Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jj21 on 10-27-2007

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Ratings: 1,284 |  Reviews: 489
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Morey
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Morey's Bottom Line: While this certainly isn't the best RIS that I've had, it pretty darn tasty. I'd buy this for the right price. Good stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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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 billab914
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't read the bottle date on the bottle but I know this has a year or two of age on it if not more. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma is very rich with caramel, chocolates and dark fruits. The sweet maltiness and sugary dark fruits are bold in it, but also very good. Just a hint of roastiness is there. Really nice aroma, I was very surprised how good it was.

The taste also shows a lot of sweet, malty flavors to it throughout. I get a lot of dark fruits mixing with a sugary brown sugar flavor. Caramel and molasses come out as well as a little dark chocolate in the finish. It's pretty good, but felt a little more balance to offset the sugary sweetness would have gone a long way.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a very flavorful and really good beer. I was really surprised by how rich and flavorful it was. It did feel a little overly sweet at times, but overall it was a very good beer.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 2011 vintage into a tulip.

Fairly black in colour, maybe the lightest hint of a deep red around the edges when held to the light. Brown head with moderate density, somewhat creamy retention and ok lacing. Dark chocolate and bakers chocolate in the nose, subtler notes of dark fruits and brown sugar. Maybe even a touch of roast/smoke. Taste has dark chocolate in terms of bitterness, but a bit of creamy milk chocolate comes thorugh midway through the sip. Undertones of sweet dark fruits, with some sugary notes and quite a bit of roast, lasting long into the finish. Bitter and moderately drying palate, medium-heavy body. Good carbonation, smooth but sticky. Gets a little sweet at times. Enjoyable, without being too complex.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tan, nice 1 inch thick creamy head with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark robust fruits like plum and rasin. Some added spices and a little hop presence.

Taste - Nice roasted malt flavor along with some chocolate, coffee and a nice hop kick at the finish. Rasin adds a nice fruit flavor to go along with some cocoa. Some added molasses gives it a sweet, creamy toffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Thick, rich and bold. Malts coat mouth, cover tounge and leave it coffee flavored, and sweetened. Hops add a little bitterness. Palette gets remaining malts, some sugars and hops. Aftertaste is coffee malty, some minor hops and sugars.

Overall - The best, more legit craft beer that linenkugel's makes. Its bold, flavorful, well balanced and easy to enjoy. Solid and well done, its a little more on the sweet and creamy side then most ris, but still a great beer, worth a drink for sure.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of bittersweet chocolate with a finger of frothy head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing. The nose is of dark fruits. Sweet malt and mild bittersweet chocolate dominate the upfront flavor. There is some bitterness on the finish, but it could use a more potent roasted quality.

In spite of its shortcomings, this offering has greater complexity than I ever thought that I'd see from a large production brewery.

Bonus: this is union made by my UAW brothers and sisters!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Appearance: Utter sable in color with a small, dense tan head, the lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol, bitter cocoa, and earth.

Taste: Opens with lots of bitter cocoa, some earth as well, as the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of cold coffee.
Throughout the taste, there is an undercurrent of sweet alcohol, which is also warming. Towards the close of the taste, deeply roasted malt, verging on charcoal appear, and there is a distinct smokiness. Finishes with a lingering charcoal note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An intense and somewhat off-the-beaten-path example of the style. Certainly worth a try, and likely several.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Leinie's Big Eddy snifter.
9.5% ABV, 04181 on the neck.

A - Holy inky black beer Batman! It's almost impossible to see through the dark, dark brown beer which has minuscule slivers of clarity during the pour. It's certainly impossible to see through in the pint. A firm dark mocha head tops the beer and hangs out for a while. Dense lace cakes the inside of the glass beautifully.

S - Strong roasted malts have a large presence in the nose and feature bold bitter chocolate, hints of molasses, and a finish of spent pipe tobacco. While being a malt bomb aroma, it seems like it'll be extremely bitter and a bit overly roasted in flavor.

T - Overpoweringly roasted bitter chocolate malts in the flavor arrests your tongue immediately. When the taste buds have been seemingly dumbed-down little nuances of molasses and cocoa appear along with a touch of peet smoke. While roasted bitter, it's got a lingering sweetness I didn't expect.

M - Thick and rich, Big Eddy is big and full-bodied with a smooth, soft finish. Alcohol involvement is very minimal in this beer actually. Big Eddy RIS has a very nice feel; dry and acrid bitter but not too much so.

O - The label calls for three distinct hops in this; I don't pick up any hops at all. This is a straight-up malt bomb that's only balancing sweetness is roasted bitterness, not hop flavor. While the Leinie's Big Eddy release is certainly a beer to behold, and will probably surprise most Leinie's drinkers, it's a bit too roasted in my opinion, even with a year on it.

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Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.7% out of 100 with 1,284 ratings
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