Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Eddy Russian Imperial StoutBig Eddy Russian Imperial Stout
1,285 Ratings
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

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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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Photo of match1112
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out as brown as the bottle it comes in, but settles in dark as night. a thin creamy mocha colored head doesn't last long but there is ample lacing. smells very malty and hoppy, that's weird. the taste is almost sour, and that's not a good thing. has enough hops to be a black ipa, but there is a awful sour grain taste that overpowers. mouthfeel is too thin for a ris. overall this is very avoidable, do yourself a favor and do not seek out.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark brown color while pouring evolved into an opaque black liquid sitting in the glass. The head was one finger thin, and light khaki in hue. The smell was subdued, and reluctantly revealed layers of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and tobacco. The taste was approachable from the first sip, with a creamy mocha latte flavor. Only mid palette did the hop bitterness start to emerge, and the finish was bitter and grainy. Decent heft to the body, with a lingering warmth. Get this if you are in the mood for a chocolate laden nightcap.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GripitandSipit
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Nicknackpaddywack
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best micro-brewed in seasonal quantity high alcohol content export extra stout beer with year brewed on bottle neck band.

Perfect match to my favorite Cohiba XV [very strong] maduro torpedo cigar.

None of the tootie-fruity crap overly complex characteristics like Rasputin or other sissy girly Russian Imperial Stouts ranked much higher here by fags.

If you think you can jump off a big cornice, be a good guy special ops guy with immigrant taste buds & sinuses for strong cigars ... This beer's for YOU!

Since BeerAdvocate led the sheep review in 2007, I'd suggest a new updated review. Water, ingredients & process characteristics makes this the best "no nonsense" aftertaste export extra stout on the market!

Most amazing tiny & tight bubble-head on the market. THIS IS THE HARDCORE BEER FOR HARDCORE MADURO SMOKERS !!!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2011 poured into snifter.

Appearance: dark bodied beer with a dark brown cap of head. spotty lacing noted on the glass. The cap dissappears quickly and nothing on top of the beer in the form of head.

Smell: Lots of big roasty malts, black licorice/anise notes, molasses and tobacco.

Taste: Mild roasty malts to start things off. The beer gets a little sweet and then goes into black licorice mode and pretty much stays there. Aftertaste is all black licorice and it lingers around forever. Not really complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Just a tad undercarbonated, some more carbonation might bring this beer new life.

Overall: Make this beer a little bit more roasty & chocolaty notes, give this beer the mouthfeel of Lienenkugel Creamy Dark, and you guys will have a real contender. Its a better than average beer; just doing my part and drinking local!

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Photo of 3roosters
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of will1256
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of silversumo
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Doodlesby
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into sample 3oz. cup

A: very dark, cannot see through this beer. This beer has a mocha colored head that dissapates quickly. Pour looks syrupy.

S: Hints of coffee, toffee, chocolate.

T: A bit chocolatey, a bit of a tang, and lots of alcohol bite at the end. Smooth with low to medium carbonation.

M: Almost syrup texture but nice even coat in mouth at the end of each sip.

Overall this beer was fairly tasty. Bringing out notes of a scottish ale more than an imperial stout. The only factor of the beer that was stout-like was the thickness.

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

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp, 2011 vintage

A - pours a beautiful dark brown with a chocolate head that sticks around for some time.

S - milk chocolate, malt, and a hint of hops

T - hoppier than i would have expected based on the aroma, once the hops subside a little bit, roasted malt and chocolate come through, then the hops linger on

M - fairly thick, minimal carbonation, good amount of alcohol burn in the end

O - I missed the initial vintage of Big Eddy, but finally got a chance to try it. I have to say I am impressed with this one, very happy to see Leinie's put this out. I know some people on here will likely downgrade this one since Leinie's is part of MC, but for me, I can't deny the fact that it's a very good beer.

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Photo of Cyclone8
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of BennyL1
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed anything for a couple of months so why not get back in it with this one. 12oz bottle into a globe glass. Pull by date of 04/18/11. Little bit of age on this one, looking forward to it.

Body on this one is pretty consistent for the style. Big Eddy is a deep oil black with a nice mocha colored head. Good looking brew, dark and inviting.

Lots of dark roasted malts in the nose as one would expect. Nice bitter coffee and chocolate notes as well. Rich and assertive aromas. Much of the same in the taste. Complex taste with the roasted malts taking center stage. Espresso and notes of dark chocolate. Bit of a pleasing warming sensation at the end.

Full bodied with good carbonation. Big Eddy is a solid and enjoyable example of the style. Overall a bit on the sweeter side but that's fine by me, a very good brew.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +5%

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

12 oz bottle, 2011 on label.

pours an oily black, with dark tan head. good rentention, and great lacing. beauty, eh.

bitter, sharp aroma, almost smokey. smells slightly acidic. tastes of mellow roasted malt. earthy hops, some vanilla notes. smooth, mild carbonation. thick, full bodied.

overall - drinks smaller than 9.5% abv. a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of dsuedbeck
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, brewed Dec 2010. Pours opaque, jet black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are boozy and sweet, but more like cough medicine with some cherry and roasted malt. Tastes are boozy up front, with notes of cherry, dark fruits, roasted malt with the alcohol presence lingering. Mouth-feel is full bodied and smooth and finishes slightly dry. The first time I had this was when it was a one-off in 2008(?) and I feel that batch had better results. This one just seems off in comparison. It's still good, but there are better Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mariposafan
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,285 ratings
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