeel is nice and velvet-smooth, with a full body and lowish carbonation. Overall a solid effort from Leinenkugel's, it's nice to see them try something different.

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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The bear is nearly jet black in color—traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with wispy patterns of tan bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass; the lacing never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of licorice in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of roasted malt flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with s light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is also a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beeris very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: 2011 vintage

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Edition

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has an extremely thin dark mocha head that dissipates to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and licorice. Some light hints of dark cherry.

T: Very similar in taste to the smell, there is a solid dark roasted malts with lighter hints of bittersweet chocolate, dark cherry, and licorice.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: Alcohol is extremely well hidden and this beer is pretty easy to drink. Definitely a sipping beer but one to enjoy.

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

Vintage - 2011

A - A finger and a half of dense frothy medium brown colored batter-like head with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Modest retention gives way to a full veil of lacing... The color is a deep dark mahogany brown... Opaque... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - Very nice aroma... Tootsie Rolls... Chocolate... Brownie mix... Some dark cherry notes... Raspberries... A hint of licorice... Cocoa... Very nice aroma...

T - A lot of the complexity of the nose is missing on the palette, but there is still enough going on to make this one interesting... A slight sweetness to start... A burnt charred character throughout... Soy sauce... Some dark fruit notes... Licorice...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Slick and slightly viscous... Limited carbonation... The texture is slightly burnt and dry throughout... A bit sticky as well...

D - Not remarkable, but a solidly above average Russian Imperial Stout... I would gladly drink again and could recommend with a clean conscience...

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,288 ratings
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