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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

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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Ratings: 1,286 |  Reviews: 490
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of mscudder
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Edition. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A - An opaque black, that poured with a ruby hue. Dark tan head. What I expect in a great RIS. Leaves a pathetic attempt at lacing.

S - Damn unique nose on this RIS. It is quite the strange blend of aromas... Some sweet notes, cherries, roasted malts, vanilla and caramel all slurred into one. I think all the components are excellent, but together they just smell kind of weird.

T - Super sweet up front, one of the sweetest I have ever encountered, stout if anything else. It tastes of sugar infused with cherries ,but burnt. The sugar element is lurked over by chocolate and caramel, which is nice, but the beer just does not come together well imo.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit heavier. Creamy with a bitter finish to give the brew some character. The only thing from really making me move this category is the taste. It certainly is not bad, but for the price and "top tier" category, I expect more.

O - I expected a lot more from this brew. The balance is simply off. There are a large number of things going for this beer, yet everything just is in improper proportions. If you like cherry stouts this is one to check out, but nothing extraordinary.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark black. Two fingers of foamy medium brown head with good retention.

S - Very interesting nose. A big sweetness up front with roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries, molasses, burnt caramel and dark fruit aromas. A fairly prominent dark fruit component.

T - Huge sweetness up front, as the nose indicated. Huge chocolate covered cherry flavour along with roasted malts, dark fruit, milk chocolate and caramel. There is a noticeable hop presence in the background - just enough to know it is there while providing a light earthy background flavour. Some licorice in the background too. Fairly complex and interesting but a touch too sweet.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a deep opaque brown body with amber highlights and a dense one inch milk chocolate head that dissipates slowly leaving lacing.

Booze and dark fruits lead the aroma, with roast malt, burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla adding complexity.

Flavor is on the sweet side initially, burnt caramel and roast malt leading to an acrid coffee, slightly bitter finish. Chocolate forms a nice background, supporting dark fruity tones of plums, figs, and dark cherries. A hint of soy is evident as it warms.

Body is thick, with minimal carbonation. There's a hint of astringency and significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, a decent ris. It's a bit harsh, and simultaneously cloying, but I would enjoy this again. Better on tap.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Bottled on "11311 A21011248" --> November 3 2011?
Poured into a tulip glass

Leinekugel's Big Eddy is a sweeter interpretation of the Russian Imperial Stout recipe, perhaps due to that brewery's typically sweet beers and hopes of capturing the mainstream American palate, which is already dominated by "things too sweet." Despite its sweetness, the beer is actually fairly well-balanced and probably is rated lower than it should be due to the brewery's ownership. If you're interested in trying a fairly respectable RIS that's a bit heavier on the sweetness than roasted barley, chocolate, and malt characters, then this is recommended.

Pours a tall (>2cm) dark tan to brown head of mixed medium and small-size bubbles. The result is a head that collapses somewhat quickly to a ring around the glass, leaving some lace on the side of the glass. Body is an impenetrable dark brown to black, with a bit of amber brown highlights. Carbonation visible streaming along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of dark candi sugar sweetness atop some roasted barley and molasses notes. Anise may or may not be present, difficult to tell due to sweetness of the beer and anise's inherent sweetness. Overall, not bad, but nothing really stands out for an RIS.

Taste is much less sweet than scent would indicate. Opens with dark candi sugar sweetness, which is quickly overwhelmed by roasted barley and mild burnt toast flavors. Sweetness remains, but is sort of the "backbone" all other flavors revolve around. Mid-palate picks up some syrupy plums and other esters that can be likened to black, dried fruits in a dark sugar syrup. Slight iron flavor in mid-palate. Slight ethanol trace is detectable from mid-palate on, but nothing unexpected from a 9.5% brew. Closes out with a flash of hop bitterness alongside roasted barley, ethanol, and sugar sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of burnt toast and slight acridity of roasted barley. Ends up being fairly well-balanced, though sweetness is still somewhat overpowering to its detriment.

Beer is medium-bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The effect this creates is that the beer initially foams up slightly, but not completely on the palate. It then reduces to a smooth feeling across the palate. Finish is dry and somewhat sticky as expected from sugary sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. 2011 version. Black in color, with perhaps some brown shades. Mocha head provides a nice contrast, holding well for a few minutes then fading to a thin layer. A few nice spots of lace as well.

Roasty, with dark chocolate notes. Slight smoky edge with some dark fruit and a woodsy feel.

Roasty, with some dark chocolate fading into milk chocolate. Notes of caramel and toffee. A slight woodsy feel, along with some sharp bitterness. Bitterness seems to linger for a while, and doesn't seem to fit in with the beer very well.

Nearly full body, with a nice creamy feel. Some warmth provided by the alcohol. Overall, not bad but the sharp bitterness really takes away from a good opening note for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tvv375ia
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown with about a 1 finger head that leaves some lacingas it fades

S-roasted malt, dark fruit, and a little licorice

T-much like the smell with some earthy hops to balance out the finish

M-creamy medium bodied

O-pretty solid all around, I let this age gor about 6 months and I think that it helped it out, I tried one when I first picked up the 6 pack and definitely prefer the aged one

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours thick and inky black. A one finger, foamy, tan head that retains very well. Lacing is pretty good, but not great for a big stout.

S- Very big on dark roasts. Sweeter underlying malt backbone that smells a little like black licorice. I have a feeling that's anise, and there seems to be quite a bit of it in this brew.

T- Just like the smell. Big on the malty roast bill up front. Burnt tones and other heavy malt flavors are prominent. Hints of sweeter malts and the black licorice type flavor kicks in. None of the flavors overpower. Ends with what I can only describe as the typical "Leinie's" taste.

M- Creamy and pretty easy to drink. Goes down smooth, and relatively light, but holds its weight very well.

Overall, I was disappointed and scared from the scent of this one, but the taste redeems it. Easily the best beer I've had from Leinenkugel's and I'm looking forward to the other Big Eddy's now.

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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 1,286 ratings
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