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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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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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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Looks like there might have been some sort of date or code at one point, but it's too smudged for me to make out. The label around the neck of the bottle has 2011 on it.

Pours pitch black in color with a light brown colored head that stood about a finger tall. Even after holding my glass up to the light, I'm not able to see through this one. Moderate amount of head retention and lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, coffee grounds, and molasses. Not much in the way of chocolate like you get with other RIS. There's a charred aroma in there as well.

Taste: There's a good amount of roasted malt flavor and burnt sugar up front. The sweetness builds and intensifies as the liquid sweeps across your palate. Thankfully, there's a touch of bitterness towards the middle that kind of balances things out. I'm also getting some coffee towards the back end.

Medium-full body with low to moderate carbonation. It has an almost silky mouthfeel.

A nice Imperial Stout overall. A bit of a surprise from a brewery that makes a lot of girl-friendly summer beers.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,280 ratings.
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